Elizabeth Vecchiarelli, Preserved

Sunday, March 18, 2018, 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Stop by CUESA’s Jack London Square Farmers Market in Oakland  for a preserving demo with Elizabeth Vecchiarelli of Preserved, featuring the seasonal bounty of the Jack London Square Farmers Market.

Elizabeth Vecchiarelli, owner and founder of Preserved, has over 15 years of experience with local, sustainable and handmade food. Partway through her food career, Elizabeth began to desire a more intimate connection with the food and beverages she loved, so she embarked on a journey to learn how they were made. She started (literally) from the ground up, learning sustainable farming practices through the work-travel organization, World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. Preserving the harvest from her urban garden was a natural next step. Inspired by Sandor Katz’s book, Wild Fermentation, she was soon experimenting with the alchemy of fermentation. Through a combination of formal training, insatiable curiosity and extensive home experimentation, Elizabeth continued to explore the flavors and health benefits of traditionally-preserved foods, beverages and herbal medicines.  Driven by a desire to understand why traditional preservation methods nourish our bodies as well as our taste buds, she studied Holistic Nutrition at Bauman College in Berkeley, California.  Opening Preserved has allowed her to continue exploring preservation techniques and to share these ancient practices with her community.

All demos take place at the CUESA Classroom (in the Palm Plaza at Embarcadero West and Webster Street, near the Info Booth) and are free and open to the public, with samples and recipes for all.