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 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

Local Forest

Saturday October 19

 

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, European nettles, sorrel, chervil, fennel, horehound (medicinal mint), figs, wild radish,  nasturtium, wood sorrel 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

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Plants Identification Walk (Edible and Medicinal)

Saturday Nov 2

 

This is mostly a plant identification walk, not the usual class with a short walk and a lot of wild food samplings at the end. The idea is to learn about local edible and medicinal plants with a focus on identification. We won't be picking up native plants in that location but non-native and invasive ones are fair game (and we'll see a lot of them!). We'll discuss environmental issues with invasive plants and how food can be part of the solution.

 

It's a very slow walk for around 1 1/2 hours with lots of stops to talk about the plants, fruits, berries and mushrooms we'll encounter. You'll need to bring water and sun protection. Long pants and hiking shoes are also advised as we'll see a decent amount of prickly things.

 

After the class we'll just have one drink and a wild food snack featuring plant(s) that we encountered during the walk.

 

We meet under the freeway bridge near the following address:

11295 Orcas Avenue, Lake View Terrace, CA

Look for a red Jeep Wrangler

34°16'25.6"N 118°22'05.8"W

Time: From 10AM to around 1PM

 

REGISTER HERE

 

 

 

 

Eco-Friendly Foraging - Plants Walk / Food & Drinks

Local Forest

Saturday Nov 9

 

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.

 

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, European nettles, sorrel, chervil, fennel, horehound (medicinal mint), figs, wild radish,  nasturtium, wood sorrel 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 Nov 16

(Same class and location as above)

 

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Introduction to Wild Fermentation

Sauerkraut & Kimchi-types Ferments

Sunday Nov 17

 

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.  In this workshop, 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!

 

Before the workshop, just for fun, we'll do a plant walk and you'll learn about local wild edibles plants as well - it's a very slow walk with lots of stops.

 

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

 

Of course, we'll have some wild ferments tasting and drinks.

 

Bring sun or rain protection, warm clothing 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 under the main gate, just drive a bit further)

34°19'09.9"N 118°19'49.1"W

Time: From 1 PM to around 4PM

REGISTER HERE

 

 

 

Eco-Friendly Foraging - Plants Walk / Food & Drinks

Local Forest

Saturday Nov 23

 

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.

 

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, European nettles, sorrel, chervil, fennel, horehound (medicinal mint), figs, wild radish,  nasturtium, wood sorrel 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

 

 

 

Advanced Fermentation

Mushrooms and Savory Pastes Ferments

Sunday Nov 24

 

Let's go beyond regular ferments such as sauerkraut and kimchi to take a look at other possibilities.

 

In this class you will learn how to use lacto fermentation to preserve all kinds of mushrooms and also how to create savory pastes with herbs, stems and spices. I will show you other possibilities than using plain salt.

 

I'll also explain how to tweak your ferments so 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!

 

Before the workshop, just for fun, we'll do a plant walk and you'll learn about local wild edibles plants as well - it's a very slow walk with lots of stops.

 

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

 

Of course, we'll have some wild ferments tasting and drinks.

 

This workshop may get canceled in case of extreme rain

 

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 1 PM to around 4PM

REGISTER HERE

 

 

Eco-Friendly Foraging - Plants Walk / Food & Drinks

Local Forest

Saturday Nov 30

 

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.

 

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, European nettles, sorrel, chervil, fennel, horehound (medicinal mint), figs, wild radish,  nasturtium, wood sorrel 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

Snack and Drinks Tasting

Sunday Dec 1

 

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

 

Let's get back to the basics of brewing and making tasty beers with plants that you can find in nature or the supermarket. You'll be amazed how easy it is to brew at home with little equipment and no prior experience. 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, beer tasting and snacks will be served. This event will get canceled in case of extreme rain and you will be notified.

 

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 ender the main gate, just drive a bit further)

34°19'09.9"N 118°19'49.1"W

Time: From 1PM to around 4 PM

REGISTER HERE