*Looking for info on our Upcoming Classes?  Find them here!  

UPCOMING EVENTS: 

Fish + Foraging Easter Brunch | April 16, 12 – 3 PM | Fair Game Bev Co, Pittsboro

Join us at the Fair Game Beverage Plant in lovely Pittsboro, NC for a very special one-off Easter Brunch with the highly anticipated local seafood restaurant Postal Fish Co.  We will be crafting unique wild cocktails with Fair Game Beverage spirits to pair with the meal highlighting spring flavors by Postal Fish Co.
We’ll gather together at the Plant for an afternoon outdoors with cocktails, foraging, fresh local seafood and a celebration of the Spring season. Proceeds from the brunch will benefit Abundance NC’s work promoting local food and sustainability right here in Chatham County.
We will begin at noon with a cocktail hour that includes a short foraging walk and discussion, where you will help gather fresh wild greens and flowers for the salad. The meal begins at 1pm, family style, with Chefs James Clark and Bill Hartley preparing an incredible feast that portends downtown Pittsboro’s first sustainable seafood restaurant opening later in 2017, with desserts prepared by pastry chef Marcey Clark.
Fair Game Beverage and Piedmont Picnic Project will collaborate on three seasonally inspired cocktails featuring the wine and spirits crafted right next door.

This is a limited seating event, so grab your tickets early!

Click here to reserve your ticket and see the full menu.

Event is rain or shine.


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4/22 | Mini Wild History Walks + Children’s Activities | Raleigh City Farm BEarthday

7/8 | Blackberry Brigade | Weigh-In at Raleigh City Farm

12/2 | Hot Nuts & Cider | Raleigh City Farm


PREVIOUS EVENTS:

2017

2016

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2015

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Wild History Walk + Spring Equinox Celebration:  Spring Greens & Tiny Flowers | Saturday, March 18, 2-4 PM | TLC Walnut Hill Forest

Take a walk on the wild side with us and Triangle Land Conservancy! This beginner level foraging class will cover foraging basics (including rules and etiquette) and provide a solid knowledge of a handful of practical Piedmont plants to enjoy incorporating into your table._MG_5393

The tour will take place at Walnut Hill in Wake County, closed to the public but abounding with plant diversity and a rich wild history just waiting to be explored. The walk will be followed by a complimentary picnic of foraged and hyper local wild edibles!

 


Hot Nuts & Cider | Raleigh City Farm | Saturday, December 3, 4-8 PM

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Was there a time when the end of fall meant sitting around the fire with your family and friends… chatting, telling stories, or listening to someone play music… sipping a hot drink… while you cracked and picked the nuts you gathered all fall long… looking forward to preparing decadent treats with them for the holiday season? We will recreate that time here in downtown Raleigh!

The evening around the fire with us includes:

4-5 PM – Crack-Off Nut Cracking Competition – fun, family-friendly competition with proceeds donated to Raleigh City Farm

5-8 PM – The Main Event, including…

+Make-your-own hot spiked cider bar with wild foraged add-ins and spirits from Fair Game Beverage Company and others!

+Crack and roast wild foraged nuts around the fire.

+Holiday breads and pastries for sale on site by Yellow Dog Bread Company.

+Make and take crafts for sale by Ramble Supply Co.

+Make your own historic decorations for our Christmas tree.

Raleigh City Farm will also have their Christmas Tree Lot open for tree sales from High Country Firs during this time, so you can purchase a sustainably-grown Christmas tree while you’re there!

Special thanks to CompostNow for collecting all of our compostable cider cups and nut shells!


Wild History Walk | Triangle Land Conservancy’s Brumley Forest | Saturday, October 15, 3-5 PM

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Fall is in full force now, and we couldn’t be happier. Wild nuts are falling, and cool-weather greens are sprouting up again. Join us to enjoy a beautiful fall setting this Saturday, October 15 at Triangle Land Conservancy’s Brumley Forest.

