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FEBRUARY 2023

02.11 / Edible Mushrooms of SoCal
10:00-12:30pm Cat + Raven Collective, Thousand Oaks CA

The mushroom season in Southern California is short lived, so be ready when the rains come with some introductory skills and knowledge of the species to look for in the Southern California area. We’ll discuss identification, tips and tricks to finding mushrooms in a dry Mediterranean climate, introductory cooking techniques and a gourmet culinary mushroom tasting.

REGISTER: EventBrite link

02.11 / Cooking With Wild Mushrooms
3:00-6:00pm Cat + Raven Collective, Thousand Oaks CA

Wild mushrooms are what’s for dinner! Learn how to cook various wild and store-bought fungi with forager and chef Jess Starwood.

What to do with chanterelles? Morels? Oysters? Truffles? From savory to sweet, we’ll discuss how to work with a wide variety of delicious mushrooms and how to extract their flavors and feature them in any creative dish.

This class is mostly demonstration based and will end with a sampling of different mushroom dishes.

REGISTER: EventBrite link.

02.15 / The Wild Path Spring Apprenticeship & 3 Month Course
Course & Apprenticeship Program Starts

NEW PROGRAM OPTIONS! Apprenticeship (limited to 4 students), Group or Virtual Only options now available.

APPLY NOW: Program Options & Application

02.18 / OJAI: Mushrooms of Southern California & Wild Food Lunch

9am-3pm
Hosted by Lanny Kaufer of Herb Walks in Ojai
REGISTER HERE
$145

02.19 / San Diego Fungus Fair

10:30am-3:30pm
Come stop by and buy signed copies of Mushroom Wanderland and my booth and enjoy the fair.

http://sdmyco.org/

02.25 / SATURDAY Mushroom Hunt & Wild Food Lunch

Ventura County, CA
10am-3pm
Explore and learn about wild mushrooms and how to hunt the elusive edible species in Southern California. Enjoy a wild food inspired lunch and mushroom cooking demo.
$125 Venmo @theforesttable to register, be sure to include your email address AND date/name of event in the comments.

02.26 / SUNDAY Mushroom Hunt & Wild Food Lunch

Ventura County, CA
10am-3pm
Explore and learn about wild mushrooms and how to hunt the elusive edible species in Southern California. Enjoy a wild food inspired lunch and mushroom cooking demo.
$125 Venmo @theforesttable to register, be sure to include your email address AND date/name of event in the comments.

MARCH 2023

03.18 / THE FOREST TABLE: Forager’s Spring Celebration!
10am-3pm Thousand Oaks CA

This seasonal event starts with two hour walking tour through our local area to discover and discuss edible and medicinal plants and mushrooms that we encounter. Then, followed with a cooking demo of wild foods and a gourmet tasting of wild foods and drinks by Jess Starwood.

REGISTER: Payment via Venmo $125 to @theforesttable to reserve your spot.

APRIL 2023

04.13-16 / ADVENTURE: DesertWild! Arizona Foraging Adventure
Cave Creek, Arizona

Explore the edible and medicinal abundance of the Sonoran Desert in the springtime. Our journey will cover the entire foraging process, from desert to table. We will explore the surrounding foothills, canyons and flowing creeks to identify the local wild edible and medicinal plants, learn sustainable and ethical harvesting practices, preparation, preservation, cooking and plating techniques.

All plant-based, organic meals and supplies included. We’ll hike through the forests of saguaros, gather wild foods and learn how to properly process them. Returning to camp, we’ll collectively cook a foraged dinner and dessert. Rest and relax under the rural desert sky for stargazing and sit around the campfire to share stories. Bring an instrument if you play one! We will take day trips out to explore other areas, such as higher elevations in Sedona and learn how to craft our own desert medicine.

REGISTER: Payment & Registration Info Here

04.22 / THE FOREST TABLE:
‘The Best of Spring’ Wild Food 8 Course Dinner
6-8pm, Thousand Oaks CA

Experience “A Taste of Place” with this eight course wild food dinner that showcases the best of the season in Southern California, by forager, herbalist and chef, Jess Starwood.
Limited to 20 guests.

REGISTER: Payment via Venmo $225 per person to @theforesttable to reserve your spot.

JULY 2023

07.26-08.2 / OAXACA MUSHROOM ADVENTURE
Cloud forests of Oaxaca, Mexico

Explore the unique high elevation cloud forests above Oaxaca, Mexico to learn about the unique edible and medicinal plants and mushrooms that grow there with Jess Starwood and Dennis Sharmahd. Experience the traditional culture and exceptional food in this region.

$2650
Includes lodging, meals, guided forest tours and traditional temazcal ceremony. Airfare is not included.

DETAILS & REGISTRATION


Private Events


If you are interested in a private class, workshop, interpretive plant walk or hike, wild food and drink tasting or private dinner, please contact me directly for details. Homeschool and group programs available by request. Contact me directly at jess@jstarwood.com to set up a memorable yet educational adventure for your group.

I am also currently considering event collaborations and teaching opportunities for 2023.