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Classes, Events, Appearances


red oak acorns

Photo by Holly A. Heyser

Acorn School

October 16, from 5:30 pm

Whole Foods Sacramento, 4315 Arden Way

At this comprehensive acorn processing and cooking workshop, you’ll learn how to pick the best acorns, about the different species, how to shell, dry and process the acorns — and then the best ways to cook with them.

We’ll do some cooking, too, and I will feed you all something lovely and acorn-y. Maybe some acorn pasta…

This will be a 3-hour workshop, and I am encouraging you to bring your own acorns to work with, although I’ll have some handy, too. I’ll email everyone who’s registered a detailed list of what to bring and what you’ll get to take home with you.

Cost is $100 ($85 if you already have the book) and includes a copy of Hunt, Gather, Cook, which has an extensive section on acorns, plus a jar of ready-to-use acorn flour. And I’ll feed you lunch.

ONLY 5 SEATS LEFT. I am limiting space because I want to give everyone as much one-on-one instruction as I can. Interested? Click to Register.


DDG final cover 300pxCalifornia Duck School 

December 18-20

Grizzly Ranch

Suisun City, CA

I am teaming up with the California Waterfowl Association to host a weekend of duck hunting and duck cooking in California’s Delta on the weekend of December 18.  It’ll be hunts in different places, duck processing and cooking classes, and I’ll be cooking dinner. I am also teaming up with my friends RJ Waldron of Northwind Outfitters and Jason Adversalo of Fowl Pursuer Outdoor Adventures to fill out the weekend’s hunts.

Home base for the weekend will be on California Waterfowl’s Grizzly Ranch in Suisun, California and the event will be a fantastic weekend of hunting, cooking and eating.

The Suisun marshes, if you’ve never heard of them, are in California’s Delta, a duck hunting mecca where the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers empty to form the San Francisco Bay. It’s about 12 miles south of Fairfield, CA, off Interstate 80. Easily accessible from the Sacramento airport.

The weekend will start on Friday, where you’ll get settled in and learn some tips and tricks about cooking ducks and geese. That night we’ll have our first dinner, which I will cook, and get ready for the hunt the next day at the ranch.

After Saturday morning’s hunt, we’ll head back to do some duck and goose processing — plucking, dressing, tips on aging and breaking down your birds — and give you some tips, tricks and ideas on how to use the whole bird, from beak to feet. Hang out with me as I cook your dinner: I plan on featuring some of my recipes from my waterfowl cookbook, Duck, Duck, Goose: Recipes and Techniques for Cooking Ducks and Geese both Wild and Domesticated. After dinner, we’ll drink some whisky and swap stories before hitting the bunks for Sunday’s hunt.

Sunday’s hunt will be with Northwind and Fowl Pursuer, and it will most likely be either a diver duck hunt on San Francisco Bay or a goose hunt on a dry field in the Sacramento Valley. Our goal is to get you were the birds are, so we’ll be flexible. I’ll send everyone off with a brown bag lunch of some homemade salami and duck sandwiches.

Now, the details. There are only 5 seats left for this weekend. The cost is $1500, which, when you break it down into 2 nights’ meals and lodging, plus two duck hunts, plus lots of teaching time, that’s a pretty damn good deal.

Interested? Email me at scrbblr AT hotmal DOT com. Registration is here.


hank clammingChristmas Clamming

December 23

Bodega Bay, CA

Clam chowder for Christmas dinner? Why not! There’s a good tide on this day for digging gaper clams, our smaller cousins of the geoduck. Join me on a clamming expedition and I will teach you how to dig these clams, what sort of places to go besides where we’ll be meeting, and how to clean them once we get some. I’ll cook up some chowder for us all to warm up with after we get off the clam flats, and each person will get a copy of my book Hunt, Gather, Cook, which has a whole section on clamming.

SOLD OUT. Cost is $100 per person, $75 if you already have the book. Want to get on the waiting list? Email me at scrbblr AT hotmal DOT com.


Texas Duck School

January 7-10, 2016

Coastal Wings Outfitters

Bay City, TX

I am teaming up with Coastal Wings Guide Service and Lodge in Bay City, Texas for a long weekend of hunting, cooking and eating. We’re doing this in early January to take advantage of the excellent redhead and crane hunting then.

