Forage and Plant Walks and Talks

Prunus serotina, black cherries

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About the Walks

On the wild foods walks I lead, the focus is on plants that are not just edible, but delicious and versatile in the kitchen or a cocktail shaker. I approach foraging not as means of survival, but as a cook and imbiber looking for new ingredients and flavors. With some notable native exceptions, my emphasis is on weedy or invasive plants (usually the target of mass-herbicide application), which could easily become commonly eaten and enjoyed vegetables, fruit or herbs.

Polygonum cuspidatum, Japanese knotweed

Since 2010, through my writing here and in other publications (locally for Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan) and via my walks, I have advocated persistently for creative control of edible invasives by means of collection and consumption: I will be happy when we can routinely find Japanese knotweed on farmers market tables.

Already, in the last few years, the tide of perception has begun to turn: garlic mustard appears on some menus, field garlic is for sale at some farmers markets, and a Union Square farmer is stocking knotweed shoots. If more chefs knew the flavor-potential of many 'weeds,' their menus would be overflowing with them. Mine are.

Rhus glabra, smooth sumac 

On wild food walks we discuss the do's and don't's of urban foraging - such as letting sensitive natives be - and we talk about culinary ideas and techniques for unfamiliar ingredients.

Not just edibles but all plants are part of our mobile discussion. My goal on each walk is to tune the eye to the green details beneath our feet, so that we see the place where we live with newly appreciative eyes and an expanded sense of context.

My walks are a little different because I keep groups small and low-impact. I prefer personal interaction and conversation over a stand and shout approach. I hate shouting. I often learn from the people who attend my walks - fresh eyes and different backgrounds bring new questions and insight. It is not unusual for new friendships to be forged over the course of a walk and a shared, wild-inspired picnic. 

Spicebush bread, rose jams, quail eggs and mugwort salt, mugwort crackers and dip

Ways to Walk or Talk

Public Walks - Planned walks are listed on this page seasonally.
Pop Ups - Join my mailing list for walks or tastings at short notice.
Private Walks - personalize your walk. Please email me via the Contact link.
Gift Certificates - are available. Give a wild foods walk as a gift.
Identification - I will identify the wild edibles (and other plants) on your land.
Talks - I am available for tutoring, lectures, tastings, mixology or menu consultation.

My Walk Booking Policy:

Refunds are given with 72 hours notice of cancellation.
After 72 hours you will receive credit towards a future walk.
No-show on walk day? No refund, no credit.
Bad weather cancellations mean credit or refund - your choice.

Central Park Frigid Forage has been Postponed*
1 January 2018
1pm - 3pm

I didn't that it would be that frigid. Forecast temperatures are so low that I don't believe staying in one spot and sipping drinks and enjoying wild snacks will be much fun. Please stay tuned for the snow date.

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