Calendar

February 2020


2/2: Fungi of the Forest: Walk, Talk & Tasting

Join herbalist, forager and chef Jess Starwood on a walk through the winter forest in search of edible and medicinal mushrooms. We will discuss fungi identification, hunting tips and tricks, and other edible winter finds in Southern California. Afterwards, enjoy gourmet wild inspired food and drink featuring the flavors of the season.

SOLD OUT, thank you! This is the only mushroom class I am teaching this season. Contact me for private or weekday group classes.

More details and registration

2/29: Healing with Medicinal Plants Workshop & Wild Food Lunch

In this full day workshop, Dr. Jim Adams will teach about native medicinal plants on a local trail in the morning, followed by a workshop in the afternoon to learn how to make medicine from these important plants. Jess Starwood will offer a gourmet tasting of local wild foods and beverages.

Jim Adams has a PhD in Pharmacology and studied with a Chumash Indian Healer for 14 years. In this class, he will teach medicinal plant identification and uses. You will be able to make a powerful pain liniment for your own use. You will be taught how to cure chronic pain. You will also be able to learn the uses of several other plants for other conditions. His book “Healing with medicinal plants of the west” will be available for purchase.

Jess Starwood is an herbalist, forager and plant based chef in the Los Angeles area. She has a Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine and training in holistic nutrition and mycology. She offers exclusive multi-course wild food dinners and teaches herbalism and wild food classes and workshops for adults and children.

February 29th, 2020
10am-4pm
Thousand Oaks, CA (Exact address will be provided after registration)
No refunds after 7 days prior to event due to food preparations.
$100, includes lunch and beverages

Registration coming soon.

March 2020


3/7-3/9: Desert WILD: Forage Arizona

Explore the abundance of the Sonoran Desert in spring after the winter rains have quenched the desert’s thirst. Our journey will start with the entire foraging process, from desert to table on Saturday, then on Sunday we will dive deeply into the medicine of the desert—making our own medicines, but also exploring the spiritual side of what the desert offers. We will explore the surrounding foothills to identify the local wild edible and medicinal plants, learn sustainable and ethical harvesting practices, preparation, preservation, cooking and plating techniques. All meals included.

More details and registration here

3/29: The Forest Table: Spring

Join me for a celebration of the wild foods of spring in Southern California.
12 guests and 12 courses. Invitation only. Location TBD. $225

For details and application, please email me at theforesttable@gmail.com

June 2020


5/21: The Forest Table: Summer

Join me for a celebration of the wild foods of summer in Southern California.
12 guests and 12 courses. Invitation only. Location TBD. $225

For details and application, please email me at theforesttable@gmail.com

september 2020


9/27: The Forest Table: autumn

Join me for a celebration of the wild foods of Autumn in Southern California.
12 guests and 12 courses. Invitation only. Location TBD. $225

For details and application, please email me at theforesttable@gmail.com

December 2020


12/20: The Forest Table: winter

Join me for a celebration of the wild foods of Winter in Southern California.
12 guests and 12 courses. Invitation only. Location TBD. $225

For details and application, please email me at theforesttable@gmail.com

PRIVATE EVENTS & CLASSES:

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: theforesttable@gmail.com