Bay City, if you’ve never heard of it, is about 80 miles southwest of Houston, and is the heart of the Texas coastal rice country, so the quality of the ducks and geese should be superior.

The weekend will start on a Thursday, where you’ll get settled in for your first meal; we’ll probably go for something very Texas, like chili. Coastal Wing’s owner Larry Robinson will lay out the hunting plan for the following day, as well as give you background on the area and what kind of birds you can expect to see. Coastal Wings has access to 19 farms that cover 45,000 acres of prime waterfowl habitat.

We’ll hunt Friday morning for sandhill cranes, ducks or for geese in a rice or corn field — January is an excellent month to hunt cranes in Texas. There is also the possibility that we will split up and do both.

Hank cooking 300pxAfter the hunt we return to the lodge, where I’ll show you how to pluck, gut and prep your birds for the table, and give you some tips, tricks and ideas on how to use the whole bird, from beak to feet. I’ll be cooking Friday night’s dinner, and the menu will of course depend on what we bring home — but I can pretty much guarantee you’ll see some perfectly cooked duck breasts.

Saturday morning we’ll hunt again, and I will lead those who want to through what I call “Duck Cooking 2.0,” more advanced cooking techniques and tricks to making even doubters fans of wild waterfowl. Your alternative that afternoon is a “Cast and Blast” on beautiful Matagorda Bay. (There is an additional fee for the bay boat and fishing guide.)

Saturday I’ll be cooking again, and this time I plan on featuring some of my recipes from my waterfowl cookbook, Duck, Duck, Goose: Recipes and Techniqies for Cooking Waterfowl, Both Farmed and Wild. And if conditions cooperate — and you still have energy — you may just get the chance to go to a nearby ranch for a night hunt for feral hogs hunt after dinner.

Sunday morning we’ll do final waterfowl hunt, followed by a send-off lunch of more wild game and fish.

SOLD OUT. The cost for the weekend is $2250, which includes 3 hunts, meals, lodging, all the instruction, and a copy of my cookbook. If you want to get on the waiting list, email me at scrbblr AT hotmal DOT com.



40 responses to “Classes, Events, Appearances”

  1. Mark Mennuti

    Im interested in summer of 2013 charter. Do you have dates available for when that may happen?

  2. Kathryn Howland

    I am interested in a salmon charter for 2013. Please let me know when/if one will be available. Thank you.

  3. Kevin Patterson

    My friend and I are interested in the charter. How long will we be out fishing?

  4. Rachel Cauntay

    We would love to be contacted when the 2013 trip is in the works. Thanks!

  5. christine aikens

    Hey Hank

    You should consider attending ‘Meat Off’ in Whitehorse, Yukon Canada. It is held annually on a Saturday night in Nov. (2013 date TBA) It’s a very small gathering of folks who have to make a wild game appie and pair it with a drink. The competition is fierce! We won last year with caribou sliders on brioche buns with bourbon vanilla bean milkshakes.

    You have a lot of keen fans up here… and boy do we have a great selection of wild game for you to savour.

    Cheers, Christine

  6. Lisa J

    Minnesota in February. I’m a Minnesotan and even I don’t want to be here in February. But, sounds like a fabulous talk. Looking forward to seeing you there.

  7. Warren Dennis

    Interested in the one in Austin. Please keep me posted. Also any in the Houston area that may come up.

  8. Warren Dennis


    The registration for the event is password protected and doesn’t allow registration. Is there someone to contact concerning this or is the event full already?



  9. Joe Wilson

    We have made a huge outdoor cooking event, this event has gained national and international attention. It’s the World Champion Squirrel Cook Off, and the event is held in Bentonville Arkansas on September 7th of 2013. We are looking for Cooking teams and additional Judges, if you are interested please go to for more info.
    The event is slated to have 100 teams of squirrel cookers and is a great place to try new things and meet new people. The event supports child charities and also promotes safe and responsible hunting.
    Please join us.

  10. fisch

    Been trying to learn how to hunt for the last few years. I have passed the hunter training but still not quite sure I feel confident. Wondering if you have ever thought about doing a guided hunt/cooking class.

  11. Lou

    Mr. Shaw,

    May possibly be interested in the clamming. I will get back to you in a couple of days, OK?


  12. Albert Larcina

    Hi Hank,

    I am interested in the clamming expedition this April. Please put me down for two spots if still available.

