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Dinner and Discourse


        We are a team of scientists, chefs, authors, foragers, and gardeners. By bringing people together over good food and cause, our goal is to raise awareness of  contemporary environmental challenges and build more conscious and sustainable approaches to food and agriculture.   

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Dinner and Discourse


        We are a team of scientists, chefs, authors, foragers, and gardeners. By bringing people together over good food and cause, our goal is to raise awareness of  contemporary environmental challenges and build more conscious and sustainable approaches to food and agriculture.   

 

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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Come Share a Meal


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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Come Share a Meal


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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Botany of a Feast

April 20th, 6:00 pm 

Santa Fe School of Cooking

Santa Fe, NM

 
 
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Dinner is just the beginning...


Dinner is just the beginning...


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April 19th, 12:00 pm

Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Lunchtime Lecture

What does knowing about the evolutionary history of plants matter for global food security and conservation? 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. 

 


FORAGED COCktails and DISCUSSION

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 Wild Crafted 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 can help protect the future of wine grapes and other crops essential to the production of alcohol. 

May 19th, 4:30 pm 

Santa Fe Botanical Garden


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May 20th,12:00 pm

Santa Fe Botanical Garden

GARDEN TOUR

The Santa Fe Botanical Garden provides and important living collection of native plants. Come take a tour with Elisabeth Forrestel, PhD, and Ellen Zachos, author and forager, of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden's new 2-acre Ethnobotanical Garden that showcases native plants and their uses. 

 


Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Host

Established in 1987, The Santa Fe Botanical Garden celebrates, cultivates and conserves the rich botanical heritage and biodiversity of the region. The Garden prides itself as a living museum and educational space that displays native plants and other flora that are well-adapted to area growing conditions, promotes conservation and wise use of water, highlights local artists, and provides a quiet oasis for enjoying the colors, smells and diversity of northern New Mexico landscapes and gardens.The 2-acre ethnobotanical addition to the Garden features native plants, tiered gardens that showcase what Native Americans and early settlers grew for food, medicine and other uses, three outdoor classrooms, a learning pavilion, and the 150-seat outdoor Gathering Place Amphitheater. 

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Santa Fe School of Cooking & Noe Cano

Host

The Santa Fe School of Cooking, established in 1989, has been a cornerstone for education on sustainable food and agriculture, as well as an important conservator of traditional New Mexican cuisine and ingredients. Noe Cano, Chef de Cuisine, has been an invaluable asset to the School for 17 years. He does all the food purchasing and prep, and also assists with classes. Noe has worked at many of Santa Fe’s top restaurants, including La Casa Sena, and was chef de cuisine at Hotel St. Francis. He has worked alongside many of the chefs of Santa Fe as well as some celebrity chefs. He was instrumental in the production of a segment of The Food Networks show called Dinner Impossible, which celebrated the traditional foods of New Mexico.

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Who we are


Who we are


SARAH FEDERMAN

Botanist, PhD

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Sarah is passionate about developing integrative solutions to social and environmental issues. Her research program focuses on the evolution of tropical biodiversity, and how extinctions structure ecosystems. In academia and the non-profit sector, she experienced first-hand how good food, stakeholder engagement, communication, and responsible science, can strengthen communities and ecosystems. Her goal is to use her skills to bring people together to build solutions to environmental challenges facing both natural and agricultural systems.


ELISABETH FORRESTEL

Botanist, PhD

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Beth is a plant ecologist and evolutionary biologist studying the impact that climate and land use change has on both natural and agricultural systems. After time spent farming, building boats and cooking at restaurants in Maine and the San Francisco Bay Area, she returned to academia to pursue a doctorate degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University. Beth is currently a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Davis, where she is examining climate responses in grapevines, with the goal of improving predictions of species and variety-level responses to drought and warming. More broadly, Beth is interested in promoting the preservation of diversity in food and agricultural systems worldwide.    


Deborah Madison

Author, Chef

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After working at Chez Panisse, Deborah Madison became the founding chef of Greens restaurant in San Francisco. She then went on to cook at other venues, such as The American Academy in Rome and Café Escalera in Santa Fe. Long committed to working with local farm-driven produce, Deborah was a cooking teacher for more than twenty years, is the author of 14 books including Vegetable Literacy, and the recipient of a number of awards from the IACP, Les Dames d’Escoffier, the Andre Simon Memorial Award, and the James Beard Foundation. A Master Gardener, Deborah lives in Galisteo, New Mexico where she gardens and writes. Her latest book is called In My Kitchen, due to be released in March 2017.


Ellen Zachos

Author, Forager

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Ellen is the author of seven books including The Wildcrafted Cocktail and Backyard Foraging. She is a regular contributor to several of the Edible magazines; a Senior Regional Advisor at Garden Compass, a plant identification app; and works with RemyUSA, teaching foraging mixology workshops across the US. Ellen shares seasonal recipes and plant profiles on her website www.backyardforager.com, and lectures at garden shows and events around the world. She is a Harvard graduate, a former Broadway performer (cast of Les Miz), and has earned certificates in horticulture and ethnobotany at the New York Botanic Garden. She was named a Great American Gardener by the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, and is an active member of GWA -- the association for Garden Communicators.