Local food has long ruled the roost here in the Bay Area. Slow Food Nation was started here, The Omnivore’s Dilemma was first posed here, and the farm to table dinners reign supreme. But the next evolution in local food is foraged food.
The idea of hunting for wild food of the land is crazy for someone like myself…I haven’t even adjusted to the farmers markets at this point. But when I ask Iso Rabins, founder of ForageSF, why eat wild…his first answer isn’t about climate change or connection to the land…it’s taste.
Wild foods bring some of the most intense and interesting tastes in the world. Like the spicy taste of a cultivated radish? Just wait until you try some wild radish greens! Wild blackberries, picked fresh off the vine, have no equal.
The climate change value is clear, using wild food grown naturally here locally vastly trumps those foods flown in from South America. I try to be green just like the next person…but this is food, doesn’t it have to taste good?
That’s why we’ve arranged a guided Forage with Iso Rabins….first to learn how to identify edible foods in the wild. More importantly, he’s going to cook up our found goodies so we can determine if he’s right. If you want to get in on the hunt, click here to get tickets for the event on Sunday August 9th. You can also read more about Iso’s local exploits here.