North Woods Cuisine: A Wild Culinary & Ecological Experience
Experience North Woods cuisine like never before while we expand the realm of possibilities for “local” food. This course is both a culinary experience and field-based exploration of the boreal forest. To begin, we’ll head into the field for a plant walk in several habitats, learning how to identify and sustainably harvest our ingredients, along with an overview of the ecology and natural history of the area. The afternoon will be spent on campus preparing our dinner. Some dishes will be new recipes inspired by the ingredients themselves. Other dishes will employ methods and styles of regional cooking from around the world, utilizing the ingredients that exist in the northern environment. That evening, we will consume an interactive tasting menu with 12 courses, comparable to a fine dining experience that will feature dishes sure to expand your palate. Woven into the entire class will be discussion of food chemistry and physics, natural history, sustainability, foraging and wildcrafting, cooking styles, and techniques as they relate to each dish and the ecology from which each was derived. This promises to be an unforgettable and unique experience on the North Shore.
You will need the following tools for this class:
clothing and accoutrements appropriate for the outdoors plant walk, including light hiking
beverage of choice to enjoy with dinner (adult beverages are okay)
Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.