Hello. Chicago was good. Mainly because I had never really been there before. That sounds negative but isn't. I would have liked more time in Chicago, to really check it out. I spent most of my time foraging (more on that later) and at the taste of Chicago. The Taste is a festival put on for the last 30 years in Chicago that means to....Im not honestly sure what it means to do. It certainly doesn't mean to show the people of Chicago anything interesting about food. Think 40 vendors all selling the leftovers from the Des Moines county fair, and you get an idea of the culinary virtue that is The Taste. Perhaps unfair ( I did have grilled turkey ribs that weren't too bad), but pretty apt. Its interesting to me that you would put on an event focused on food, and have so little diversity. Or maybe I've just become a food snob in these past years. Ok, onto the interesting stuff.... There were an amazing amount of new (to me) plants in Chicago's parks. I grew up in VT, so many of the plants ( like milkweed, pictured here)
It was great to walk around with Sunny, that I saw in Chicago we had back home, but this time I saw them with new eyes. I really only started foraging when I got to SF, so it was really enlightening to learn from Sunny who's knowledge of wild foods definitely surpasses my own (Sunny Savage has a TV show on the Veria network about wild food. She's the reason I was in Chicago, to help her forage and cook). Mine is very SF specific, so I was lost in this new environment.
Overall a good trip, Im in NYC now (where it is 96 degrees,hence the "hell" in the title), but will be back in SF on the 7th. We just posted some new wild food walks on foragesf.com, and look out for an email about some upcoming dinners we're doing mid July.
Also....we're starting the CSF back up! A friend of mine, Kevin Feinstein, who is going to be managing the workings of it in the months to come, so look out for an email about that too.
Well I'm off to meet Ava Chin, a NYC based forager, who writes a column for the NY times.
Also....Just got interviewed for a Times magazine article, so look out for that! Very Exciting. Ok, enough talk.