Field to Table Ladies’ Coastal Culinary Adventure, August 17-20, 2017


Imagine yourself relaxing on one of the expansive porches of a charming coastal home, reflecting upon all the new skills you have learned, all the marvelous adventures you've had, and all of the delicious seafood delicacies you've prepared and devoured!

On this ladies-only adventure, you’ll join expert outdoorswoman and award-winning cookbook author Susan L. Ebert (that's me!) and my team at an exquisitely outfitted coastal home in Matagorda, Texas. Please feel free to call me at (512) 431-2013 or email me at for more information.

Deadline for reservation and payment is Friday, July 14, 2017. For more information on Matagorda, check out my cover story in the June 2017 issue of Texas Highways.

Here are some of the treats we have in store for you:

  • Deluxe accommodations and all-organic, non-GMO gourmet meals in a beachfront coastal retreat, beginning with a welcome luncheon on Thursday and wrapping up with a luxurious Sunday brunch
  • All fishing gear/equipment (excluding fishing license): This includes fly rods and reels, flies; spinning rods and reels, baitcaster rods and reels; and both fresh and artificial baits
  • Instruction on the water, including tying knots, the use of different rod-and-reel combos, paddling kayaks and SUPs, setting and picking up crab traps, throwing cast nets … and landing and cleaning fish!
  • Instruction on the porch and in the kitchen, including smoking and grilling fish, steaming crabs, boiling shrimp, pasta-making, wild-fruit jelly-making, and incorporating wild foraged edibles into the menu.
  • A half-day inshore fishing trip with USCG-licensed captain and award-winning writer/photographer Bink Grimes
  • A half-day kayaking trip with Christy Bishop of Matagorda Adventures
  • Sunrise beach yoga on Sunday morning with certified yoga instructor Christy Bishop of Matagorda Adventures or a sunrise horseback ride on the beach, followed by an expansive gourmet all-organic farewell brunch
  • Wildlife viewing, native plant identification, and birding with Shannon Tompkins, award-winning Houston Chronicle outdoor writer
  • Special guest Bill Balboa from SeaGrant Texas, coastal biologist and wine enthusiast, who will lead a “Pairings Wines with Seafood” seminar
  • Special appearance by a prominent Austin chef, who will offer expert culinary tutelage
  • A signed copy of The Field to Table Cookbook by Susan L. Ebert
  • A foraging guide and a hand-sewn forager’s apron

    $1375 ALL-INCLUSIVE, AUGUST 17-20, 2017. Participation is limited to 8 attendees, and is open to ages 21 & up. Deadline for reservation and payment is Friday, July 14, 2017. Click HERE for the awesome full menu!


    Thursday, August 17

    12 - 2 pm: Arrival luncheon, orientation

    2 - 5 pm: Foraging Seminar: Coastal plant identification, prickly pear handling and syrup-making

    6 pm: Hors d’oeuvres

    7 pm: Supper

    Friday, August 18

    6 am: Breakfast, meet guides

    7-11 am: Group 1 kayak fishing, Group 2 bay fishing

    11 am: Fish cleaning and filleting demonstrations

    1 pm: Lunch

    2-5 pm: Wildlife tour, beach driving and boat trailering demonstrations

    6 pm: Hors d’oeuvres

    7 pm: Supper

    Saturday, August 19

    6 am: Breakfast, meet guides

    7-11 am: Group 2 kayak fishing, Group 1 bay fishing

    11 am: Fish cleaning and filleting demonstrations

    1 pm: Lunch

    2-4 pm: Pasta-Making Seminar

    4-6 pm: Explore beach, shops, swim, relax

    7 pm: Pairing Wines with Seafood Seminar

    8 pm: Supper

    Sunday, August 20

    6-7 am: Light breakfast

    7-10 am: Choice of sunrise yoga or horseback-riding on the beach

    11 am: Departure brunch

    Here's what previous attendees had to say about the Ladies' Coastal Culinary Adventure:

    I had such a wonderful time and learned a lot. It is obvious that you put a lot of time, energy, thought, and most importantly, heart and soul into planning and executing the weekend. Your passion for all you do is inspiring. — K.L.

    Your culinary and saltwater skills were amazing to watch and be a part of. I kept saying to myself and to others: I want to do that, too! I also learned a lot about paying more attention to the foliage and wild foods on my farm and in my garden, and then, based on your teachings, being able to turn what I find into something edible and beautiful. Your vision and creativity with food and foliage has inspired me! — N.K.

    Thank you for the beautiful work of art in food preparation, in its presentation, and in its health benefits. Your expression of care was demonstrated in each meal and in each dessert. Julia Child has nothing on you with your joy of cooking! I have grown in the knowledge of foraging, fishing, and in the peace of experiencing the wetlands. What an adventure! — P.R.

    I doubt I would have been able to land that humongous flounder by myself without the expert coaching from Susan’s husband Shannon! Now I see why they’re called “saddleblankets!” Then, I learned how to scale, gut and gill it, and prepare it for stuffing. Susan even vacuum-sealed it and iced it down for my trip home. What a treat to serve it to my friends, knowing I had handled the whole process from the bay to the plate! — C.G.K.

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    Check out this photo gallery from previous Field to Table Coastal Culinary Adventures!

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