Discover fine dining through forest foraging

Apr 10, 2014
Author Jennifer Hahn

Best selling author Jennifer Hahn will put on an entertaining and educational presentation about all of the common edible native plants from field, forest, beach and backyards at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Northwest Stream Center’s Visitors Building in Snohomish County’s McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett.

Hahn is the author of the best selling book “Pacific Feast: A Cooks Guide to West Coast Foraging and Cuisine,” an adjunct professor at Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College and, during the summer months, a wilderness guide in Alaska.

However, wild foraging is Hahn’s “raison d’etre.”

At the NW Stream Center, she will teach you how to sustainably harvest big-leaf maple sap and simmer it into honey-sweet syrup.

She will show you how to gather eight super sea veggies so the algae thrives after a short “haircut.”

You’ll depart this presentation knowing how to cut and steam stinging nettles to perfection without getting a walloping sting, and how to shake hands with a spiny sea urchin and painlessly retrieve the treasured, flavorful roe.

Jennifer will amp your inner chef and inspire you to whip up your own wild harvest feast.

You’ll want to grab your skillet and chopping knife after viewing dishes such as Nettle Lasagna from Chef David Tanis of Chez Panisse or Nettle Hazelnut Pesto from Chef Greg Higgins of Higgins Restaurant in Portland.

Wild desserts and spirits will be highlighted, too.  Imagine a chilled nettle martini (the specialty of Willow’s Inn on Lummi Island) or a scoop of roasted dandelion root ice cream (Herb Farm).

After the show, Hahn will offer wild food tastes, and her book will be available for purchase and signing.

This event is geared for everyone wanting to explore something new and tasty in the kitchen that is grown locally and at a very low cost.

Reservations are required by calling 425-316-8592.  $5 Adopt A Stream Foundation members; $7 non-members.

To learn about upcoming Streamkeeper Academy events like the May 9 All About Beavers show, go to www.streamkeeper.org.

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