Koji/Asian/Ferments/India/June 27

Registration link: https://conta.cc/3bplEtj

New Event Added! April 25,11 to 1 PM and May 2, 1 to 3 PM EDT

Because of the number of submissions to the Asian Techniques: Rice, beans, squash, nuts, roots and seeds, and the number of people around the world having transmission difficulties with videos we added a second part to the event, May 2, 1 to 3 PM EDT for the other side of the world. $15 fee for live event and video watching until June 30th. $45 fort all 5 events and many, many videos. Also, Season Passes are available. Registration link: https://conta.cc/3bplEtj

Six Incredible Breads circa 1550

Thu, April 22, 2021. 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME (EDT). Register at Eventbrite now. It’s free, donations always accepted. 

More than a dozen bread recipes from an unpublished English bread manuscript circa 1550 will be presented by William Rubel, joined  by two members of our group including Jeff Pavlic, a baker, bakery owner, and culinary historian. Also, Malcom Thick, a world renowned expert on Early Modern English agriculture, and a world expert on the manuscript. 

Six breads from the oldest known English bread recipes will be shared, so register now for the culturesgroup sponsored event. Years ago, William Rubel published the recipe for one of these breads on his website. Besides that one recipe, all of what will be presented is unpublished. An advanced look at an extraordinary group of bread recipes is being presented at this event.

And, an actual English sourdough recipe! There are virtually no published English, as in British, sourdough recipes publish prior to the later 20th century. The recipe being shared is historically important, and very exciting.

Malcom Thick will introduce the manuscript. William Rubel will follow with some general comments on Early Modern English bread, offering insights gleaned from this extraordinary manuscript. Jeff Pavlik will introduce the six recipes. At least 30 minutes of hands on baking.

Also, if you have any information on village ovens or small scale baking operations in Algeria or Morocco please drop me a line at kojiandpickles@gmail.com with Bread in the subject line.

Asian Techniques – April 25,11 to 1 PM EDT

Malica Groen of Malica Ferments

This final event of the first program segments is Asian Techniques with rice, beans, squash, nuts, roots and seeds. $15 fee for live event and video watching until June 30th. Season Passes are available. Registration link: https://conta.cc/3bplEtj

Prawn Pad Thai by Chef Eiko Takahashi

Presenters include (list in formation)

Chef Eiko Takahashi, Chef Jeremy Umansky, Chef Cortney Burns, Chef Joel Orsini, Chef Sean Doherty, Chef Corey Bullock, Hannah Kirshner, Chris de Bono, James Matt Vergara, Zizinia de Les Flors, Mandy Ardesty, Chef Alan Callaham, Alexis Nikole Nelson, Sandor Katz, Chef Ken Fornataro, Anne-Marie Bonneau, Anita Tikoo, Åsa Linéa Simonsson, Christine Krauss, Edd Colbert, Nancy Kinzanjui, Chef Pao Yu Liu, Alex Bauer, Anja De Klerk, Ebonee McCorvey, William Rubel, Jeff Rubidge, Cultured and Cured Amy Kalafa and Alex Gunuey, Sacha Wilson, Connie Chew, Erica Carson, Dr. Esther Miller, Eve Jazmati, Hannah Crum, Jo Webster, Chef Jori Jayne Emde, Chef Heidi Nestler, Chef Laurent Serin, Leda Meredith, Chef Llewyn Màire, Mallory O’Donnell, Danny Berke, Edgar Delteil, Chef Ellie Markovitch, Dr. Maria Jimena Ricatti,  Marika Groen, Nick Repenning, Payal Shah, Dr. Peiman Khosravi, Chef Pratap Chahal, Dr. Tejas Sameer, Veena Fermavore, Chef Will Moffat, Zoe Mitchell, Zuza Zak, and others.

Roots, Squash, Rice, Seeds, Nuts, and Corn – Asian Techniques

James Vergara and Heidi Nestler of Wanpaku Natto

April 25, 2021 – Asian Techniques 10 AM to 1 PM ET – Corn, Squash, Rice, Seeds, Nuts, and Roots: Shio-koji, Tempe, Misos, Amino Pastes, Drinks, Sauces, Jangs, Bokashi, and sweets.

