Kimchi workshop and a launch party: Little Sunny’s debut!

Some kimchi workshop action: Nicole has her gloved hands in the paste, Kelley is holding a measuring cup out over the paste bucket, and Jill is pouring fish sauce into Kelley's cup.
Nicole, Kelley, and Jill mix the red pepper paste to stuff cabbages with. (Photography by Donna Salisbury)

The five of us—Nicole, Kelley, Donna, Bruce, and Jill—got down and dirty making kimchi all day last Saturday for our first-ever Bar Harbor kimchi workshop. We had such a blast talking about everything from fermentation, Korean chili pepper flakes, and mushrooms to Story Slam, Japanese pickles, and life at school—just like you’d find in any Korean town on the brink of winter. In addition, Little Sunny Makes Kimchi with Halmi proved to be a very handy resource throughout the day.

Bruce is holding his container with one hand and reaching into the batch of freshly tossed radishes with the other hand during the kimchi workshop.
Bruce fills his container with tossed kkakdugi. (Photography by Nicole Ouellette)

We opened up the kimchi workshop with kkakdugi, a spicy kimchi quickly made of radish cubes and a great introduction to Korean ingredients such as Korean radish, pepper flakes, sweet rice flour, and fish sauce. After a brief lecture on a sampling of over 200 known varieties of kimchi in Korea, we moved onto a delicious lunch of fresh bibimbap. Then, we devoted the afternoon to making good old cabbage kimchi, courtesy of Little Sunny.

During the workshop, we discussed the difference between making kimchi with sliced cabbage and making it with whole cabbage, the seafood options available to add, and the health benefits of kimchi. After clearing confusion from discrepancies in online kimchi recipes and being introduced to some of the traditional Korean methods, the four participating Mainers went home with their own jars of kimchi and kkakdugi.

The workshop was followed by a cordial and celebratory evening—the Little Sunny Makes Kimchi launch party! Food, books, company—folks from around Mount Desert Island and beyond dropped by to congratulate us on the publication.

Jill holds up a finished cabbage at the end of the kimchi workshop.
It’s kimchi! (Photography by Nicole Ouellette)

It was quite an amazing way to kick off Little Sunny, and it’s rewarding to know that already we have shared the kimchi experience with several Mainers. With the help of the kimchi enthusiasts gathered at Anchorspace last weekend, we will soon reach many more.

Counter is full of condiments and party food; Jill is handing a book to Scotty looking pleased; Doug is standing with his back toward the camera; Nicole is reading a newspaper at the table; Betsy and Joan are sitting at the table, looking towards Jill and Scotty.
A full table, books, and conversation. (Photography by Joerg-Henner Lotze)

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