Food & Drink Classes

Experiment with fermentation, food preservation, and mixology. Or explore the botany and horticulture behind the foods and beverages you consume.


October

Take a guided ramble with wild foods author and forager Marie Viljoen and learn to how to identify and use edible plants that include introduced ornamentals, cosmopolitan weeds, and flora indigenous to the Northeast. Visit NYBG's Native Plant Garden and more...
232CKG229 10/16 Su 11:00am-1:00pm Viljoen
NYBG

November

Fermentation is one of our oldest food processing methods. Scientifically known as zymology, it refers to the conversion of carbohydrates into alcohols, carbon dioxide, yeast, or bacteria. We'll cover the basic science of how to ferment tea to make kombucha, more...
232CKG201O 11/02 We 6:30pm-8:00pm Paswater
ONLINE

Ring in the holiday season with decadent winter fruit preserves. Learn how to make brandied fruit, spiced apple compote, and almond pears in amaretto syrup from Cornell-trained master food preserver Stephen Nocera. He will demonstrate how to properly preserve fruit, more...
232CKG218 11/05 Sa 11:00am-3:00pm Nocera
NYBG

Take a deep dive into studying lion's mane mushrooms, a wood-loving fungi valued for its culinary and medicinal uses. Hodgins Harvest Founder & "Chief Fungi Enthusiast" Aaron Hodgins Davis takes us on a virtual tour of his small, organic mushroom more...
232CKG223 11/12 Sa 11:00am-1:00pm Hodgins Davis
NYBG

Go beyond the garnish to explore the world of oleo-saccharums, infusions, simple syrups, and tinctures using plants and ingredients accessible to the urban gardener. You'll learn history and receive growing advice, as well as recipes. Jim will demonstrate how to more...
232CKG243A 11/15 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Freeman
MDTN

December

Discover new ways to use your garden's bounty! Overgrown peppers, tomatoes, basil and more can be used as a great base when creating your own condiments such as ketchup, mustard, pesto, salsa, corn relish, and hot sauce. and more. Led more...
232CKG232O 12/07 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Paswater
ONLINE

January

Mushrooms have been utilized for thousands of years for medicinal and edible purposes. John Michelotti, owner of Catskill Fungi, will show you how to cultivate gourmet mushrooms at home using safe and simple techniques. Using cardboard and coffee grounds, create more...
233CKG207O 01/14 Sa 11:00am-1:00pm Michelotti
ONLINE

Explore the cooking methods and medicinal benefits of six different kinds of mushrooms: black wood ear, tremella, lady's veil, enoki, lion's mane, and king oyster. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) food therapist Zoey Gong will touch on the nutritional aspects from more...
233CKG140O 01/23 Mo 6:00pm-8:00pm Gong
ONLINE

February

Early winter is when citrus is at its juiciest. Learn how to preserve these fruits and savor their tangy flavor throughout the year. Cornell-trained master food preserver Stephen Nocera will demonstrate the proper balance of sweet and tart while you more...
232CKG249 02/04 Sa 11:00am-3:00pm Nocera
NYBG

"As a community, we have the power to choose the food on our table."

Valerie Segrest is dedicated to making sure tribal communities throughout North America can access traditional foods. In this inspiring talk, she discusses the many food sovereignty more...
233BOT809O 02/09 Th 6:00pm-7:00pm Segrest
ONLINE

Go beyond the garnish to explore the world of oleo-saccharums, infusions, simple syrups, and tinctures using plants and ingredients accessible to the urban gardener. You'll learn history and receive growing advice, as well as recipes. Jim will demonstrate how to more...
233CKG243B 02/21 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Freeman
MDTN

Nourishing broths are one of the foundational foods of any nutritional healing regime. Learn the basics of making vegan and bone-based broths, and how to enhance them with medicinal herbs. We'll discuss medicinal mushrooms, seaweeds, mineral-rich herbs and other tasty more...
233CKG237 02/26 Su 1:00pm-3:00pm Petter
NYBG

March

When the trees have dropped their leaves and there is a chill in the air, there are still many things to see in the woods and wide open spaces. Join wild foods author and forager author Marie Viljoen for a more...
233CCKG247 03/04 Sa 11:00am-1:00pm Viljoen
NYBG

Expert beekeepers Frank Mortimer and Bob Slanzi walk you through the ins and outs of what's needed to safely, productively, and enjoyably begin to keep honeybees in a populated area. You'll learn how and why a beehive functions as one more...
233CKG206 03/19 Su 11:00am-2:00pm Mortimer
NYBG