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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.

I try keep my classes and workshops to around 15 people. Register early if you can to reserve a spot. I'll be teaching in Vermont for the first week of June.

 

 

June 2017

 

Sunday June 11 – Edible and Medicinal Plants Identification Walk

 

Let's go back to this location!  At this time of the year, hahamongna watershed park is loaded with edible plants which can be used for making gourmet dishes. You can also help nature in the process as most of them are actually non-native. We'll see some wild cabbage (Perrenial pepperweed), wild radish, mustard, feverfew (medicinal), plantain (edible and medicinal), tons of curly dock and so much more!

 

The walk is a couple of hours and most of the time we'll stay in the shade. It's a very gentle walk with lots of stops to talk about the plants and their use.

 

After the walk, we’ll enjoy some nice wild cold drinks and maybe a wild snack using plants we saw today.

 

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.

 

Location:

Hahamongna Watershed Park

4550 Oak Grove Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

We meet in the parking lot near the baseball field.

Once you enter the park at the intersection of Oak Drove Drive and foothill blvd, drive for around 100 yards and take the first road to the left.

Drive down, turn right toward the baseball field and you'll find a parking lot.  If the parking lot is full, usually they open a second parking lot (dirt area).

 

Coordinates: 34.192695, -118.175938

 

Time: From 10AM to around 1:00 PM

Donation: $20 (pay on top of page)

 

 

Wednesday June 14 - Edible/Medicinal plants and Animals Walk

 

Now that the day are getting longer, you can take a break during the week and join me after work for a nice walk at a private property in the Angeles Forest. Not only will you see a lot of interesting exotic animals (camels, tortoises, zebra and much more), you also learn a lot of about local plants. We'll talk about their edible and medicinal properties, which ones are natives, invasives, protected and so on.  You'll even visit my "wild" native plants garden.

 

It's a very gentle walk with lots of stops to talk about the plants and say hi to the animals. Perfect for kids or if you are older too.

 

After the walk, we’ll enjoy some nice wild cold drinks.

 

Long pants and hiking shoes are preferred. We have poison oak in the area.  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 6 PM to around 8:20 PM

Donation: $25 Cash on location - $10 (out of the $25) will be donated to the animals.

 

 

 

Saturday June 17 – Wild Food Walk - Gourmet Mustard and Condiments with Foraged Wild Seeds

 

It's getting hot and in some locations many plants are already going to seeds. Bit by bit, Los Angeles is turning back into a desert but for the experienced eyes, there is an actual bounty of fantastic superfood: Seeds!

 

Did you know that, locally we have over 200 edible seeds?  In time past, seeds were an important part of the diet for many cultures and in every continents.

 

Seeds are everywhere and in many instances, collecting them can be extremely good for the environment. Here in Southern California we have over 8 different types of mustards and some of them, such as the black mustard, can be used to make gourmet condiments.

 

During this workshop we'll go on a walk and collect various wild mustard seeds. We'll also talk about edible native seeds and we'll collect a few from my native plants garden.

 

After collecting the mustard seeds, we'll drive to my new private location in the local forest and I will teach you how to make some wild dijon mustard (puts Gray Puppon to shame! ), a gourmet condiment I call "Pickled Wild Seeds" and a type of salsa verde/green hot sauce featuring local seeds.

 

After this workshop, you'll be able to make your own gourmet condiments using foraged ingredients or store-bought seeds.

 

Of course we'll have some wild condiments tasting and some drinks featuring local seeds as well.

 

Make sure to bring water and sun protection. In some instances, we may be in full sun. Check the weather - If your body does not like heat, this workshop may not be for you.

 

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 2:00 PM

Donation: $40 (pay on top) - $10 will be donated for the animals on the private property

 

 

 

Wednesday June 21 - Evening Class

Exploring Edible Insects - Entomophagy  (Kids Friendly) - Limit of 20 people

 

80% of the population on this planet eat bugs. In North America and Europe, we're the exception, not the rules. If we manage to go beyond our cultural repulsion, insects are an excellent source of protein or fat. Bugs are extremely abundant and sustainable, you can even create your own farm at home (crickets or mealworms).

