JULY 2019

7/19: Tasting: Sunset Plant Walk + Tasting


Join your local herbalist, plant-based chef and wild food forager Jess Starwood for a guided sunset tour to explore the vibrant healing plants in our local environment. We will identify the plants and mushrooms we encounter and discuss their medicinal uses and culinary applications.

Afterwards, enjoy a five course wild food and drink tasting with this season’s freshest wild ingredients. Limited to 12 participants. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with further details the week before the event. No refunds after 7 days prior to event. (Forest Table events are always plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free)

July 19th, 2019
Wildwood Hiking Trails
Thousand Oaks, CA

No dogs, please. Children under 12 free, but must notify during registration.

Registration: https://sunraven.bigcartel.com/product/foresttable


8/3: Workshop: Natural Healing with Prickly Pear Cactus Workshop and Tasting

pricklypearworkshopDiscover the unparalleled healing benefits of the Opuntia species, also known as Prickly Pear Cactus or Nopal and how to easily incorporate it into daily recipes. Research has shown that this healing cactus can be helpful in an array of health conditions including lowering blood sugar levels, reducing cholesterol, treating obesity, blood pressure and its significant anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. From its green savory pads to the sweet fruits and colorful flowers, there are many delicious and culinary uses for this important and abundant cactus. In this workshop, Enrique Villaseñor, plant educator and healer will discuss the historical, cultural, and medicinal properties and how this amazing plant has helped heal for thousands of years. Enrique and Jess will also share useful recipes and demonstrate how to safely work with the cactus.

Jess Starwood will be offering a generous tasting of gourmet wild foods and drinks featuring the cactus at the end of the workshop.

Enrique Villaseñor is a Healer in Training, Naturalist and retired teacher. He was a teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District for 35 years. He taught elementary, middle, and Adult School. He was a Training, Mentor and Lead Teacher for over twenty years. He designed, built and maintained the award-winning El Oro Way Habitat, a two acre, outdoor classroom with primarily California native plants and trees.

Enrique is learning Traditional Indian Healing from Dr. James Adams, Associate Professor of Pharmacology, at the University of Southern California. As part of this process, Enrique has taught traditional healing, participated in many field studies and co-authored papers on healing pain with Dr. Adams. Enrique also teaches survival skills with noted survival expert, Christopher Nyerges, at the School of Self-Reliance. When called upon, Enrique also assists Ojai’s distinguished interpretive and nature hike leader, Lanny Kaufer.

Jess Starwood is an herbalist, forager and plant based chef. She has a Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine and training in holistic nutrition and mycology. She offers exclusive multi-course wild food dinners and teaches herbalism and wild food classes and workshops for adults and children.

August 3rd, 3-7:00pm
Location: SunRaven Apothecary in Thousand Oaks, CA
Address will be provided after registration.
No refunds after 7 days prior to event due to food preparations.

Registration: https://sunraven.bigcartel.com/product/prickly-pear-cactus-workshop-tasting

Looking Ahead…

8/3: DisclosureFest Herb Hike & Meditation

In collaboration with my friends at DisclosureFest we are offering a donation based herb hike and meditation in the Santa Monica Mountains, location and time TBA

10/5: Workshop & Tasting: Medicinal Plants with Dr. Jim Adams

In this class, I’ll be working with Jim Adams for a medicinal plant workshop and wild food tasting. More details to come. Jim Adams has a PhD in Pharmacology and studied with a Chumash Indian Healer for 14 years.  In this class, he will teach medicinal plant identification and uses.  You will be able to make a powerful pain liniment for your own use.  You will be taught how to cure chronic pain.  You will also be able to learn the uses of several other plants for other conditions.  His book “Healing with medicinal plants of the west” will be available for purchase.

11/16: Ojai Herbal Symposium:
The Forest Table: A Wild Food Dining Experience

In this unique dining experience, participants will enjoy a gourmet eight course meal featuring unusual wild plants and mushrooms foraged from the local environment which will be prepared and served in a fine dining style. Between courses, herbalist, forager and chef will present the plants and mushrooms used in each dish to explain their important health benefits and how to incorporate them into meals for everyday use and special occasions. Each course will be crafted from seasonal wild foods and organic ingredients sourced from local farms. Locally brewed drinks including mead, elderberry wine and herbal beers will be served and discussed throughout the meal. The meal is plant-based and free of gluten, soy, refined sugars, egg and dairy.

This event is part of The Forest Table project where we aim to present the abundance of what our natural environment offers us through the lens of creative, educational and multi-sensorial community experiences. We will be working closely with and highlighting local artisans, creatives, teachers, chefs, farmers and foragers who bridge the connection between the forest and the people. We know that shared memorable experiences shape and influence people’s minds and hearts. Through these unique experiences, we hope to cultivate a renewed sense of respect and responsibility for the care-taking of our land for a positive and sustainable future.

More information and registration to come.

11/20-29: Foraging Baja Experience

Spend 10 days glamping in Mexico exploring and foraging the unique plants, hiking, visiting waterfalls and hot springs, and enjoying local foods with herbalist, forager  and chef Jess Starwood. Limited to 6. More details to come.

Screen Shot 2019-05-26 at 3.25.17 PMPRIVATE EVENTS & CLASSES:

If you are interested in a private class, workshop, interpretive plant walk or hike, wild food and drink tasting or private dinner, please contact me directly for details: theforesttable@gmail.com