Jesse Friedman

Eat Retreat 2015

SPRING • EAST COAST

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applications open January 2015

What is Eat Retreat?

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!

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Who comes to Eat Retreat?

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.

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Want to join us?

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.

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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.
We made a book!


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.
We made a book!


Anderson Valley 2014

In Spring 2014, Eat Retreat gathered among redwood trees in Anderson Valley, California. We built wood-fired ovens, experienced a lamb slaughter, experimented with ancient grains, made chocolate from raw cacao, and learned the secrets of beekeeping.
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The Organizers


Kathryn Tomajan

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 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 at North Mountain Pastures in Pennsylvania. She’s now a butcher at Kensington Quarters, a butcher shop, restaurant and classroom opening Fall 2014 in Philadelphia.

Diana Zalucky

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