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 WORKSHOPS - CLASSES - WILD FOOD GASTRONOMY

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.

 

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PRIVATE CLASSES and GIFTS CARDS Available

I offer private classes on foraging, fermentation, canning, making wild beers and sodas, hot sauces, making vinegar,

seasonal non-alcoholic beverages (infusions, shrubs, etc...), wild spice blends, pickling and more...

Private group discounts available.

Check the PRIVATE CLASSES page for pricing and contact me if you're interested.

February - March 2017

 

 

Saturday February 25 - Nature Walk  (SOLD OUT)

Chaparral Exploration (Edible and Medicinal Plants) - New Location

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.

 

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

Time: From 10AM to around 1:00 PM

$20 (pay on top)

 

 

Sunday February 26 - AFTERNOON 1 PM - Forest  Exploration  (Limited to 10 people)

Forest Exploration (Edible and Medicinal Plants)

 

Join me for a gentle walk in the forest and identify local plants and some mushrooms (if I know what they are). We'll talk about their edible and medicinal properties, which ones are natives, invasives, protected and so on.

 

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.

 

It's a bit muddy due to the rain so hiking boots are a good idea.

 

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

Time: From 1 PM to around 3:00 PM

$20 (pay on top)

 

 

 

 

Saturday March 4

Nature Walk - Mountains

Let's explore the local mountains and learn about edible and medicinal plants. I expect to find chickweed, dandelion, beautiful aromatic plants such as California Sagebrush, black sage and so on...

 

After the walk, we’ll eat a yummy wild food snack that I’ve prepared in advance and of course we’ll have some wild drinks – sodas, infusions, etc…

 

The walk will happen rain or shine so be prepared. Long pants and hiking shoes are preferred. Sometimes we have poison oak.  Make sure to bring some water and sun protection too.

 

The walk will happen rain or shine. You'll need to purchase a forest adventure pass ($5.00)

 

Meeting place: Sunland Shopping Center

8349 Foothill Blvd, Sunland, CA

GPS: 34°15'36.2"N  118°18'53.8"W

Look for a sushi restaurant and a subway

Time: From 10AM to 1PM

Donation: $20.00 (Pay on top)

 

 

 

Sunday March 5

Wild Food Tasting and Small Plant Walk

 

Meet some super friendly animals too!

 

That day, we'll explore the local forest on a private property and identify local edible and aromatic plants. It's so plentiful, we don't have to walk much. We'll probably spend an hour doing so.

 

It's going to be super fun as the property as giant tortoises, a camel, goats, zebra and much, much more...

 

The fun part is what comes next. We'll get busy and make some food, start cooking some wild greens to make delicious dishes, create some spice blends. I'll introduce you to the concept of cooking with forest floor and we'll get some sampling as well.

 

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

 

So be ready for fun and delicious times. Tons of interesting food and drinks.

 

We'll drive to the location from our initial meeting place (10 minutes drive).

 

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

Time: From 10AM to around 1:00 PM

$40 (pay on top) - $10 out of the $40 will be donated to the animal facility.

 

 

 

Sunday  March 12 -  AFTERNOON 1 PM

Chaparral Exploration (Edible and Medicinal Plants) (WALK IS FULL)

 

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.

 

NO MORE REGISTRATION - WALK IS FULL

We meet in the parking lot in front of the liqueur store (buy your water there if you can)

10264 Foothill Blvd

Lake View Terrace, CA 91342

34.272930, -118.353171

Time: From 1PM to 3PM

Donation: $20.00 (Pay on top)

 

 

 

 

Saturday March 18

Nature Walk - Hills and Forest

 

Join me for a gentle walk in the forest and identify local plants and some mushrooms (if I know what they are). We'll talk about their edible and medicinal properties, which ones are natives, invasives, protected and so on.  This is more about identification, we're not supposed to  pick up plants there.

 

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.

 

Crescenta Valley Park

3901 Dunsmore Ave, La Crescenta CA 91214

34.224723, -118.257500

Time: From 10AM to 1PM

Donation: $20.00 (Pay on top)

 

 

 

Sunday March 19

Wild Beers Workshop (Rescheduled April 1st)

 

 

 

 

Saturday March 25

Fermenting with Wild Edibles  (LIMITED TO 15 Register Now!)

Sauerkraut, wild kimchis and similar ferments.

 

YOU CAN FERMENT ANYTHING!

 

Fermentation is one of the easiest and safe method of food preservation and is enjoyed by many cultures. Koreans like to make kimchi, sauerkraut in Europe, lots of various fermented products in Russia too. Pretty much every culture on Earth does fermentation. On our side, we'll add a little twist to it by adding wild edibles we find but you'll also learn how to make a basic sauerkraut, ferment yummy chili peppers or even common vegetables and so on...

 

This workshop has several interesting parts.

 

During the first part of the workshop we'll go on a nature walk and learn about edible plants. It's a slow walk and we'll probably identify over 20 edible plants. We'll use pick some mustard, wild radish, mallow, dandelion to ferment later on. All theses plants are actually non-native and invasive so we're helping the environment in the same time. The walk is a bit more than an hour.

 

After the walk, we'll get to work. I'll explain the basics behind fermentation and demonstrate how to do it. I'll also explain the common mistakes people do so you don't have to worry about having a bad fermentation (never happened to me). Everyone will make either a sauerkraut, mixed vegetables ferment or a wildchi (wild kimchi) using local plants and take it home to ferment and enjoy later on.

 

Of course, you need to taste what you've just done so we'll eat and enjoy some fermented treats, aged sauerkraut, wildchi and various fermented drinks as well.  But we also enjoy non-fermented food as well.

 

A fun and education filled day!

 

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

$40 (pay on top)

 

 

 

Sunday March 26

Nature Walk and How to make natural sodas

 

The weather will soon become hotter,  it's a good time to learn how to make easy and yummy fermented drinks using commercial and wild yeast.

 

First we'll go on a fun nature walk and do some plant identification. We'll talk about plants, fruits and berries (commercial, non-native, natives, invasive) that could be used to make some interesting fermented drinks and where to find wild yeast.

 

After the class we'll sit down and I'll explain how to extract wild yeast and make a starter. Together we'll do all the (simple) steps to make a soda and of course we'll have some soda tasting!

 

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

$40 (pay on top)

 

 

 

Saturday April 1

Wild Beers Workshop

 

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 identification walk and identify some of the plants that have been used historically to create interesting brews (Horehound, mugwort, etc...). We'll also talk about medicinal and edible plants during the walk. It's a very slow walk, probably 1 1/2hr

 

After the walk, we'll sit down and I'll show you the process of making the beer on location, we'll go through all the steps. Some wild refreshments and snacks will be served.

 

Limit: 15 participants. Early registration is strongly recommended due to limited space. From there we'll drive to a private property.

 

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

Time: From 10AM to around 1:00 PM

$40 (pay on top)