Foraging is the practice of gathering food from the wild, including plants, fungi, and animals. Foraging is becoming increasingly popular as a way to get fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced ingredients. Those who practice foraging can find a wide selection of food in their natural environment, including fruits, nuts, mushrooms, and even wild game. The first step in foraging is to identify what is available in the local environment. This can be done by learning to recognize edible plants, mushrooms, and wild animals. Some helpful resources for identifying edible plants and mushrooms include field guides, local botanical gardens, online forums or with a tour guide. It is important to be sure to identify plants and mushrooms correctly before eating them, as some can be poisonous. Once the forager has identified edible plants and mushrooms in the area, they can begin to collect them. It is important to be respectful of the environment when foraging, and to follow the laws and regulations of the area. For example, some areas may have restrictions on the number of plants or mushrooms that can be collected. Safety is also an important factor in foraging. Foragers should be familiar with the area they are foraging in, and should always carry a knife, whistle, and other safety equipment. When foraging with our chef, you will be provided with recipes and quick tricks to help the “work” go by a little faster. Learn how to preserve your wild ingredients for later days, whether its pickling drying or freezing, we have a recommendation for you on each plant.