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 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.

 

 

 

Saturday September 23

Wild Food Tasting and Plant Walk - (Limited to 15 attendants)

 

It's back!  At the end of each month, we have a class that is more focus toward food and feature some culinary uses of local plants. 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 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 a private property.

Time: From 10 AM to around 2:00 PM

Donation: $40 (pay on top) -  25% will be donated for the animals on the property (camels, goats, zebra, etc...)

 

Sunday September 24

Plants Walk - Chaparral

 

Chaparral: an ecological community composed of shrubby plants adapted to dry summers and moist winters that occurs especially in southern California.

 

Let's explore our local chaparral and learn about our beautiful flora and eco-system. We'll identify plants and talk about their culinary and 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.

 

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.

 

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 1PM

Donation: $20.00 (Pay on top)

 

 

Sunday October 1st

Wild Cheeses Class (Private - Caltech)

 

 

 

Sunday October 1st

Plant Walk and Wild Beers Workshop (how to make beer with wild plants)

 

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’ll learn about local plants such as horehound, yarrow, mugwort and countless others that have been used throughout history as brewing ingredients. You'll be surprised to learn that even some of our pesky weeds were sought after as main ingredients.

 

I'll explain how each plant is used and demonstrate how to make an old traditional beer, step by step, using utensils and equipment you already have at home.

 

You'll also learn how to extract wild yeast, how to create sugar sources from fruits and berries and much more!

 

Of course we'll have some tasting! Maybe even some Viking beer!

 

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: $40 (pay on top)

 

 

Saturday October 7 - Forest Walk

 

Let's explore a local forest 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 can pick up some native plants from my native plant garden during the walk (private property). 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 and long sleeve is a good idea - We have poison oak in that type of environment. 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

34°19'09.9"N 118°19'49.1"W

Time: From 10 AM to around 1:00 PM

Donation: $20 (pay on top)

 

 

 

Sunday October 8

Home-made vinegar and gourmet culinary uses

 

Learn how to make your own vinegars at home and how to use them to create delicious infusions, sauces, condiments and even drinks!

 

Author and culinary researcher Pascal Baudar has worked with some of the best chefs in North America and will share with you some of his techniques to create gourmet vinegars at home using wines, beers and other alcoholic beverages.

 

But be warned! It’s a dangerous workshop because once you’re doing your own, you can’t go back to purchasing vinegars at the store, the flavors just can’t compare. Pascal will even show you how to infuse berries or fruits to make terrific infused vinegars and some tips on other culinary uses such as sauces or mustard-type condiments.

 

We’ll go even further and Pascal will demonstrate how to make a delicious vinegar-based drink with locally foraged ingredients from the local mountains, some people compare it to a fine champagne. You can use the same technique to make your own delicious drinks using local berries or aromatic plants from your garden (or purchased at your favorite store).

 

As you can expect from Pascal’s workshops, we’ll have some tasting and enjoy some interesting vinegar-based drinks and even a wild infusion.

 

And a final bonus! Each participant will leave with a vinegar starter (mother vinegar) so they can get started right away with their acidic creations!

 

Sign up today and find out why L.A. magazine think Pascal has some of the innovative culinary classes in Los Angeles. It’s not only educational but it’s super fun and entertaining.

 

Instructor: Pascal Baudar

Cost: $45/member; $50/non-member

Where: Bacon Pavilion Classroom

 

Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Rd.

Fullerton, CA 92831

657-278-3407

 

Sign up from their web site at: www.fullertonarboretum.com

 

 

 

 

Saturday October 14

Harvesting, Making Prickly Pear Wine and Healthy Drinks Workshop

 

Due to the rain last year, we have an incredible amount of prickly pears. Harvesting them is a risky prickly business, that's what you hear people say, but if you know what you're doing you can use your hands and avoid being stung my the needles in the process. It's actually quite easy.

 

If it's your first time harvesting cactus pears, you're welcome to just watch how to do it - I'll also have already harvested and cleaned prickly pears with me.

 

During the first part of the workshop, we'll go on a prickly pears expedition and find some yummy ripe ones. We'll probably spend 30-45 minutes there. What's important is that you learn the technique on how to pick them up.

 

Then we'll drive to my usual location on a private property and we'll go through the process of extracting the juice and making wine.  You'll even learn how to use the wild yeast present on the prickly pears.

 

As usual, we'll have to tasting!  Boozy prickly pear wine, prickly pear juice with foraged seeds and a small wild food snack.

 

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: $40 (pay on top)

 

If you are late and missed the initial meetup location, you can join us later (around 11AM) in front of Reptacular - 8828 Gold Creek Rd, Sylmar, CA 91342. Just park in front and wait for us - don't go in the private property without me being present.