We’re hosting a Wild History Walk to teach you foraging basics, how to identify a list of specific edible plants, and a slew of local history to go along with our very special locale. We’ll conclude with a light picnic that showcases the plants we’ve seen in the forest that day.


Dishtory Dessert Potluck | Raleigh City Farm | October 1, 7-9 PM

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Share your favorite family dessert and its story!

Saturday, October 1, 7-9 PM

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Every dish has a story.  What’s your Dishtory?

Do you have a favorite dessert that you love to make for your family or friends?  How about a dessert you ate growing up that is weird or delicious that you’d love to share?  Maybe a dish that generations of your family has made, and you’d love to tell us its story?  

Join us for an evening on the farm to celebrate our best family dessert traditions and record them for posterity!  Bring your dish, and we’ll take your portrait with the dish and then (if you want!) we’ll record the story behind the dish in our Dishtory Story Booth.

We’ll have vintage inspired cocktails for sale that you can sip while we all sit down to a big dessert potluck with each other on the farm!


Blackberry Brigade | Raleigh, NC | July 9

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Enter your team in the Blackberry Brigade blackberry picking competition!

Teams pick blackberries along Raleigh greenways and then bring their berry haul to be weighed in to see who has the most berry poundage!  Winners win prizes, and berries get sold to local chefs to raise money for the Raleigh Food Corridor.  Celebrate afterwards with the Second Saturday Jamboree!  

WHEN: Saturday, July 9.  You can pick all morning, but Weigh-In is from 2-4 PM.

WHO: You! And your team of 1-5 people.

WHERE: Pick berries all around town (we’ll provide you with a map of berry hot spots!). Weigh-In and Jamboree at Raleigh City Farm (800 N Blount St, Raleigh).

WHAT:

FANTASTIC PRIZES YOU SAY?
Special thanks to our prize sponsors for making this event possible!

Oak City Cycling Project

Wine Authorities

Kimbap Cafe

Ramble Supply Co.

Fair Game Beverage Co. 

Larry’s Coffee

Yellow Dog Bread Company

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Wild History Walk  – Wild Berry Ice Cream Social | Lake Raleigh | June 26, 2-4 PM

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Want to feel more connected to a little piece of your Raleigh landscape? Maybe you’ve been curious about foraging wild edibles in the past, but didn’t know how to get started? Or maybe you’re just a history buff, a foodie, or like taking walks through lovely natural settings! We’ve got the perfect Sunday afternoon activity for any or all of these reasons!

Piedmont Picnic Project will host a Wild History Wild Berry Walk + Ice Cream Social on Sunday, June 26, 2-4 PM. We’ll learn more about edible wild plants growing along a stretch of Raleigh greenway, hear stories about Raleigh’s local history, and then slurp down some wild berry ice cream together!

Our walk location is on Lake Raleigh – a lovely natural setting full of interesting historical tidbits and wild delights!

Notes:
lake raleigh map+Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the walk to check in. The walk departs at 2 PM.
+Parking is available at the Lake Raleigh Fishing Pier at 2298 Main Campus Drive as well as along Main Campus Drive (see red star on map on left).
+Please wear appropriate shoes and clothing for walking outdoors [insert weather-specific advice here].
+Your confirmation email serves as your ticket, but no need to bring it along – we’ll have a list of pre-sale ticket holders.
+Walks are rain or shine.
+Any persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
+All participants will be asked to sign a Raleigh Parks and Recreation liability waiver for the event.
+By purchasing your ticket, you also agree to the following: “By purchasing my ticket, I release Piedmont Picnic Project and its staff of any responsibility, liability, or claim arising from any injury of any nature incurred during or as a result of a Piedmont Picnic Project activity or event. I also agree to allow Piedmont Picnic Project to use photographs where I am pictured in their promotional materials.”


Wild History Walk  – Blooms & Berries | Crabtree Creek Trail, Raleigh, NC | May 22, 2-4 PM

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Piedmont Picnic Project will host a Wild History Foraging Walk + Wild Food Tasting on Sunday, May 22, 2-4 PM. We’ll forage edible wild plants together, learn more about the local history, and then taste dishes made from the same plants!

