What You'll Do
Spicy. Sweet. Garlicky. Kimchi is a chameleon of flavors, blending in seamlessly with nearly any meal. Join herbal alchemist and manager of Edible Alchemy Foods Co-operative Andrea Mattson for a crash course on preparing the fermented Korean dish. After sampling several varieties, you'll experiment with traditional and non-traditional ingredients from local farmers. At the end of the lesson, you'll leave with jars of your very own customized kimchi, which you can ferment at home for one to three weeks.
Crash Course in Kimchi
Herbal Alchemist Andrea Mattson teaches you the basics of preparing kimchi, a classic fermented Korean dish
Work with Local Ingredients
After sampling different types of kimchi, you'll make your own with local ingredients sourced by Edible Alchemy Foods Co-operative
Ferment Your Kimchi at Home
You'll leave the lesson with ready-to-ferment kimchi, as well as the knowledge to make the dish on your own
Please bring two glass quart jars with lids to transport your kimchi.
The experience lasts two hours. Each event is capped at 14 participants; each event requires a minimum of 2 participants in order to take place.
Andrea Mattson likes to know everything she can about the food on her plate. With her finger on the pulse of Chicago’s locavore movement, Mattson cultivates relationships with new and existing local farmers, which bolsters her role as the manager of Edible Alchemy Foods Co-operative. She is also a member of the Eco Collective in Pilsen, where she hosts workshops and community events that share her passion for gardening, cooking, and medicinal herbs.
Where You'll Meet
The rooftop garden perched atop Eco Collective is an oasis for Chicago's legions of self-professed "locavores." The fresh foods grown here reflect the collective's emphasis on local and healthy eating. Aside from the garden, the building hosts workshops, community gatherings, and educational events on topics such as gardening and composting.