Experience culinary delight in our unique Seafood Foraging Class

Gathering wild food from the sea is one of life’s great pleasures, bringing you closer to nature’s bounty and beauty. Walking along the seashore, wading through tide pools and listening to the ocean’s rhythm is an exhilarating way to energize your life and refresh your soul. Not only will you gather wonderful delicacies from the seashore, but you will also explore a vibrant—almost paradoxical world of elegant colors and mysterious creatures.

And of course, we will gather wild foods. Wild foods are natural foods—grown without pesticides or human manipulation. Certainly, wild foods are the most organic of foods. Learning to harvest wild food brings a new twist to home cooking, parties and camping. We are going to break the myth of foraging as some kind of a hunter-gatherer survival training and show you how to create delicious gourmet dishes. You will learn that foraging is very satisfying when you become a gourmet forager.

Each class includes an evening session for planning followed by a day of collecting and preparing a gourmet meal from the sea. Finishing touches for the feast will be assigned to students.

Kelp Pickling Class

Kelp pickling is a wonderful endeavor for the whole family. It foretells the times of community gatherings to provide food for all. Since early times, home canners have enjoyed the art of pickling foods. It is one of the oldest known methods of preserving food. The Chinese were fermenting vegetables as early as the third century B.C and the Romans were pickling by the first century A.D. Pickles even followed the colonist to America and now picked kelp is coming to Santa Cruz! What a great way to be one with our kelp forest and get a great reward in the form of a delicious treat. We will pick a beach noted for a variety of succulent sea vegetables. Here we will search for our quest in tide pools and by boogie board. We will than return to Adventure Sports to pickle as only a family group can do-the pool will be open for fun. This is a wonderful activity for everyone in your family and will instill an ethos of community for one and all. We will have an evening of planning followed by a Sunday morning of collecting and pickling. 10-17 year olds are encouraged to attend. We will have an evening of planning on Friday 5/16, 7pm-9pm, followed by a morning of collecting and pickling on Sunday 5/18, from 7am-2pm. 10-17-year-olds must have an adult/guardian take the class with them and must be able to boogie board in the ocean. An ocean-only fishing license is required for collecting. Child’s rate is for ages 10-17 years old. Adult rate is for ages 18 and up.

Private group outings are also available, call (831) 458-3648 for details.

2014 Schedule: June 27th Meeting at 7pm with June 29th Forage and Cook Day
Special Kelp Pickling Class: May 16th Meeting at 7pm with May 18th Forage and Pickling Day
Cost: $70 Adults, $40 Children 6-17 years old

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