Taking The Forest Into The Kitchen 

 

The Forest To Plate movement aims to inspire and educate chefs and health conscious foodies of the benefits of eating wild edible plants.

Forest To Plate is the next evolutionary step in the Farm To Table movement that has been popularized by restaurants and chefs in major cities throughout the world. 

Forest To Plate is based on foraging techniques and understanding the benefits of eating wild edible plants. Through proper education and responsible foraging techniques, it is the goal of the Forest To Plate movement to inspire and educate chefs and health conscious foodies of the benefits of eating wild edibles.

 

 
 

Foraging, Step by step

Foraging, at least to me, is one of the most beautiful things one can do to connect with nature in a variety of ways. It's not just about the wild food you find, its about being in nature, and rediscovering nature in a completely different way. Its about surprising people that never heard of wild food, and its a way of living, because once you know about wild edibles, your whole world around you literally changes, and there is no way going back. 
 

But before you go in nature and pick something you saw online, make sure you read the following "Foraging Rules": 

  1. The best way to learn about wild edibles, is to follow herbalism or foraging courses, go to workshops and alike, so somebody with experience can actually show you the exact wild edible.
    He/she can tell you what to look for, how to look for it, the shape, and dangerous lookalikes.  
    It is also a good idea, to get some theoretic insights about the substances and nutrients found in the wild edible. If you wish to follow courses in Belgium, please contact us. 
     
  2. If you are not 100% sure it is the right plant, DON'T eat it. Some plants are so toxic, even in small amounts they can really harm you.
     
  3. If you do go and forage for food, make sure you pick them only when they are in abundance, and if picking them wouldn't hurt the future of the species. This way, when you come back a year later, they will still be there. 
     
  4. Try not to pick near places where you see a lot of trash, or where you know soil is polluted. Some wild edibles will concentrate these substances, and by eating them, they enter the body. 
     
  5. After picking, wash them -depending on what you picked- well. Water, peeling,… If you are sure they are completely clean, like after a rainy day, well, your choice ! 
     
  6. If you wish to learn more about Foraging, buy a good book like Miles Irving "The Forager handbook." And deepen yourself in the do's and don'ts. 
     
  7. But above all, don't be afraid, I've been doing this for a few years now, and nothing has happened since. Just be smart enough not to go and start eating every plant you see ! 

     
Anything mentioned on this website is a guideline for further research. Forest to plate is not responsible in case of any injury. 

Organize your own events

“My love for plants and trees is now enriched with stories and recipes . After 3 times in this beautiful place, I would still go back and learn from Ben.
— Evie Verjans

We Organize  WOrkshops and Events based on the principles of wild plant foraging and cooking. 

The 2-3 day courses we organize are located in Vierves Sur Viroin, one of the most beautiful villages in Belgium, only 1h30 away from Brussels. 

the courses, workshops and events exist out of the gathering, preparing and cooking of plants. During the courses, accomodation is Included .  Ben will explain the historical and modern day uses of the plants, all while he explains the general story of each plant.

The House, is in the middle of nature and is surrounded by an organic garden. We can host up to 20 people. 

We Also organise Workshops, events, cooking classes and Wild food diners, of which many have been in certain media.