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Pacific Feast: Where the Wild Things Are Delicious! by Jennifer Hahn

  • Aaron Ed Center, Bellevue Botanical Garden 12001 Main Street Bellevue, WA, 98005 United States (map)

Wild edibles from forest, field, and shores abound in the Pacific Northwest. Learn from forager, wilderness guide, professor and writer, Jennifer Hahn, about sustainably harvesting a cornucopia of delicious, nutritious seaweeds, wild and weedy greens, berries, and tree tips for enhancing health and table in all seasons. Jennifer will share her favorite native species for a delicious back yard and her "stewardship guidelines for foragers."

With more than 25 years of wilderness travel under her boots and kayak hull—including through-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from northern California to Canada and kayaking solo from Ketchikan, Alaska, to Washington—writer Jennifer Hahn relies on wild harvesting to keep her pack and kayak light. Currently she is an adjunct professor at Western Washington University's Fairhaven College teaching courses on northwest wild food and works as a naturalist guide in Alaska, Washington and British Columbia’s Inside Passage.

Jennifer holds B.S. from Huxley College of Environmental Studies, Western Washington University, and a B.A. in writing and ecology from WWU’s Fairhaven College, at which time she studied with Pulitzer-prize author Annie Dillard and worked at Audubon magazine in New York City. She is currently researching seaweed contaminants in the Salish Sea at Huxley College of the Environment.

Her first book "Spirited Waters: Soloing South Through the Inside Passage" won the Barbara Savage “Miles From Nowhere” award for adventure narrative writing in 2001. In 2003, on behalf of the Washington Commission for the Humanities “Inquiring Mind Lecture Series,” she traveled across Washington State speaking and serving up wild edibles for her lecture, “Feasting on Flotsam: Eating Between Tides, Fields, and Forest as Cuisine, Culture, and Ecology.” Her second book, "Pacific Feast: A Cook's Guide to West Coast Foraging" with the companion work "Pacific Coast Foraging Guide: 40 Wild Foods from Beach, Field and Forest" (a six-fold, laminated guide) debuted in fall 2010. Pacific Feast made the Best-seller's List for NW INDE BOOKSTORES.

Jennifer continues to divide her time between teaching, writing and guiding wilderness adventures and foraging trips. She founded her own sea kayak and natural history company called Elakah Expeditions (see in 1989. She sold the company to devote more time to writing. She has led tours in Washington, Canada, Alaska, Baja Mexico, and the Galapagos with Wilderness Travel, North Cascade Institute, Galapagos Travel, Elakah Expeditions, Pacific Catalyst, and Seawolf Adventures.

Refreshments, Public Invited, Admission is Free