“At Esalen, we're blessed to be situated in a culinary paradise,” writes Esalen chef Phillip Burrus. “Our on-site farm and garden produces a bounty of fruits and vegetables year round, and our local community is thick with culinary treasures in every season.”
In this course, we'll explore a broad range of techniques — from the ancient to the modern — for making the most of local, seasonal produce. Participants will receive hands-on experience in the crafts of preserving, pickling, curing, sun drying, smoking, confit, wild fermentation, and more.
Each day, the group will harvest fresh produce from the Esalen garden, and prepare amazing meals together. Chef Phillip will share his experiences teaching and cooking at Esalen and in Big Sur, and draw inspiration from his travels and explorations of culinary traditions. Together, the group will practice creative ways to transform simple ingredients into dishes that inspire and tell a story. This is a great week for cooks of all levels, and a must for anyone who's ever wondered what to do with all of the abundance at the farmer's market.
($50 materials fee paid directly to the leader)