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Changes for EA
We appreciate you.

Edible Alchemy is going through exciting changes this summer!
After much deliberation, we have decided to take a hiatus from our beloved shareprogram through the summer and into the fall.  The last day for EA shares will be May 30th.  Our plans are to re-evaluate where we are in late September and decide whether or not to continue.
We value your support, excitement, community, and dedication to EA over the past 6 years.  This is not an easy choice for us, but it will allow Edible Alchemy to develop & evolve in new ways.  We need the space to grow and focus.  Our workshops, community dinners, mobile kitchen projects, chef’s collective and rooftop garden are asking for more of our time nowadays, and we’re ready to give it to them!
Keep your eyes peeled for our workshops, dinners, brunches, events, and more happening throughout the summer and blooming in the fall.   We’re not going away, but rather changing how we do things.  We will continue to stock pickles, kimchi, jams chocolate, cold drinks, kombucha, and such for purchase during workshops & events.  You are welcome to stop by Eco by appointment to pick things up (email ediblealchemy@gmail.com to arrange this).Our Feastival Fundraiser will be Saturday July 25th at Eco, still!  Save the date, and keep your ears and eyes out for how to participate and be involved.  We’ll have an underground dinner, music, dancing, workshops, performances, and special speakers. We’ll be splitting all funds raised with the Eco Collective for our community house repairs and upkeep.  Edible Alchemy funds raised will go into :

-a workshop scholarship fund (to cover tuition for anyone to apply.)
-free workshop days with guest teachers & hands on food workshops (funds to cover material expenses)
-community event hosting
– our food scholarship program (even without the shares we always have extra veggies & pickles)
-have an idea?  let us know where our funds can best support the community!!!

To continue on your healthy vegetable train:
Consider a CSA
-Our friend at the Urban Canopy have an amazing locally focused CSA called the LUCSA.  Including bread, kombucha, baked goods, canned goods, and other locally artisan made goodies.  Available weekly delivered for $40/week or a half share for  $25/week.  Contact them for more information LUCSA@theurbancanopy.org
-Check out the Local Beet’s CSA guide.  The 2015 guide isn’t yet up, but the 2014 guide has great resources that will be very similar to the 2015 guide.
Check out Chicago Farmer’s Markets
-Our weekly Sunday Pilsen market has amazing vendors in the Byline Bank parking lot at Halsted & 18th on Sundays.
The Green City Market has a huge variety, and most of the vendors that we source from for EA.  Located at Clark just south of Lincon, each Wednesday & Saturday through October.
the Chicago Farmer’s Market Guide has lots of information for whatever neighborhood you’re in.
Support Local Grocery Stores & Local Economies!
Belli’s Juice Bar : 1223 W 18th Street : http://www.bellischicago.com/
-Plenty Good Food : 2036 W Division Street, just west of Damen :  773-270-1509
www.plentygoodfood.com
-Open Produce : 1635 East 55th Street:   (773) 496-4327
-The Green Grocer : 1402 W Grand Ave : http://www.greengrocerchicago.com/
-Newleaf Natural Grocery : 1261 W Loyola : http://newleafnatural.net/
Join an established or a budding Chicago land Co-operative
-The Dill Pickle Food Co-op is well alive and kickin’ in Logan Square. 3039 W Fullerton Ave http://dillpickle.coop/
-The Chicago Market Co-op is in the toddler stages of getting things up and running.  Become a member now to support their endeavors as they grow!http://www.chicagomarket.coop/
-The Oak Park based Sugar Beet Co-op is building it’s grocery location now.  Education, grocery, deli, and more on the way! https://sugarbeetcoop.squarespace.com/
Once again, we value YOU, and your dedication to your health, local economies, local food systems, healthy organic food, and to Edible Alchemy.  We thank you deeply for helping us to grow and learn as we built this project from idea infancy to maturity.  We couldn’t have done it without each and everyone of you.  Thank you for lending your hands, lending your energy, well wishes, good intentions, celebrations, helping us sort & drive & decorate & organize & clean & cook & eat.  You are what inspires us within EA, and you are what we are working towards deepening and developing events & experiences for in the future.
In the light of being fully transparent with you all we’d like to share our thoughts in what went into making this decision.
-It’s hard for us to keep our prices down & coordinators compensated with infrequent volunteering by our members.  Our financials are structured assuming all members will lend a hand to keep coordinators work load lower, thusly more of a a cooperative model.  We’ve moved away from this volunteerism and cooperation in past years and more towards a normal business, which we never intended to do.
-Running a grocery store has never been our intention, and we recognize that the amount of time we’re able to put into the store/share program is hindering our ability to pursue other avenues of EA that we want to develop.
–There are many more CSA share programs, farmers markets, local stores, big corporate stores, and home delivery programs that offer very similar services to EA.  We have found that our share sales have suffered with the advent of these (exciting and awesome) other services.  We don’t believe in putting EA funds into large scale marketing, thus our share sales and reach has diminished.  Spending our time looking for sales & scrambling to disseminate losses with preservation is stressful and not the best use of our time, we have decided.
-We need a break.  We’ve been doing this for 6 years now, and have found it hard with our once a week pickup to consistently employ other individuals for more than a few months at a time.  Constant training and reteaching of our method takes much of our time.-Our other projects want to take priority in our lives: Andrea’s dance performance career is taking off, Dietrich’s yoga teaching is soaring, and workshops on food & preserving & hooping & anatomy are being asked for much more than we can give them.  Extra time will allow us to pursue workshops & events, education & community to a greater level.

