A recap of the super amazing Harvest Gathering retreat in Colorado!
I don’t use the term #blessed very often, (or hashtags to describe my feelings at all actually) but that’s how I felt during the three day Harvest Gathering retreat, put on by Hazon and The Schusterman Foundation, I attended a few weeks back. 60 Jews from all over North America and Israel gathered at Devil’s Thumb Ranch to nosh on bagels, connect, and soak in Jew food knowledge from some esteemed speakers. It was glorious. Things started strong with a keynote from Joan Nathan. I think she is talking about kugel here. We also heard from Woody Tasch and then chatted over some “whine” and cheese. (Get it?) Dinner that night was a “Whole Boat” dinner cooked by some retreat members! Daniel, Deborah, Lior, Kwon and Daniel nailed it! (They gave us big knives.) There were a few wine pairings too. Oy. After all that wine, this sight the next morning was magical. Total Jew Food porn! Seriously one of the best bagel sandwiches I’ve had in a long time from Rosenberg’s Bagels. It was so good, in fact, that I ran outside and threw that sucker in the air. Happy place. This was the view from my room, y’all. After breakfast, we heard from my new crush Ari Weinzwig of the famed Zingerman’s deli talk about his take on building a business. Lots of notes! We also designed school lunches with Chef Ann. Then we had a relaxing break! I was so relaxed, apparently, that I couldn’t keep my eyes open for a robe glamour shot. Then it was off to Lake Grandby for a kosher slaughter demonstration. Yes, you read that right. I’ll just say it was an interesting experience. Hey, Sukkot. And then we feasted! Top Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg cooked us a farm to table meal at the lake. And we learned how to make weed matzah balls and lox. For real. I helped with the meal a bit. The next day we ate Zingerman’s and threw more food in the air.
And then we went fly fishing! So magical. I just wish we had one more day! But I left with some new inspiration, new friends for life, and a constant crazing for pastrami on rye.