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Explore the Korean staple of fermented kimchi, tasting a range of flavors before mixing up your own custom batch.

Eco Collective

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In a Nutshell

Sample several varieties of kimchi before making your own with guidance from herbal alchemist Andrea Mattson, who supplies local ingredients

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Feb 23, 2014. Amount paid never expires. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 2 participants or experience subject to cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Price reflects Experience Provider’s current prices. Please provide email address at checkout, which SideTour will provide to facilitate redemption. Gratuity included. Please bring two glass quart-size jars. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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.


Your Host

Andrea Mattson Andrea Mattson
Herbal Alchemist

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.


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    Eco Collective

    2042 W 21st St.

    Chicago, IL 60608

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