applications open January 2015
Eat Retreat is a creative retreat for leaders in the food community. We bring together people from across the country and across food disciplines for an immersive, hands-on weekend of cooking, eating and collaborating. The objective of this annual event is to inspire, rejuvenate and celebrate a shared joy of food. Learning and sharing takes place formally through workshops and informally around the campfire. It’s summer camp meets the farmers market!
Eat Retreaters are cooks, farmers, food writers, entrepreneurs, butchers, bakers, beekeepers, photographers, food system visionaries, community builders and makers of all kind. Attendees are hand-selected for their zeal, creativity, and collaborative skills. Eat Retreaters arrive with curiosity and something to share and leave with a strong network of friends, supporters, and collaborators for future projects. Meet the Eat Retreat alumni.
For each event we bring together a diverse group of 35 to 40 enthusiastic and generous folks. Attendees are selected through an online application process. You can join our email list to be notified of future events.
Everyone brings a zealous appetite to see, try, learn, collaborate, test, taste, burn, smell and smoke everything with insane enthusiasm.
Tammy Tan, Eat Retreat alumni & owner of Spice Hound
Kathryn Tomajan founded Eat Retreat in 2011. She is a certified olive oil taster and serves on the U.C. Davis California Sensory Panel, which grades olive oils from around the world. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy.
Heather Marold Thomason learned to raise pastured animals from birth to slaughter at North Mountain Pastures in Pennsylvania. She’s now a butcher at Kensington Quarters, a butcher shop, restaurant and classroom in Philadelphia, PA.
We are all so different, yet so like-minded. The event puts us into a perfect storm of collaborative cooking, eating, drinking and geographical isolation. It’s what makes Eat Retreat so addictively awesome.
Mike Lee, Eat Retreat Alumni & founder of Studio Industries