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Autumn Chumash Kitchen

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This presentation has been canceled until the acorns are more abundant.

Are you curious about the tasty little acorns filling the trees and falling to the ground? If you’ve wanted to try eating these nutritious nuts, the wait is almost over! Join us for the Autumn Chumash Kitchen to feast on wild harvested acorns, nuts and berries incorporated into gourmet recipes Saturday September 22, from 9:00am to 1:30pm at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden.

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Enjoy a celebration of Bounty with singing, games, and a short walk up Eagle Rock Trail to visit Chumash grinding stones on site. Chumash chef and herbalist, Violet Cavanaugh and special guests will discuss the history of the local sacred space and share a beautifully prepared, seasonal brunch featuring wild salmon. This immersion into Chumash culture will leave you connected and nourished.

Please wear shoes appropriate for a short hike. For more information and to register, visit Email for any food restrictions. 

Pre-registration is required for this intimate offering. The autumn Chumash Kitchen program is offering a sliding scale of $88-$120 per participant. We ask that you select the price option that works for your budget. **A special 2-day option is available.

*Friday September 21 from 10am – 1pm, join Violet in the kitchen at the SLO Botanical Garden to learn and help process wild foods in preparation for the Saturday offering. This hands-on and in-depth work-trade is offered for an additional $25 and is open to the first ten people who select the “+prep day” in the sliding scale drop-down payment menu.


Violet Sage Cavanaugh is an indigenous woman and co-chair of the Northern Chumash Tribe. Born in Avila Beach, a great granddaughter of Chumash Vaquero, Antonio Lopez of Lopez Canyon, Violet has deep roots in the San Luis Obispo area. Incorporating the modern science in combination with ancient teaching, Violet, follows the teachings of her elders and legends and has created her own unique signature of products. Her background in religion, politics, and activism gives Violet a unique understanding and acceptance in diverse groups. Violet calls it an obligation to speak for those plants and animals who have no voice, and because of her background and interests and open honest communication style, learning is fun, social and focused on creating a legacy of her culture through the students. Violet says “What we have we share, it’s a gift and obligation, people won’t protect what people don’t understand. Everyone is welcome.”

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