Our walk location has been announced! We’ll be exploring one of our favorite stretches of Raleigh greenway along Crabtree Creek. We’ll take you from an urban parking lot, down into a lush meadow tucked away where you’d never expect it – full of wild delights! Be sure to see direction information below.

We will review foraging guidelines and safety as well as instruction on plant uses and identification. Along the way, we’ll share history about the local area and this month’s theme: Berries & Blooms.

For the light picnic you can expect wild teas, local bread, local cheese, homemade wild jams and jellies, wild greens, and a wild treat for dessert!


Wild History Walk  – Shoots & Flowers | Dorothea Dix Park, Raleigh, NC | April 24, 2-4 PM

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Piedmont Picnic Project will host a Wild History Foraging Walk + Wild Food Tasting on Sunday, April 24, 2-4 PM. We’ll forage edible wild plants together, learn more about the local history, and then taste dishes made from the same plants!

Our walk will take place at lovely Dorothea Dix Park!  It’s right in downtown, right along the greenway, and it’s got history and wild edibles galore.

We will review foraging guidelines and safety as well as instruction on plant uses and identification. Along the way, we’ll share history about the local area and this month’s theme: Shoots & Flowers.

For the light picnic you can expect wild teas, local bread, local cheese, homemade wild jams and jellies, wild greens, and a wild treat for dessert!


Wild History Walk + Equinox Celebration – Spring Greens & Tiny Flowers | Anderson Point Park, Raleigh, NC | March 20, 2-4 PM

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UPDATE:  Our March walk is SOLD OUT but please check back for more information about our next walk on April 24!

Piedmont Picnic Project will host a Wild History Foraging Walk + Wild Food Tasting to celebrate the Spring Equinox. We’ll forage edible wild plants together, learn more about the local history, and then taste dishes made from the same plants!

Our surprise location has been announced!  We’ll be meeting at Anderson Point Park (20 Anderson Point Drive) and walking to picnic at a lovely spot along the Neuse River.

We will review foraging guidelines and safety as well as instruction on plant uses and identification. Along the way, we’ll share history about the local area and this month’s theme: Spring Greens + Tiny Flowers.

For the light picnic you can expect wild teas, local bread, local cheese, homemade wild jams and jellies, wild greens, and a wild treat for dessert!


Fermented Sodas Workshop | Ramble Supply Co., Raleigh | February 20, 2-4 PM

Looking for that magic elixir to help you live eternal?  Or maybe just a little something to help you be healthier in the New Year?  We have a couple of elixirs chock-full of beneficial probiotics that will get you started on your path to health in 2016.  

Join Piedmont Picnic Project at Ramble Supply Co for our upcoming workshop on fermented sodas!  Learn two techniques for fermenting your own sodas at home: (1) fermenting using a kombucha SCOBY which we will provide, and (2) fermenting by growing your own ginger bug.  

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What you can expect:

Taste fermented sodas flavored with locally foraged fruit and herbs, including one spiked fermented cocktail!

Learn how to make two kinds of fermented sodas on your own at home:

  • Kombucha
  • Ginger Bug Soda

Take home a kombucha fermentation kit that includes:

  • fermentation vessel + swing-top bottle for the finished product
  • personalized fermentation cover cloth
  • SCOBY starter
  • your first batch of tea!

Learn a little about the history of fermented drinks and North Carolina sodas + the health benefits of drinking naturally fermented sodas!


Hot Nuts & Cider | Raleigh City Farm, 800 N Blount St. | December 5, 2015, 4-8 PM

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We had a great evening of nut cracking and cider sipping around the fire at Raleigh City Farm!

Was there a time when the end of fall meant sitting around the fire with your family and friends… chatting, telling stories, or listening to someone play music… sipping a hot drink… while you cracked and picked the nuts you gathered all fall long…  looking forward to preparing decadent treats with them for the holiday season?  We recreated that time here in downtown Raleigh!  

