Salt + Ceremony – Shared Cultures

Block of Koji, or rice that has a powerful mold that makes enzymes that create great food! It also makes sake, or soy sauce, or a sweet rice drink called amasake. You’ll learn all about these things at Salt and Ceremony.

How the Japanese seasoning agent, tamari, usually wheat and gluten free, is actually made. Eleana, the co-founder and co-owner of Shared Cultures and Kevin will show you what they discovered in their latest trip to Japan.

Eleana Hsu, wild mushroom forager and enthusiastic flavor chaser. Sometimes mushrooms end up in the tasty things that Shared Cultures sells.

Like this!
Or a super easy to use amino sauce made from koji to make quick, fresh salds or quick pickles (gluten free) or as a soy sauce replacement.

Or This!
To Register for Salt and Ceremony

$75 for Annual Membership that includes from November 1, 2022 to 12/31/2023 (that’s 14 months) and all the Salt and Ceremony sessions.

Individual Salt and Ceremony events costs $30 USD. $50 for all 4 sessions of Salt and Ceremony. Each session has a live segment of about an hour, then two hours of streaming videos made by people from all over the world.

We are recording each session and will make them available the last week od December, viewable until 12/31/2022. All 4 sessions – recorded if you can’t make it – with associated videos are watchable until the end of the year costs $50

Buying a new Annual Membership at $75 also means you will be able to access, at no additional cost, any event in 2023, as well as access to any new videos and the edited ones as they are available. Please specify what you would like at the payment link

Kevin Gondo of Shared Cultures next to some huge wooden tubs of aging koji based umami.

Good Morrow and Morels!


Author: culturesgroup

Ken Fornataro has acquired extensive knowledge of the science and techniques that have been all but forgotten with the increasing industrialization of food. Still in his teens, he was named Executive Chef at the Hermitage restaurant in Boston.   From there he worked at prestigious and often private establishments around the world where he practiced his craft. He ran the kitchen and catering services for Troutbeck in upstate New York, using locally grown and sustainably sourced ingredients in the 1980s. At Bloomingdales flagship store in Manhattan he ran the Fresh Foods department kitchens that included a line of his own prepared, preserved and fermented foods, as well as daily preparations directed by Michel Guérard, Petrossian, and Marcella Hazen. He has worked with Julia Child, Madeleine Kamman, Aveline and Michio Kushi, Paula Wolfert, Leah Chase, Anthony Bourdain and many chefs from around the world that taught him traditional Japanese, French, Jewish, Mexican, Chinese, Italian, Nordic, Russian, Indian, and whole food cooking, preservation and fermentation techniques.

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