The Kitchen Apothecary: Food As Medicine

Saturday, May 16, 2020 10:00am to 12:00pm
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Zoom Meeting Online PDT
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States
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This is a live, hands-on cooking class held online via Zoom. Class is limited to 12 students to create an interactive, dynamic experience. The Instructor will be assisted by a remote 18 Reasons staffer who will facilitate conversation during class and ensure all students are attended to. We will be recording the class and we hope to make the recording available to students after an editing process to protect the privacy of our students’ homes.

Registered students should take at least 30 min before class begins to do the following: download and set up Zoom, test audio and video, wash and prep ingredients, and bring out equipment in the kitchen, per the list linked below. 18 Reasons staff will e-mail registrants one message containing class recipes and a Zoom meeting link; check your junk/spam/event folder in case you do not see the e-mail. Search for any email from 18 Reasons, looking for a subject line containing the full title of the class. 


Join local clinical herbalist Sarah Jane Fairless to learn how to use foods and herbs to stay healthy during these uncertain times. Plant medicine is an incredible resource for preventing infection and supporting the immune system. You likely have many of these helpful allies in your kitchen already! This class will be a combination of lecture and hands-on medicine making. We will discuss easy preparations and techniques for various symptoms and prevention, which herbs are appropriate, and what foods are best for nourishing the body to stay resilient and feeling well. Together we will create a fiery traditional recipe using culinary herbs and spices, and a delectable medicinal mushroom pate. 



Fire Cider: Onion, garlic, ginger, cayenne or other chili, apple cider vinegar

Mushroom Pate with thyme, walnuts, garlic, shallots, butter


Equipment and Ingredient List for the class found here - check before signing up for the class. 

This menu contains the following common allergens: tree nuts. If you have allergies or dietary restrictions that concern your ability to cook along, please e-mail before purchasing a ticket.


Sarah Jane Fairless is a certified clinical Western herbalist. She currently sees clients at her office located in San Francisco on 18th Street, just a few doors down from Bi-Rite Market! Making handcrafted medicine and foraging for plants in the wild is her passion. She enjoys educating folks about herbal medicine and our connection to nature through local and seasonal foods. She is a faculty member at Scarlet Sage's School of the Healing Arts. Learn more about Sarah Jane at her website

Photo credit: Sarah Jane Fairless