Los Angeles, CA 90013
The first-ever Grand Central Market Pickle Party will be a one-day edible exploration of all things pickled, brined, and fermented!
The GCM Pickle Party will introduce visitors to the wide world of pickles and explore the cultural diversity of pickling traditions from around the globe. Market vendors will create onetime #flashsale menu items based on pickled ingredients, and visitors will learn to pickle at chef demonstrations while also rolling up their sleeves to make sauerkraut alongside the country’s premiere pickler.
Pickle Party’s centerpiece will be 1,000 POUNDS OF KRAUT, a crowd-sourced communal sauerkraut-making session led by fermentation guru Sandor Ellix Katz, the New York Times best-selling author of The Art of Fermentation. The public is invited to join the day-long KRAUT MOB, and we’ll keep making kraut in our pop-up KRAUT LAB until we reach our goal of 1,000 pounds. Thanks to generous support from GCM produce vendorDistrict Market, each participant will go home with a free jar of sauerkraut and printed instructions for how to finish fermenting their live kraut at home.
In addition to being a renowned teacher—or, as he calls himself, a “fermentation revivalist”— Katz is also an impassioned speaker, and we’re pleased to announce that he’ll give a free public lecture on his fundamental theme of fermentation and culture. A book signing will follow.
In addition, a one-day pop-up PICKLE MARKETPLACE will bring together a hand-selected group of local pickle purveyors.