Royal/T, Susan Hancock’s Japanese concept in Culver City’s gallery district that combines pop art, food, tea and maid service, is hosting the 11th annual Kulov Tea Festival from May 13 – 15. Kulov first started event to help his niece celebrate Valentine’s Day. Admission is free, but tastings, workshops and labs cost $10 - $25 apiece. Tonight from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., the marquee event involves a screening of the film “The Meaning of Tea,” including a discussion of with Director Scott Chamberlin Hoyt, live music by KCRW’s Tom Schnabel, and tastings by The Hankook Tea Company. May 14 and May 15 sessions run from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. One highlight is a “Tea Patisserie” seminar with Jin Patisserie chef-owner Kristy Choo, who will showcase tea-infused sweets on May 14 from 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
On May 14 from 2 p.m – 5 p.m., the roving No Cookie Left Behind bake sale is hosting a No Abbot Kinney Cookie Left Behind bake sale at the Tortoise General Store on Venice’s Abbot Kinney Boulevard, with 100% of the proceeds going to the International Medical Corps. Several Westside bakeries and restaurants are contributing sweets, and Seattle’s Theo Chocolate is shipping bars south to benefit Japanese disaster relief. [The Feast]