In short, this has been a very, very hard decision.  But one that we ultimately knew was coming.  We want to thank the food pod at Alchemist‘s Anonymous for getting us on our feet, and each and everyone of you who has come to volunteer and support this beautiful project.  We hope that you continue to co-create with us in the future!  The best is yet to come.

with love,
Andrea & Dietrich

We appreciate you.

Edible Alchemy is going through exciting changes this summer!
After much deliberation, we have decided to take a hiatus from our beloved shareprogram through the summer and into the fall.  The last day for EA shares will be May 30th.  Our plans are to re-evaluate where we are in late September and decide whether or not to continue.
We value your support, excitement, community, and dedication to EA over the past 6 years.  This is not an easy choice for us, but it will allow Edible Alchemy to develop & evolve in new ways.  We need the space to grow and focus.  Our workshops, community dinners, mobile kitchen projects, chef’s collective and rooftop garden are asking for more of our time nowadays, and we’re ready to give it to them!
Keep your eyes peeled for our workshops, dinners, brunches, events, and more happening throughout the summer and blooming in the fall.   We’re not going away, but rather changing how we do things.  We will continue to stock pickles, kimchi, jams chocolate, cold drinks, kombucha, and such for purchase during workshops & events.  You are welcome to stop by Eco by appointment to pick things up (email ediblealchemy@gmail.com to arrange this).Our Feastival Fundraiser will be Saturday July 25th at Eco, still!  Save the date, and keep your ears and eyes out for how to participate and be involved.  We’ll have an underground dinner, music, dancing, workshops, performances, and special speakers. We’ll be splitting all funds raised with the Eco Collective for our community house repairs and upkeep.  Edible Alchemy funds raised will go into :

-a workshop scholarship fund (to cover tuition for anyone to apply.)
-free workshop days with guest teachers & hands on food workshops (funds to cover material expenses)
-community event hosting
– our food scholarship program (even without the shares we always have extra veggies & pickles)
-have an idea?  let us know where our funds can best support the community!!!

