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Entities team up to host ‘Intro to Fermentation’

By Staff | Jan 3, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Chef-in-Residence Jackie Vitale

F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva is teaming up with the Rauschenberg Foundation and Captiva Civic Association in the second of a three-part series, called “Cooking for the Planet: Healthy, Affordable and Climate-Friendly Kitchen Techniques,” focusing on food waste and sustainability.

“Part II, Intro to Fermentation” will be held on Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Captiva Civic Association, at 11550 Chapin Lane, Captiva.

Led by Rauschenberg Chef-in-Residence Jackie , the workshops – in varying formats, including hands-on learning – are focused on how to be a more mindful cook and consumer of food. Knowing more about where your food comes from, the impacts to the planet and how to prevent food waste will arm participants with the information they need to make better decisions surrounding their food choices.

“This is a hands-on class, we will explore the magic of fermentation-the transformation of food through beneficial bacteria,” Vitale said. “Fermentation is an ancient cooking tool that is safe, easy, healthy and delicious. We will learn to make yogurt, veggie pickles and fermented mustard. Each participant will leave with recipes and a jar of everything we make.”

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Chef-in-Residence program was created in 2016 in response to the resident artists’ appeals for more fresh local food and to prioritize the foundation’s emphasis on environmental conservation and stewardship. The latter stems from Rauschenberg’s longstanding concern for the safekeeping of the environment, as well as his love of food and cooking for loved ones.

“The Robert Rauschenberg series is a way to introduce not only new cooking techniques but also provoke much thought into our daily lives about how we, as citizens, can help improve our environment by implementing minor changes in our daily lives, starting in the kitchen,” F.I.S.H. Program Director Kathy Y. Monroe said. “We are delighted to have this opportunity to partner with the Rauschenberg Foundation and the Captiva Civic Association to offer this presentation to the first 15 respondents.”

Space is limited to the first 15 respondents; RSVPs are requested in a timely manner.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Monroe or Anthony Morales at 239-472-4775.