SCHEDULE

 

 WORKSHOPS - CLASSES - WILD FOOD GASTRONOMY

PRIVATE CLASSES and GIFTS CARDS Available

 

If you're interested in a class/workshop, take a look at the price, use the Paypal button (accept regular credit/debit cards) and send me an email (pascal@urbanoutdoorskills.com) to let me know which class you paid for.

If you can not use paypal or don't use credit/debit cards contact me by email.

 

Donations

I like to keep my classes small (around 10 to 15) so make sure you register in advance.

Plants walk - Edible wild greens and sprouts / Medicinal mushrooms

Saturday November 18, 2017

 

Not sure about the exact plant walk location yet, I'll explore a couple of places before the class to see which one is the best for education (sprouts and mushrooms) so we'll meet at a usual location (711 - see address below) and from there we'll go to another location not too far.

 

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 or maybe a snack.

 

Long pants is a good idea - We have poison oak in the area.  Rain protection gear,shoes that can be muddy or boots are another good idea - check the weather beforehand.

 

The walk WILL HAPPEN rain or shine, even if the rain is quite strong, it's a fantastic exercise to learn wildcrafting using all your senses, including smell.

 

We meet in front of the local 711 at the following address:

11348 Sunburst St, Sylmar, CA, US

34°16'39.9"N 118°22'42.1"W

We'll drive from that location to the stream.

Time: From 10 AM to around 1:00 PM

Donation: $20 (pay on top)

 

 

Plant Walk and Workshop :

"Making power and energy bars using wild and regular ingredients"

Sunday November 19, 2017

 

Why would you pay $15 to $20 for a product you can make at home for a few bucks and you can actually make it much better with ingredients you like.

 

Power.energy bars are super healthy food but you can even make them medicinal. So, join me this Sunday to learn about local plants and how to make your own powerbars using (wild or not) seeds, fruits, berries and cereals.

 

First we'll go on a gentle walk and talk about the plants we encounter. The walk is only an hour or so.  After the walk, we'll sit down and I will show you how I create super yummy powerbars using local wild seeds and berries. But you don't have to be an experience foraged to start making your own delicious creations, I'll have plenty of dried fruits, seeds and other (secret) ingredients so that everyone will be able to make their own powerbar on location and take it home.

 

Heck, this could be the start of a new business venture for you! There are so many creations you can make!

 

Long pants is a good idea - We have poison oak in the area.  Rain protection gear, shoes that can be muddy or boots are another good idea - check the weather beforehand.

 

The workshop WILL HAPPEN rain or shine, even if the rain is quite strong. The workshop is outdoor and I have some crude rain protection but you'll still have to make sure you'll stay warm.

 

We meet in front of a place called Reptacular

8828 Gold Creek Rd, Sylmar, CA 91342

Look for a red Jeep Wrangler

34°19'09.9"N 118°19'49.1"W

Time: From 10 AM to around 1 PM

Donation: $40 (pay on top)

 

 

Plants walk - Edible and Medicinal plants / Medicinal mushrooms

Sunday November 26, 2017

 

Let's explore a local forest and learn about our beautiful flora and eco-system. The walk is mostly about plants identification and their uses (medicinal, culinary, etc...) but, who knows, we may find some interesting medicinal mushrooms (I found some reishi last time) and even some edible ones (Oysters).

 

I'm mostly a plant guy but I know a few (safe) mushrooms very well.

 

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 or maybe a snack.

 

Long pants is a good idea - We have poison oak in the area.  Rain protection gear,shoes that can be muddy or boots are a good idea

 

The walk WILL HAPPEN rain or shine, even if the rain is quite strong, it's a fantastic exercise to learn wildcrafting using all your senses, including smell.

 

 

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.

34°16'10.4"N  118°22'00.0"W

Time: From 10AM to 12:30PM

Donation: $20.00 (Pay on top)

 

 

 

Forest Walk

Saturday December 2, 2017

 

Just a nice slow exploration in a local forest, we'll talk about the edible and medicinal uses of local plants.

 

After the walk, we’ll sit down and enjoy some nice wild cold drinks or maybe a snack.

 

Long pants is a good idea - We have a decent amount of poison oak in the area.  Rain protection gear,shoes that can be muddy or boots are a good idea - Check the weather

 

The walk WILL HAPPEN rain or shine, even if the rain is quite strong, it's a fantastic exercise to learn wildcrafting using all your senses, including smell.

 

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

34°19'09.9"N 118°19'49.1"W

Time: From 10 AM to around 1 PM

Donation: $20 (pay on top)

 

 

 

WILD FOOD TASTING and Plant Walk (limited to 15 participants)

Sunday December 3, 2017

 

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 a class 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!

 

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.

 

Limited to 15 participants - register early.

 

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

34°19'09.9"N 118°19'49.1"W

Time: From 10 AM to around 1 PM

Donation: $40 (pay on top)

 

 

Chaparral Walk

Saturday December 9, 2017

Chaparral Exploration (Edible and Medicinal Plants)

 

Let's explore the local chaparral. We'll look at the local edible, medicinal and poisonous plants. We're supposed to get a bit of rain this month so we may see new plants and who knows...mushrooms?. I expect to see a lot of sages too, black mustard sprouts, maybe chickweed and tons of other interesting wild edibles.

 

After the walk, we’ll enjoy some nice wild cold drinks. I'll do a demonstration on how to create delicious spice blends using local sages.

 

Long pants and hiking shoes are preferred. Sometimes we have poison oak.  Make sure to bring some water and sun protection too.

 

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.

34°16'10.4"N  118°22'00.0"W

Time: From 10AM to 12:30PM

Donation: $20.00 (Pay on top)

 

 

 

 

Wild Fermentation Workshop

Sunday December 10, 2017

 

Learn how to create delicious fermented condiments, sauces and much more!

