Diana Zalucky

Eat Retreat 2014

Anderson Valley, California

May 29 – June 1

What is Eat Retreat?

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 of 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!

Pablo Abuliak

Who comes to Eat Retreat?

Eat Retreaters are food writers, entrepreneurs, chefs, food system visionaries, community builders, photographers, farmers, and makers of all kind. Attendees are hand-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. Meet the Eat Retreat alumni.

Alex Dixon

Want to join us?

We curate a diverse group of 35 to 40 enthusiastic and generous folks for each event through an online application process. We are no longer taking applications for our spring 2014 event in Anderson Valley, but you can join our email list to be notified of future events.

James Collier

Past Events


Sonoma County 2011

The first Eat Retreat took place in Sonoma County, California. Workshops included coffee roasting, jam and yogurt making, photography and food styling.

Los Altos Hills 2012

In 2012 Eat Retreaters gathered at Hidden Villa, a working farm in Northern California. We made fresh-pressed olive oil, smoked wild salmon, and got the opportunity to slaughter chickens.

Finger Lakes 2013

Our first East Coast event took place in the stunning food-producing region of upstate New York. Some favorite workshops include whole-animal butchery and shiitake mushroom cultivation.

James Collier

The Organizers


Kathryn Tomajan

Kathryn Tomajan co-founded Eat Retreat in 2011. She is a certified olive oil taster and the assistant miller at Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company in Suisun Valley, California. She holds a master’s degree in food culture from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy.

Heather Marold Thomason

Heather Marold Thomason learned to raise pastured animals from birth to slaughter on a rural farm in Pennsylvania. She is now a butcher at The Local Butcher Shop in Berkeley, California and teaches classes in whole animal butchery.

Nate Keller

Nate Keller has cooked in the kitchens of Google, founded his own catering company, and organized events for the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture. He’s now the executive chef at Sprig, a dinner delivery start-up in San Francisco, California.

Diana Zalucky

Want to hear about future events?

James Collier