To continue on your healthy vegetable train:
Consider a CSA
-Our friend at the Urban Canopy have an amazing locally focused CSA called the LUCSA.  Including bread, kombucha, baked goods, canned goods, and other locally artisan made goodies.  Available weekly delivered for $40/week or a half share for  $25/week.  Contact them for more information LUCSA@theurbancanopy.org
-Check out the Local Beet’s CSA guide.  The 2015 guide isn’t yet up, but the 2014 guide has great resources that will be very similar to the 2015 guide.
Check out Chicago Farmer’s Markets
-Our weekly Sunday Pilsen market has amazing vendors in the Byline Bank parking lot at Halsted & 18th on Sundays.
The Green City Market has a huge variety, and most of the vendors that we source from for EA.  Located at Clark just south of Lincon, each Wednesday & Saturday through October.
the Chicago Farmer’s Market Guide has lots of information for whatever neighborhood you’re in.
Support Local Grocery Stores & Local Economies!
Belli’s Juice Bar : 1223 W 18th Street : http://www.bellischicago.com/
-Plenty Good Food : 2036 W Division Street, just west of Damen :  773-270-1509
www.plentygoodfood.com
-Open Produce : 1635 East 55th Street:   (773) 496-4327
-The Green Grocer : 1402 W Grand Ave : http://www.greengrocerchicago.com/
-Newleaf Natural Grocery : 1261 W Loyola : http://newleafnatural.net/
Join an established or a budding Chicago land Co-operative
-The Dill Pickle Food Co-op is well alive and kickin’ in Logan Square. 3039 W Fullerton Ave http://dillpickle.coop/
-The Chicago Market Co-op is in the toddler stages of getting things up and running.  Become a member now to support their endeavors as they grow!http://www.chicagomarket.coop/
-The Oak Park based Sugar Beet Co-op is building it’s grocery location now.  Education, grocery, deli, and more on the way! https://sugarbeetcoop.squarespace.com/
Once again, we value YOU, and your dedication to your health, local economies, local food systems, healthy organic food, and to Edible Alchemy.  We thank you deeply for helping us to grow and learn as we built this project from idea infancy to maturity.  We couldn’t have done it without each and everyone of you.  Thank you for lending your hands, lending your energy, well wishes, good intentions, celebrations, helping us sort & drive & decorate & organize & clean & cook & eat.  You are what inspires us within EA, and you are what we are working towards deepening and developing events & experiences for in the future.
In the light of being fully transparent with you all we’d like to share our thoughts in what went into making this decision.
-It’s hard for us to keep our prices down & coordinators compensated with infrequent volunteering by our members.  Our financials are structured assuming all members will lend a hand to keep coordinators work load lower, thusly more of a a cooperative model.  We’ve moved away from this volunteerism and cooperation in past years and more towards a normal business, which we never intended to do.
-Running a grocery store has never been our intention, and we recognize that the amount of time we’re able to put into the store/share program is hindering our ability to pursue other avenues of EA that we want to develop.
–There are many more CSA share programs, farmers markets, local stores, big corporate stores, and home delivery programs that offer very similar services to EA.  We have found that our share sales have suffered with the advent of these (exciting and awesome) other services.  We don’t believe in putting EA funds into large scale marketing, thus our share sales and reach has diminished.  Spending our time looking for sales & scrambling to disseminate losses with preservation is stressful and not the best use of our time, we have decided.
-We need a break.  We’ve been doing this for 6 years now, and have found it hard with our once a week pickup to consistently employ other individuals for more than a few months at a time.  Constant training and reteaching of our method takes much of our time.-Our other projects want to take priority in our lives: Andrea’s dance performance career is taking off, Dietrich’s yoga teaching is soaring, and workshops on food & preserving & hooping & anatomy are being asked for much more than we can give them.  Extra time will allow us to pursue workshops & events, education & community to a greater level.

In short, this has been a very, very hard decision.  But one that we ultimately knew was coming.  We want to thank the food pod at Alchemist‘s Anonymous for getting us on our feet, and each and everyone of you who has come to volunteer and support this beautiful project.  We hope that you continue to co-create with us in the future!  The best is yet to come.

with love,
Andrea & Dietrich


Share Contents 5/2

Share Contents for 5/2  (subject to change due to farmer’s availability)

LOCAL PRODUCE: WOW! THE PRODUCE SHARES ARE ALL LOCAL THIS WEEK! Spring is here.  1 bunch Ramps from Gale Gand- IL

