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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.

 

January 2017

 

 

Saturday December 31

Nature Walk - Mountains - Mushrooms (possibly) - Edible, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

 

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.

 

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)

 

 

Saturday January 7

Forest Walk - Mushrooms, Wild edibles, aromatic and medicinal plants

 

Let's explore some new trails We'll look at edible, aromatic and medicinal plants and possibly mushrooms too.

 

The (slow) walk is a couple of hours. Long pants and hiking shoes are preferred. Sometimes we have poison oak.  Make sure to bring some water and sun protection too.

 

As usual, after the class we'll have some interesting wild snacks and drinks (infusions, sodas, etc...).

 

The walk will happen - rain or shine. I love rain :)

 

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 January 8  (1/2 day event 10 AM to around 2PM)

Nature Walk - Foraging - Lacto Fermentation Workshop (wild kimchis and sauerkraut)

and Cute Animals too!!!!

 

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 foraging walk and learn about edible plants. It's a slow walk and we'll probably identify over 20 edible plants. We'll pick up some plants to ferment later on. While we do the walk, we'll have the opportunity to say hello to the local exotic animals (camel, zebra, tortoises, goats, lamas, etc...). 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, we'll make a wonderful salad with the greens we just foraged.

 

A fun and education filled day!

 

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

 

$50 (pay on top) - $10 out of the $50 will be donated to the animal facility.

 

 

Saturday January 14

CAMPFIRE COMFORT CLASSICS

by Chef Mia Wasilevich (Transitionalgastronomy.com)
PLANT ID WALK & HANDS-ON COOKING & TASTING
(limit 16 students)


Let's take advantage of the cold crisp winter air and tiny winter greens popping up. We'll take a leisurely plant ID walk and see what's sprouting in nature and then we'll come back to "camp" and rustle up some campfire favorites to warm us up like:

 

-black sage cocoa
-stick bannock on a stick with wild currant preserves
-we'll see what spring wild greens are available to make a French-style warm, braised salad.
-together we'll make some vintage campfire "puddings" that early settlers might have made , savory and sweet

-we'll sample some oyster mushroom ketchup and pickled wild seed condiments and talk about how to make it

This class is ideal for adventurous foodies and the curious, alike.

 

WHEN & WHERE
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Pasadena at Hahamonga Watershed Park.

4550 Oak Grove Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

34.192677, -118.175767

Take the first street on the left when you enter the park. We'll meet at the parking lot near the baseball field.

$45.00 per student

 

Donation $45.00

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!

 

 

Sunday January 15

Chaparral Walk - Edible, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

 

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 a parking lot on wheatland (There is a liqueur store).

 

10264 Foothill Boulevard

 

Lake View Terrace, CA 91342, CA

 

GPS: 34.272970, -118.353207

 

Time: 10AM to 12:30PM

 

Donation: $20.00 (Pay on top)

 

 

 

 

Sunday January 22 - SOLD OUT and Rescheduled to Sunday February 5th due to excessive rain. Same location and time.

Historical Beer  Workshop - Making beer like a Viking!

Fire and Hot Stones - Sprouted Grain - Foraged Plants - Wild Yeast Extraction

 

This is probably going to be on of the most interesting workshop I'll give tin 2017. The challenge is simple - let's go back in time and make a beer similar to what could have been done by Celts or Vikings. We're talking using fire, stone grinders, homemade sprouted grains, hot stones for boiling the beer, local bitter herbs instead of hops and clay pots.

 

This is going to be a whole day project - we'll meet at 9AM and drive to the workshop location.

 

When arrived at the location, we'll do a nature walk and identify plants that have been historically used in Europe instead of hops (mugwort, horehound, etc...) and even local plants I personally use to make beer.  The walk will be a bit more than an hour.

 

After the walk, we'll get a fire started and get to work. We'll need to grind the grains, make hot stones, heat the "beer" and so on. It's going to be a whole day project, we'll take our time and talk about the process and all the steps along the way. I'm working on a book about wild fermentation so I'll do a lot of photos as well.

 

Once you've done this workshop, making a whole grain beer at home using modern equipment will be a cinch...but will it taste better?  Find out!!!!

 

Of course we’ll enjoy a nice beer sampling and wild snacks using wild ingredients. If you want to bring stuff to barbecue wild there...be my guest.

 

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

 

We will drive from the meeting place. You'll need to purchase a forest pass $5 (There is a 711 which sells them 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

 

From 9 AM to around 4PM

Donation:  $50

 

 

Saturday January 28

Forest Walk - Wild edible greens, medicinal mushrooms and aromatic plants.

 

Let's take a walk through a forest and explore a little bit. We'll look at edible, aromatic and medicinal plants, talk about which plants are native (and sometimes protected) and which plants are invasive. Did you know what the majority of edible plants are actually invasive?

 

It's a very slow walk along a somewhat dry water stream, I expect to see over 30 plants that have interesting uses.

 

As usual, after the class we'll have some interesting wild snacks and drinks (infusions, sodas, etc...).

 

The walk will happen - rain or shine. I love rain :)

 

Crescenta Valley Park

 

3901 Dunsmore Ave, La Crescenta, CA 91214

 

34.224827, -118.257533

 

Time: From 10AM to around 1:00 PM

 

Donation: $20.00 (Pay on top)

 

 

Sunday January 29

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.