The Fermentation Workhorse

Pulque. You have probably never heard of it. If you have, you probably had no idea that it’s the secret culture added to vegetable ferments, sausages or cured meats. That why Galia is facilitating the opening day of Salt and Ceremony after introducing Sandor Katz, then presenting an amazing story and recipe on Pulque. She’ll explain to you what a truly miraculous thing pulque is. And tragically, like so much else in this world, it’s being destroyed in the name of greater corporate profits for people that don’t even live where it grows. We hope you join us as a member – now if you purchase an Annual membership you get into all 6 December Salt and Ceremony events, and get to watch them for an entire year!

Galia Kleiman

Annual Membership from 12/01/2022 – 12/31/2023 plus all events and videos

Annual Membership includes access to any event in 2022 and 2023, including all the Salt and Ceremony sessions and associated videos, and the video archives from now until the end of 2023


Salt and Ceremony


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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