Culinary Group

All Austin Herb Society members are welcome to attend. Meetings are for AHS members only.

Formed in 2004 by longtime members Betty Williamson and Sara Holland, the AHS Culinary Group offers a fun, informal opportunity to exchange information on using herbs in everyday cooking. With a host of impressive cooks and well-tuned appetites, the Culinary Group allows members to share ideas and experiences as well as experiment with new herbs in new ways.

2016-2017 Culinary Calendar*

Meetings are held at 10 a.m. the third Friday of most months at the American Botanical Council, 6200 Manor Rd. unless otherwise noted.
* No meetings in December, February, June, July & August

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September 16, 2016
Ticket to Thailand: Exploring Thai Herbs & Cuisine
Chef Jam Sanitchat
LOCATION: Thai Fresh Cafe & Eatery

October 21, 2016
Introduction to the World of Chocolate
Chocolatier Nicole Patel
LOCATION: Delysia Culinary Center & Chocolate Boutique

November 18, 2016
Culinary Herbs of Early America: Pilgrims and Beyond
Norise Jastillana

January 20, 2017
2017 Herb of the Year: Coriander/Cilantro (and its Imposters)
Sara Holland

March 17, 2017
Fishing for Compliments? Herb-Up Your Seafood
Toby Bernal, ABC

April 21, 2017
Savoring El Salvador: A Taste of Central American Culture & Cuisine
Saul & Linda Hernandez

May 19, 2017
Spring Picnic Potluck & ABC Tour

Each meeting is led by one or more members or special guests who focus on a style of cooking or a particular category of herb, often exploring the history and growing techniques of various herbs. Each member is expected to participate in some manner. Oh yes, be prepared to taste and eat!

The schedule sometimes includes a field trip to a member's home, an area restaurant, or local business. All Austin Herb Society members are welcome to attend. Meetings are not open to the general public.

For more information, contact Norise Jastillana at or (512) 358-4542.


Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Spgs Rd.
Austin, TX 78746

Mission Statement

Provide education and encourage the cultivation and use of herbs for their beneficial purposes: medicinal, culinary, aromatic, as well as landscaping. Provide charitable and volunteer support to our non-profit community and community projects.

The Austin Herb Society, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) member- supported, nonprofit operating under the umbrella of the Austin Area Garden Council.