SCHEDULE

 

 WORKSHOPS - CLASSES - WILD FOOD GASTRONOMY

PRIVATE CLASSES and GIFTS CARDS Available

 

To keep better track of who's coming and make sure the classes are not too large (15 people or less), I'm now using Eventbrite.com for registration. Some of my workshops sell very fast so make sure to register early.

 

Most of my classes and workshops are done outdoor but I have a couple indoor due to summer heat

 

 

 

 

Eco-Friendly Foraging - Plants Walk / Food & Drinks

Forest and Chaparral

Sunday September 1

 

Want to learn about edible plants and help the environment in the process?  Did you know what we are surrounded by wild edible plants and most of them are non-native to Los Angeles and actually invasive?

 

Very often the same plants are crops in some other countries and yet, locally, the solution is to spray them with chemicals or waste this incredible food resource by uprooting and throwing it away. So sad when you realize that a recent study from the University of California Berkeley identified 52 edible weeds growing in abundance in the poorest neighborhoods of San Francisco. At least six of them were found to be more nutritious than kale, according to that study. Guess what, we'll find most of those nutritious plants during our walk. So let's look at an option that will help the environment, reduce the use of chemicals in nature and nourish us in the process.

 

In this class, you'll learn about the countless local plants that you can use for food, many of them can be found in your backyard and are considered weed. .

 

We will walk in the local chaparral and forest, identify and talk about the culinary and medical uses of those plants.

 

Wild food is gourmet food!  After the class you will be served delicious snacks and drinks featuring the plants we saw during our walk.

 

Long pants is a good idea - We have poison oak in the area.

 

The walk will occur rain or shine (We love rain!)  So check the weather and make sure you either have sun or rain protection and stay warm.

 

Location:

 

Location: Hansen Dam Equestrian Center

11127 Orcas Avenue, Lake View Terrace, CA, 91342, us

We meet at the South end of the park, pass the children's playground. (not where the horses are located, keep driving on the main road)

34°16'10.4"N  118°22'00.0"W

Time: From 10AM to around 1PM

REGISTER HERE

 

 

 

Eco-Friendly Foraging - Plants Walk / Food & Drinks

Local Forest

Sunday September 8

 

Want to learn about edible plants and help the environment in the process?  Did you know what we are surrounded by wild edible plants and most of them are non-native to Los Angeles and actually invasive?

 

Very often the same plants are crops in some other countries and yet, locally, the solution is to spray them with chemicals or waste this incredible food resource by uprooting and throwing it away. So sad when you realize that a recent study from the University of California Berkeley identified 52 edible weeds growing in abundance in the poorest neighborhoods of San Francisco. At least six of them were found to be more nutritious than kale, according to that study. Guess what, we'll find most of those nutritious plants during our walk. So let's look at an option that will help the environment, reduce the use of chemicals in nature and nourish us in the process.

 

In this class, you'll learn about the countless local plants that you can use for food, many of them can be found in your backyard and are considered weed. . We’re taking mustards, lamb’s-quarter (wild spinach), chickweed and countless others.

 

We will walk in the local forest (private property in the Angeles Forest), identify and talk about the culinary and medical uses of those plants. The walk is around 1 1/2 to 2 hours, very slow with lots of stops to talk about and collect the plants. We'll also talk about native plants, their uses and which ones you could plant at home.

 

Wild food is gourmet food!  After the class you will be served delicious snacks and drinks featuring the plants we saw during our walk.

 

Long pants is a good idea - We have poison oak in the area.

 

The walk will occur rain or shine (We love rain!)  So check the weather and make sure you either have sun or rain protection and stay warm.

 

Location:

 

We meet in front of a place called Reptacular

8828 Gold Creek Rd, Sylmar, CA 91342

Look for a red Jeep Wrangler near the entrance, we park on the side of the right road a bit further (don't enter the main gate, just drive a bit further)

34°19'09.9"N 118°19'49.1"W

Time: From 10AM to around 1PM

REGISTER HERE

 

Eco-Friendly Foraging - Plants Walk / Food & Drinks

Local Forest

Saturday September 14

 

Want to learn about edible plants and help the environment in the process?  Did you know what we are surrounded by wild edible plants and most of them are non-native to Los Angeles and actually invasive?

 

Very often the same plants are crops in some other countries and yet, locally, the solution is to spray them with chemicals or waste this incredible food resource by uprooting and throwing it away. So sad when you realize that a recent study from the University of California Berkeley identified 52 edible weeds growing in abundance in the poorest neighborhoods of San Francisco. At least six of them were found to be more nutritious than kale, according to that study. Guess what, we'll find most of those nutritious plants during our walk. So let's look at an option that will help the environment, reduce the use of chemicals in nature and nourish us in the process.

 

In this class, you'll learn about the countless local plants that you can use for food, many of them can be found in your backyard and are considered weed. . We’re taking mustards, lamb’s-quarter (wild spinach), chickweed and countless others.