The evening around the fire with us included:

  • Make-your-own hot spiked cider bar with wild foraged add-ins.
  • Crack and roast wild foraged nuts around the fire.
  • Make your own historic decorations for our Christmas tree and check out a holiday wreath-making station by Hannah Ross, Deana Nguyen, and Wylde Flowers.
  • Fireside music by special guests, The Lang Sisters and Brendan Macie.

Raleigh City Farm also had their Christmas Tree Lot open for tree sales from High Country Firs during this time, so you could purchase a sustainably-grown Christmas tree while you’re there!

Special thanks to Compost Now for collecting and composting all of our nut shells and compostable cups!

THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS!

 


Wild Pizza Foraging Walk + Wood-Fired Pizza Dinner & Cocktails | 220 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro, NC | November 8, 4-6 PM

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Piedmont Picnic Project and Fair Game Beverage Co present a night of foraging, wild pizzas, and locally-distilled cocktails!

  • Forage your own Wild Pizza toppings from the expansive wooded and field areas surrounding the Fair Game Distillery, just outside of Pittsboro, NC.
  • Sip cocktails made from Fair Game’s wines and sample their spirits.
  • Make customized, wood-fired wild pizzas with the toppings you foraged that night plus wild pickles and sauces we’ve been stock-piling throughout the year!
  • Eat your wild dinner and sip your cocktail in the picturesque scenery of rural Pittsboro, NC.

Family Reunion | Raleigh City Farm | September 19, 2-4 PM

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In celebration of Piedmont Picnic’s first ever event and launch party one year ago – Cocktails & Mayonnaise – we hosted another cocktails and mayonnaise event as our one year anniversary party!  What did it involve?  See details below and full gallery here.

  • Wild History Cocktail Bar with DIY Mix-Ins and Crude Bitters
  • Mayo & Cocktail Demos (but not mayo cocktails)
  • Favorite Mayo Dish Cook-Off – Entry is $10, with all entry fees benefiting Raleigh City Farm!  Prizes from Wine Authorities, Brew Coffee Bar, and more!
    • Competition Categories:
      • Mayo-based salad
      • Mayo-based dessert
      • Deviled Eggs
  • Special musical guest Marshall Wyatt of Old Hat Records and his 100-year-old hand-cranked Victrola will provide the records and the old-time vibes perfect for any Family Reunion!

We had a lovely afternoon on the farm, created our own unique foraged cocktails, and chowed down on our neighbors’ best mayo recipes!

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!


Wild History August Walking Tour + Picnic | Raleigh City Farm | August 29, 9-11 AM

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For our August Wild History Foraging Tour + Light Picnic, we foraged edible wild plants together from the area surrounding Raleigh City Farm and then taste dishes made from the same plants!  As with all of our introductory foraging walks, we reviewed foraging guidelines and safety as well as instruction on plant uses and identification. Along the way, we shared history about Raleigh and the Mordecai Historic Park and about this month’s theme: Foraging Three Ways.  We talked about three ways to forage in the urban environment: (1) finding edible wild plants in public spaces, (2) borrowing excess edible plants from your neighbors, or (3) planting wild foods at home.  For the light picnic we enjoyed delicious brunch fare of wild herbed biscuits, wildflower jellies, homemade cheeses, blackberry leaf tea, and cookies and ice cream flavored with black walnut liqueur.  See full gallery here.

This month’s location – Raleigh City Farm – provided a great example of growing wild edibles in and amongst your other edible and decorative plants!


