Lee Q. Garcia, Editor in Chief at Texas Tea and Travel Lee Q. Garcia

Having tea is such a delightful way to relieve stress. No matter what you’ve faced before that cup, it’s hard not to relax while enjoying a sip of tea.  Lee Q Garcia owns a niche marketing firm celebrating Texas’ growing love affair with tea and passion for historical events and travel.  Lee is an editor, tea blender, marketing consultant and educator. She sits on the board of Clay Art Museum (CAMEO) and is a member of the Texas Bed&Breakfast Assn, Go Texas and the Specialty Tea Institute. Celebrating 10 years of cultural travel in the lone star state, Lee and TEXAS TEA&TRAVEL Magazine are enhancing regional events and shopping for modern tea travelers.   Lee holds a BS in Agricultural Engineering and is authoring her first book.  


Elizabeth CerdaElizabeth Cerda

Elizabeth Cerda has been hosting tea parties for over 15 years for her church and at her home for children from 2 to 102!

With two granddaughters ages 2 and 3 the fun has truly begun!

For your children’s tea party questions, you can reach her at Tea4us2@aol.com.



Kaitlin MillerKaitlin Miller

Kaitlin Miller is a West Texas native and graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She now works as a freelance editor.

She enjoys sports, blogging, baking and musical theater. When she’s not writing, she’s trying to keep up with her Australian Shepherd puppy.



Elizabeth Escobedo

Elizabeth Escobedo

Elizabeth Escobedo is a culinary instructor, food writer and tea lover. She teaches at Central Market, Lake Austin Spa, and private events. Elizabeth loves to incorporate tea as a surprise ingredient in many of her recipes. She resides in Houston, Texas, and on her free time, she enjoys travelling, organic gardening, and enjoying teatime with family and friends.



Stephanie Miller, contributor to Texas Tea and TravelStephanie Miller

Stephanie Miller is a journalist who enjoys tennis, photography, and sharing tea and cultural event-related travel finds with Texas Tea Travel readers. She enjoys needlework and hopes learn to quilt someday, when time allows. Most of all, she loves spending time with her wonderful family and sweet yellow Lab.



Janet Pool, Contributor to Texas Tea and TravelJanet Pool

Janet Pool, from Round Rock, TX, enjoys reading, traveling with her husband, paper crafts and, of course, anything related to tea!

Read more with Janet at letshaveatea.googlepages.com



Penny Ward

Penny Ward

Penny Ward  is a Certified Etiquette Instructor and Certified Tea & Etiquette Instructor. She is a Speaker, an Event Planner, and the owner of It’s an Affair of the Heart.  She is also the Founder & Director of Houston Academy of Etiquette & Protocol, and can be contacted at www.pennyward.com



Michelle Lindsey, Contributor to Texas Tea and Travel

Michelle Lindsey

Michelle Lindsey has loved tea since spending afternoons at her grandparent’s having tea parties with her grandmother’s silver tea set. She collected teacups from around the world while her husband served in the Army. Michelle is now the proud owner of her grandmother’s silver tea set and spends her free time between needlepoint and supporting military families.



Virginia Walker

Virginia Walker, ED. D.

Virginia Walker is a retired public education administrator and currently the owner of Sandstone Street Bed and Breakfast. She enjoys hosting tea parties for all occasions at the B&B and entertaining ladies groups who hold their meetings in the dining and living rooms. Virginia enjoys traveling, working in the garden, playing with her grandchildren, and savoring tea time with friends.



Rose Ann CookRose Ann Cook

Rose Ann Cook is the owner of Quilter’s Emporium Quilt Shop in the Houston/ Stafford area. The store celebrates its 10th year in 2014 and has been featured as a Top 10 Shop in the Fall 2010 issue of Quilt Sampler magazine. Rose Ann is the author of “Czecherboard Quilts- Stories from My Father’s Family”.



Karen Paige HillmanKaren Paige Hillman

Karen is recognized as one of South Florida’s leading photographic artists.  Her hand-tinted black and white portraits capture special moments in time, ones that will surely create precious family heirlooms.  Karen’s inspiration to become involved in this art form came from collecting antique hand colored postcards.  One of Karen’s greatest passions is presenting artistic retreats around the country, the Lone Star State is one of her favorite retreat destinations.  To learn more about Karen Hillman’s art and events, visit her blog atancientqueendesigns.blogspot.com. For information about Whitworth Ranch Retreat visit whitworth-ranch-retreat.com or call (817) 706-8118.



Heather Clary, Contributor to Texas Tea and TravelHeather Clary

Heather is a Certified Tea Master. She is a native Houstonian, Texas Aggie and a single mother of three children. Her interests include Japanese tea ceremonies, tea blending, traveling, quilting, and running.



