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Winter Chumash Kitchen

Warm Winter Flavors and Gift Making

with Chumash chef and herbalist, Violet Cavanaugh

Taste the wild flavors of the season. Join us this December as we reconnect with the local environment, the season, and your health during the winter Chumash Kitchen offering with Chumash chef and herbalist, Violet Cavanaugh. This offering will leave you nourished, connected, and grateful for the gifts of nature.

Join Violet as we learn the practices of collecting, processing and transforming seasonal, local foods into several modern and traditional recipes. 

Program details and registration coming soon. 


Violet Cavanaugh

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.  An expert in several areas, her specialty is in herbal skin care, salves, essential oil blending, wild harvesting and making high end all natural bath and body spa products. 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. 

She has consulted in local politics for more than 20 years, working with the county, city, and Coastal Commission to protect the environment. 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.”

Earlier Event: October 20
Fall Plant Sale Fundraiser
Later Event: December 8
The Mysteries of Monarch Migration