I hope that each and everyone of you is enjoying this wet summer. It is such a rare summer that even the crops are confused. It appear as though it is Fall many a days and the amount of rain is just unbelievable. I am doing well and enjoying the change in weather.
Even more enjoyable has been the Sunday Lunches and cooking classes that we have been having at Pickards Mountain Eco Institute. If you have not had a chance to visit, please consider joining us. We have been having a great time. We have had a bountiful harvest from the garden and weather has been cool enough to to make the harvest a joy.
We currently have an abundance of tomatoes, winter and summer squashes, okra, some Swiss chard, watermelon, peppers, and all kinds of herbs.
We start every class by harvesting whatever is ready and then making a menu based on what we picked. We still have to supplement the harvest with additional items, but it is usually minimal.
A tea house is also going up at the institute and should be a great addition on the property. The tea house, which will be located at the entrance of the institute, will serve all kinds of herbal teas from spices and herbs grown on the property. Seventy herbs have already been selected for the first phase. There will also be soups and Elixirs served at the tea house.
We are doing vegan and vegetarian classes until September, when we will start another series of classes. To attend, all you need to do is email me and we will save a spot for you.
There is also Yoga every Sunday morning. Come out and see what the Eco Institute is shaping up to be.
On a side note, I have been invited to attend an "iron chef " type of event and to participate in a face off with celebrity Chef Jerome Brown Saturday, August 3rd in Rock Mountain at Just Food Conference. This is the first event of this nature that I have participated in and I am excited to see what I can learn from it. I will send an update about any interesting outcome.
Cook well, Eat well,
Garden to Table Cooking Class and Lunch.
Pickards Mountain Eco Institute is hosting chef Kabui for a summer full of classes, followed by lunch. Classes start at 9.00 A M unti 12.00. The class starts by picking some of the produce fresh from the garden. You are welcome to learn and eat or just come for lunch anytime between 12.30 and 2.30. Reserve your seat at www.pickardsmountain.org.
July 3rd: Chef kabui will be hosting a group of young students participating in Food Corp program in Southern Pines for a class on healthy cooking at Pickards Mountain Eco Institute. The you will also spend the afternoon working at the Organics & Sounds Garden in Durham.
June 29: Dinner at Duke's Nicholas School of Environment, with special guests from Johnson C Smith University of Charlotte.