Outdoor Culinary Adventures

Stay tuned for the Next Outdoor Culinary Workshop


Wild crafted delectable fungusTurtle Island Outdoor Culinary Adventures with Chef Susi Gott Séguret will kick off at 4:00 pm on Friday, with a welcome beverage and introductory stroll around the Preserve, followed by an elegant wine-paired meal and song and story around the fire. On Saturday, students of all ages and inclinations will partake of a Woods Breakfast  followed by a Foraging Expedition, with a picnic in the woods or by a stream. The afternoon will segue into a hands-on class in Turtle Island’s unique outdoor kitchen and culminate in a wine-paired dinner, followed by song and dance. Sunday morning will continue with another hands-on class preparing woods delectables, and will end with a seated wine-paired meal followed by Woods Awards and celebratory song and dance.



Susi Gott Séguret has been intimately involved with food and flavor since, as a toddler she first felt the burn of a radish, just pulled from the soil, still speckled with black earth, and washed it down with a gulp of fresh spring water that flowed out from under a moonshine still. Founder and director of the Seasonal School of Culinary Arts held in Asheville, Ithaca, Sonoma and Paris, she also orchestrates the Asheville Wine Experience, the Asheville Truffle Experience, and the Appalachian Culinary Experience. Originally from North Carolina, Susi honed her culinary skills in France, where she resided for over 20 years, earning a diploma in Gastronomy and Taste from the Cordon Bleu and the Université de Reims. Author of Appalachian Appetite, Susi is passionate about elements of taste and style, and how they extend from our palate into our daily lives, ever striving to blend food, music, words and images into a tapestry for the senses.



4:00—Arrival & Orientation

4:30—Welcome beverage and introductory stroll around Turtle Island

6:00—Welcome meal (prepared in advance)

8:00—Singing around the fire


9:00—Woods breakfast (prepared in advance)

10:00—Foraging expedition

12:00—Picnic in the woods or by a stream

2:00—Hands-on class in outdoor kitchen (moved indoors if inclement weather)

5:00—Break for exploring or restoration

6:00—Wine-paired dinner

8:00—Song & Dance


9:00—Woods breakfast (prepared in Sat afternoon class)

10:00—Hands-on class

1:00—Seated meal with guests (additional invitations possible)

3:00—Prizes & certificates awarded, song & dance 




Date/Time: Arrival 4pm Friday - Departure 4pm Sunday

Available Spaces: limited to 12 adults

Cost: $450  *Rustic lodging at the Preserve is available upon request, and a number of area inns and bed and breakfasts can accommodate those who require more luxuries.

Cancellations: non-refundable deposit (1/2 of total) is retained for all cancellations

Road Conditions: 1.5 miles off-road gravel - watch the video(link is external)

Location: 8 miles east of Boone, NC - Base camp at Turtle Island Preserve is just 2 miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway - Bamboo Gap Exit

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How To Register:

Print and complete the Workshop Registration Form, mail in with your full payment and completed 2-sided Medical/Liability Form to:

Turtle Island Preserve
Attn. Cooking Workshop
2683 Little Laurel Road
Boone, NC 28607

After You've Registered:

Driving Directions

What to Bring - on overnight stays

CRUCIAL Orientation Info


Attention Visitors - Please Note:

WARNING: Under North Carolina Law, A Farm Animal Activity Sponsor Or Farm Animal Professional Is Not Liable For An Injury To Or The Death Of A Participant In Farm Animal Activities Resulting Exclusively From The Inherent Risks Of Farm Animal Activities. Chapter 99E Of The North Carolina General Statutes.

WARNING: Under North Carolina Law, There Is No Liability For An Injury To Or Death Of A Participant In An Agritourism Activity Conducted At This Agritourism Location If Such Injury Or Death Results From The Inherent Risks Of The Agritourism Activity. Inherent Risks Of Agritourism Activities Include, Among Others, Risks Of Injury Inherent To Land, Equipment, And Animals, As Well As The Potential For You To Act In A Negligent Manner That May Contribute To Your Injury Or Death. You Are Assuming The Risk Of Participating In This Agritourism Activity.

Important Liability Waiver - Read before entering: Please be aware that Turtle Island Preserve is NOT LIABLE for your safety, health or any impairment of it. Enter at your own risk. Your presence represents your acknowledgement that you accept full liability for any damage to your person or property. This applies to everyone on the property or associated with Turtle Island Preserve.