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Wear Your Dinner: Natural Dyes are Featured in Clothing, Cocktails, and Cuisine

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Laurie Dill of Your Local Hive and Sasha Duerr of the Permacouture Institute in San Francisco are partnering up for a “Dinner to Dye For” workshop, where guests will learn to use natural dyes that are as good for your wardrobe as they are for your stomach.

Usually the goal is to keep beet juice off your clothing, but the hands-on workshop at the Peter Fetterman Gallery in Bergamot Station will show participants how to use flowers, herbs, berries, barks, and nuts to create natural dyes in seasonal, foraged dye baths. While the clothes are soaking up their new hue, crafters will get to sip on seasonal cocktails using the same botanical hues from the natural dye bar. Later in the evening, there will be a coursed meal utilizing ingredients that stained the personalized styles: crimson Russian Red cabbage, grassy green avocados, violet musk artichokes, midnight black beans, and an array of heirloom fruits will all take a part in the meal.

Deurr was recently featured in the New York Times for her work at the Oakland-based California College of the Arts, which intertwines permaculture and textile design. She'll be teaming with Dill, a Certified LA County Master Gardener and Master Food Preserver, who was also the director of product development for Williams-Sonoma, developing textiles for their tabletop/dining department.

The two make ideal teachers for this unique dining event in Santa Monica, which will be taking place on November 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person, and can be purchased here.

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