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

 

 

 

Plants Walk (edible and medicinal plants)

Sunday September 16

 

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 and they're quite plentiful.

 

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.

 

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 2PM

REGISTER HERE

 

 

 

Wilder Fermentation + Plants Walk

(Basic sauerkraut and kimchi types ferments)

Includes plants identification walk and food tasting.

Sunday - September 23

 

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.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

Snack and Drinks Tasting

Saturday September 29

 

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.

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

Sunday September 30

 

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

REGISTER HERE

 

 

 

Wild Cheeses Workshop (Indoor)

(No Dairy - Vegan - Limited to 15 people)

Fermented / Aged Plants and Nuts-Based Hard Cheeses

Saturday October 6

 

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 1PM to 4PM

REGISTER HERE

 

 

 

 

 

Plants Walk - Local hills - Snacks and Drinks

Sunday October 7

 

Join us for a gentle walk in the forest and local hills surrounding Los Angeles. The walk is mostly about plants identification and their uses (medicinal, culinary, etc...) but, who knows what else we can find.

 

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

 

 

Creating Wild and Regular Spice Blends + Plants Walk

Tasting / Wild Drinks

Free Stone Grinder included in the price ($20 value)

Saturday October 13

 

Find out how to create your own spice blends and explore local flavors in this exciting new workshop. You will learn how to create classic ethnic spice blends like barbecue, curry, cajun but also herb blend such as Italian or Herbes de Provence (French herbs).

 

But this is just the beginning and even if you are already experienced, this will make this workshop worthwhile for you! We will also create blends that incorporate local leaves, seeds, herbs, roots, barks and even mushrooms in order to really explore local flavors.

 

The workshop is packed with action!  If the weather is good (no rain - see note below), first we will do a plant walk and explore local plants that we can use to create unique spice blends. We'll talk about plants that can be incorporated into blends but also about other plants that are edible or medicinal.

 

After the walk, we'll get to work!  First, I'll explain how spice blends are created and which spices will impart specific ethnic flavors, I'll provide you with basic recipes, give you tips and tricks to boost flavoring (such as roasting seeds) and potential (unusual) culinary uses. We'll also talk about creativity and how you can make each blend personal and break the rules. Who knows, maybe you'll start selling your own blends online after this class. One of my students already does.

 

Each person will be provided with their own personal stone grinder (small molcajete) to make their own spice blend. We'll review how to properly cure a stone grinder and do it on location. Each person will be assigned a task to create a specific spice blend from a recipe and experiment with a couple of new ones based on what they learned.

 

We're not done. Next comes the tasting!  We'll do a bit of cooking and tasting using local spices such as sages, sagebrush, California bay, wild mustard seeds, foraged herbs and so on. You'll get to taste simple application but also some unusual ones such as fermented condiments using spice blends, plant-based vegan cheeses flavored with local herbs and so on.

 

We can't have food without drinks!  And what better way to explore local flavors than wild beers and sodas made with local plants and berries?

 

If you are a foodie, an experimented culinary artist, a chef or simply love nature and cooking, this workshop is truly for you!

 

For the walk, long pants is a good idea - We have poison oak in the area. Bring water and sun protection too. The duration of the workshop will be between 3 and 4 hours, we'll take our time and have a lot of fun in the process.

 

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 2 PM

REGISTER HERE

 

NOTE THAT IN CASE OF RAIN THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD INDOOR AND THERE MAY BE A CHANGE OF LOCATION. ALWAYS CHECK 2-3 DAYS BEFORE TO SEE IF THERE WAS A CHANGE OF ADDRESS.

 

 

 

Wild Food Pop-up - Gourmet wild food, drinks and plants walk

Discover True Local Flavors!

Saturday October 20

 

 

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 as the pop-up is mostly plant-based.

 

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

Time: From 10AM to around 1PM

 

REGISTER HERE

 

Plants Walk (edible and medicinal plants)

Sunday October 21

 

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 and they're quite plentiful.

 

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.

 

The walk will happen rain or shine. I love rain!

 

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

 

 

 

Halloween Spooky Walk in the Dark Forest

Snakes, Mushrooms, Spiders and Magic Plants

Sunday October 28

 

Come join me for a scary walk!  We'll explore the dark forest and look for snakes, medicinal mushrooms, plants and even edible insects. During the walk, I'll talk about the edible and medicinal uses of the plants we encounter but we'll also focus on plants used traditionally in witchcraft for healing and other purposes.

 

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 witchy drinks and snacks featuring some of the plants or mushrooms we saw during the walk. Be ready for unusual and spooky ingredients (some are optional)

 

Long pants is a good idea - We have many prickly things in that type of environment.

 

The walk will happen rain or shine. I love rain!

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making your own "raw" gourmet vinegars from Scratch + Plants Walk/Tasting

Free "Mother Vinegar Starter"

Saturday November 3

 

Learn how to make your own raw vinegar in this exciting workshop!  If you're ever tasted an artisanal vinegar, you realize that what you buy at the supermarket are really cheap and insipid imitations of the real thing. In fact the vast majority of commercial vinegars are made in a few days and pasteurized, gone are the good bacteria and also the delicious complex depth of flavor that you'll find in homemade vinegars.

 

The process is super simple, a bit similar to making Kombucha. By learning to make your own, you open the door to endless creative culinary possibilities from salad dressing, sauces, gourmet condiments and even medicinal uses.

 

In this unique workshop you will learn

 

How to collect vinegar bacteria from nature

Making a homemade vinegar using a starter

How to make gourmet vinegars from wines, beers, meads and other alcoholic concoctions

Infusing with herbs, barks, aromatic wood, berries and spices

Exploring medicinal properties

Seasoning and blending vinegars including how to make a healthier basalmic vinegar substitute than what's available at the supermarket.

Creative culinary uses - shrubs and condiments.

 

Each attendant will be provided with a starter jar containing a "mother" vinegar which can be used to start your own exploration in creating homemade gourmet vinegars.

 

At the beginning of the workshop we will do a short plant identification walk and talk about the culinary and medicinal properties of the plants we encounter. After the walk, we’ll enjoy some delicious natural drinks and wildcrafted snacks (some using my homemade vinegars from wild beers and wines).

 

Long pants and hiking shoes are preferred (not a must). 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

Time: From 10AM to around 2 PM

REGISTER HERE

 

Note that in case of rain (I wish!!!), the workshop may be held indoor at a separate location, in such a case you will be notified by email a few days before the workshop's date.

 

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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.