Video: Multicultural Teahouse

23 Jul

A short video produced by Amy Visser, a talented Community Service Learning student from the University of Alberta, who worked with the Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative, summer 2013.


Two Pop-Up Teahouses This Week – September 13 & 15

12 Sep

On Thursday September 13th, we will be popping up as part of the reception at “Closing the Food Gap”, part of the City of Edmonton’s the Way We Green Speaker Series.

Closing the Food Gap
Thursday, September 13
Art Gallery of Alberta
2 Sir Winston Churchill Square

7:00 to 9:00 pm
Panel Discussion
Lobby (Main Level)
A panel of experts will be discussing audience-submitted questions regarding
food, food policy and how these can create a healthier and more sustainable

Mack Male – local food blogger  –

Please stay for a “pop-up tea house”, celebrating the mid-autumn moon festival. This will include a tea pouring ceremony, refreshments and music by Chilean guitarist/singer Gerardo Sebastian Barrera De la Torre.

Both these events are free. However, registration is required for the evening session. Please register at

For more information, please contact


On Saturday September 15th, we will be part of Latitude 53’s Visualeyez Festival.

Date: Sept 15, 2012 (Saturday)
Time:  2 to 4 pm,
Location:  Latitude 53, 10248-106 St.Tickets for the guests will be $10 and include tea and a plate of yummy eats.
Three different performers from the Bhutanese, Cambodian and Karen communities will take part and perform their perspective on Loneliness, the curatorial theme of Latitude 53’s Visualeyez Festival.  Other Visualeyez performances will be taking place in conjunction with the pop-up tea house event.
We would love to see you there.

Next Saturday! Pop-Up Teahouse & Art Gallery!

18 Mar

Download Poster PDF here


Pop-Up Multicultural Teahouse and Art Gallery Springs to Life in McCauley!

 A one of a kind recipe for beau-tea, uni-tea and equi-tea!

 For one day, March 24, 2012, Pacific Café, 10876-97th Street, will be transformed into a pop-up multicultural teahouse and art gallery, followed by an evening coffeehouse featuring music and poetry.  This is the collaborative efforts of the Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative, E4C and a dedicated team of volunteers.

This pop-up teahouse is a test-run of a social enterprise model that has art, food, and the livelihoods of immigrant women at its heart. The unique tea-time menu reflects spring traditions from very different parts of the world, and has been designed by immigrant women who are both cooks and poets.

Come join us to learn about the multicultural teahouse project, and share your ideas for a community space in the McCauley Neighbourhood!

March 24, 2012

 Pacific Café, 10876-97th Street, Edmonton

Pop-Up Teahouse and Art Gallery, 12:00 – 5:00 PM

  • In celebration of spring, the menu will feature Ukrainian Easter treats as well as Kurdish Noruz (new year) treats.
  • Artwork by Pedro Rodriguez, Randy Hayashi and other artists, which reflect the themes of spring, renewal, and life, will be exhibited, and available for purchase.
  • Featuring the music of Ukrainian classical guitarist, Petrishin Polujin, from 3:00-4:00PM.
  • Members of Writers Beyond Borders will share poetry from their newly released anthology, Writing in the Margins, a compilation of works by multilingual and immigrant writers in Edmonton.

The purpose of the pop-up teahouse is to use food and art to build social capital, relationships, and community, while testing out a business model of the multicultural teahouse as a social enterprise.

 McCauley Connects Coffeehouse, 7:00 PM – 10:00PM

  • Music, poetry and open mic
  • Featuring the music of Paula Kirman

See the Facebook Event here.


Multicultural Tea Service at Common Ground Festival – February 11, 2012

11 Feb

We were honoured to be part of the Common Ground Festival in Giovanni Caboto Park, on February 11, 2012.

We shared conversation, tea and treats in a teepee, gathered around a wood-fired stove.

This was our menu:

Multicultural Tea Service

Saturday February 11, 12-3pm

Come taste tea and conversation from around the world!

Prepared by friends of the Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative!

12pm – 1pm

 African Ginger Tea

prepared by Bola

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1pm – 2pm

Jasmine Tea

prepared by Nhan

Russian Tea

prepared by Liliana

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2pm – 3pm

Jasmine Tea

prepared by Nhan

Hot Chocolate from the Dominican Republic

prepared by Cristabel

First Multicultural Teahouse – November 19, 2011

19 Nov



The multicultural teahouse will be the centre of a community space alive with art, food, poetry and conversation that will inspire us to explore new relationships, connections, and strategies that together will create the strong foundation for creative and artful community living.

The food we grow, prepare and share in the teahouse will celebrate our diverse heritages as well as the joy we take in exploring new combinations – the fusion of our Canadian identity that is lived every day in the McCauley community.

Everything you taste today tells our story!!

Fresh Pressed Apple Cider

A tangy taste of home distilled from crab-apples gathered by Operation Fruit Rescue, a local volunteer-run organization that rescues fruit grown within Edmonton, then redistributes it – building healthier communities!

First Tea– Pear Blossom Tea


Cherry tomatoes with basil and sun dried tomatoes

A combination inspired by the rituals of a Hong Kong teahouse.

Cucumber with lemon and soya sauce

We will have an edible community garden, where we will grow fresh produce for the teahouse and the community.

Assorted nuts

A crunchy snack found on the tables of the teahouses of Asia.

Pumpkin Soup

A savoury concoction made with seasonal, local ingredients.


Second Tea –  Ti Kuan Yin (Iron Buddha)


The World On One Platter

Sarah’s Biscuits, with Saskatoon Berry & Wild Blueberry Jam

A biscuit recipe from Chile paired with jam from berries native to the Canadian prairies.

Kim Chi Rice Pops

Nhan’s crunchy creation gives a fusion twist to a Korean staple.

California Rolls and Avocado Cucumber Rolls

A favourite finger food prepared for us by Mikado restaurant.

Bourak Turkish Cheese Pancakes

Firozeh’s creation of the most popular item enjoyed with tea in Turkey.

Maté – A South American infusion that is good for the body and the soul.



Vietnamese Lá Dứa Cake

A visual and tasty delight created by marrying Lá Dứa leaves and coconut milk.

Susana’s Tea Time Treats

Strawberry & hazelnut sweets inspired by joyful childhood memories of preparing “tea party” treats with our moms or grandmothers.


A honey infused treat from a popular Middle Eastern bakery in North Edmonton

Cristabel’s Cocoa

The ultimate hot chocolate made with spices and cocoa from the Dominican Republic.