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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 July 13

 

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. BRING A BAG!  Collecting these plants and cooking them at home will be good for that forest.  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

 

 

 

 

Wild Cheeses Workshop (Indoor)

(No Dairy - Vegan - Limited to 15 people)

Fermented Plants and Nuts-Based Hard Cheeses

Saturday July 20

 

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

 

Eco-Friendly Foraging - Plants Walk / Food & Drinks

Local Forest

Sunday July 21

 

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. BRING A BAG!  Collecting these plants and cooking them at home will be good for that forest.  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

Sunday July 27

 

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. BRING A BAG!  Collecting these plants and cooking them at home will be good for that forest.  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

 

 

 

Introduction to wild edibles seeds and grains, from survival to gourmet food!

Sunday July 28

 

Did you know that over 200 edible wild seeds can be collected in the wilderness. The easiest ones are actually the most invasive - over 8 different types of mustard with flavors ranging from broccoli to wasabi. With the black mustard seeds you can even make a "wild" and gourmet Dijon mustard.

 

So join me that Sunday and I will introduce you to the most common wild edible seeds. First we'll go on a leisury walk and collect various mustard seeds, wild quinoa and many more! We'll also speak about the medicinal, edible and poisonous plants we encounter.

 

After the walk, we'll review possible culinary uses for seeds, you will learn how to process wild seeds and preserve them. I would also demonstrate how to make a spicy mustard using black mustard seeds on location - just need a tad of wine, salt and vinegar. I'll also show you how to make delicious pickled seeds using wild or commercial ingredients.

 

Everyone attending the workshop will be able to leave with their own seeds to make mustard or, if they want, they'll be able to make their own mustard on location using my stone grinders.

 

All those non-native edible seeds are available in HUGE quantity. I can collect several cups of wild mustard seeds in one morning. Seeds are often discarded by foragers but they're actually really plentiful, extremely nutritious and the more seeds you collect, the more you help the environment.

 

We'll have wild snacks and drinks on location including herbal sodas or beers.

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

Snack and Drinks Tasting

Saturday August 3

 

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 ender 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

 

 

Eco-Friendly Foraging - Plants Walk / Food & Drinks

Local Forest

Sunday August 4

 

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. BRING A BAG!  Collecting these plants and cooking them at home will be good for that forest.  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

 

 

 

Wild Cheeses Workshop (Indoor)

(No Dairy - Vegan - Limited to 15 people)

Fermented Plants and Nuts-Based Hard Cheeses

Saturday August 10

 

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

 

 

Eco-Friendly Foraging - Plants Walk / Food & Drinks

Stream Foraging

Sunday August 11

 

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. BRING A BAG!  Collecting these plants and cooking them at home will be good for that forest.  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

 

 

Creative Fermentation - Wild Plants, Roots, Mushrooms and more

(Fermentation novices welcome too)

Sunday August 18

 

Let's unleash our creativity and go beyond regular ferments such as sauerkrauts and kimchis. In this workshop you'll learn the techniques to make fermented concoctions with regular or wild plants and even look at unusual creative options such as fermenting with roots and mushrooms.

 

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, including possible fermentation. The walk is around an hour or so with lots of stops.

 

After the walk, we get to work. I'll demonstrate and talk about how to create fermented ingredients and condiments using wild or regular plants, how to make unusual ferments with what nature (or your local store) can provide. How to avoid mold in unusual fermentation techniques and ensure food safety.

 

Everybody will get their hand dirty and each participlant will leave with a jar of their own ferment.

 

We'll have a bit of tasting and some wild drinks too!

 

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

10 AM to 1:30 PM

 

REGISTER HERE

 

 

 

 

 

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

Discover True Local Flavors!

Saturday August 24

 

 

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 - Mountains Exploration - Edible, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants.

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

Sunday August 25

 

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