In conjunction with the exhibition Radical Landscapes, artist Amanda Eicher will present a sensory tasting experience to explore how climate change might impact local agricultural practices and the taste of food and wine.
Eicher’s socially based practice engages audiences’ palates on explorations in food, specifically looking at how recent environmental shifts effect the food we eat and the wine we drink. Her long-term research project Precursor (2016), launched on the occasion of the exhibition and stemming from her collaborative work with the collective OPENrestaurant, investigates the surrounding Napa Valley landscape and engages with farmers and producers operating within it. The tasting event is inspired by stories uncovered by Eicher’s research.
4 PM: Arrival and wine reception
4:30 PM: Amanda Eicher and guests present opening remarks and tasting notes, followed by the tasting
The first tasting explores grape growing in the region and the impact a warming climate has on the fruit’s transformation into wine. Eicher will present a menu of fruit, vegetables, bread, and local honey inspired by the projected tasting notes of shifting wine varietals.
The second tasting considers bees and the types of pollen they thrive on as flora and fauna respond to increasing temperatures in Northern California. The menu will be presented by Rob Keller from Boca Farms, who will host a pollen tasting and talk about his practice.
The third tasting looks at the premature ripening of fruit trees due to warming trends, like the apple trees at HomeFarm in Healdsburg. The menu will include a Shaker leap year cake, whose preparation is inspired by fluctuating harvest trends.
Please join us for this rare opportunity to experience the local environment through taste and participate in a dialogue about climate change and its effect on the natural landscape. Wine will be served and Radical Landscapes will also be on view.
$10 general / $5 members. Space is limited; advance tickets encouraged.
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