We are thrilled to announce our 1st weekend event of 2024 – the Asian Ancestral Eating Weekend, featuring Sophia Eng, author of the acclaimed “Nourishing Asian Cookbook,” and Dr. Bill Schindler, author of “Eat Like a Human.”
This unique culinary experience will take only place in Chestertown, MD on the weekend of January 5th and 6th.
Friday Night Pizza
The weekend will kick off on Friday night with a special teriyaki chicken pizza fusing Sophia’s flavors with Bill’s sourdough recipe for the perfect combination. This will be a fantastic opportunity to have a meet and greet with Sophia and learn more about her passion for Asian cuisine.
All ingredients are 100% made from scratch from the teriyaki sauce to pasta filata cheese!
Saturday Festivities – Class & Private Dinner
Private Tasting and Book Signing 4pm – 6pm
The weekend will culminate with a private tasting and book signing on Saturday evening where participants will taste delicious recipes from Sophia’s new book and engage both authors in conversation about the benefits of eating from an ancestral approach. Dishes include:
- Vietnamese spring rolls (shrimp, lettuce, mint, rice noodles, with fish sauce dipping sauce),
- Vietnamese egg rolls (rice paper, ground pork, shrimp, fish sauce, mung bean noodles, carrots, wood ear mushrooms, onions, garlic),
- Asian meatballs (ancestral blend of ground beef and organ meat, garlic, ginger, soy sauce),
- Beef pho
- Beverages | Dinner ticket includes 1 beverage ticket and then a cash bar
- Milk Tea Boba (green tea, Nice Farms milk, tapioca balls)
- Lychee martini
- Local Wine
This event is not just about food, but about understanding and appreciating the ancestral ways of eating. It’s a chance to learn from the newest Chelsea Green author, Sophia Eng, and be inspired to incorporate these traditional methods into your own cooking.
Space is limited so get your tickets now!
Learn More About Sophia Eng and her new book!
About Sophia Nguyen Eng
Sophia Nguyen Eng is a first-generation Vietnamese-American who left a successful career in growth marketing in Silicon Valley to start a five-acre permaculture farm in the Appalachian region of eastern Tennessee. During her time in the tech industry, Eng led successful growth marketing campaigns for startups and Fortune 500 companies like WorkDay, InVision, and Smartsheet, which led to opportunities to develop a certificate training program with CXL Institute and being a founder of the tech organization Women in Growth. A sought-after speaker, she has presented at Google HQ, GrowthHackers, and the global SaaStalk tech conferences. Now she draws on her experiences speaking on stage and her knowledge of food, farming, and health to present at homesteading conferences. Eng is also a Weston A. Price Chapter Leader and the founder of the website Sprinkle with Soil. With her husband, Tim, she raises grass-fed dairy cows, beef cattle, laying hens, broilers, ducks, sheep, goats, turkeys, and grows a variety of produce for her multi-generational family and local community.
Nourishing Asian Cookbook
Featuring over 100 delicious recipes that utilize whole foods, classic ferments, hearty broths, and healing herbs and spices, The Nourishing Asian Kitchen presents an innovative approach to experiencing Asian cuisine while promoting nutritious, garden-to-plate meals that are easy to make.
When Sophia Nguyen Eng moved to the Appalachian Mountains in Tennessee to start a family farm, she was determined to honor the cultural food traditions and flavors passed down by her parents, who fled Vietnam in 1975. The meals of her childhood drew inspiration from the rich culinary traditions of Vietnam, China, Japan, Korea, and other Asian countries. However, Sophia noticed that preparing these dishes in the United States often relied heavily on processed ingredients containing artificial flavors and preservatives. She was determined to recreate the flavorful recipes she loved while making them healthier.
Inspired by the nutritional research of Weston A. Price, the regenerative farming practices of Joel Salatin, and the traditional Asian recipes passed down through her family for generations, Sophia has curated a unique collection of wholesome dishes in The Nourishing Asian Kitchen. These recipes explore the proper preparation of grains, dairy, meats, and ferments, emphasizing fresh ingredients and traditional cooking methods while focusing on flavor, food quality, ingredient sourcing, seasonality, and eating nose-to-tail.
With an opening sectioning on mastering basic techniques—like working with bone broth, fish fumet, and ghee—the recipes range from familiar classics to mind-blowing creations, including:
- Sauces: Korean Gochujang Sauce, Hoisin Sauce, Vietnamese “Peanut” Dipping Sauce, Lemongrass Chili Oil
- Vegetable & Sides: Pickled Red Onion, Daikon Kimchi, Wild Bibimbap, Mushroom Banchan
- Soups: Oxtail Pho, Sweet and Sour Tamarind Soup, Spicy Thai Hot Pot, Crab Noodle Soup
- Meats: Garlic Butter Chicken Wings, Five Spice Pork Belly Banh Mi, Shaking Beef with Watercress Salad, Lamb Bulgogi Spring Rolls
- Beverages & Desserts: Vietnamese Coffee, Strawberry Lychee Panna Cotta, Matcha Green Tea Honey Ice Cream
And much more!
From hot pot to tempura, kimchi to pho, each recipe is designed to nourish the body and reconnect with tradition and heritage. And with beautiful photography by David K. Peng, easy-to-follow instructions, and tips for sourcing high-quality ingredients, The Nourishing Asian Kitchen is a must-have for anyone seeking to explore the world of Asian cuisine through the lens of nourishing traditions.