Taste Wild

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Thursday May 14

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6:00 PM  –  7:00 PM

Taste Wild! Join us virtually and taste along as we enjoy speciality desserts prepared with California native plants and learn about the amazing culinary uses, cultural legacies and health benefits of these remarkable species. California Botanic Garden is partnering with As You Like It, one of our fabulous caterers at the Garden, and the Chia Café Collective (CCC). CCC is a group of local tribal members and collaborators that honors indigenous people and the vast traditional knowledge and spiritual relationship to the land, as well as the nutritional and medicinal bounty the land offers us. 

We are excited to bring you a delicious spread of desserts that are lovingly crafted with seasonal flowers, herbs and other ingredients that speak to the true flavors and cuisine of California. All event registrants will be able to pick up a bakery box of four remarkably unique desserts made with native plants, from an elderflower lemon tart to black sage fudge, bay laurel pound cake to Sonoran cookies! Within the box will be recipes, tasting notes and instructions for joining us on a private virtual tasting event via Zoom on Thursday, May 14 from 6 pm - 7 pm.

The virtual event will include a keynote address from Abe Sanchez of CCC and an introduction of our Caterer, As You Like It. We will then delight in each dessert, introducing the recipe and ingredients. Abe will share insights about the nutritional aspects, flavors and cultural relevance of the included plants. California Botanic Garden staff will share the ecological importance of each species and how you can include each plant in your home garden!

Want to help support our Garden? Upgrade to the VIP box and receive a limited-edition, first-release California Botanic Garden tote bags and more swag! You'll also get an additional mystery dessert! 

Pickup of bakery boxes is available for free. Staff will contact all event registrants and schedule a pickup time on Wednesday and Thursday, May 13 and 14. When you arrive for your pickup reservation, staff will direct you to a parking bay where you're bakery box will be located. 

Delivery is available for an additional $10 fee the following zip codes: 91711, 91786, 91784, 91767, 91773, 91750. To opt in for delivery, please select the $10 delivery fee box in addition to your orders before checking out. Staff reserve the right to decline delivery even if you are located in one of these zip codes depending on scheduling and distance. 


Once you register for this event, staff will contact you to confirm your pickup or delivery details. A few days before the virtual tasting event, you will be sent Zoom event information. It is advisable that you learn the ropes of Zoom before this event. We will also share a recording of the event afterwards incase you want to watch at your own leisure.

Desserts may be subject to change