The Wildcrafted Cocktail

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Monday August 22

5:30 PM  –  6:30 PM

Limited Enrollment Workshop

Botany Hall Teaching Kitchen at Phipps Conservatory

Monday, Aug. 22: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

$55 per person (members and nonmembers)

Learn how to combine foraged, local, seasonal flavors with your favorite spirits, to create wildcrafted cocktails. Participants will make two cocktails and take home their own homemade bitters.



Ellen Zachos is a Harvard Graduate and the author of eight books including Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat, The Wildcrafted Cocktail, and The Forager’s Pantry. She has taught foraging workshops across the US, and lectured at botanic gardens, flower shows, and for garden clubs around the world.

Ellen moved to NYC to become a theater actor, but left the cast of Les Misérables to pursue her passion for horticulture. She earned certificates in both ornamental horticulture and ethnobotany certificates from New York Botanical Garden, and taught for many years at the NYBG on a wide range of subjects (basic gardening techniques, perennials, annuals, orchids, container gardening, house plants) and ran a roof top gardening business: Acme Plant Stuff.


She started out foraging in the garden, because she knew the plants there were safe from potentially dangerous insecticides and herbicides, but soon ventured out into the wilds of Central Park, the woods of Pennsylvania, the deserts of New Mexico, the islands of Scotland, and the gorges of Greece. In other words, she’s always looking for delicious, free food!