1 lb Crimini Mushrooms from  River Valley Ranch– Burlington, WI

1 lb Russian Blue Potatoes from Nichols Farm – Marengo, IL

1 bunch of Marjoram from Growing Power– Chicago, IL

1 bunch of Arugula from Growing Power– Chicago, IL

1 head of Green Leaf Lettuce from Genesis Growers– St. Anne, IL

A little more than a lb of Parsnips from Co-op Partners– LOCAL

A little more than a lb of Purpletop Turnips from Co-op Partners– WI

1 lb Sunchokes from Co-op Partners– WI

 

ORGANIC FRUIT:

Bananas from Co-op Partners– Ecuador/Peru

Star Ruby Grapefruit from Co-op Partners– CA

Navel Oranges from Co-op Partners– CA

 

This week we have Ramps or Wild Leeks again! They are too good to pass up while they are available! These babes are a wild native to our region, and are a popular foraged food. Though they are popular it is always good to do your research on sustainable foraging practices when foraging is concerned, click the link to learn more.

Try this beautiful recipe for Sunchoke Ramp and Nettle Soup with your share!

 

 

Share Contents for 5/2  (subject to change due to farmer’s availability)

LOCAL PRODUCE: WOW! THE PRODUCE SHARES ARE ALL LOCAL THIS WEEK! Spring is here.  1 bunch Ramps from Gale Gand- IL

1 lb Crimini Mushrooms from  River Valley Ranch– Burlington, WI

1 lb Russian Blue Potatoes from Nichols Farm – Marengo, IL

1 bunch of Marjoram from Growing Power– Chicago, IL

1 bunch of Arugula from Growing Power– Chicago, IL

1 head of Green Leaf Lettuce from Genesis Growers– St. Anne, IL

A little more than a lb of Parsnips from Co-op Partners– LOCAL

A little more than a lb of Purpletop Turnips from Co-op Partners– WI

1 lb Sunchokes from Co-op Partners– WI

 

ORGANIC FRUIT:

Bananas from Co-op Partners– Ecuador/Peru

Star Ruby Grapefruit from Co-op Partners– CA

Navel Oranges from Co-op Partners– CA

 

This week we have Ramps or Wild Leeks again! They are too good to pass up while they are available! These babes are a wild native to our region, and are a popular foraged food. Though they are popular it is always good to do your research on sustainable foraging practices when foraging is concerned, click the link to learn more.

Try this beautiful recipe for Sunchoke Ramp and Nettle Soup with your share!

 

 


4/25 Share Contents

PRODUCE:

1 bunch Ramps from Ellis Family Farm- Benton Harbor, MI

1 lb White Button Mushrooms from River Valley Ranch- Burlington, WI

1 lb Daikon Radishes from Nichols Farm – Marengo, IL

1 bunch of Mint from Growing Power- Chicago, IL

1 head of Green Butter Leaf Lettuce from Co-op Partners- CA

1 bunch of Red Curly Kale from Co-op Partners- CA

1 lb Green Beans from Co-op Partners- FL/MX

1 lb Red Peppers from Co-op Partners- CA/MX

A couple heads of Broccoli from Co-op Partners- CA

FRUIT:

Cameo Apples from Ellis Family Farm- Benton Harbor, MI

Kiwis from Co-op Partners- CA

Tommy Atkins Mangos from Co-op Partners- MX

This week we have Ramps or Wild Leeks. These babes are a wild native to our region, and are a popular foraged food. Though they are popular it is always good to do your research on sustainable foraging practices when foraging is concerned, click the link to learn more.

Try this beautiful recipe for a Ramp (Wild Leek) Omelette with your share!

