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Fermentation & Pickling by Somm

Simon Kistenfeger

Somm Simon Kistenfeger explains the importance of - do it yourself - fermentation and pickling.

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Do it yourself fermentation & pickling at home.


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Dec 18 - 4PM PST


$FREE (first 20 sign ups)


Meet your host Simon Kistenfeger

Simon Kistenfeger

Why take this SommClass

Preserving and fermenting at home: the secret of flavor

• A quick walk through human history linked to preserving and fermenting

• Why it is so important to have certain knowledge on preserving
techniques (health, flavor, etc.)

• Learn the proven secrets of how to actually make your ingredients and
flavors last longer

• How to incorporate the preserved foods into delicious dishes and


  • This SommClass will help you to improve/strengthen your immune system in a natural way.
  • Learn how gourmet restaurants and the best bars in the world, implement the incredible tasty flavors of ferments in their dishes and drinks.
  • Acquire a knowledge of how to be more independent from wholesale markets and their pricing systems.
  • You will collect some unique recipes which taste very well and benefit you in your next cooking/bartending session.
  • Acquire skills in why ferments really boost your health, and what tools and knowledge you need to start this incredible trend.

Try something new together

Fermentation in food processing

Fermentation in food processing is the process of converting carbohydrates to alcohol or organic acids using microorganisms—yeasts or bacteria—under anaerobic conditions. Fermentation usually implies that the action of microorganisms is desired. The science of fermentation is known as zymology or zymurgy.

What foods use fermentation?

Common Fermented Foods Kefir. Sauerkraut. Tempeh. Natto. Cheese. Kombucha. Miso. Kimchi.

How often should you eat fermented foods?

People who eat a single serving a day tend to have healthier gut bacteria. Two to three servings of fermented foods per day is ideal

How long does fermented food last?

When things are fermented properly, and stored in a dark, cool location, they can keep for anywhere between 4 and 18 months.

Your host

Simon Kistenfeger, known in the bartender scene as ´German Viking´, has been in the industry for over a decade by now.

He is an accomplished competitor and won several first-place awards from elite showcases reflecting his skill and ambition.

His motto: ´life is a journey, not a destination´, steers his traveling lifestyle from which he dives deep into the drinks and food cultures around the world.

After living and traveling through Europe, Australia, Asia and Latin America for seven years, in 2018 he returned to his hometown in Germany, where he started an event company with his best friend where they are focusing mainly focused on food and music events.

In 2019 they opened also a vegan based cocktail bar and specialized coffee venue which already made it into magazines all over Germany and into the main public tv broadcast channel. Through his many travels, he learned the basics of some languages which often benefit him.

He is also a passionate chef, which he has shown in many food pairing events with amazing chefs around the world. Fortunately, he has visited over 100 distilleries, completed many bar and barista training programs, is a certified sake sommelier and also founded a consulting company where he is deducting hospitality trainings and cocktail classes regularly. Three years ago, he also became the global brand ambassador for Olmeca Tequila.

His mother, grew up on a farm and learned the secrets on preserving fruits and vegetables. On Simon`s travel around the world in over 80 countries he was smart enough to get in contact with highly respected food experts and chefs where he extended that knowledge and became a true expert in this field.

Simon loves to connect other people no matter what gender, age, or part of the world they are from. It is easy to find a friend in him as he is a trustworthy person who loves to spread smiles and good mood.

Join his SommClass on SommTable.com and you will find a loyal friend for life who is happy to share all his magical knowledge.

What to bring


An open creative mind and good internet connection


Your own fermentation tools


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