March 3rd, The Stinging Nettle was invited to join forces with The Fareground, a Berkeley based amazing and loving group of peope who choose a small and local "maker" or farm to pair and feature their products with a chef, and host amazing "pop-up" style dinners. Founder Lorren Butterwick connects the greater community with local farms and makers whose mission is in line with sustainability, earth stewardship, connecting people with food and products made with love and care.
I was a bit nervous, never having paired my products with a chef for a multi coursed meal, but excited for the experience . In my practice as an Herbalist and Formulator , I have strived to find the best way possible to not only work with my client's issues, but show them, with the creation of my products and formulas, that medicine can be folded into our daily lives in the most delicious of ways. Although we may need to work with certain formulas to work through a physical illness, I absolutely believe in the Tonic Food. When I think of countries in the east like China, Thailand, India...the traditional foods incorporate tonic spices, medicinal mushrooms and roots, culinary herbs that are highly medicinal. Our Grandmothers also knew that food was medicine, I love being part of re-invigorating the dialogue and practice.
Our talented chef Jordan Litke, presented us with amazing California style Japanese Cuisine. Our evening was filled with an amazing spread that began with an amazing bitter aperitif that I made specifically for this dinner to activate our digestion, made in a base of Botanivore Gin with a blend of citrus and bitter herbs. The meal began with delicious Kyurri Pickles and my immunity broth with clam, wakame, and shiitake mushrooms. See photos of the menu!
We not only used my bitters and immunity broth, but ended the meal with a custard which featured my blend of matcha with tonic herbs, and figs stuffed with a dark chocolate ganache blended with medicinal mushrooms. It was a fabulous dinner, and I feel so honored to have had the opportunity to connect with the Bay Area community, work with a talented chef, and share the work I do.
Our world is intense, and humanity is dealing with higher levels of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual stressors now more than ever. If we are able to fold into our daily lives different tonics and herbs, we increase our bodies ability to find balance without depletion. Plant medicine is not only about healing, it is also about deepening our relationship to ourselves, self care, and how we extend that to our families, friends, and community. My advice to you...EAT YOUR MEDICINE!
You can explore the Fareground on Instagram @thefareground or got to their website www.thefareground.com