PRODUCE:

1 bunch Ramps from Ellis Family Farm- Benton Harbor, MI

1 lb White Button Mushrooms from River Valley Ranch- Burlington, WI

1 lb Daikon Radishes from Nichols Farm – Marengo, IL

1 bunch of Mint from Growing Power- Chicago, IL

1 head of Green Butter Leaf Lettuce from Co-op Partners- CA

1 bunch of Red Curly Kale from Co-op Partners- CA

1 lb Green Beans from Co-op Partners- FL/MX

1 lb Red Peppers from Co-op Partners- CA/MX

A couple heads of Broccoli from Co-op Partners- CA

FRUIT:

Cameo Apples from Ellis Family Farm- Benton Harbor, MI

Kiwis from Co-op Partners- CA

Tommy Atkins Mangos from Co-op Partners- MX

This week we have Ramps or Wild Leeks. These babes are a wild native to our region, and are a popular foraged food. Though they are popular it is always good to do your research on sustainable foraging practices when foraging is concerned, click the link to learn more.

Try this beautiful recipe for a Ramp (Wild Leek) Omelette with your share!


 

Shares on Hiatus

We are taking a break from our weekly share program over the summer. Find more details here: About our Shares!

The Playshops


7/24 Feastival Pre-Party Edible Alchemy Dinner + Blues & Burlesque

feastival blues n burlesque dinner flierEdible Alchemy Foods Co-op brings you our FIFTH annual Summer Feastival Fundraiser at the Eco Collective!

Friday Night Feastival Pre-Party Edible Alchemy Dinner + Blues & Burlesque
7:30-9 Edible Alchemy 3 course vegetarian dinner
9-12 show + dancing with Anthony Moser & The Fat Tone Blues Band
$50 for dinner + 2 drink tickets + blues & burlesque
$10 blues & burlesque
pre-sale: bit.ly/feastivalpreparty

MENU:
STARTERS:
Fried Squash Blossom on a bed of Nasturtium leaves/greens/flowers with assorted pickles: beet, romanesco, garlic scape

MAIN: Seared Cauliflower, Hazzard Free Polenta, Roasted Chili Aoli, Radish Sprouts, Live Onion Crisps, Rainbow Card & Chocolate Balsamic Drizzle

DESSERT:
Grilled & Chilled Summer Peach with Cashew Mascarpone, Red Wine Cherry Reduction, Coconut Cream, and Hazelnut Flax Cookies

THIS MEAL IS GLUTEN FREE!!

Featuring performances by:
Anthony Moser & The Fat Tone Blues band
Gaea Lady
Miss Kitty Oaks
Miss Tosh
Hot Tawdry

Check out Anthony’s Music here:
https://www.facebook.com/anthonymosermusic

Want to help make the event happen? Volunteer!
We need people throughout the week to help us organize, food, create, teach, decorate, garden, sound, and more.
http://bit.ly/feastivalvolunteer
______________________
FUNDRAISER:
We’ll be splitting all funds raised with the Eco Collective for our vintage 1892 community house repairs and upkeep. Edible Alchemy funds raised will go into :

-a workshop scholarship fund (to cover tuition for anyone to apply.)
-free workshop days with guest teachers & hands on food workshops (funds to cover material expenses)
-community event hosting
– our food scholarship program (even without the shares we always have extra veggies & pickles)
-have an idea? let us know where our funds can best support the community!!!

don’t miss Saturday’s Feastival!
12-6pm Symposium: workshops & presenters
6-9pm culinary playshops & snacks
9pm-Sunrise music & dancing & partytime
$20-30 donation
pre-tickets: bit.ly/feastivalv
tickets on sale at door.

feastival blues n burlesque dinner flierEdible Alchemy Foods Co-op brings you our FIFTH annual Summer Feastival Fundraiser at the Eco Collective!

Friday Night Feastival Pre-Party Edible Alchemy Dinner + Blues & Burlesque
7:30-9 Edible Alchemy 3 course vegetarian dinner
9-12 show + dancing with Anthony Moser & The Fat Tone Blues Band
$50 for dinner + 2 drink tickets + blues & burlesque
$10 blues & burlesque
pre-sale: bit.ly/feastivalpreparty

MENU:
STARTERS:
Fried Squash Blossom on a bed of Nasturtium leaves/greens/flowers with assorted pickles: beet, romanesco, garlic scape

MAIN: Seared Cauliflower, Hazzard Free Polenta, Roasted Chili Aoli, Radish Sprouts, Live Onion Crisps, Rainbow Card & Chocolate Balsamic Drizzle

DESSERT:
Grilled & Chilled Summer Peach with Cashew Mascarpone, Red Wine Cherry Reduction, Coconut Cream, and Hazelnut Flax Cookies

THIS MEAL IS GLUTEN FREE!!

