SCHEDULE

 

 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.

 

I like to keep my classes small (around 10 to 15) so make sure you register in advance.

Donations

AUGUST 2017

 

Wednesday August 2  –  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.

 

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 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.

 

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 6 PM to around 8:30 PM

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

 

Saturday and Sunday 5- 6 August

I have 2 private events, no public classes or workshops that weekend.

 

 

Saturday August 12 –  Natural Fermented Sodas Making and Plants Walk

(Limited to 15 attendants)

How to make your own probiotics fermented sodas at home with aromatic plants,

berries and fruits (commercial or wild)

 

Have you ever taken a look at the ingredients on regular sodas you buy at the store?  You're basically drinking corn syrup, artificial flavorings, colorants and preservatives, not very healthy stuff.

 

But it doesn't have to be that way, during this workshop you will learn how to make your own gourmet sodas using all natural sugar sources and fresh ingredients. It is so simple, you'll wonder why you ever bought commercial sodas in the first place and you have so many options!  You can make sodas with aromatic herbs from your garden (or store bought and organic), regular or wild berries, local plants (garden or wild).

 

If you know about  the medicinal properties of plants, you can even create drinks that will enhance your health!

 

In this workshop, we will use a blend of organic and wild herbs, plants and berries. During the first part of the workshop we will go on a leisure walk in nature and explore local plants that could be used to make some delicious concoctions, we'll also pick some plants from my native plants garden to make soda with.

 

The walk is around an hour or so with lots of stops to talk about the plants we see. As we go along, we'll discuss their culinary, medicinal or other useful uses.

 

After the walk we'll sit down and enjoy some pre-made sodas using the same plants we collected today with a wild food snack then we'll get to work and make some sodas together.

 

You'll learn:

 

How to use yeast to make soda and we'll even discuss how to extract wild yeast from local berries and fruits.

 

How to make raw or boiled sodas for better flavors or health benefits

 

How to ferment them without the need to purchase any equipment

 

and much more!

 

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

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 August 13 – Plants Walk - Forest

 

It's so hot, it's good to stay in the shade and under the trees. Let's explore a local (typical) forest and learn about the interesting trees, plants, berries and  mushrooms that can be found within. We'll discuss their culinary, medicinal or other possible useful 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)

 

 

Wednesday August 16  –  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.

 

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 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.

 

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 6 PM to around 8:30 PM

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

 

 

 

Saturday August 19 – Plants Walk - Chaparral

 

Chapparal is a is type of environment composed mostly of dried shrubs, cactuses and thorny bushes. Sounds harsh but if you study it more closely, you'll discover that it is a land full of interesting plants and life.

 

During this walk, we'll explore a local chaparral-type environment and 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 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 MAY BE HOT!!!!!!!!!!  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.

 

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 August 20 –  WORKSHOP - Pickling / Preserving food in Vinegar and Jars

                                 How to do canning with regular or wild ingredients

                                 (Limited to 15 attendants)

 

Canning and preserving food in vinegar is extremely easy and safe.  If you have a garden, forage or like to make your own gourmet condiments, It's a fantastic way to save your harvest. You can even use the same method (called water bath canning) with some fermented food such as sauerkraut (fermented cabbage).

 

Personally, I like to pickle quite a few plants I collect such as wild radish or nasturtium pods, thistle flower buds and so on... but I also like to make regular pickled using organic store-bought ingredients such as carrots, cucumbers and so on. Essentially you can make your own gourmet condiment the way YOU like it and share it with your family and friends.

 

During this workshop, you will learn the principles behind canning with vinegar, how to make it safe for consumption and we'll explore some recipes. I'll bring with me quite a few vegetables and spices, each participant will make his/her own pickle and we will can it on location so you can take it home.

 

The workshop is done outside on a private property, although we will be in the shade, it may be hot so dress accordingly.

 

I'll bring some cold drinks and a snack but feel free to bring your own 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

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...)

 

 

 

Saturday August 26 – 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 August 27 – Plants Walk - Water Stream

 

Let's explore the local hills 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 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.

 

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 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: $20 (pay on top)

 

 

 

Saturday September 2 – WORKSHOP - PRIMITIVE AND COUNTRY WINES

(Limited to 15 attendants)

 

Prickly pear, elderberries, dandelion, plums, cherries, wild berries and so much more. Since the dawn of time, people have explored their local flavors through the creation of simple alcoholic beverages. If you think about it, it was another way to preserve the harvest for future enjoyment. Some wines, such as elderberry wine, can have some medicinal properties as well but most primitive or country wines were drunk for enjoyment, used for cooking or even turned into gourmet vinegar.

 

It's hard to go wrong when doing these type of alcoholic beverages and even if one is not perfect you can often turn it into a gourmet boozy beverage through blending or adding fresh ingredients (juice, herbs and so on).

 

During the workshop we'll go through the steps of making a couple of country wines, one using local fruits (prickly pears) and another one using some store-bought berries or ingredients. We'll look at basic traditional recipes, how to monitor the process, how to use wild yeast or commercial yeast and so on...

 

Of course, expect a bit of tasting at the end of the workshop.

 

The workshop includes a small plant walk, we may go to a couple of locations.

 

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...)

 

 

Sunday September 3 – Plants Walk - Forest

 

 Let's explore a local (typical) forest and learn about the interesting trees, plants, berries and  mushrooms that can be found within. We'll discuss their culinary, medicinal or other possible useful 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. Non native and invasive plants are fair game and there are quite a few such as curly dock (sorre), plantain, mustard and so on....

 

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)

 

More classes and workshops coming soon... I will update in the next 2-3 days