About Us —
Established in 2011 the Institute of Domestic Technology’s mission is to reignite the passion of how we make food, the ingredients we source and the farms on which they originate.
Through classes, workshops, tours and events the Institute will be a resource to discover lost arts, invent new ones and explore the domestic technologies you already know even further.
Classes take place at various venues around Southern California, though the Institute’s headquarters are based at Mariposa Creamery, on the grounds of the historic Zane Grey Estate, a private residence in Altadena, CA, just north of Pasadena.
Upon registration for any class or event, you will be sent a confirmation email with the class location address, directions and any pertinent information pertaining to your particular class.
Joseph Shuldiner: DirectorJoseph Shuldiner is the founder and director of the Institute of Domestic Technology, a modern home-ec university located in Altadena and Beverly Hills, CA. The Institute offers year round classes, workshops and festivals on a variety of "lost art" subjects such as jam making, pickling, fermenting, cheese making, home coffee roasting, cocktail bitters and liqueur making, bread making, bacon curing and mustard making - just to name a few. Trained as a Master Food Preserver by the County of Los Angeles, Shuldiner, and his faculty of staff instructors, teach...
Kevin WestKevin West is a journalist, preserver, and cookbook author who comes from Blount County, Tennessee, at the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains. During his 13 years on staff at W Magazine, he lived in New York, Paris, and Los Angeles, where he's still based. Kevin started a blog about preserving, Savingtheseason.com, in 2009 and was certified as a Master Food Preserver the following year. His cookbook Saving the Season: A Cook's Guide to Home Canning, Pickling, and Preserving is published by Knopf. He also makes and sells a retail...
Steve Rudicel & Gloria PutnamSteve Rudicel and Gloria Putnam have been raising goats and making cheese in Altadena since 2009. They are both graduates of the Artisan Cheese making course at the Dairy Products Technology Center, California State Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo. Their mold-ripened goat cheese “Mariposa Bijou” won a Gold Medal at in the International Dairy Competition at the Los Angeles County Fair in 2010. Both have enjoyed professional careers as teachers: Gloria as a physics and math teacher at Diamond Bar High School, and Steve as an...