Paula Myer Paula Myers

Paula  is a recent emptynester who enjoys nothing better than a good cuppa tea and a “sit-down”. She also loves living in Houston and exploring the many opportunities for tea her city affords – often with a book beside her.



Lisa Walker, Contributor to Texas Tea and Travel Lisa Walker

Lisa Walker is co-owner of Buttons ‘n’ Bows in Houston, along with her mother, Marge Yetts. The shop has been in business for more than 30 yrs serving greater Houston with smocking and heirloom sewing supplies and classes. They provide a full selection of quilting fabrics, books and notions.



Tea Tour at Bayou BendSylvia Raupple

Sylvia is an author and educator on the subject of tea. She is the author of “Texas HospitaliTea,” a guidebook to planning and hosting teas. Sylvia lives in Dallas.



Archana PyattArchana Pyatt
Archana is a true tea enthusiast. Her passion for tea has served as a platform for writing, traveling and finally opening her own tea room. Serenitea Tea Room, located in Sugarland, TX is not only a place for lunch and Afternoon Tea but also a venue to share the knowledge of tea and all things related.



Tea Tour at Bayou BendBecky Watts

Becky is owner and chef of Small Potatoes Catering, serving the Collin County area for 10 years. She has recently retired from wedding and large event catering and now specializes in offering off site catering for brunch, luncheons, and tea events. Her newest venture is the production of SPC Sorbet and Shortbread featuring all natural ingredients and seasonal flavors. Check the website for more information: www.smallpotatoescatering.com



Kathi RussellKathi Russell

Kathi was born in Boston, and surrounded by her mother, aunts and grandmother , originating from Scotland, afternoon tea has always been a ritual in her family. It was at the knee of her grandmother, Mary, that a passion for tea served in elegant English tea cups, was born. In a small town of Franklin, Michigan, an opportunity arose to open The Franklin Village Tea Room in 2005. After retiring to Atlanta, Kathi found another opportunity to open a tea room in the beautiful antebellum town of Madison. Opening in the fall, this tea room will host the same wonderful environment which allows tea lovers to come together and enjoy the art of taking tea.


Marci PeschkeMarci Peschke

Marci is an author and school librarian who has been a tea lover for over twenty years. She is the co-founder of the Tea With Friends Club in Dallas, Texas.



Lydia E. HarrisLydia E. Harris
Lydia earned her M.A. in Home Economics from the University of Washington with an emphasis in family relationships. Her background in teaching and eleven years of experience as a grandmother prepared her to write this easy-to-follow, practical, and inspiring Bible study.
Lydia has also contributed to thirteen books and has written hundreds of articles, devotionals, book reviews, and personal experience stories.


Carol SimsCarol Sims
Co-founder of Tea Embassy in Austin, Texas, Carol has authored of Tea Treasures and More Cookbook and blog.teatreasures.com.

She is a Tea Consultant and speaker, enjoying tea with her new grandchildren.



Cindy_PriceCindy Price

Cindy is a tea aficionado who collects teacups and French chocolate cups. Cindy hosts an annual Valentines for Veterans Tea in her Houston area home, where neighborhood ladies make handmade valentines for delivery to the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Medical Center in Houston. A self-described “19th century soul,” Cindy enjoys the health benefits from tea as well as the historical connections to tea’s illustrious past. For tea’s future she would like to see more American tea production since tea is an environmentally-friendly crop. www.AuthorCindyPrice.com

Lisa_MorrowLisa K. Morrow
As a decorator and teacher for 30 years, Lisa has spoken to dozens of women’s organizations and church groups across Texas on the pleasures of home as she learned them so well from her mother and dad who helped each of their children celebrate the life God had given them. If you are interested in arranging a program for your club or civic organization, Lisa can be reached at www.sewfunwithmrsmorrow.com . She and her husband, Jim, live in McAllen, Texas.



Jennifer_BestJenn Best
President & Founder of Steeped and Infused, located in Toronto, Ontario Canada offers a premium selection of quality loose leaf teas. Jennifer’s personal challenges with her health introduced her to the world of tea and the many healing properties tea promotes. Having personally benefited from a lifestyle that includes a variety of quality loose leaf teas, she brings her passion, insight and commitment to health to her customers.


Tea Tour at Bayou BendDoreen Pike
Being Canadian and having a love for Tea, Doreen loves visiting Tea Rooms across Texas and Canada with her Aunt Bernadette.




Dr-VannDr. Don Vann

Dr. Vann is a Regent’s Professor of English, Retired, and Professor Emeritus at the University of North Texas. A co-founder of the Denton Dickens Fellowship, he is also a member of the London Dickens Fellowship and the London Pickwick Club.