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Episode 9 - A Day in My Shoes - Judith Krall Russo, Tea Food History

Monday, June 3rd 2013 @ 12:00 AM

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A Day in My Shoes – Episode 9, Part 1
Judith Krall Russo, TeaFoodHistory.com



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Welcome to A Day in My Shoes – a blog and sometimes vlog as The Tea House Times publisher, Gail Gastelu, puts herself in another person’s shoes for the day – going behind the scenes in the tea industry!  If you are just joining us, go to the Archived entries in the left column to catch up - beginning with January 2013.  OR

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EPISODE 9 PART 1 - April 21, 2013

Judith Krall Russo, TeaFoodHistory.com

Tea Specialist, Food Historian, Speaker

Next week: Video outtake with Judith

 

On April 21, 2013 I was fortunate to have Judith Krall-Russo booked for a speaking engagement just 5 minutes away…. Judith is a Food Historian and Tea Specialist from Edison, New Jersey.  The topic she was presenting that day was Life at an Edwardian Manor - Inspired by Downton Abbey - a very popular topic right now as everyone has been glued to watching Downton Abbey on television.  I have had the pleasure of hearing Judith speak several times before and since she would be so close by, I asked if she would like to be featured in my A Day in My Shoes blog – going behind the scenes in the tea industry.

So, what is it like in the shoes of someone who speaks about tea? I will say it is a true passion. Everyone I have met who makes speaking a top priority in the tea industry – has such passion for the topic and a desire to share that passion and educate the public and others in the industry as well.

For Judith, she is constantly researching to present something new and interesting. She attends classes to continue to further her own education. She also reads a lot of older books and magazines and frequently visits bookstores and libraries. Not only does she speak about tea, but she happens to be a Food Historian, so she speaks on all kinds of very interesting and timely topics.

Judith has enjoyed a lifelong love of foods, especially embracing the rich agriculture of her home state – New Jersey. Also a tea expert and historian, she began studying the customs and traditions of this universal beverage 30 years ago.

Judith has a real knack for connecting the past with current events and especially as they relate to the foods we enjoy for every occasion. 

Judith takes her speaking business very seriously and is constantly contacting people through email or phone calls.  She also works hard to find unique and interesting props for her talks. That is one thing I find so refreshing about her presentations; she is always very personable and she finds the best props – whether antiques or new – to demonstrate the topic she is discussing.  Rather than showing photos in a PowerPoint presentation, Judith always sets up a beautiful display so participants can see and touch and fully experience history. 

Judith hopes that people who attend her talks will leave somehow enlightened, knowing more, and sometimes experiencing an aha! moment.  Everyone loves to learn something new, and sometimes Judith’s talks inspire people to go on and research more on a particular topic. 

Judith strongly believes that we all need to make time for tea. Take time for yourself. Use tea as a really nice thing to do for yourself. A way to just take 5-10 minutes out …to take things in, enjoy nature, observe nature and just be…, in the moment, here and now. Let the phone go! Listen to the birds chirp! Watch the deer or other wildlife walk on by…

Some of the topics Judith speaks about include a lot of produce native to New Jersey such as tomatoes, cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, peaches, apples, and corn.  In case you were not aware, New Jersey is called the Garden State! Did you know Bergen County in NJ was once the epicenter for growing strawberries (in the 19th Century)? Or that NJ is 4th in peach production in the country? 

Some other topics Judith presents include Remedies from the Kitchen, Favorite Foods and Libations of Presidential Families, Asian Tea Programs, Tea and Victoriana, and other Tea Food History.

I encourage you to visit Judith’s website at teafoodhistory.com to learn more about her and her programs…..until next time….I hope you enjoyed my day in Judith’s shoes . . . She is a great example and inspiration for other speakers.  Next week a short video clip outtake with Judith explaining more of what she does first hand.   Smile

 

 

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