ITMA Certified Master Tea Hostess™ Ellen Easton can trace her ancestral tea roots to Baron Salomon Benedict de Worms (1801-1882), the first Baron de Worms of the Austrian Empire. Baron de Worms, at an early age, went to Frankfurt, Germany to join his uncle in business, eventually settling in Ceylon. There, in 1834 he and his brothers Maurice and Gabriel contributed greatly to the development of the Colony by introducing tea plants from Assam, India, and China, thus building one of the biggest and best-cultivated tea plantations on the island. In 1874, Baron de Worms was granted the Royal Right by Queen Victoria to use his title in England.
Ancestors Sir Benjamin Phillips (1811-1889) and his son Sir George Faudel Phillips (1840-1922) both served as the Lord Mayor of London during the reign of Queen Victoria, in 1866 and 1898 respectively. Sir George Faudel Phillips presided as the Lord Mayor of London during Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Ancestors Louis (1888-1940) and Benjamin Hirschorn were pioneers of the tea bag industry. In 1913 NYC, NY their company, The National Urn Bag Co., developed the first industrial tea bag- The National Tea Bag Co., therefore revolutionizing the ancient way of making tea, which had been in vogue for thousands of years. In addition, the industrial tea bag changed the unsanitary manner of packing teabags by hand.
Following in the family tradition, Ellen’s mother, Reva Paul, the internationally acclaimed sugar artist, whose heralded hand decorated confections have been celebrated in the tea world for over five decades, introduced Ellen to Afternoon Tea with love. Reva’s products are often featured in national media.
Ellen Easton, an afternoon tea, etiquette, and lifestyle authority, in addition to her TEA TRAVELS™ writings as an author, columnist, and guest lecturer, is a consultant to the hospitality, food, retail, and special event industries, specializing in corporate training, afternoon tea, and the design of related products, believing that TEA IS THE LUXURY EVERYONE CAN AFFORD™!
Books and Media: (RED WAGON PRESS) THE AFTERNOON TEA GUIDE; TEA PARTIES; TEA TRAVELS™; A TEA PARTY PLANNER; TEA TRAVELS ™ FOR THE HOLIDAYS; TEA TRAVELS™ FOR CHILDREN; AFTERNOON TEA…TIPS, TERMS and TRADITIONS: Good $ense For $uccess™; Manners Do Matter™.
Through RED WAGON PRESS and TEA TRAVELS™, Ellen Easton is a contributing monthly columnist to several trade related periodicals, reaching hundreds of thousands readers, writing articles in TEA TRAVELS™ pertaining to the lifestyle interests of women.
ARTICLE COMMENTARY: After reviewing a copy of Etiquette Faux Pas and Other Misconceptions About Afternoon Tea by Ellen Easton, sources in the British Royal Household confirm the information as correct with the comments: “We would not make any amendments to the text” and “What a good article.” – September, 2004
PRINT & MEDIA COVERAGE: Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York Post, New York Daily News, Vogue, Chocolatier, Gourmet, Food Network; USA Today, Newsday, Palm Beach Society, Country Register, New York Magazine, Spotlight Magazine, Tea and Coffee Trade Journal, Tea Time, Tea Trade, Teatime Gazette, Whatscookingamerica.net; Nielsen-Massey.com; tea related periodicals, regional, and international newspapers and websites.
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: Gracie Mansion NYC, NY, Lord & Taylor, Sotheby’s NY, The National Academy Museum, House & Garden Magazine, Lady Mendl’s, The 92nd Street Y, The Ridgefield Library, The Acorn Club of Philadelphia, CHEF CENTRAL, Institute of Culinary Education, and the CO-founding of the Eastern Tea Conference in 1996.
CONSULTING and TRAINING:: Five-Star Hotels and Tearooms including: The Waldorf Astoria, The Plaza Hotel, The Mark, The Sagamore, and Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon.