Eat Retreat is a weekend workshop dedicated to good food and innovative thinking. Created for leaders in the food community, the objective of this invite-only event is to inspire, rejuvenate and celebrate a shared joy for food. Eat Retreat is designed as a hands-on, experiential weekend with an intimate group of food innovators. Learning and sharing takes place formally through workshops and informally around the campfire. It’s summer camp meets the farmers’ market!
The third annual Eat Retreat will took place October 17-20 in the heart of the Finger Lakes, a vibrant food- and wine-making community in upstate New York. Attendees stayed and played at Hidden Valley Camp in Watkins Glen State Park, located near the southern tip of Seneca Lake.
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Eat Retreaters are food writers, entrepreneurs, chefs, food system visionaries, community builders, photographers, farmers, and makers of all kind. Attendees selected for their zeal, creativity, and collaborative skills spend the weekend sharing meals, exchanging ideas, and relishing new flavors. Eat Retreaters arrive with curiosity and something to share and leave with a strong network of friends, supporters, and collaborators for future projects. See the 2013 roster.
Our gratitude goes out to these supporters who have generously donated delicious products and valuable time to our Finger Lakes event.
|Red Newt Winery & Bistro
Finger Lakes Distilling
Michael Warren Thomas
Steve & Anne Sierigk
Ithaca Water Buffalo
Finger Lakes Farmstead Cheese
Kathryn Tomajan, director & co-founder
Kathryn Tomajan co-founded Eat Retreat in 2011. She holds a master's degree from the University of Gastronimic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy. Her obsession with olive oil led her to become a certified taster. Following an apprenticeship in Australia, she now mills olives with Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company in Suisun Valley, California. She lives in Berkeley, California.
Samantha Buyskes, culinary coordinator
Chef, cookbook author, and community food advocate Samantha Buyskes is Eat Retreat's 2013 culinary coordinator. She hails from Hector, New York, where she runs a farm to table restaurant and serves as the culinary ambassador of the Finger Lakes region.