 

During this class, we'll go on a small expedition and see what insects we can find (edible or not) on the property. There is a nice water stream so I think we'll see some interesting bugs and we can talk about them and their role in an ecosystem.  You'll also learn about some of the edible insects of California. I will show you how to create your own mealworm farms and how to cook crickets, ants and prepare mealworms for food.

 

Of course we'll have some bugs tasting and some drinks featuring local plants.  After the class, we'll go say hi to Herbert the camel too and give me some carrots.

 

Make sure to bring water and sun protection.

 

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 6 PM to around 8:30 PM

Donation:

$30 Adult

$40 Adult with one child (pay on top)

$50 Adult with 2 children

 

25% will be donated for the animals on the property (camels, goats, zebra, etc...)

 

 

 

Saturday June 24 – Elderberry Syrup and Wine Workshop (10 people only)

 

It's elderberry time!

 

With the rain, this year we are sure to get tons of elderberry which you can use to make elderberry syrup (medicinal for cold and flu) but also elderberry wine.

 

During the first part of the workshop we will go to a private property which had a decent amount of elderberry trees. From there we will collect sustainably some of the berries to use in our workshop.  We'll also do a short walk and talk about local edible and medicinal plants.

 

After the walk, we will drive to my new "workshop" location around a mile away and once there I will show you how to make elderberry syrup and also a traditional "French" elderberry wine using raw elderberry juice.

 

We'll have some wine tasting from last year, cold drinks and possibly a wild snack.

 

Long pants and hiking shoes are preferred. We have poison oak in the area.  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 2:00 PM

Donation: $40 (pay on top) - $10 will be donated for the animals on the private property

 

 

 

Sunday June 25 – Wild Beer Workshop - Fullerton Arboretum

 

From their web site:

 

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 yarrow and mugwort 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.

 

Pascal will talk about 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, creating sugar sources from fruits and berries and much more!

 

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

 

REGISTER HERE!

 

Directions: http://fullertonarboretum.org/h_hoursdirections.php

 

 

Saturday July 1st – Edible and Medicinal Plants Identification Walk

 

At this time of the year, hahamongna watershed park is loaded with edible plants which can be used for making gourmet dishes. You can also help nature in the process as most of them are actually non-native. We'll see some wild cabbage (Perrenial pepperweed), wild radish, mustard, feverfew (medicinal), plantain (edible and medicinal), tons of curly dock and so much more!

 

The walk is a couple of hours and most of the time we'll try to stay in the shade. It's a very gentle walk with lots of stops to talk about the plants and their use.

 

After the walk, we’ll enjoy some nice wild cold drinks and maybe a wild snack using plants we saw today.

 

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.

 

Location:

Hahamongna Watershed Park

4550 Oak Grove Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

We meet in the parking lot near the baseball field.

Once you enter the park at the intersection of Oak Drove Drive and foothill blvd, drive for around 100 yards and take the first road to the left.

Drive down, turn right toward the baseball field and you'll find a parking lot.  If the parking lot is full, usually they open a second parking lot (dirt area).

 

Coordinates: 34.192695, -118.175938

 

Time: From 10AM to around 1:00 PM

Donation: $20 (pay on top of page)

 

 

 

Sunday July 2 – Plant Walk and Wild Food Tasting (limited to 15 participants)

 

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

Time: From 10 AM to around 1:00 PM

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

 

 

Tuesday July 4 - Evening Walk

Edible/Medicinal plants and Animals Walk

 

Now that the day are getting longer, you can take a break during the week and join me after work for a nice walk at a private property in the Angeles Forest. Not only will you see a lot of interesting exotic animals (camels, tortoises, zebra and much more), you also learn a lot of about local plants. We'll talk about their edible and medicinal properties, which ones are natives, invasives, protected and so on.  You'll even visit my "wild" native plants garden.

