Forage for Your Supper
The rise of the locavore movement in cities around the world is inspiring a host of engaging new dinner events that incorporate urban foraging. US art and design collective Thought for Food has partnered with San Francisco-based chef Leif Hedendal to launch Hunt + Gather – a dinner series that inspires attendees to learn about the provenance of their food.
Prior to attending the event, diners are asked to find produce (which they may purchase or forage) to bring to dinner. They are sent instructions on how to forage and what sort of produce they should be looking for – such as leafy, bitter or sweet ingredients. Upon arrival, customers place their food on a large photo-projected map, illustrating where the food originated. The chef then adds seafood or meat to the collected goods to create a unique four-course meal.
A similar event will take place at a supper club in London next month. Forage London founder John Rensten will lead customers on an educational urban foraging walk to gather ingredients, which will then be used to create a meal.
Due in part to the increasing influence of the Nordic food movement (see Edible Authenticity and Roland Rittman – The Collector) and a growing consumer interest in food provenance, foraging is enjoying renewed popularity. Stylus examines the new generation of urban foragers in The New Hunter-Gatherer.