In this unique educational dining experience, participants will enjoy a gourmet eight course meal featuring unusual wild plants and mushrooms foraged from the local environment which will be prepared and served in a fine dining style. Between courses, Jess Starwood, local herbalist, forager and chef will present the plants and mushrooms used in each dish to explain their important health benefits and how to incorporate them into meals for everyday use and special occasions. Each course will be crafted from seasonal wild foods and organic ingredients sourced from local farms. Locally brewed drinks including mead, elderberry wine and herbal beers will be served and discussed throughout the meal. The meal is plant-based and free of gluten, soy, refined sugars, egg and dairy.
This event is part of The Forest Table project by Jess Starwood, where she aims to present the abundance of what our natural environment offers us through the lens of creative, educational and multi-sensorial community experiences. These events highlight locally sourced foods to bridge the connection between the forest and the people. Memorable experiences shape and influence people’s minds and hearts. Through these unique experiences, she hopes to cultivate a renewed sense of respect and responsibility for the care-taking of our land for a positive and sustainable future.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a stand-alone special event associated with the Symposium to be held at Fisher Hall, 409 Topa Topa Drive, Ojai CA 93023. It is not included in the price of Symposium registration. Please click on the TICKETS link below and then select this event in the dropdown PayPal button on that page to secure your reservation.