 

It's a very gentle walk with lots of stops to talk about the plants and say hi to the animals. Perfect for kids or if you are older too.

 

After the walk, we’ll enjoy some nice wild cold drinks.

 

Long pants and hiking shoes are preferred. We have poison oak in the area.  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 6 PM to around 8:00 PM

Donation: $25 Cash on location - $10 (out of the $25) will be donated to the animals.

 

 

 

 

Thursday July 6 - Evening Class

Let's make gourmet infused salts using wild (or not) plants and spices

Plants Walk too!

 

Sweet white clover salt?  Spicy habanero salt?  What about some California bay salt?

 

So many possibilities if you know how to do it.

 

Gourmet salts are great to add flavors to a dish or decorate a plate. In the past, I've created wild gourmet salts for many of the top restaurants in Los Angeles such as N/Naka, Melisse, Trois Mec, Girasol and Ink restaurants.

 

During this small workshop we'll take about plants and spices suitable to make infused flavorful salts, which salts are best and my technique for doing it. We'll do a small plant walk and collect some of the plants on location then we'll go through the actual steps of making an infused salt so you can do it at home later on using foraged or store-bought ingredients.

 

At the end of the class we'll have some tasting and wild drinks. If we have time, we'll go say hi to the animals and feed carrots to Herbert the camel.

 

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 6 PM to around 8:20 PM

Donation: $30 Cash on location - $10 (out of the $30) will be donated to the animals.

 

 

Saturday July 8 – Altadena Library Talk and Book Signing

(I'll provide more information soon)

 

 

 

Sunday July 9 – Wilder Fermentation using local wild (or regular) plants.

 

Fermentation is one of the most easy and safe way to preserve food. It's also very good for you. But this time, we go a bit further and we'll actually ferment some local plants to create gourmet condiments.

 

The workshop if for beginner and also for people who've attended a prior fermentation class as we'll use new interesting spices and techniques.  During the first part of the workshop we'll go walk and collect some local edible plants we'll use. No worry, they're all invasive so we're actually helping the environment. We're talking wild radishes, mustards, sorrel, a sort of cabbage and others. But we'll talk about the medicinal and culinary uses of the other plants we see as well.

 

After the workshop, we prepare and table and get to work....well sorta.... First we fill our bellies with some fermented food similar to what we'll be doing later on.  Expect some cold infusions or wild sodas as well.

 

First we'll make a basic ferment such as a sauerkraut or a kimchi together and then I'll show you how you can creatively approach making ferments using locally foraged plants and spices.  We're talking salsa, Thai-type or even Mexican-type flavors. Wild food is gourmet food and fermentation is another way to create with it.

 

After this workshop, you're guaranteed to have the basic knowledge to make your own ferment at home using wild or store-bought ingredients. Everyone will leave the workshop with a jar full of your own fermented creation.

 

Location:

Hahamongna Watershed Park

4550 Oak Grove Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

We meet in the parking lot near the baseball field.

Once you enter the park at the intersection of Oak Drove Drive and foothill blvd, drive for around 100 yards and take the first road to the left.

Drive down, turn right toward the baseball field and you'll find a parking lot.  If the parking lot is full, usually they open a second parking lot (dirt area).

 

Coordinates: 34.192695, -118.175938

 

Time: From 10AM to around 2:00 PM

Donation: $40 (pay on top of page)

 

 

Wednesday July 12 - Edible/Medicinal plants and Animals Walk

 

Now that the day are getting longer, you can take a break during the week and join me after work for a nice walk at a private property in the Angeles Forest. Not only will you see a lot of interesting exotic animals (camels, tortoises, zebra and much more), you also learn a lot of about local plants. We'll talk about their edible and medicinal properties, which ones are natives, invasives, protected and so on.  You'll even visit my "wild" native plants garden.

 

It's a very gentle walk with lots of stops to talk about the plants and say hi to the animals. Perfect for kids or if you are older too.

 

After the walk, we’ll enjoy some nice wild cold drinks.