Featuring performances by:
Anthony Moser & The Fat Tone Blues band
Gaea Lady
Miss Kitty Oaks
Miss Tosh
Hot Tawdry

Check out Anthony’s Music here:
https://www.facebook.com/anthonymosermusic

Want to help make the event happen? Volunteer!
We need people throughout the week to help us organize, food, create, teach, decorate, garden, sound, and more.
http://bit.ly/feastivalvolunteer
______________________
FUNDRAISER:
We’ll be splitting all funds raised with the Eco Collective for our vintage 1892 community house repairs and upkeep. Edible Alchemy funds raised will go into :

-a workshop scholarship fund (to cover tuition for anyone to apply.)
-free workshop days with guest teachers & hands on food workshops (funds to cover material expenses)
-community event hosting
– our food scholarship program (even without the shares we always have extra veggies & pickles)
-have an idea? let us know where our funds can best support the community!!!

don’t miss Saturday’s Feastival!
12-6pm Symposium: workshops & presenters
6-9pm culinary playshops & snacks
9pm-Sunrise music & dancing & partytime
$20-30 donation
pre-tickets: bit.ly/feastivalv
tickets on sale at door.


Feastival V

feastival 2015 flier

Edible Alchemy Foods Co-op? brings you our FIFTH annual Summer Feastival Fundraiser at the Eco Collective!

Friday Night Feastival Pre-Party Edible Alchemy Dinner + Blues & Burlesque
7:30-9 dinner 9-12 show + dancing with Anthony Moser & The Fat Tone Blues Band
$40-50 donation

Saturday:
12-6pm Symposium: workshops & presenters
6-9pm culinary playshops & snacks
9pm-Sunrise music & dancing & partytime
$20-30 donation

~~Stay tuned as our lineups are debuted here on this page~~

Want to help make the event happen? Volunteer!
We need people throughout the week to help us organize, food, create, teach, decorate, garden, sound, and more.
http://bit.ly/feastivalvolunteer

**no one will be turned away for lack of funds from 12-7pm, but please consider volunteering in exchange for entry!**

______________________
FUNDRAISER:
We’ll be splitting all funds raised with the Eco Collective for our vintage 1892 community house repairs and upkeep. Edible Alchemy funds raised will go into :

-a workshop scholarship fund (to cover tuition for anyone to apply.)
-free workshop days with guest teachers & hands on food workshops (funds to cover material expenses)
-community event hosting
– our food scholarship program (even without the shares we always have extra veggies & pickles)
-have an idea? let us know where our funds can best support the community!!!

feastival 2015 flier

Edible Alchemy Foods Co-op? brings you our FIFTH annual Summer Feastival Fundraiser at the Eco Collective!

Friday Night Feastival Pre-Party Edible Alchemy Dinner + Blues & Burlesque
7:30-9 dinner 9-12 show + dancing with Anthony Moser & The Fat Tone Blues Band
$40-50 donation

Saturday:
12-6pm Symposium: workshops & presenters
6-9pm culinary playshops & snacks
9pm-Sunrise music & dancing & partytime
$20-30 donation

~~Stay tuned as our lineups are debuted here on this page~~

Want to help make the event happen? Volunteer!
We need people throughout the week to help us organize, food, create, teach, decorate, garden, sound, and more.
http://bit.ly/feastivalvolunteer

**no one will be turned away for lack of funds from 12-7pm, but please consider volunteering in exchange for entry!**

______________________
FUNDRAISER:
We’ll be splitting all funds raised with the Eco Collective for our vintage 1892 community house repairs and upkeep. Edible Alchemy funds raised will go into :

-a workshop scholarship fund (to cover tuition for anyone to apply.)
-free workshop days with guest teachers & hands on food workshops (funds to cover material expenses)
-community event hosting
– our food scholarship program (even without the shares we always have extra veggies & pickles)
-have an idea? let us know where our funds can best support the community!!!


