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 this August I have a couple indoor due to summer heat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wilder Fermentation (INDOOR WORKSHOP due to summer heat)

Sunday August 5

 

Learn how to create delicious fermented condiments, sauces and much more! Sauerkraut, Kimchi, hot sauces...

 

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.

 

Wild Terra

5858 N Figueroa St

Los Angeles, CA 90042

Time: From 10am to around 12:30pm

REGISTER HERE

 

 

 

 

 

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

Saturday August 11

 

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 at a local park 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.

 

REGISTER HERE

 

 

Plants Walk - Mountains Exploration - Edible, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants.

Wild Drinks and Snacks (10 Attendants only for this walk. Register early)

Saturday August 18

 

Let's explore a beautiful area in the local mountains and see what we can find. There is a beautiful stream there which means we should still see a lot of interesting plants.

 

The walk is mostly about plant identification, we won't be picking up native plants in that location though I'll bring some from my native plants garden if you are interested. Non-native or invasive plants are fair game.

 

It's a very slow, easy walk with lots of stops to talk about plants.

 

Make sure you bring water and sun protection. It's a very gentle walk with lots of stops to talk about the plants and from time to time we'll find some shade to relax a bit.

 

After the walk, we’ll enjoy some nice wild cold drinks or maybe a snack featuring some of the plants/berries or fruits we have seen. I'll probably serve some cactus pears soda or juice and other yummy things.

 

Long pants is a good idea - We have many prickly things in that type of environment. Again, make sure to bring some water and sun protection too.

 

We'll have some wild refreshment after the walk (infusion, wild soda or other)

 

You will need to purchase a "Forest Adventure Pass" which cost $5.00 at the 711 near our meeting location.

 

We meet at the Sunland Shopping Center (Near the sushi restaurant)

8349 Foothill Blvd, Sunland,

Sunland, CA

34.260164, -118.314897

We'll drive from that location to the local mountains

Time: From 10 AM to around 1:30 PM

$30.00 (Pay on top)

REGISTER HERE

 

 

 

Wild Cheeses Workshop (Indoor due to Summer Heat)

(No Dairy - Vegan - Limited to 15 people)

Fermented / Aged Plants and Nuts-Based Hard Cheeses

Sunday August 19

 

SOLD OUT - JUST ADDED NEW WORKSHOP ON AUGUST 25

 

Nettles and Acorn cheese anyone? We're going nuts! Literally! Let's explore even deeper the culinary possibilities of our local terroir by making some fermented cheeses with local aromatic plants, nuts and unusual ingredients like ashes, homemade salt from sea water and much more!

Don't worry though, you can make those cheeses too with ingredients found in most supermarkets (Whole Food, Ralph, etc...).

 

Vegetarian and vegan nuts-based cheeses have come a long way in the last couple of years, the secret was really to use similar techniques to making dairy milks, including fermentation. I spent many months studying and experimenting with making delicious vegan cheeses by fermenting local nuts and plants, we're talking local walnuts, acorns, wild aromatic herbs, ashes and so on..., but also using regular store-bought ingredients. In this workshop, I will share my experience and techniques.

 

The amount of creativity possible and flavors are truly limitless, some of these cheeses can be aged for weeks or even months. Depending on the recipe, some will taste quite similar to some aged dairy-based French cheeses (stinky a bit) or more mild with cheddar-like qualities.

 

It's an unusual and truly unique workshop, not available anywhere else and well worth attending if you are into unique wild food or vegan/vegetarian cheeses.

 

During this workshop, I will take you through the process of making the cheese from scratch. I'll explain which ingredients can be used, how to ferment the cheeses, different techniques for aging them and much more.

 

Of course, we'll have some tasting too! We'll try a couple (maybe more) of different cheeses using wild or store-bought nuts. We can't have cheese without drinks so I'll bring fermented drinks as well (herbal meads, sodas, etc...)

 

 

Wild Terra

5858 N Figueroa St

Los Angeles, CA 90042

Time: From 10am to around 12:30pm

REGISTER HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Cheeses Workshop (Indoor due to Summer Heat)

(No Dairy - Vegan - Limited to 15 people)

Fermented / Aged Plants and Nuts-Based Hard Cheeses

Saturday August 25

 

Nettles and Acorn cheese anyone? We're going nuts! Literally! Let's explore even deeper the culinary possibilities of our local terroir by making some fermented cheeses with local aromatic plants, nuts and unusual ingredients like ashes, homemade salt from sea water and much more!

Don't worry though, you can make those cheeses too with ingredients found in most supermarkets (Whole Food, Ralph, etc...).

 

Vegetarian and vegan nuts-based cheeses have come a long way in the last couple of years, the secret was really to use similar techniques to making dairy milks, including fermentation. I spent many months studying and experimenting with making delicious vegan cheeses by fermenting local nuts and plants, we're talking local walnuts, acorns, wild aromatic herbs, ashes and so on..., but also using regular store-bought ingredients. In this workshop, I will share my experience and techniques.

 

The amount of creativity possible and flavors are truly limitless, some of these cheeses can be aged for weeks or even months. Depending on the recipe, some will taste quite similar to some aged dairy-based French cheeses (stinky a bit) or more mild with cheddar-like qualities.

 

It's an unusual and truly unique workshop, not available anywhere else and well worth attending if you are into unique wild food or vegan/vegetarian cheeses.

 

During this workshop, I will take you through the process of making the cheese from scratch. I'll explain which ingredients can be used, how to ferment the cheeses, different techniques for aging them and much more.

 

Of course, we'll have some tasting too! We'll try a couple (maybe more) of different cheeses using wild or store-bought nuts. We can't have cheese without drinks so I'll bring fermented drinks as well (herbal meads, sodas, etc...)

 

 

Wild Terra

5858 N Figueroa St

Los Angeles, CA 90042

Time: From 10am to around 12:30pm

REGISTER HERE

 

 

 

Plants Walk - Local hills

Sunday August 26

 

Join us for a gentle walk in the local hills surrounding Los Angeles. The walk is mostly about plants identification and their uses (medicinal, culinary, etc...) but, who knows, we may find some interesting medicinal mushrooms. Last time I found some reishi growing out of a tree.

 

The foraging can be a bit extreme at this time of the year which makes it even more interesting so you'll learn new things for sure.

 

It's a very gentle walk with lots of stops to talk about the plants and trees.

 

After the walk, we’ll enjoy some nice wild cold drinks and  a couple of snacks too.

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

 

 

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 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 PM

REGISTER HERE

 

 

Wild Food Tasting Event + Plant Walk

Saturday September 1st

 

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

 

 

 

Wild Fermentation Part 2 - Hots Sauces, Pastes and Creative Ferments.

(Fermentation novices welcome too)

Sunday September 9

 

Let's unleash our creativity and go beyond regular ferments such as sauerkrauts and kimchis. In this workshop you'll learn the techniques to make fermented hot sauces, create unusual tasty pastes such as dandelion harrissa and even look at unusual creative options such as fermenting with roots, bark, smoked hay,

 

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, including possible fermentation. The walk is around an hour or so with lots of stops.

 

After the walk, we get to work. I'll demonstrate and talk about how to create fermented hot sauces using wild or regular plants, how to make unusual ferments with what nature (or your local store) can provide. How to avoid mold in unusual fermentation techniques and ensure food safety.

 

Everybody will get their hand dirty and each participlant will leave with a jar of their own ferment.

 

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

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Check for daily updates on the schedule, I'm about to add a special tasting event, more plants walks, etc... in the next couple of days.