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‘Botany of a Feast’, an immersive culinary and scientific experience with chef, writer, and cooking enthusiast, Deborah Madison as well as botanists Sarah Federman, PhD and Elisabeth Forrestel, PhD.  Guests will be taken on tour of botanical diversity, local and wild plants, and how human history has been fundamentally shaped by plants.

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Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 – Lunchtime Lecture with Deborah Madison

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What does knowing about the evolutionary history of plants matter for global food security and conservation in changing climates? Join us for lunch and discussion with Sarah Federman, PhD, and Deborah Madison, author and chef. Topics will include a brief overview of ‘tree thinking,’ the edible plant tree-of-life, and food security in changing climates.

Thursday, April 20th, 2017 – Botany of a Feast: a culinary & scientific exploration of edible plants at the Santa Fe School of Cooking

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20% of the proceeds from the dinner will fund programming in the Santa Fe Botanical Garden’s new ethnobotanical garden, an important living collection of plants used by humans.

A sampling of dishes served include: roasted sunchoke soup, quinoa flour crepe filled with chard, a beet and orache salad and a polenta cake with fruit compote and lemon verbena cream. This is a Demo Class and takes place at the Santa Fe School of Cooking.

Friday, May 19th, 2017 – Foraged Cocktails & Discussion

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Join us for drinks and a discussion of how plants make great beverages. Ellen Zachos, author, forager, and mixologist, will discuss the use of native and foraged plants in mixology, while you taste a few specially cocktails, created from local harvests. She’ll also be signing copies of her new book, The Wildcrafted Cocktail. You might be surprised by how many “worthless weeds” actually make tasty drinks. Elisabeth Forrestel, PhD, an expert in grape vines and plant ecology, will explain a little about the evolutionary history and ecology of wild plants, and how this knowledge will help protect the future of wine grapes and other crops essential to the production of alcohol.

Saturday, May 20th, 2017 – Lunchtime Garden Tour with Elisabeth Forrestel and Ellen Zachos

This event has been cancelled.

 

A LINKED HISTORY

We are inextricably linked – past present and future – with the plants that we cultivate and consume. Economies of Europe and South America have risen and fallen with the cultivation of crops, such as potatoes and tulips. Global industrialization was shaped by demand for sugar, spices, cotton, and opium.

Today, over ninety percent of our calories come from less than twenty plant species, yet there are over 20,000 documented species of edible plants. Understanding the incredible diversity of plants is essential to global economies and food security.

Rapidly changing climates threaten growing cycles and crop viability, and global transit and trade promote the movement of invasive plants and pathogens. These recent changes make understanding the historical and scientific context of our relationship with plants all the more important.

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Join us for ‘The Botany of a Feast’, an immersive culinary and scientific experience. You will be taken on an edible tour of botanical diversity, and discussions will cover how human history has been fundamentally shaped by plants that we cultivate and consume. Proceeds will fund the Santa Fe Botanical Garden’s new ethnobotanical garden, an important living collection of plants used by humans.

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