In April 2011, we invited 35 leaders making waves in their local food communities to a ranch in Sonoma County for the inaugural Eat Retreat.
Eat retreat was so many things for me: inspirational, eye opening, delicious, comforting, hilarious, thought provoking and a big old kick in the pants to get moving on a long list of projects.
Julie Morelli, Eat Retreat alumni & creator of Nourishing Notes
The days were filled with attendee-led making sessions and demonstrations.
We learned to roast coffee from green beans with Alex Roth of Pepper Peddler Coffee.
Food stylist Tina Bell Stamos showed off her tricks of the trade.
Dafna Kory of INNA Jam taught us how to preserve small batches of seasonal fruit.
Eat Retreaters took home live culture from a yogurt-making session led by chef Mirit Cohen.
Kathryn Tomajan is an olive miller who has made award-winning olive oil in California and Australia. She is a certified olive oil taster and serves on the Board of Directors for the California Olive Oil Council. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy.
At Eat Retreat, and in life, if you focus on what you can bring to a situation and not what you can get out of it, you won’t be disappointed.
Laura Bruno Miner, Eat Retreat co-founder