Virtual! Forest to Mansion

Who knew the Allerton natural areas housed tasty plants you can use to spice up your next dinner?! Join us during a virtual Forest to Mansion Dinner as a guest Chef Ann Swanson prepares a delicious and unique dish made with foraged ingredients from the Allerton Park forest!

This year’s event follows a virtual format, giving you a behind the scenes, hands on experience cooking from your own kitchen! Your ticket to this event will include a specially curated kit with all of the foraged ingredients you’ll need, plus access to a live webinar where Chef Swanson will teach you how to cook a savory meal. All you have to do is pick up your foraged kit and Koss Family Farms tilapia*, pull out a few extra ingredients from your pantry, and tune in at 5PM to learn how we make our annual Forest to Mansion meal. (Video recording will be available if you can’t tune in live.)

Pan seared Koss Family Farm Tilapia over pickled Allerton wild ginger and Japanese knotweed, garlic mustard and stinging nettle risotto, morels, grilled ramps, with a sassafras bacon dashi topped with Allerton ramp powder and red buds.

Add-on Foraging Hike!
Wednesday April 28th from 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Interested in knowing how we gathered all of the ingredients in your kit? Meet us at the Park on Wednesday, April 28 for an evening with Natural Areas Manager, Nate Beccue and Chef Ann Swanson as we hike through the early spring forest learning what you can and cannot eat while enjoying the sights and sounds of spring at Allerton! We’ll show you examples of the items that were collected and used in your meal. If you plan to attend, be sure to reserve your spot – tickets are limited! 

$25/person (Kit + Video + Hike)

$15/person (Kit + Video)
$5/person (Video only)
Registration required; all sales are final. Purchase your tickets here.
Ticket sales will end when reservations are full, or at 11:59pm on Wednesday, April 21.

Allerton Foraged Kit will include:
• Recipe Card
• Wild Ginger
• Japanese Knotweed
• Wild Garlic Mustard
• Stinging Nettles:
• Morels
• Ramp powder
• Sassafras
• Red Bud Flowers
• Konbu (not foraged at Allerton)

If your ticket purchase includes a kit, you may pick it up on Saturday, April 24 or Sunday, April 25 from 10:00am – 2:00pm at the Allerton Mansion Front Desk. Koss Family Farms will be onsite during these times selling fresh tilapia!

Other ingredients you will need for this meal:
1. Koss Family Farm Tilapia: 5-6 oz filet OR 1package, thawed
2. Olive Oil: 1 small bottle
3. Butter: unsalted 1 stick
4. Kosher salt: to taste
5. Apple Cider Vinegar: 3/4c
6. White granulated sugar: 1TBS
7. Arborio Rice: 1 32oz container
8. Garlic: 1-2 cloves
9. White wine: 1 bottle dry
10. Chicken Stock OR Vegetable Stock: 2 x 32oz boxes
11. Thick cut (smoky) Bacon: 1 package (No maple flavors – look for hickory)
12. Heavy Whipping Cream: 1 pint


Apr 25 2021


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Apr 25 2021
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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