Creative Kimchi Playshop

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Ferment for health!  Ferment for taste!  Ferment for radical self-sustainability!

Kimchi is a traditional Korean ferment, a side dish famously eaten on… well, everything. It can be spicy, sweet, garlic-y, red hot, salty, spiced, or any combination of the above. It’s guaranteed to be mouthwatering, however you flavor it.

Traditional ingredients include napa cabbage, cucumber, radish, green onion, garlic and ginger, though most vegetables and fruits can be used. The creation then goes through a fermentation process where microbes transform the mix of spices and vegetables into a flavor-loaded, vitamin-packed, super-good-for-you condiment or side dish. This process takes one to three weeks, exercising your patience. Rest assured, the wait is well worth it.

In this class, we will experiment with a variety of traditional and non-traditional vegetables and spices to create your very own recipe in class. As much produce as possible will be sourced by Edible Alchemy Foods Co-op from local area farmers using sustainable means of agriculture. Other produce used will be organic. We’ll sample a few varieties of kimchi during the class, to help inspire.

Bring home your own kimchi creation, with instructions on how to continue the fermentation process, and a whole bunch of ideas of how to eat your kimchi once finished!

 

$25

Eco Collective: 2042 W 21st Street, Chicago

instructor: Andrea Mattson-McGaffey

instructor bio:Andrea manages Edible Alchemy Foods Co-operative, a locally & sustainably-focused produce & bulk co-operative. She is quite the fermento- judging Chicago’s Good Food Festival’s Kimchi Challenge in March 2013 and teaching fermentation classes all over the windy city. She also manages the Eco Rooftop garden, teaching workshops to students of all ages. Her passion for food began while studying art at the Art Institute of Chicago, and extended into creating a structure that allows people to learn skills like gardening, composting, cooking, preserving food & using medicinal herbs while developing community bonds with all who cross her path.

 

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Ferment for health!  Ferment for taste!  Ferment for radical self-sustainability!

Kimchi is a traditional Korean ferment, a side dish famously eaten on… well, everything. It can be spicy, sweet, garlic-y, red hot, salty, spiced, or any combination of the above. It’s guaranteed to be mouthwatering, however you flavor it.

Traditional ingredients include napa cabbage, cucumber, radish, green onion, garlic and ginger, though most vegetables and fruits can be used. The creation then goes through a fermentation process where microbes transform the mix of spices and vegetables into a flavor-loaded, vitamin-packed, super-good-for-you condiment or side dish. This process takes one to three weeks, exercising your patience. Rest assured, the wait is well worth it.

In this class, we will experiment with a variety of traditional and non-traditional vegetables and spices to create your very own recipe in class. As much produce as possible will be sourced by Edible Alchemy Foods Co-op from local area farmers using sustainable means of agriculture. Other produce used will be organic. We’ll sample a few varieties of kimchi during the class, to help inspire.

Bring home your own kimchi creation, with instructions on how to continue the fermentation process, and a whole bunch of ideas of how to eat your kimchi once finished!

 

$25

Eco Collective: 2042 W 21st Street, Chicago

instructor: Andrea Mattson-McGaffey

instructor bio:Andrea manages Edible Alchemy Foods Co-operative, a locally & sustainably-focused produce & bulk co-operative. She is quite the fermento- judging Chicago’s Good Food Festival’s Kimchi Challenge in March 2013 and teaching fermentation classes all over the windy city. She also manages the Eco Rooftop garden, teaching workshops to students of all ages. Her passion for food began while studying art at the Art Institute of Chicago, and extended into creating a structure that allows people to learn skills like gardening, composting, cooking, preserving food & using medicinal herbs while developing community bonds with all who cross her path.

 


 

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