In 2020, everyone deserves to find their perfect cup of tea. Ellen and Cid are the longtime friends behind Novel Tea. Along with their family, they are on a mission to bring delicious, top-quality tea to the world. On Sunday, Jan. 19, from 1–3 p.m. in the Garden Room of the Sierra 2 Center (2791 24th St.), join Novel Tea for an absolutely sweet and darling combination tea tasting class and high tea event. Come solo or register with fellow tea tasters for an afternoon of learning, drinking and eating the most delicious morsels! The afternoon will start with a traditional tea tasting, where a certified tea sommelier will present six charming and exquisite teas, providing a thorough and insightful tea-steeping demonstration. After that, guests will be served a classic three-tier afternoon tea, with a menu of luscious appetizing treats. For those who have never used loose leaf tea, this will be an impeccable opportunity to learn, while experienced tea drinkers will sip on fresh liquids while reveling in high tea. The tea menus are fixed but include two vegetarian sandwich options. Please note allergies on registration. Fees are $40 for adults and $15 for children (12 and under). Advanced registration is required and class space is limited. Sign up online or in-person at the Sierra 2 Center office. The goal of Novel Tea is to ensure every guest feels welcome and appreciated, so come and enjoy yourself in the new year! For more information, visit

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 9 of issue #308 (Jan. 1 – 15, 2020)**