We're bringing native foods back to you! We are back with Taste Wild II: Savor the Fall! Don't miss your chance to taste along on Saturday, November 14 as we enjoy several food items that have been lovingly crafted with California native plant ingredients.
Taste Wild II participants will be able to pick up a box of delicious savory food items prepared with native plants. Then, join us virtually and taste along as we enjoy these foods and learn about the culinary uses, cultural legacies and health benefits of the remarkable plants used in each recipe.
California Botanic Garden is partnering with As You Like It, one of our fabulous caterers at the Garden, and Abe Sanchez of the Chia Café Collective (CCC). CCC is a group of local tribal members and collaborators that honors indigenous people and their vast traditional knowledge of the nutritional and medicinal bounty of native plants.
Our Taste Wild II box includes: Desert Seed Crackers, Sage Pesto, Saltbush (Atriplex) seasoning condiment (with a package of gourmet microwave popcorn to sample it on), and a mesquite flour baguette with tepary bean and oreganillo bruschetta. Each box will also include recipes, tasting notes and instructions for joining us at a private virtual tasting event via Zoom on Saturday, November 14 from 6 pm - 7 pm.
The virtual event will include a keynote address from Abe Sanchez of CCC. Our Caterer, As You Like It, will share some of their experiences in crafting these delectable foods. We will then delight in each item, introducing the recipe and ingredients. Abe will share insights about the nutritional aspects, flavors and cultural relevance of the included plants. California Botanic Garden staff will share the ecological importance of each species and how you can include these plants in your home garden so that you can prepare these delicacies yourself from sustainably harvested ingredients!
$40 Member | $45 Public | $60 VIP
Want to help support our Garden even more? Upgrade to the VIP box and receive a small bottle of native bay laurel infused olive oil and a packet of bay laurel leaves for your culinary adventures, along with some additional swag!
Pick-up of boxes will be available at California Botanic Garden. Staff will contact all event registrants to schedule pick-up times on Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14. Remember to wear your mask and plan to maintain physical distancing.
Once you register for this event, staff will contact you to confirm pick-up details. A few days before the virtual tasting event, you will be sent Zoom event information. It is advisable that you learn how to use Zoom before this event. We will also share a recording of the event afterwards, in case you prefer to watch at your own leisure. Food items may be subject to change.
This event will sell out! Get your box(es) today! Registration closes on Tuesday, November 10.