We are Alison Anton and Kimbal Anderson. Together we have 50+ cumulative years as teachers in the health and healing arts field.


We host cooking and eating parties. That means we teach you how to cook... but we also teach you how to eat! Here at The Hen we believe a healthy relationship with food is not just what you eat. Equally important is the uncensored pleasure of eating; an unfettered sense of gratitude for everyone involved; the calm repose that comes from the the good food that you or someone else just made. 

The Hen is our commercial kitchen and gathering space in the North End of Boise, Idaho. We live, cook and teach on the property. It's a peaceful oasis in the desert, with honey locusts that line the area. (It's got good juju.) 

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ALISON was the head chef-instructor and kitchen manager for Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts in Boulder, Colorado. She worked as a personal chef and food writer for many years. Several of her articles and recipes were published in national health magazines, and her food blog was named “Best Health Blog” by Fox News in 2007. Alison holds three certificates in functional and holistic nutrition. She is the author of True Healing: Spiritual Medicine for Every Illness, which took away three book awards in 2015.


Favorite movie: Whale Rider 

Favorite food flavor: Sweet

KIMBAL is a long-time practitioner and teacher of Aikido and the way of the Japanese sword. He has been teaching in Boise since 1986 and runs Komyozan Dojo here on the property. He has a deep interest in Asian culture, art, cuisine and medicine. Kimbal is a genius in the kitchen but he's also a farmer, an herbalist, an artist, an alchemist, a ceramicist, a carpenter, a researcher, a bodyworker, a healer, a beloved teacher. Let’s just call him Star Lord.


Favorite movie: The Grand Canyon

Favorite food flavor: Umami