I offer events and event support, plus private fermentation lessons, around a range of topics. I specialize in classes and events for adult and teen home cooks, culinary and hospitality professionals, and creative professionals of all sorts. For hands-on cooking classes, any leftover food is donated to Umi Feeds, which redistributes food to Atlanta’s unhoused community.
Every Atlanta-based workshop run through Root includes a scholarship to allow someone from an underserved community to attend free of charge. These scholarships are heavily focused on people who do not have the financial means to attend, prioritizing queer people and people of color, but all eligible folks are welcome to apply.
To apply: please send me an email with a few sentences about yourself and what you hope to get from the workshop. I can’t guarantee I can accommodate everyone, but I do my best to spread scholarships around, so please keep applying if you don’t get one the first time!
Greensboro Bound book festival, May 22: Join me for a panel on Eating and Drinking Together: How Food Shapes Culture with Marcie Cohen Ferris and Tal Bevins. The event is free, but registration is required.
Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference, May 27-29. I’ll be teaching a hands-on Ferments for Mindfulness workshop as well as giving a talk on Historic Food for the Future.
Fermenting food scraps, Whitehall Terrace community garden, July 9: A class run through the community garden and Umi Feeds to educate the community on using our food scraps to make new dishes and stretch food stores. Details TBD.
McCarthy Lodge and the Anchorage Museum, Alaska, July-August: Join me for classes on Storytelling through Food, using wild foods and fermentation to tell the story of place and people. Details TBD.
Ferments and Cultures: Online Event Series: I regularly join many of my fermentation friends for the ongoing Ferments and Cultures event series, offered by Cultures Group. Right now, they are raising funds for Ukraine with classes that focus on flour and on Ukrainian food.
Shrubs and bitters! (virtual event): Are your cocktails feeling flat? Shrubs and bitters are two key ingredients to adding flavor to your beverages, and are both wonderful for making nonalcoholic mocktails. We’ll cover the basics of infusing shrubs and bitters, and you’ll leave with recipes, knowledge of how to layer flavors to make great shrubs and bitters, and your own shrub to take home. Details TBD.
If you have an idea for an event, please get in touch at this link.
Here are a few ideas for events I would like to hold in the future. If any of these resonate with you, or if you’d like to participate in co-hosting one, please reach out!
Fermentation as Craft residencies: Join me and a small handful of fellow creative fermenters for a residency exploring how our fermentation practice connects with our creative practice writ large. Tucked away on a rural nature preserve, you’ll receive in-depth fermentation instruction, daily creative prompts, and lots of unstructured time to draw, dance, write, or just explore the forest as we allow our craft in the kitchen to spill out into the rest of our lives in creativity, connection, and play. I am very open to finding spaces to co-host these residencies as I ready my own space to support them.
Heritage cultures: Sharing history through fermentation: Sharing food with each other offers us a window to understanding unfamiliar cultures in new ways. Every culture worldwide has at least one traditional ferment as a part of its culinary traditions, and we’ll use this as the basis for an event focused on shared learning and exploration. Each attendee will bring their favorite ferment (or more than one!), plus a recipe if they have or feel comfortable sharing it, and be ready to talk about how it fits into their culinary landscape. We’ll share the ferments together in a casual potluck, talking about the importance of the ferments we brought and learning how they all connect together. What ingredients or techniques are the same? What new-to-us foods have we tried? What do we learn about connecting to living cultures by exploring them through living foods?
Rooted in Place: Using Ferments to Engage with Memories and Grief: Join Julia, along with the Homestead Atlanta and a local grief counselor to explore how fermentation can help us connect to time and place, and how we can use this to explore grief. We’ll begin with a brief group conversation to help us all settle into a safe, healing space, and then will individually journal with prompts. After we’ve thought about what grief we want to engage with, we’ll sit in small groups and share in the act of making sauerkraut while engaging in healing, nurturing conversation. At the end, the whole group will come together to discuss how we can take what we’ve learned into our lives and our communities, and spread that healing outward. Each attendee will leave with a jar of sauerkraut that captures this healing event. A certified grief counselor will be on site, and quiet spaces available, for those who need them.
Forage and Ferment: An online workshop and conversation with Mallory O’Donnell of How to Cook a Weed.
Preserving Abundance Virtual Festival: Fermentation and food waste festival, held in May 2020 to help people stretch their food stores during lockdown. With guests including Sandor Katz, Rich Shih, Cheryl Paswater, Kirsten Shockey, Raquel Guajardo, Anna Brones, Mara King, Elliot McNally, Jenny Dorsey, and more.
Preserving Abundance: A Food Waste and Fermentation Weekend: with guests Sandor Katz, Kirsten Shockey, Cheryl Paswater, and Jillian Ross, plus a wrap up panel on food equity and fermentation with Atlanta food guests including Umi from Umi Feeds, Chef Zu from King’s Apron, Ash from Global Growers, and Stephen Satterfield from Miller Union.
Ferments for Justice: A virtual lacto-fermentation workshop with Julia Skinner and Alex Lewin to benefit the Atlanta Solidarity Fund and Black Visions Collective.
The (Virtual) Florida Fermentation Fest: A day of international speakers demonstrating a range of fermentation techniques on Instagram Live, including my demo on making kraut-chi with food scraps.
Afternoon Tea: A History book talk and signing at Omnivore Books in San Francisco and Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, NC.
Mead Making 101: Learn the basics of making your own mead! We will be making wild fermented meads, with a focus on both the mead making process and on building flavor profiles with a range of ingredients. Each attendee will watch demonstrations, have lots of space for questions and answers, and will get to create their own jar of mead to take home, filled with custom flavorings they choose!
Queer Soup Night: During the pre-COVID times, I hosted several Queer Soup Night events to raise money for queer-focused nonprofits, and to fund a scholarship to a fermentation residency with Sandor Katz