The sensation of near-mystical well being inspired by the setting was augmented by the fact that the evening also included gourmet fare from Oishi Thai and the soon-to-open NaiYaRa, Taperia Raca, Rock Garden Herbs, Seasons Farm Fresh (who provided locally found strawberry guava, mamey, and soursop), and the divine Cao Chocolates.
Guests were invited to explore the grounds of The Kampong on a "fast-foraging" tour with Kampong director emeritus Larry Schokman and plantmatter's Tiffany Noé. Among the many plants observed, smelled, and discussed were wild spinach, wild cinnamon, and fragrant pandan.
Schokman urged homeowners to compost their garbage instead of tossing it, explaining that in Miami it takes nature 500 years to build a single inch of precious topsoil.
At 8 pm, Seth Labenz and P. Scott Cunningham provided a brief visual introduction to Jai-Alai Books, and then presented the publishing house’s first tome, Forager: A Subjective Guide to Miami's Edible Plants.
Nick Vagnoni, who wrote text for Forager, ended the official part of the evening with a reading of his own food poetry. The new issue of Edible South Florida was available throughout the event, as were copies of Forager, which authors Tiffany Noé and George Echevarria happily signed.