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Aubergine chef Justin Cogley

December 23, 2014 – Did you ever wonder how to best prepare the beautiful chanterelles that pop up in our area in January? Or cook the delicious, deep green wild nettle dishes you may have enjoyed at restaurants like La Balena? Or how to serve the beautiful sea vegetables you see pictured in magazines like EMB, or, may have eaten at Aubergine?

You’re in luck, because on Sunday, Jan. 18, some of our area’s best chefs who are known for wrangling wild delicacies to the plate will be sharing their secrets at a special cooking class at Big Sur Lodge.

The class promises to be exciting: Aubergine’s Justin Cogley, named one of Food & Wine magazine’s best new chefs of 2013, will show you how to prepare sea vegetables, Affina’s James Anderson will demo wild mushrooms, Sierra Mar/Post Ranch Inn’s Yulanda Santos will show you how to make a granité out of redwood sorrel and La Balena’s Brad Briske will give lessons in cooking with wild nettles. Also on the program will be Jacob Burrell from Big Sur Bakery, who will talk about foraging for and cooking with natural Big Sur sea water.
Screen-Shot-2014-12-16-at-8.57.31-AM-300x250Edible Monterey Bay magazine has organized this outstanding class as part of the Big Sur Foragers Festival, a benefit for the Big Sur Health Center to be held on Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. Tickets for the two-hour event, which will begin at 2pm, are $50 and all proceeds will go the Big Sur Health Center. Ticketholders will also get to try the dishes and take home recipes.
Tickets for the class and for the rest of the festival events—which includes a dinner at Big Sur Roadhouse on Friday night, the iconic Fungus Faceoff cooking competition and foraging walks on Saturday and a brunch at Big Sur Lodge on Sunday—are very limited, so we recommend buying yours soon!
For more information, please go to: www.bigsurforagersfestival.org.
To purchase tickets, go to: www.eventbrite.com/e/big-sur-forager-festival-2015-tickets-12739388855.

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At Edible Monterey Bay, our mission is to celebrate the local food cultures of Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Counties, season by season.