Blackberry Brigade with Second Saturday | Shaw University, Raleigh | July 11, 8:30 AM – 1 PM

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Click here to see the gallery from our first annual Blackberry Brigade berry foraging competition for a cause!  Around 20 teams picked blackberries along Raleigh greenways (using a map of berry hot spots we provided!) and then brought their berry haul to be weighed in to see who had the most berry poundage! In the end, competitors weighed in 21 pounds of berries!  Teams could choose to keep their berries OR better yet, donate them and package them to be sold to local chefs (see list below), with all proceeds going to the garden at Neighbor to Neighbor Outreach Center in SE Raleigh!  Various berry-themed activities for teams to enjoy also took place at the weigh-in site, including: blackberry-themed refreshments provided by local businesses, cooking and preserving demos by Common Roots Project, and blackberry juice juicy hand prints and photo portraits.

Piedmont Picnic Project is grateful to our partners: Community Food Lab and Second Saturday for co-hosting the day’s events as part of the City of Raleigh’s Art along Blount Street dedication and in conjunction with the Shaw Summer Sizzles concert series!

HUGE thanks to local restaurants that purchased our locally-foraged berries from us, with all proceeds going to the garden at Neighbor to Neighbor Outreach Center!

And to our partners…


Wild History Wild Berry Ice Cream Social | Dorothea Dix Campus, Raleigh | June 21, 2-4 PM

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Piedmont Picnic Project hosted a Wild History Ice Cream Social + Berry Foraging event where we foraged wild berries along the Rocky Branch trail that runs along Dorothea Dix campus in downtown Raleigh.  Then we made those berries into ice cream on site!  We showed you what edible berries (and more!) are growing in the area and guided you step by step into how to turn them into a delicious frozen concoction.  Then…  we chowed down!  Ice cream was made into floats with homemade wild sodas and ice cream sandwiches made with “sassy snaps” sassafras cookies! See full gallery here.


Wild Edibles for Sale @ Second Saturday Pop-Up Farmers Market | 938 N Blount St., Raleigh | June 13, 10 AM – 2 PM

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Piedmont Picnic Project offered an assortment of wild edibles for sale at the Pop-Up Market for the June Second Saturday.  Passersby could see and taste what’s growing in Raleigh’s wild places!  We offered tastes, answered questions, and provided free recipe cards on how to prepare these delicious wild edibles!


Wild History Tour + Picnic | Saturday, May 23, 2-4 PM | Lake Raleigh Pier 

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Piedmont Picnic held their second Wild History walking tour and picnic of the spring!  We had a big bunch of friendly, enthusiastic picnickers and a beautiful day along Lake Raleigh – one of our favorite spots so far along the Raleigh greenways during our 100 Miles in 100 Days series.  See full gallery here.

InstagramCapture_c26aa38b-2a90-42c5-a1ec-cf83ce123773Along the walk, we learned about wild edibles growing right now in this location – wildflowers, green shoots, and even mulberries!The picnic was one of our more decadent affairs – because eating flowers of course lends itself to sweets! InstagramCapture_30120db8-2d0a-4aee-9a3d-a69d035cee44Wild weed salad, Trappist honey bread, and yogurt cheese were accompanied by honeysuckle sodas, wildflower jelly thumbprint cookies, and intoxicating wisteria ice cream!

Oh, and did we mention we spotted our first ripe blackberries of the season!?

A big THANK YOU to all who came out for the picnic and to everyone that helped to promote it beforehand!  We are always grateful for and humbled by the overwhelming response we get to our wild endeavors!


Pollinator Picnic | Raleigh | Saturday, May 9, 2-4 PM

Piedmont Picnic joined  Second Saturday to host a picnic provided by the bees while we created a picnic for the bees!  We taught a group of enthusiastic gardeners-in-training how to install a pollinator garden at a personal residence and enjoyed a light picnic of wildflower & honey drinks and treats.  See full gallery here.

