Join us for an introduction to fermentation workshop on Saturday, April 16th 10-12.
About Fermentation: Fermentation is one of the oldest methods for preserving food. All around the world people have been transforming food with the help of microbes for thousands of years. Fermented foods likely make up a large part of your diet including foods such as chocolate, cheese, coffee, yogurt, olives, salami, and beer and wine. Fermented foods are popular because they often result in unique and complex flavor-packed foods that cannot be found elsewhere. In recent years we are seeing more and more people turning back to traditional fermenting traditions to embrace healthy, flavorful, and affordable foods.
About the Workshop: The purpose of this workshop is to provide you some basic knowledge about fermenting foods. We will delve into both the scientific basis of how fermented foods affect health and the techniques used for at-home fermentation projects. We will focus on fermented foods including kombucha tea, vegetable ferments, sauerkraut, and honey ferments.
Workshop participants will be able to sample various fermented foods at a “tasting station” and will go home with kombucha starter kit including a kombucha scoby, a starter amount of kombucha tea, and instructions on how to brew your own.
Cost: $25. Limited spots. Sign up required.
Presenters Bios: Mike Dechter – Mike has been an ecologist and environmental planner for over a decade. He has been collecting and cooking with wild and fermented foods for the past several years. Mike works with local restaurants and other organizations such as the Flagstaff Arboretum to educate others on local and wild foods and use traditional knowledge to make them both relevant and delicious.
Jake Ochsankehl – Jake is a cuisine and food enthusiast. He has been working in restaurants for nine years and has turned his eye to foraging and fermentation for the last two years. Jake is currently the head chef for the restaurants associated with the Weatherford Hotel.