 

We will walk in the local forest (private property in the Angeles Forest), identify and talk about the culinary and medical uses of those plants. The walk is around 1 1/2 to 2 hours, very slow with lots of stops to talk about and collect the plants. We'll also talk about native plants, their uses and which ones you could plant at home.

 

Wild food is gourmet food!  After the class you will be served delicious snacks and drinks featuring the plants we saw during our walk.

 

Long pants is a good idea - We have poison oak in the area.

 

The walk will occur rain or shine (We love rain!)  So check the weather and make sure you either have sun or rain protection and stay warm.

 

Location:

 

We meet in front of a place called Reptacular

8828 Gold Creek Rd, Sylmar, CA 91342

Look for a red Jeep Wrangler near the entrance, we park on the side of the right road a bit further (don't enter the main gate, just drive a bit further)

34°19'09.9"N 118°19'49.1"W

Time: From 10AM to around 1PM

REGISTER HERE

 

 

 

Making Primitive and Country Wines + Plants Walk

Sunday September 15

 

Learn how to make your own wines using local berries (foraged or purchased), how to extract wild yeast and much more.

 

Traditional country wines are extremely easy to make, during this workshop I will show you the various techniques I use to make delicious wines with local fruits, berries and plants, what are the rules for flavors and countless other tips and tricks.

 

During the first part of the workshop, we'll do a plant walk as usual and maybe gather some ingredients we can use for our wine. The walk is a bit more than an hour, slow walk with lots of stops to talk about the plants. I'll put emphasis on plants that have been used traditionally for making beers and wines.

 

After the walk, we'll do some wild wines tasting and enjoy some wild snacks as well.

 

Then we get to work... right now we have a lot of pickly pears, perfect to make prickly pear wine!

 

Long pants is a good idea - We have poison oak in the area. Also bring water and sun protection.

 

We meet in front of a place called Reptacular

8828 Gold Creek Rd, Sylmar, CA 91342

Look for a red Jeep Wrangler near the entrance, we park on the side of the road a bit further (don't under the main gate, just drive a bit further)

34°19'09.9"N 118°19'49.1"W

Time: From 10 AM to around 2 PM

 

REGISTER HERE

 

 

Eco-Friendly Foraging - Plants Walk / Food & Drinks

Local Forest

Saturday September 21

 

Want to learn about edible plants and help the environment in the process?  Did you know what we are surrounded by wild edible plants and most of them are non-native to Los Angeles and actually invasive?

 

Very often the same plants are crops in some other countries and yet, locally, the solution is to spray them with chemicals or waste this incredible food resource by uprooting and throwing it away. So sad when you realize that a recent study from the University of California Berkeley identified 52 edible weeds growing in abundance in the poorest neighborhoods of San Francisco. At least six of them were found to be more nutritious than kale, according to that study. Guess what, we'll find most of those nutritious plants during our walk. So let's look at an option that will help the environment, reduce the use of chemicals in nature and nourish us in the process.

 

In this class, you'll learn about the countless local plants that you can use for food, many of them can be found in your backyard and are considered weed. . We’re taking mustards, lamb’s-quarter (wild spinach), chickweed and countless others.

 

We will walk in the local forest (private property in the Angeles Forest), identify and talk about the culinary and medical uses of those plants. The walk is around 1 1/2 to 2 hours, very slow with lots of stops to talk about and collect the plants. We'll also talk about native plants, their uses and which ones you could plant at home.

 

Wild food is gourmet food!  After the class you will be served delicious snacks and drinks featuring the plants we saw during our walk.

 

Long pants is a good idea - We have poison oak in the area.

 

The walk will occur rain or shine (We love rain!)  So check the weather and make sure you either have sun or rain protection and stay warm.

 

Location:

 

We meet in front of a place called Reptacular

8828 Gold Creek Rd, Sylmar, CA 91342

Look for a red Jeep Wrangler near the entrance, we park on the side of the right road a bit further (don't enter the main gate, just drive a bit further)

34°19'09.9"N 118°19'49.1"W

Time: From 10AM to around 1PM

REGISTER HERE

 

 

 

Wilder Fermentation Workshop + Plants Walk

Sunday September 22

 

Learn how to create delicious basic fermented condiments such as sauerkraut or kimchi but with a wild twist.

 

Fermentation is one of the easiest way to preserve food but it's also super healthy for you. You don’t need anything special to do it – just plants and salt.

 

The amount of delicious condiments you can make using fermentation is actually mind boggling, from simple sauerkraut to kimchi, salad condiments and even hot sauces.  You will not only learn the basic methods but, even if you're already experienced, I will show you how to bring your ferments to the next level by mixing spices, aromatic plants, seeds, even wild plants and give you tips for pairing your fermented creations with interesting food.

 

I will even show you how to create ferments that everyone (even those who usually don’t like sour flavors) will appreciate and how to make 100% sure you never get a bad fermentation.

 

If you are into health and flavors or want to learn how to preserve food from a gourmet perspective, this workshop is for you!

 

This is a very fun hands-on workshop – bring a jar with you and you’ll get to take your tasty creation home.

