Forage and Feasts


I offer private and public Forage and Feasts around Southern VA and Northern NC. Please contact me if you are interested in setting up a private Forage and Feast or if you would like information on my public events!

Learn how to forage for edible and medicinal plants, and enjoy a delicious 5 Course “Forest to Table” feast using the plants we collect together.

During this hands-on workshop, we will explore native and introduced plants growing around the host area. We will learn how to identify these plants by their family characteristics, as well as their edible, medicinal, and poisonous properties, giving reverence to indigenous use.

Throughout our day, we will harvest edible plants to later prepare a beautiful 5 course meal together.

The meal will be rounded out with organic foods donated from local farms, as well as plants locally harvested and preserved by Mel Kasting and her foraging buddy Laura Quesinberry.

5 Course Meal will vary depending on the time of the year and what is available to forage on the land we hold classes on, but here is a sample Menu:

  • 1st Course: Herbal cocktails/mocktails with Gluten-free Dandelion Tempura. Served with fermented radish and                          creamed ramps

  • 2nd Course: Arugula and violet chevre salad with pickled redbud dressing

  • 3rd Course: Wild Mushroom soup

  • 4th Course: Spring Greens Pesto pasta with peas and black walnuts

  • 5th Course: Caramelized spicebush and wild rose custard with warm herbal tea

You will leave this event satiated in mind and body, armed with plant connection and the knowledge to create a “Forest to Table” meal of your own! Please wear comfortable walking attire and bring a basket or bag to carry your harvest. Meal will be vegetarian, with vegan and gluten free options for an additional fee. Preregistration is required for these events. Prices vary.