The live event is on Sunday April 25th from 10 to 1 PM ET. It’s a Zoom call. It’s the fourth event of the program, and last of the first segment. $45 for all 4 events including Zoom meeting and 150+ associated videos. See the menu for other options at this Registration Link

Wanpaku Natto

Our first 4 events of Ferments and Cultures2021 present techniques – in over 150 videos – such as foraged vegetables ferments, making shio-koji, using koji as an agent to create foods from otherwise wasted food sources, corn fermentations and its use in drinks, baked goods, misos and pickles and tonics.

What else? Vegetable ferments. Restorative Tonics. Mead. Dashi. Shoyu. Medicinal brews. Fermented Flowers. Shrubs. Water kefir. Milk Kefir. Sourdough. Nettles, Vinegar. Filamentous Fungus. Amino Pastes. Jiangs. Fermented Teas. Corn Koji. Buckwheat rejuvelac. Asian Techniques to make things such as Tempe, Misos, Amino Pastes, Drinks, Sauces, Sake, Rice wine, Seaweed Salads and other things from Corn, Squash, Rice, Seeds, Nuts, and Roots. African spice blends and cultures. Bread History. Corn.

Chef Ken Fornataro of cultuhttps://www.instagram.com/culturesgroup/resgroup serves up corn shoyu cured egg yolks with goto natto (natto with koji) on seeded flatbread

All the videos are always at Vimeo.com/culturesgroup Some may be in a specific showcase, either visible or hidden to anyone without the passcode to get in. Our videos are always password protected. You must have both the showcase address, and the passcode for a specific event. We do not live broadcast on social media sites.

Schedule/Links/Money for May 23, 2020

Welcome! On Saturday May 23, 2PM EST to 11:30 PM EST you have to call into each Session when it opens at the scheduled time. No one wanted to stay on a 7 1/2 hour call/event so it was broken up into 3 sessions. Click the name of the session below, and it will take you to the Zoom event. You need a password for each session. They are below.

Note: You will be muted upon entering. You can use the chat. The co-hosts will monitor it for questions. Do not post off topic chat notes or try to advertise anything during any session. You will be blocked from chatting if you do.

You can’t upload files. You can’t share your screen. The co-hosts will decide if you get unmuted. But, that really creates a lot of noise and ruins the recording according to the people that are attempting to record this. Please do not ask about recordings again. Thank You for your interest!

SESSION 1 – Password: MKF1 – Microbes, Koji, Ferments 2:00 PM EST to 6:00 PM EST. Meeting ID: Meeting ID: 822 9354 4287

SESSION 2 – Password: MKF2 Microbes, Koji, Ferments, Part 2 6:00 PM EST to 9:00 PM EST Meeting ID: 812 4792 9598

SESSION 3 – Password: CF1 Cultivos y Fermentos – 9:00 PM EST to 11:30 PM EST Meeting ID: 833 1798 7281


There are two ways to send money to support our work. Make a donation of $20 or more US dollars. Venmo or PayPal will give you a receipt. You don’t get a payment confirmation from us. Again, the links and password for May 23 are above.


Zymes 2020 – May 23, 2020

To REGISTER click on the word REGISTER.

SESSION 1 – Microbes, Koji, Ferments – Meeting ID: 812 4792 9598

2:00 PM EST to 6:00 PM EST

Tepary Bean, Corn and Pepino Tempeh from Ferment.Works

SESSION 2 Microbes, Koji, Ferments, Part 2 – Meeting ID: 812 4792 9598

6:00 PM EST to 9:00 PM EST

SESSION 3 Cultivos y FermentosMeeting ID: 833 1798 7281

9:00 PM EST to 11:30 PM EST

This is the second of a monthly or bi-monthly series of culturesgroup’s Zymes2020 program. Our first event has been recorded at our Vimeo site. Although there are already planned events for the series, it is our goal to not publicize these until the previous event has been finalized.

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Session Recordings – Cultured & Cured

All Session recordings are at our vimeo site.

