Taste Wild: Virtual Native Foods Tasting - SOLD OUT




6 pm - 7 pm

Taste Wild! We are excited to bring you a delicious spread of desserts that are lovingly crafted with seasonal flowers, herbs and other ingredients that speak to the true flavors of California. Join us virtually and taste along as we enjoy these specialty desserts prepared with California native plants and learn about the amazing culinary uses, cultural legacies and health benefits of these remarkable species. California Botanic Garden is partnering with As You Like It, one of our fabulous caterers at the Garden, and the Chia Café Collective (CCC). CCC is a group of local tribal members and collaborators that honors indigenous people and their vast traditional knowledge and spiritual relationship to the land, as well as the nutritional and medicinal bounty of native plants.

Event registrants will be able to pick up a bakery box of four remarkably unique desserts made with native plants, including an elderflower lemon tart, black sage fudge, bay laurel pound cake and a Sonoran cookie! Within the box will be recipes, tasting notes and instructions for joining us at the private virtual tasting event via Zoom on Thursday, May 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 treats. We will then delight in each dessert, 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!


$35 Member | $45 Public | $60 VIP

Want to help support our Garden? Upgrade to the VIP box and receive a limited-edition, first-release California Botanic Garden tote bag along with some additional swag! You'll also get an additional mystery dessert!

Pickup of bakery boxes is available at California Botanic Garden. We will contact all event registrants and schedule a pickup time on Wednesday and Thursday, May 13 and 14. When you arrive for your pickup reservation, staff will direct you to a parking bay where your bakery box will be located. Physical distancing guidelines will be followed.

Delivery is available for an additional $10 fee to the following zip codes: 91711, 91786, 91784, 91767, 91773, 91750. To opt in for delivery, please type "1" (or a number equal to the number of addresses you would like us to deliver to) on the $10 delivery field before checking out. Staff reserve the right to decline delivery even if you are located in one of these zip codes depending on scheduling and distance.


Once you register for this event, staff will contact you to confirm your order and pickup or delivery 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.

Desserts may be subject to change

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