A Fermented Feast at Valley Variety


A fermented feast to take place in Hudson, NY at Valley Variety
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 6:30-9PM

Valley Variety is collaborating with Faith Gilbert of Letterbox Farm Collective and David Chicane of Hudson Food Studio for a Fermented Feast on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 6:30-9PM. The first part of the evening will be a hands-on workshop on the fundamentals of the fermentation process and then we’ll enjoy a 3-course dinner that highlights ways to integrate fermented foods into gourmet dishes.

The process of fermentation is a simple and low-cost way to preserve the harvest, and a powerful way to restore health from the inside out. Faith Gilbert of Letterbox Farm Collective will lead the group through a hands-on preparation of several lacto-fermented foods, including Ginger Carrots, Beet Kvass, Preserved Lemons and a Soda. Each person will take-home jars of fermented goods, recipes, a troubleshooting guide, and starter culture for a fermented soda.

Throughout the evening, David Chicane, Chef/Owner of Hudson Food Studio, will be preparing a 3-course dinner inspired by fermented ingredients.


FAITH GILBERT, Farmer, Letterbox Farm Collective
Faith is one of the founding members of Letterbox Farm, a growing collective of young farmers in Hudson, NY. As a collective, the various aspects of operating the farm are divided amongst the team. Faith manages the herbs, greens, flowers and greenhouses at Letterbox, and works one-on-one with their chef clients. She is a fourth-year farmer, researcher, and organizer. Last year, she researched and wrote Cooperative Farming, a how-to handbook on forming collaborative farm ventures.

DAVID CHICANE, Chef/Owner, Hudson Food Studio
Chef Chicane is best known for his clean, simple, fresh approach. At Hudson Food Studio, he embraces this philosophy with his creative extrapolation to dishes he experienced during his travels through Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos. He enjoys partnering with local farms to provide the ingredients for the menu’s “staple” dishes, plus the excitement of receiving a basket of new things with which to create.

Valley Variety is a modern and stylish lifestyle store. In its expansive and airy space, Valley Variety offers a thoughtful selection of beautifully designed products for everyday living. The store, at 705 Warren Street, is outfitted with a chef’s kitchen for product demos, cooking classes and special events. A list of upcoming events is available at valleyvariety.com/food

Store hours: 11am-6pm; 7 days a week
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