Much of my writing comes from the advice of better cooks than me. The world of cooking is huge, so I've always tried to seek out new experiences. This might be a casual conversation with a farmer or chef, but I've also traveled a great deal to further my education. Some highlights include:
November 2013: Visited Underground Meats in Madison, Wisconsin after donating to their Kickstarter "Open Source Food Safety Model." This was a three day stagiaire of breaking down Tamworth Hogs, curing whole muscles, and making both pork and goat salami.
November 2011: Attended Mosefund Farm's Mangalitsa Pigstock Workshop. A three day heritage pork butchering and curing workshop taught by Christoph Weisner, President of the Austrian Mangalitsa Breeder’s Association and his wife, Isabel.
November 2011: Designed and taught a hands-on "Introduction to Raw Milk Cheesemaking" class at Village Acres Farm in Mifflintown, PA.
April 2010: Completed Artisanal Cheese's Master Class, a 3 day training in NYC for food professionals, taught by renowned cheese affineur, Max McCalman.
I also write for North Woods Ranch, run by Oliver and Jodi Griswold. Along with being incredibly wonderful people, they have the added benefit of raising some of the best pork and beef available.
Ultimately, I'm hopeful that people will realize the value in keeping old food traditions alive. You may not want to do some of these recipes on your own, but to me it's still important to keep that knowledge alive, in use, and ready to pass to the next generation.
If you're interested in a class, have a question about a recipe, or want to connect with me to chew the heritage breed fat, just drop me a line