'T' Bar & Chado: The Japanese Way of Tea

at Farm & Table Restaurant

On November 3, special guests Troy Fernandez and Kevin Padilla performed in The ‘T’ House. Chado is the Japanese Way of Tea in the Urasenke Tradition in New Mexico. 

Chado is a traditional Japanese art form that celebrated the present moment with sharing a seasonal sweet by Farm & Table’s amazing pastry chef, Tracy Johnson and a bowl of matcha (powdered green tea) prepared by host for guests. This was a special event made especially for Farm & Table to celebrate the gifts of the autumn harvest here in New Mexico. 

When events are not taking place, The ‘T’ House is viewable as a static sculpture. It is on view October 15, 2016 – January 7, 2017. Concurrently in the gallery at 516 ARTS, visitors can listen to a sound installation by the artists as part of the DECADE exhibition. The sound piece features interviews about tea, plants and people from New Mexico, as well as other parts of the world, with subjects including architectural historians, Arita pottery masters, solvent chemists, synthetic biologists and herbalists, foragers and Fukukoka inspired farmers.

Inspired by a traditional teahouse, The ‘T’ House provides a physical, virtual and radio ‘platform’ for the performance, discussion and experience of the complex symbiotic relationships of humans and plants in and around Albuquerque, New Mexico and beyond. BioCultura artist Andrea Polli and architectural designer John Donalds imagine a future in which architectural systems are microbial and function in ways similar to mechanisms within a living tea plant. Codifed during the Edo period when Japan closed itself off from the outside world, a traditional Japanese teahouse was an example of extreme sustainability, a system in which all materials were re-used and waste was very limited.

Special thanks to Cherie Montoya and the Farm & Table extended network of growers and artisans. Andrea Polli, The ‘T’ House at Ideaxfactory, Springfield, Missouri, 2014