Eat Retreat

a creative retreat & national community of food leaders

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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!

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.

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. 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

The Eat Retreat Team

Kathryn Tomajan 2011 new

founder & director

Kathryn Tomajan

Kathryn Tomajan has milled olives in Northern California and Victoria, Australia. She is a certified olive oil taster and serves on the California Olive Oil Council Sensory Panel, which grades extra virgin olive oils. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy. Kathryn founded Eat Retreat in 2011.



Heather Marold Thomason

Heather Marold Thomason learned to raise pastured animals from birth to slaughter at North Mountain Pastures in central Pennsylvania. She practiced whole animal butchery at The Local Butcher Shop in Berkeley, CA and is now head butcher and an instructor at Kensington Quarters, a restaurant, butcher shop & education center in Philadelphia, PA.


event photographer

James Collier

James Collier is a story-driven photographer, writer, and a creative strategist for Paprika Studios, which he co-founded in 2007. James shoots a mix of commercial, editorial and fine art projects, and has a knack for finding the beauty in any scene.

Lesley Stockton 2014

culinary coordinator

Lesley Stockton

Lesley Stockton is a freelance writer, recipe developer, food stylist and Eat Retreat’s 2015 culinary coordinator. She is a former food editor at Martha Stewart Living and Everyday Food. She currently researches, tests and writes for The Sweethome.

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

The Books

Eat Retreaters document the experience in images, reflections and recipes.

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