 

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, Pascal 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.

 

He 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.

 

Location: Fullerton Arboretum

 

Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Donation $50.00

 

Where: Bacon Pavilion Classroom

 

Note: Pascal's book"The New Wildcrafted Cuisine, Exploring the Exotic Gastronomy of Local Terroir" will be available for purchase during this class. Buy a book and get it signed by the author on day of class.

 

You can sign-up HERE

 

 

Exploring the culinary and medicinal uses of

Barks, Leaves, Roots and Sticks

Saturday December 16, 2017

 

Let's take a look at more unusual gifts mother nature is providing us.

 

It's a subject often neglected in plant walks because instructors often focus on the more common edible and medicinal plants but you'll be amazed about the uses of barks, leaves, roots and sticks.

 

We'll explore the area and talk about some of the barks and leaves used in medicinal teas or even herbal beers, how to make gourmet condiments and vinegars by infusing branches and barks, which leaves were used to keep pickled food crunchy, how to create beautiful dishes and kitchenware with what nature is providing us, the various culinary uses of roasted barks/wood and much more.

 

After the walk we'll sit down and enjoy some drinks using roots and barks and some unusual snack 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

34°19'09.9"N 118°19'49.1"W

Time: From 10 AM to around 1 PM

Donation: $40 (pay on top)

 

Plant Walk &

Demonstration on simple cooking technique for common wild greens

Sunday December 17, 2017

 

Let's explore the local hills and follow a natural water stream to see what plants we can find.

 

During this walk, we'll talk about the plants, shrubs and other interesting lifeforms we'll encounter. We'll discuss any useful uses including potential edible or medicinal uses

 

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.

 

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 meet in front of the local 711 at the following address:

 

11348 Sunburst St, Sylmar, CA, US

 

34°16'39.9"N 118°22'42.1"W

 

We'll drive from that location to the stream.

 

Time: From 10 AM to around 1:00 PM

 

Donation: $20

 

 

Plant Walk and Fermented wild Hot Sauces Workshop (probiotic too!)

Saturday December  23, 2017

 

It's getting chilly so it's time to warm things up and learn how to make HOT sauces with regular and wild ingredients!

 

During this exciting and fun workshop, you'll learn how hot sauces are made but we'll focus on how to make a fermented hot sauce. You'll learn the technique to make some gourmet sauces with just chili peppers, wild (or farmed) ingredients, spices, salt and regular jars. You'll be amazed how easy it is to make them and the flavors you can get. The sky is the limit in terms of culinary creations!

 

It's a very hands-on workshop and we're going primitive (no electricity), we will use stone tools to reduce our ingredients to paste to make our sauce. At home, you can simply use a blender.

 

We'll also do a wild food walk for 40 minutes to pick up some ingredients we can use (Chervil, Dandelion, Watercress etc...).

 

After the walk and workshop, we’ll enjoy some nice cold drinks (maybe some Viking beer) or some snacks featuring various wild fermented hot sauces.

 

Long pants is a good idea - We have many prickly things in that type of environment and some poison oak too. Again, 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

34°19'09.9"N 118°19'49.1"W

Time: From 10 AM to around 1 PM

Donation: $40 (pay on top)

 

 

Xmass Walk - Mountain exploration (Wild snacks and drinks too!)

Sunday December  24, 2017

 

Plant Walk - Mountains Exploration - Edible, Medicinal and aromatic plants

 

Let's explore a beautiful area in the local mountains and see what we can find.

 

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) and some interesting snacks - Acorn hummus for example....

 

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

Donation: $20

 

 

 

 

Forest Walk

Saturday December 30, 2017

 

Let's explore a local (typical) forest and learn about the interesting trees, plants, berries and  mushrooms that can be found within. We'll discuss their culinary, medicinal or other possible useful uses.

 

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.

 

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

 

After the walk, we’ll enjoy some nice wild cold drinks or maybe a snack.

 

Long pants is a good idea - We have poison oak in the area.  Make sure to bring some water and sun protection too.

 

We meet at Crescenta Valley Park

3901 Dunsmore Ave, La Crescenta, CA 91214

Park at the end of the main street - look for a red Jeep Wrangler

34°13'29.5"N 118°15'26.9"W

Time: From 10AM to 12:30PM

Donation: $20.00 (Pay on top)

 

 

Mushrooms hunt and plants too! (edible and medicinal mushrooms)

Sunday December  31, 2017

 

Let's explore a local forest and learn about our beautiful flora and eco-system. The walk is mostly about plants identification and their uses (medicinal, culinary, etc...) but, who knows, we may find some interesting medicinal mushrooms (I found some reishi last time) and even some edible ones (Oysters).

 

I'm mostly a plant guy but I know a few (safe) mushrooms very well.

 

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 or maybe a snack.

 

Long pants is a good idea - We have poison oak in the area.  Rain protection gear,shoes that can be muddy or boots are a good idea

 

The walk WILL HAPPEN rain or shine, even if the rain is quite strong, it's a fantastic exercise to learn wildcrafting using all your senses, including smell.

 

 

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.

34°16'10.4"N  118°22'00.0"W

Time: From 10AM to 12:30PM

Donation: $20.00 (Pay on top)

 

 

Wild Food Tasting and Plants Walk (limited to 15 people)

Saturday January 6

 

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 a class 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!

 

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.

 

Limited to 15 participants - register early.

 

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

34°19'09.9"N 118°19'49.1"W

Time: From 10 AM to around 1 PM

Donation: $40 (pay on top)

 

 

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Check for daily update on the schedule, I will add more classes tomorrow.