 

Long pants and hiking shoes are preferred. We have poison oak in the area.  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 6 PM to around 8:30 PM

Donation: $25 Cash on location - $10 (out of the $25) will be donated to the animals.

 

 

Saturday July 15 –  Plants Identification Walk (Mountains) / Edible and Medicinal Uses

 

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

 

This walk is about plant identification and education so we won't be picking up any plants at that location but I'll bring some from my native plants garden with me to share with the students.

 

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

 

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

 

You'll need to purchase a forest adventure pass ($5.00) available at the 711 (near where we meet).

 

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 July 16 – Wild Beer 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.

 

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 6 PM to around 8:00 PM

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

 

 

 

 

Wednesday July 19 –  Evening Class - Simple & Delicious Herbal Meads

 

Honey - Plants - Water - Yeast. It's all you need to make delicious honey-based drinks. In fact, if you use raw honey, you don't even need to add yeast as raw honey already contains wild yeast.

 

During this class we'll do a quick walk/exploration of wild plants that could be used for making herbal meads and we'll talk about their culinary and medicinal uses.

 

After the walk, together we'll make a simple herbal mead using local plants and we'll discuss the various types of meads that can be done. Many of the herbal meads I create can be drunk within 2-3 weeks, even less but you can also age some for years.

 

You'll also learn how to find and extract wild yeast if you don't have access to raw honey.

 

Long pants and hiking shoes are preferred. We have poison oak in the area.  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 6 PM to around 8:30 PM

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

 

 

Saturday July 22 – Wild Beer Workshop – (OJAI) (more information coming soon)

 

Sunday July 23 – Edible and Medicinal Plants Identification Walk

 

Let's go back to this location!  At this time of the year, hahamongna watershed park is loaded with edible plants which can be used for making gourmet dishes. You can also help nature in the process as most of them are actually non-native. We'll see some wild cabbage (Perrenial pepperweed), wild radish, mustard, feverfew (medicinal), plantain (edible and medicinal), tons of curly dock and so much more!

 

The walk is a couple of hours and most of the time we'll stay in the shade. It's a very gentle walk with lots of stops to talk about the plants and their use.

 

After the walk, we’ll enjoy some nice wild cold drinks and maybe a wild snack using plants we saw today.

 

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.

 

Location:

Hahamongna Watershed Park

4550 Oak Grove Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

We meet in the parking lot near the baseball field.

Once you enter the park at the intersection of Oak Drove Drive and foothill blvd, drive for around 100 yards and take the first road to the left.

Drive down, turn right toward the baseball field and you'll find a parking lot.  If the parking lot is full, usually they open a second parking lot (dirt area).

 

Coordinates: 34.192695, -118.175938

 

Time: From 10AM to around 1:00 PM

Donation: $20 (pay on top of page)

 

 

Wednesday July 26  –  Edible/Medicinal plants and Animals Walk

 

Now that the day are getting longer, you can take a break during the week and join me after work for a nice walk at a private property in the Angeles Forest. Not only will you see a lot of interesting exotic animals (camels, tortoises, zebra and much more), you also learn a lot of about local plants. We'll talk about their edible and medicinal properties, which ones are natives, invasives, protected and so on.  You'll even visit my "wild" native plants garden.

 

It's a very gentle walk with lots of stops to talk about the plants and say hi to the animals. Perfect for kids or if you are older too.

 

After the walk, we’ll enjoy some nice wild cold drinks.

 

Long pants and hiking shoes are preferred. We have poison oak in the area.  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 6 PM to around 8:00 PM

Donation: $25 Cash on location - $10 (out of the $25) will be donated to the animals.

 

 

Saturday July 29 - Making vinegar from scratch (From beers and wines)

and creating gourmet infused vinegars

Description coming soon but you can register for it already.

 

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

 

 

Sunday  July 30  - Edible and Medicinal Plants Identification Walk

Donation: $20 (pay on top of page)

 

 

More classes and workshops coming soon...