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Northwoods Cuisine: A Wild Culinary & Ecological Experience

Course Overview

Experience Northwoods cuisine like never before while we expand the realm of possibilities for “local” food. This course is both a culinary experience and field-based exploration of the boreal forest. We will begin by learning how to identify and sustainably harvest our ingredients, along with an overview of the ecology and natural history of the area. Saturday morning will begin with a little classroom time followed by a plant walk around and close to campus. In the afternoon, we will drive to a close-by habitat for more identification and harvest. Sunday morning, we will drive up the Gunflint Trail in search of chanterelle mushrooms, blueberries, wintergreen, gooseberries, wild strawberries, and much more. The afternoon will be spent on campus enjoying our dinner. Some dishes will be new recipes inspired by the ingredients themselves. Other dishes will employ methods and styles of regional cooking around the world, utilizing the ingredients that exist in the northern environment. We will consume an interactive tasting menu with multiple courses, comparable to a fine dining experience that will feature dishes sure to expand your palate. Woven into the entire class will be discussion of food chemistry, natural history, sustainability, foraging and wild crafting, cooking styles and techniques as they relate to each dish and the ecology each ingredient was derived from. This promises to be an unforgettable and unique experience on the North Shore.

NOTE: Class will be hiking on a variety of terrain, some of which will be uneven or hilly.

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