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Learn how to create a Pollinator Berm that:InstagramCapture_e9d2496d-b16e-4f0b-8bfb-2ea62bf86446

  • provides plants that support happy pollinators
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Picnic fare included:

  • Drinks: Honeygirl mead | Brother Vigalys Krupnikas + Black Tea | Honey-Sweetened Black Locust Tea
  • Food: Trappist Honey Bread | Wildflower Jellies | Yogurt Cheese + Wildflowers | Wildflower + Honey Cookies

Special thanks to Papa Spuds and Pleasant Bee for providing all the honey for the event.


bEARTHday Celebration | Raleigh City Farm | April 18

Piedmont Picnic Project had a great time teaching folks of all ages about foraging local weeds at our table and co-hosting the kids activities with Marbles Kids Museum at the Raleigh City Farm 3rd annual bEARTHday Celebration!  We loved teaching kids about creative reuse, wild weeds, nature art, seed starting, and recycling/composting with the fun activities below!  See full gallery HERE.

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Wild History Walking Tour | Milburnie Park, Raleigh, NC | March 28

Piedmont Picnic hosted our first foraging tour of the spring!  See full gallery HERE.

Wild History (2)We walked the Neuse River Trail of the Raleigh Greenways from Milburnie Park to Milburnie Damn (1.5 miles roundtrip).  During the tour, we learned about the edible greens growing in the area as well as about the history of that particular place in Raleigh.  This beginner level foraging class included a review of foraging basics (including rules and etiquette) and provided a solid knowledge of a handful of practical plants to enjoy incorporating into your table.  The walk was followed by a light picnic of local cheese, local bread, and hyper-local wild greens!


TEDxManhattan Viewing Party | Raleigh, NC | March 7

Piedmont Picnic Project co-hosted a viewing party for the nation-wide event, TEDxManhattan- Changing the Way We Eat, with partners Activate14 and Community Food Lab.  This was a one day annual event focused on sustainable food and farming. TEDTalk video and live speakers combined to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The event was free and open to the public. Food and drink from local organizations was provided. See tips on how to change the way you eat here.  See full gallery HERE.

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Hot Nuts & Cider | Raleigh City Farm | December 2014

Piedmont Picnic Project hosts an evening around the fire down on the farm!  See full gallery HERE.

hot-nuts-cider_finalPiedmont Picnic Project hosted a laid-back, down-on-the-farm winter gathering, inspired by Christmastime in turn-of-the-century Raleigh. The evening around the fireside at the Raleigh City Farm Christmas Tree Lot included…

  • Make-your-own hot, spiked cider bar
  • Cracking and toasting locally-foraged nuts on the fire.
  • Historic tree decorating demo.
  • Fireside music provided by Sarah Osborne and friends.

Forage with Piedmont Picnic Project! | Cooke St. Carnival | October 2014

Did you know that there is free food all around you?  Sometimes right under your feet; sometimes right above your head!  Piedmont Picnic showed a few easy-to-forage fall nuts, greens, and fruits at the annual Cooke Street Carnival Fatt Legg Farm local food roundup. Participants had a chance to see, touch, smell, crack, and taste some locally-foraged and wild edibles! We provided recipe cards for ideas to get you started on what you can make with these foraged ingredients once you find them in your neighbor’s own backyard!There was a chance for you to share some of your own foraging hot-spots with us and your community by geo-locating edibles you’ve seen around your neighborhood!  See full gallery HERE.

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Cocktails & Mayonnaise Party | Durham | August 2014

Piedmont Picnic Project’s first picnic and launch party! We gathered our closest guinea pigs friends to test our theory that the things we eat and drink and otherwise consume can be local, sustainable, and historical without being pretentious.  Good thing we love a challenge!  See full gallery HERE.

The afternoon included:

  • Make-your-own Cobbler Cocktails with bourbon, crushed ice, muddled herbs and fruit, and an amazing historical invention – the straw!
  • Vintage Mayo-Making Demo – it’s so easy to make your own, especially with some cool vintage tools of the trade!
  • Deconstructed Mayo Dipper Bar – mix and match deconstructed versions of some of your favorite mayo dishes like BLTs and potato salad.
  • Home-Grown & Foraged Cocktail Tastings – try out some lesser-known historical herb combos in your cocktails or local takes on current favorites (locally-foraged Arnold Palmers anyone?)

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