2nd Annual Great Hoboken Tea Party
This Saturday at the Hoboken Historical Museum.
Celebrate the Origins of Tea at the Hoboken Historical Museum’s 2nd Annual Great Hoboken Tea Party
Hoboken, NJ – April 3, 2007 – The Hoboken Historical Museum celebrates the origins of tea at its second annual Great Hoboken Tea Party on Saturday, April 14, from 1 – 4 p.m. at Teak on the Hudson. This year’s special guest is master tea taster Peter F. Goggi, president of Royal Estates, a division of Unilever dedicated to selecting and blending the Lipton brand’s premium teas. Goggi, whose career with Lipton started in Hoboken, is responsible for acquiring thousands of tea varieties for Lipton’s famous BRISK blend.
Tickets cost $30 for Museum members and for those who buy tickets in advance. All other tickets will be $35. Proceeds from the event will help support the Museum’s educational programs. To buy a ticket or reserve a seat, call the Museum at 201-656-2240 or stop by 1301 Hudson St. Space is limited, and reservations are strongly suggested. Last year’s event, which featured a vintage fashion show in the setting of a restored Victorian brownstone, was sold out.
Frequently quoted in newspapers, magazines and trade journals, Goggi is often cited as one of the world’s most respected tea authorities. His job requires an intimate knowledge of global weather, agricultural, economic and political conditions, and frequent trips to tea estates in hotbeds of tea cultivation such as Sri Lanka, Kenya, Argentina and China.
Trained in the British tradition of tea tasting, Goggi leads a team of experts at Lipton with a collective 100 years’ experience in tea tasting and tea buying. He says that in most cases, simply by sipping, tea tasters can tell where a tea sample was grown, what time of the year it was picked, how it was processed, how it should be blended and what it is worth. Goggi descends from a long line of wine and fine spirits tasters. His Italian-born grandfather founded a winery virtually in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty.
In a nod to tea’s Asian origins, the Great Hoboken Tea Party will be held at Teak on the Hudson, 16 Hudson Place, across from the train terminal. Teak’s sumptuous Asian décor and new American cuisine will complement the subject matter. This year’s event is sponsored by Toll Brothers City Living, developers of luxury condominiums in Hoboken and Jersey City including Hudson Tea and Harborside Lofts at Hudson Tea, on the former site of the historic Lipton Tea Factory on the Hudson River waterfront.