$45 – $200

Koji Workshop Weekend Intensive

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The Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain

8519 Pickards Meadow Road

Chapel Hill, NC 27516

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We welcome you to join us for our first koji workshop in North Carolina hosted by The Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain and Rich Shih of OurCookQuest. We are holding back-to-back sessions over two days, at The Eco-Institute’s farm and retreat center located in the outskirts of Chapel Hill, NC. The goal is to help you understand the fundamentals and versatility of this amazing ingredient to add depth to your dishes, while creating a network of relationships….

We have set up the two-day presentation to give you everything you need to hit the ground running with a wide range of exposure to koji makes and applications. Both days are laid out to build on each other and we offer a discount when you choose the full weekend option. However, if you are looking for a solid starter course, you can choose to take the basic workshop on Saturday only. If you already have some familiarity with koji, we recommend taking the advanced workshop on Sunday.

Day 1 Saturday, August 24: Fundamentals. The first block will cover a variety of applications. We will demonstrate how to make shio koji (umami marinade), kojizuke (pickles) and amazake (a sweet rice drink) as well as how to use them in multiple ways to make your food more delicious. During the afternoon session, guests will learn the straightforward process of making basic rice koji using aspergillus oryzae (koji-kin) spores. We will cover incubator options and show you how to build two simple setups, one with an immersion circulator and the other with a cooler and inexpensive aquarium components. At the end of the afternoon session, you will make your own shio koji to take some umami magic home.

Day 2 Sunday, August 25: Advanced Class. This class is geared towards folks in the food industry and those who already have a basic understanding of koji applications, including those who enrolled in the Fundamentals class. We’ll cover the following makes: modern versions of soy sauce and douchi; alcohol and vinegar; animal product based condiments and charcuterie. We will also teach fresh koji applications: fruit, drinks and a sweet base for desserts. Advanced koji making with a variety of starch mediums will be covered as well. At the end, we will discuss how to move towards a food-waste-free kitchen.

In both sessions there will be opportunities to connect with other chefs and like-minded food enthusiasts. This is an opportunity to build connections and learn together on land that has been building the human-Earth relationship creatively and with patience, like a koji chef does with their product.

For more information on The Eco-Institute, check out eco-institute.org or @the.eco.institute on Instagram.

To learn about Rich Shih, visit ourcookquest.com or @ourcookquest on Instagram.


$120: Day 1 (Beginner Course)

$120: Day 2 (Advanced Course)

$200: (Both Courses)

Lodging & Rooms:

There is limited shared rustic lodging and camping available at The Eco-Institute. If interested in staying onsite overnight for this event, please reserve available accommodations by purchasing from the following additional tickets:

Single Day Yurt Stay: $65

Two Days Yurt Stay: $115

Single Day Camping Stay: $45

Two Day Camping Stay: $75

Additional breakfast and dinner meals are included in the cost of overnight stays. Please message Taylor at kojiatpickards@gmail.com if you have any questions about accommodations.


  • 10:30 - 12:30 ~ AM Session

  • 12:30 - 01:30 ~ Lunch Provided (Menu forthcoming with meat and vegetarian options)

  • 01:30 - 03:30 ~ PM Session


Lunch will be included both days. Meat and vegetarian options will be available.

Additional Accommodations Information:

- If arriving on Friday, arrival starts at 5pm
- Sunday departure is after the workshop at 4pm
- Please bring sleeping bags and/or sheets for your stay, as well as a bath towel
- Showers are available
- If camping, please bring your own gear
- Transportation is not provided, but closer to the event there may be carpooling opportunities


Taylor Westbrook


Follow: @bythebrooktempeh

Rich Shih


Follow: @ourcookquest

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8519 Pickards Meadow Road

Chapel Hill, NC 27516

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