Session 2Cultured & Cured

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Zymes2020 – Video/Next Event/Last Event Schedule

Upcoming May 23rd 2:00 to 11:30 PM EST. Details Friday, May 8th. No Fee. Pre-Registration Required. You must be validated with Zoom. Again, details this upcoming Friday. New York Time. Recording from previous event below. More coming! Thanks!

Koji Mushroom Making Video: https://youtu.be/Y7cUB4yBltU

May 3 Schedule and Presenters

All times are EST (New York) Click on the name of the presenter to go to the Zoom Link. You need to sign up with Zoom, a very easy thing to do. Because there are space limits, you have to register once for Zoom, then for each Session you want to attend.

Session 1- Flavor of Hands Fermentation and Koji 101 

Session 2 – Cultured & Cured

Session 3 – Hops, Trees and Really Wild Ferments

Session 4 – Fermenting with Flowers, Fungus and Bacteria

Black Soybean Taucho (B.subtilis) Pesto

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Flavor of Hands and Koji 101

Flavor of Hands Fermentation and Koji 101 – Session #1. All times are EST (New York) Click on the Session # to go to the Zoom Link. You need to sign up with Zoom, a very easy thing to do.

  • 4:00 to 4:30 PM – Opening Chef Ken Fornataro
  • 4:30 to 5:00 – Chef Rick Porter Sowden
  • 5:00 to 5:30 – Chef Dave Smoke-McCluskey
  • 5: 30 to 6:00 – Marcus Im

You are invited. Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Also listed on Instagram here and MeetUp here. The Zoom links for all sessions are also listed there.

Using Microbes to Preserve/Ferment/Extend Food Resources

How Bacteria, fungus and other microbes can keep your food and drink safe and tasty. Also, how pickling, fermenting and kojifying food can help to use things that would otherwise not be edible such as beans, vegetables, and inexpensive meat or fish.

Chef Ken Fornataro has a vast knowledge of the science and techniques that all but disappeared with the industrialization of food. Ken’s knowledge of microbiology and rigorous methodology has helped him greatly in the kitchen where he employs koji and bacteria and enzymes to create tasty and nutritious food and beverages. He is currently the Executive Chef/CEO (pro bono) of https://Cultures.Group

Golden Millet Koji with A.oryzae and R.oryzae

All Koji isn’t Created Equal

Chef Rick Porter Sowden will offer a Koji 101 primer for professional Chefs, cooks, and hobbyists that believe they know koji. 

Rick Porter Sowden is a Chef, Charcutier, Culinary Mycologist, and Food Technologist with Native Son Koji, a Native American owned and operated company. Native Son Koji designed, developed and adapted equipment for a modern, semi automated, in-house koji making process based on traditional standards & practices. The products and proprietary processes they developed and perfected are unique, as such, are not replicated anywhere else, in the world. 

Sour Corn in the time of Corona

Chef Dave Smoke-McCluskey will talk about fermented corn. Obviously. Sofkee is a fermented corn drink or porridge (grits and mush). Typically consumed by indigenous peoples of the Southeast, and the loss of the tradition amongst the Haudenosaunee. I’ll talk a bit about how to make it, and the rediscovery of lost traditions amongst indigenous people. 

Chef Dave Smoke-McCluskey is Executive Chef/Instructor/Co-Founder of Local Pop, Augusta Boucherie and Corn Mafia.

American Kimchi & Sohn-Mat – Making kimchi authentic to your self and environment

As a first-generation American, the exploration of authenticity is a life-long journey. What does it mean to be authentically Korean and American at the same time? Food, locality, and wild fermentation allows for the bubbly celebration of our cultures. There is as authentic American kimchi as Korean.

A Korean concept called “sohn-mat” literally translates to “flavor of hands”. It’s used colloquially to compliment a chef for their oustanding cooking, but traditionally, it carries a connotation encouraging the use of your hands. The wisdom of “sohn-mat” especially rings true in kimchi making, where the maker’s unique touch becomes their signature. 

Marcus Im is a Korean-American fermentation fanatic, teacher, and writer currently in Brooklyn. 

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