  13. Bob

    My wife and I would like to join the Bodega Bay clamming expedition.

    On a completely separate note, we were wondering whether we could get you to look over our back yard for edible flora. We’ve got a profusion of wild growth and we don’t know what most of the plants are. (We live in Lincoln, California, but I grew up in Florida and she grew up in Oklahoma.) Of course we’re willing to pay for your expertise.

  14. David Winton

    Bummer that I missed out on the clamming/edible plant event. Any plan to do it again?

  15. Sam Laher

    Hank, do you ever do any events in the Seattle area? We need you up here.

  16. colin crosby

    Howdy Sir, big fan of your wild game recipes. I ‘m interested in your Austin event and would love for you to consider a wild game cooking class…This is Texas :) Please keep us posted…

  17. Albert Gong

    Hank, I been smoking Canvasbacks using your excellent Maple recipe ! I been getting a lot of Cans have some vac. Packed in the freezer I live in Sacramento have a club in Los Banos. If you would like some Cans or a hunt email me. Albert . PS. All the members of our club love your recipe for smoked Cans…delicious is not the word..scrumptious !

  18. Tom Pick

    Have any plans to be in Bozeman,MT in 2014? I’d be happy to promote the idea with our locally owned bookstore, Country Bookshelf, if that would help.

  19. Pete

    Sorry to hear the Phoenix date was cancelled, I was looking forward to it. If you are able to add a Phoenix date later on, count me in.

  20. Pascale

    Hey Hank,

    Your website is AWESOME! I live up in Montreal and I’m becoming increasingly interested in trying out all these recipes and activities but I just don’t know where to start!
    How did you get into hunting/foraging/fishing? Was it something your family has always done or did you get into it by yourself?


  21. Joe

    Hi Hank,

    Do you have a New Orleans date in mind? I live in Biloxi and would love to attend one of your events.

  22. Joe

    Great news Hank,

    I will definitely be there, along with my wife.
    Looking very forward to it.


  23. Ben Skelley

    hi hank
    interested in stopping in Montgomery. I’d be honored to host you at my restaurant, or capitol city bookstore (great independent locally owned bookstore). let me know.

  24. Jimmy

    Hi Hank,
    I currently live in Missoula, MT but will be moving to the Bay Area in April, and I would love to plug into the hunting, foraging and fishing culture there. Do you have any more spots available in your April clamming class? Let me know! It looks great.



  25. rob clark

    Hank,spoke w/ you before on smoking salmon & it came out great. I live in Santa Rosa & would love to hit the clam dig @ Bodega before going ab diving. How can I secure a spot? keep up the great site.

  26. rob clark

    Didn’t hear back from you & I know you’re busy w/ the book tour right now. When you get a chance please let me know if there will be any additional claming classes as it appears the class has sold out.I was not able to locate the sign up page in time and still can’t locate it. Can you let me know how to sign up for these classes in the future. Thanks Rob

  27. Cari Jaye Sokoloff

    +1 for notice of additional clamming classes. ; )

  28. Rikha

    Hey Hank,

    Come to the Detroit Area sometime and teach a class.

    Sincerely, Rivkha

  29. Ashley

    Hello Hank!
    I thoroughly enjoyed watching you on Bizarre Foods. I am a Northern Californian native (from the Bay Area, currently residing in Humboldt County) who has always been fascinated by wellness and sustainability. Growing up in Oakland, however, I was not raised with the skills to utilize the earth. I would love more than anything to learn! Any advice where to begin? Thanks and keep inspiring!

  30. Sara Starr

    Are there any classes coming up?

  31. Sharon Fromm

    Will you be scheduling any events in the New England area in 2015?

  32. Ellen Zachos

    Let me know when the Taos date is announced. I’d drive up from Santa Fe.

  33. Ebeth

    Any plans to venture to the W coast of Florida? So intrigued and inspired by your site!! Very interested in reading about foraging opportunities for seaweed along the panhandle gulf coast.

  34. George
  35. Don currie

    Hank, I saw somewhere you had planned an event in Calgary, Alberta. Was wondering if you had firmed up a date yet? Please let me know as I’d love to catch you when you are in town.

  36. Jocelyn Wilson

    It seems I missed the Bodega Bay clam dig — drat! I live in near by in Sebastopol. I you have any cancellations, I would LOVE to go.

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