High Desert Test Kitchen
A new monthly program!
organized by Sarah Witt

Organized by artist Sarah Witt, High Desert Test Kitchen (HDTK) is a new monthly dinner gathering in which participants bring a dish to share, made with or inspired by ingredients inhabiting this span of the American desert. The Mojave projects such a romanticized yet barren image, but underneath are old and rarely utilized traditions. Exploring this landscape from a culinary perspective, HDTK will naturally intersect with foraging practices, Native American traditions, and hopefully challenge our taste buds too!

Each month, HDTK features one ingredient. The group is posed with the challenge of incorporating this seasonal food item—be it root, fruit, insect, or a handful of twigs—into their culinary repertoire, and are encouraged to bring a morsel of their experimentation to the monthly meeting. Weʼll take some time to discuss how and where we sourced our ingredients, the manner in which we processed them, and consider the EQ (or edibility quotient).

HDTK meetings will be held the third Monday of every month, at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center in North Joshua Tree with the first meeting on Monday, September 19th at 7 pm. If you want to join us, but arenʼt able to contribute a homemade dish, thatʼs okay! Feel free to bring a beverage or bag of chips...we might need those too! To read more about this monthʼs ingredient, please visit Sarah’s website. If you have any questions or need help sourcing ingredients, please contact Sarah directly.


September 19th at 7p
Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center
65336 Winters Rd.