 

We meet in front of a place called Reptacular

8828 Gold Creek Rd, Sylmar, CA 91342

Look for a red Jeep Wrangler near the entrance, we park on the side of the road a bit further (don't under the main gate, just drive a bit further)

34°19'09.9"N 118°19'49.1"W

Time: From 10 AM to around 2 PM

 

REGISTER HERE

 

Eco-Friendly Foraging - Plants Walk / Food & Drinks

Local Forest

Saturday September 28

 

Want to learn about edible plants and help the environment in the process?  Did you know what we are surrounded by wild edible plants and most of them are non-native to Los Angeles and actually invasive?

 

Very often the same plants are crops in some other countries and yet, locally, the solution is to spray them with chemicals or waste this incredible food resource by uprooting and throwing it away. So sad when you realize that a recent study from the University of California Berkeley identified 52 edible weeds growing in abundance in the poorest neighborhoods of San Francisco. At least six of them were found to be more nutritious than kale, according to that study. Guess what, we'll find most of those nutritious plants during our walk. So let's look at an option that will help the environment, reduce the use of chemicals in nature and nourish us in the process.

 

In this class, you'll learn about the countless local plants that you can use for food, many of them can be found in your backyard and are considered weed. . We’re taking mustards, lamb’s-quarter (wild spinach), chickweed and countless others.

 

We will walk in the local forest (private property in the Angeles Forest), identify and talk about the culinary and medical uses of those plants. The walk is around 1 1/2 to 2 hours, very slow with lots of stops to talk about and collect the plants. We'll also talk about native plants, their uses and which ones you could plant at home.

 

Wild food is gourmet food!  After the class you will be served delicious snacks and drinks featuring the plants we saw during our walk.

 

Long pants is a good idea - We have poison oak in the area.

 

The walk will occur rain or shine (We love rain!)  So check the weather and make sure you either have sun or rain protection and stay warm.

 

Location:

 

We meet in front of a place called Reptacular

8828 Gold Creek Rd, Sylmar, CA 91342

Look for a red Jeep Wrangler near the entrance, we park on the side of the right road a bit further (don't enter the main gate, just drive a bit further)

34°19'09.9"N 118°19'49.1"W

Time: From 10AM to around 1PM

REGISTER HERE

 

 

Brewing Wild Beers with Local Plants, Extracting Wild Yeast + Plants Walk

Sunday September 29

 

Brewing wild beers with local plants - Extracting yeast and more!

 

Let's get back to the basics of making beer. You'll be amazed how easy it is to make tasty beers at home with little equipment. During this workshop, you learn about plants that have been used during history as brewing ingredients, how to extract wild yeast, creating sugar sources from fruits and berries and much more!

 

First we'll go on a plant walk and identify some of the plants and other ingredients (such as barks and roots) that have been used historically to create interesting brews (Horehound, mugwort, yarrow, etc...). We'll also talk about medicinal and edible plants during the walk. It's a very slow walk, probably 1hr.

 

After the walk, we'll go back to the workshop area and I'll show you the process of making a simple wild beer on location - together, we'll go through all the steps so you can easily redo it at home.

 

Some wild refreshments, some beer tasting and snacks will be served.

 

We meet in front of a place called Reptacular

8828 Gold Creek Rd, Sylmar, CA 91342

Look for a red Jeep Wrangler near the entrance, we park on the side of the road a bit further (don't under the main gate, just drive a bit further)

34°19'09.9"N 118°19'49.1"W

Time: From 10 AM to around 1:30 PM

 

REGISTER HERE

 

 

Wild Food Tasting Event + Plant Walk

Saturday October 5

 

It's back! Each month, we have a class that is more focused toward food and feature some culinary uses of local and seasonal wild edibles. If you are into unique food or want to experience the true flavors of Southern California, this is an event you don't want to miss. It's also fun to bring the whole family or friends.

 

During the first part of the class, we'll go on a leisury walk and explore the local plants on the property. We'll talk about their medicinal and culinary uses. The walk is around an hour or so with lots of stops.

 

After the walk, we get to work. We divide the group into teams and each team puts together a small dish. You're provided with the wild ingredients and you're putting it together. It's super easy and fun.

 

The food, featuring the bounty our of our environment, can be quite unusual and creative. Pickled wild ingredients, ancient beers and wines, foraged berries and fruits, insects, fish cooked in clay, acorn hummus, wild spices...it's always a culinary surprise! I offer vegan options if possible but in any case, there is more than enough food to taste if you are vegan/vegetarian.

 

Long pants and hiking shoes are preferred. We have some poison oak in the area. Make sure to bring some water and sun protection too.

 

We meet in front of a place called Reptacular

8828 Gold Creek Rd, Sylmar, CA 91342

Look for a red Jeep Wrangler near the entrance, we park on the side of the road a bit further (Don't enter the main gate, just drive a bit further)

34°19'09.9"N 118°19'49.1"W

REGISTER HERE

 

 

 

Check back in a few days, I'm about to update the schedule for September and October!