Winter Forestry Campaign
Foraging talk, plant identification & alchemy workshop developing wild flavours with a group of mixologists.
A day experimenting with local, hand-picked ingredients at 'bar makerspace' Crucible, equipped with laboratory and kitchen technology from centrifuge to vacuum distillation. We distilled alexander stems and quince with hogweed seeds, made cobnut ice cream and a rowan berry syrup with thyme tincture.
Food Trends: A multi-sensory excursion
Conversation, Plant Identification & Elixirs
"Creating culinary odysseys with hyper-local botanicals"
"Food miles and their environmental impact prompted entrepreneurial individuals to tackle the issue. The focus is now shifting towards native, home grown and seasonal produce. This resonates with health-conscious consumers who desire more natural and less processed food. Zooming in on native species also led to a rediscovery of the botanical world and the medical properties of plants and herbs. As a result, we see botanicals on cocktails menus and in luxury food supplements. Mama Xanadu aka Jemma Foster draws on the botanical apothecary to create playful culinary feasts. What started as private dining events a few years ago is now evolving into an experimental culinary studio and alchemy bar. We talked to Jemma about her unique approach to food and hospitality that combines the knowledge of anthropology and plant medicine." - Katharina Michalski, founder of Culture Dots
Foodies Against TTIP a platform for chefs, restaurateurs, farm and food industry workers and all food lovers to connect and raise awareness about TTIP and protect the food on our plate. Set up by Jemma and in collaboration with War on Want, FATTIP has been evolving through the tides of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, CETA and other trade partnerships. With the dawn of Brexit, greater vigilance on traceability and transparency in agribusiness trade negations is crucial. Not On My Plate (NOMP) is the future organisation that will aim to raise awareness in the UK around all food trade and safety standards, human rights for workers and environmental concerns.