Cheryl Paswater

Berkshire Fermentation Festival Presenter Videos

What a lovely weekend at the Berkshire Fermentation Festival! This was our third year back teaching and we’re happy to announce that the videos from all the presenters are now up online for you to enjoy!

Catch our Miso Workshop along with presenters Sandor Katz, Adam Elabd, Amanda Feifer, Anne Yonetani, and Alana Chernila!!


Ferment! Ferment!

Over the weekend was one of our favorite days for the year! The annual Ferment! Ferment! event in Brooklyn hosted and organized by the amazing Zack Schulman. Ferment! Ferment! is a celebration of all things fermented, for the beginner and the experienced fermenter, and nerds unite!  And you better like to eat because when you walk in and see the rows of tables of everyone's homemade concoctions it's impossible to leave without sampling everything!

There was another fantastic turn out this year and four amazing workshops put on by some fantastic fermenters: Sauerkraut with Angela Davis, Fermented Nut Cheeses with our very own Cheryl Paswater, Sour Beers with James Kinnie, and Kefir based drinks with Ken Fornotoro. There was a great crowd and great food -- so many highlights from Tempeh Pigs in a Blanket with Fermented Ketchup, Dosa, Fermented Cookies, Beer, Kimichi's, Herbal Kombucha's, and more. An event guaranteed to leave your gut and microbiome in a happy place.

Thank you to everyone who came out and makes this community such a special one because that's the thing that makes Ferment! Ferment! so amazing. Gathering our amazingly interesting and creative community together in the name of fermentation. Ferment ALL the things!!


The Illustrated Journal with Caroline Choe

We had the honor to be on The Illustrated Journal with Caroline Choe (S3E1: "Around the Table"). She videoed somer of the collaborative dinners put on by Contraband Ferments and goldpennyloafer ( We love this video that greatly captures community and how food brings people together!

Just Food Conference 2016

Just Food Conference 2016    by Cheryl Paswater, Chief Fermentationist, Contraband Ferments

One of my favorite events of the year was this past weekend, the Just Food Conference at Teachers College, Columbia University. It's a yearly conference dedicated to ethical food practices, food advocacy, greenmarkets, CSA's, farming, education, and more! It's always been a wonderful learning experience, filled with so many amazing people, and a strong current around building communities. After all, food brings communities together!

I've always attended the conference as a attendee that squeezes in as many workshops and lectures as possible and talking to as many people I can but, this year I had the honor and privilege to to get to be a presenter with my good friend Erin Cramm (also notoriously known as my fermentation wife) on the Human Microbiome and Fermentation. So after spending the morning catching up with friends and fellow food nerds, and squeezing in multiple workshops that morning from Herbal Medicine, to GMO Laws in NY, to Using Food as a Tool to End Mass Incarceration, and even catching part of Andrea Beamans lecture on Detoxing your Liver, and a lovely locally grown lunch we powered up or an afternoon of nerdy bacteria talk.

I won't go into all the details because I would be here all day but, I do want to share our favorites list for all things Fermentation and the Human Microbiome! We hope you enjoy it!

Resources for the Gut Microbiome and Ferments


Giulia Enders (Book)

The Good Gut

Justin and Erica Sonnenburg (Book)

Cooked, Book & Netflix Series

Michael Pollan (Episode/Chapter: Earth)

How Bacteria “Talk”

Bonnie Bassler (TED talk)

Missing Microbes

Martin J. Blaser, MD

Fuhmentaboudit! (Radio Show)

Wild Fermentation & The Art of Fermentation

Sandor Katz (Book)

Body Ecology Diet

Donna Gates

Gut and Psychology Syndrome

Dr. Natasha Campbell- McBride, MD

The Symbiont Factor

Richard Matthews, DC, DACNB, FACFN

The Epidemic of Absence

Moises Velasquez-Manoff

The Human Microbiome Project

Fuhmentaboudit! Episode 151 Wintery Ferments

We are huge fans of the heritage Food Radio Network and of the radio show Fuhmentaboudit! So when they called us up and wanted to have our Chief Fermentationist, brain child, and fearless leader Cheryl Paswater on the show, we of course said yes! Here she is talking about all things wintery and fermenty with host Chris Cuzme and co-producer Rachel Jacobs.