Japanese Flute by Elliot Kallen to Support Sonoma Matsuri

February 24th

Join The Taste of Tea in support of Sonoma Matsuri with this live performance by Elliot Kallen. 15% of the entire days sales will to donated to Sonoma Matsuri. Outdoor seating is on a first come basis, Indoor seating is limited to dining guest.

More about Sonoma Matsuri: The mission of Sonoma County Matsuri is to share and promote Japanese Arts & Culture by providing educational opportunities and better intercultural understanding in the greater Bay Area. We are a non-profit Educational Arts Organization. Our fundraising efforts provide scholarships to schools and students working in projects related to Japanese Culture.

Elliot Kallen Bio:Initially trained as a concert pianist, Elliot Kallen migrated into the world of Rock and Jazz, playing keyboards for many bands and on many stages. A chance encounter led him to the Japanese bamboo flute. He is a long-time student of David Kansuke Wheeler of Boulder, CO. Elliot also studies with Kansuke’s teacher, Junsuke Kawase III, the third-generation head of Chikuyusha, the largest shakuhachi teaching organization of its kind in Japan. Elliot plays shakuhachi in a wide variety of contexts, from traditional Japanese music with koto and shamisen, to the exploratory sounds of the avant guard. He is also a founding member of TenTen Taiko, performing throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Elliot is the current President of the International Shakuhachi Society (see www.komuso.com). He performs, teaches, and gives lectures on Japanese classical music and the shakuhachi from his home base in Northern California.

 

Celebration of Girls Day

February 16 – March 4

March 3rd is the Girls Day Festival, you will be able to view a traditional doll collection belonging to the Tokugawa family in our relaxation lounge;
February 16 – March 4.

The custom of displaying dolls began during the Heian period (794-1185) when Kyoto was the capital city and the imperial court was at its’ peak.
Formerly, people believed the dolls possessed the power to contain bad spirits. Hina Matsuri traces its origins to an ancient Japanese custom called hina-nagashi or doll floating when straw hina dolls were set afloat on a boat and sent down a river to the sea, supposedly taking troubles or bad spirits with them.
Today the festival honors girls by praying for health and happiness; with simple to elaborate doll displays representing the imperial court, special foods and teas in homes with girls and in public spaces.

Celebration of Girls Day

2017 Past Events

Matcha Love, Mother's Day Treatment

May 12-15

Matcha Love, Mother's Day Treatment
 

Sonoma Matsuri's Opening Concert

May 6th, 7pm in Santa Rosa

The Taste of Tea will be serving complimentary Hot and Iced Japanese Teas.

Join Sonoma Matsuri for an exceptional evening featuring the shakuhachi - the traditional Japanese bamboo flute. From Australia, Shakuhachi Grand Master Riley Lee joins Sonoma County's own shakuhachi maven, Elliot Kallen, in a concert exploring the surprisingly diverse world of this haunting instrument. Both players will showcase the traditional Zen roots of the shakuhachi as well as modern pieces that highlight its technical and musical outer limits. Several local friends will join Riley and Elliot in bringing pieces to life (including two pieces that are world debuts!). Refreshments will be provided by Taste of Tea of Healdsburg. The venue, The Church of One Tree, is a remarkable, nearly 150 year-old space with acoustics that are a wonderful complement for this music. Past concerts with Riley and Elliot have sold out, so advance tickets are highly recommended! This concert is a kick-off event for Sonoma County Matsuri, Santa Rosa's own festival of Japanese arts & crafts taking place Sunday, May 7th, in Juiliard Park, Downtown Santa Rosa, CA. $15 presale, $20 at the door.

Sonoma Matsuri's Opening Concert
 

Healdsburg Flavors

May 4th, 5-7pm @ Two Thirty-Five Luxury Suites

Explore the delicious side of Healdsburg at a progressive tasting at Two Thirty-Five Luxury Suites and donate to a great cause at the same time. Sample the best of Healdsburg’s premium small-lot wines, craft liquor, charcuterie and more. Meet the makers and purveyors of these tasty sips and bites. Enjoy offerings from Jaclynn Renee Wines, Cafe Lucia, Ramey Wine Cellars, Alley 6 Craft Distillery, The Taste of Tea and Moustache Baked Goods. And, for the first time ever, try Pete Seghesio's incredible handcrafted salumi from his much-anticipated Journeyman Meat Co.
Tickets are $20 and 100% of all proceeds will go to support our local schools through HEF. More info here.

Healdsburg Flavors
 

Celebration of Girls Day

February 24 – March 5

March 3rd is the Girls Day Festival, you will be able to view a traditional doll collection belonging to the Tokugawa family in our relaxation lounge;
February 24 – March 5.

The custom of displaying dolls began during the Heian period (794-1185) when Kyoto was the capital city and the imperial court was at its’ peak.
Formerly, people believed the dolls possessed the power to contain bad spirits. Hina Matsuri traces its origins to an ancient Japanese custom called hina-nagashi or doll floating when straw hina dolls were set afloat on a boat and sent down a river to the sea, supposedly taking troubles or bad spirits with them.
Today the festival honors girls by praying for health and happiness; with simple to elaborate doll displays representing the imperial court, special foods and teas in homes with girls and in public spaces.

Celebration of Girls Day
 

Special Gratitude Celebration

February 28th 10:00

The Taste of Tea Lounge, Japanese Restaurant and Relaxation Lounge Celebrates 2 years in Healdsburg. We are very grateful to our community and would like you to join us in celebration.

We are very honored to have the resident Shinto Priest of Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America – Rev Koichi Barrish join us from Granite Falls, Washington to conduct our ceremony of Gratitude and Purification.

A Unique Cultural Experience of Gratitude, Joy and Positive Energy

Special Gratitude Celebration

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