In October 2012, Eat Retreat was held on a working farm in California where we pressed fresh olive oil, hacked pie baking and honed our palates with guided tastings.
Eat Retreat is like summer camp; the true value isn’t so much learning how to canoe, it’s creating a lifelong memory with the people that were in your canoe when it flipped over in the lake. Mike Lee, Eat Retreat alumni & founder of StudioFeast
Eat Retreat was held on a working farm with attendee-led activities focused on animal husbandry and sustainable food.
Andrew Plotsky showed us how to break down a lamb, which was raised on Hidden Villa’s pastures. Attendees cooked the whole animal for our first meal together.
Under the guidance of Heather Marold Thomason each Eat Retreater harvested a chicken, destined for a buttermilk bath.
Neil Davidson used local salmon to demonstrate the Native American fish smoking ceremony celebrated by his family.
Certified olive oil taster, educator & miller
If Eat Retreat is a snapshot of where food culture is going, it’s a future I can’t wait to get to.
Jesse Friedman, Eat Retreat alumni & founder of Almanac Beer Co.