Bob Dornberger / Misa Lund / Emily Han / Pascal Baduar / Erica Wohldmann

CURRENT:LA Public Program

Pascal Baudar is a renowned wild food instructor, ethnobotanist and a self-styled “culinary alchemist” based in Los Angeles.

His locally sourced wild ingredients and unique preserves have made their way into the kitchens of such star chefs as Ludo Lefebvre, Josiah Citrin, Ari Taymor, Michael Voltaggio, Chris Jacobson and Niki Nakayama.Over 15 years, through his weekly walks, workshops and seminars, he has introduced thousands of foodies, home cooks, local chefs, and others to the flavors offered by the wild terroir of southern California.
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Emily Han empowers people to cultivate a mindful relationship with nature and nourishment. As a writer, recipe developer, educator and herbalist she focuses on topics such as handmade food and drinks, nature awareness, and sensory experience. Her cookbook, Wild Drinks & Cocktails, encompasses healthful, handcrafted beverages using local, fresh or foraged ingredients. Passionate about growing communities, Emily is also the Communications Director for LearningHerbs.com, founder of LA Food Swap, and co-founder of Food Swap Network.
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Dr. Erica Wohldmann is a scientist, a passionate environmentalist, and a lover of unfenced country. Erica’s research on factors that influence food choices has been generously funded by the National Institutes of Health, and her work has been published in some of the leading peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as featured in Psychology Today and on the National Wildlife Federation website. In 2012, Erica spent 6 months traveling from forest to forest through the western U.S., wild-foraging all of her food and medicine. In the greater Los Angeles area, Erica teaches workshops and classes on identifying and using wild edible and medicinal plants and mushrooms, herbal beer brewing, and other primitive skills.
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Misa Lund is an architect and project manager based in Los Angeles. Her approach is rooted in a deep interest in how people and communities can be better engaged in the process of design to create experiences that are unique and relevant. As co-founder of Atelier Re, and previously the Director of the Ideas Workshop at wHY, she led a variety of projects including educational complexes, exhibitions, pop up installations and cultural master plans. She is particularly passionate about working in the diverse cultural landscape of Los Angeles, where after 20 years, it is possible to discover new places, ideas and communities.
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Bob Dornberger is a sculptor who lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His sculptural works are often activated by the act of making or sharing food, such as Full Moon Ramen, an underground secret restaurant deep in the desert that invited diners to eat noodles under a full moon. As the Objects Workshop leader at the design and architecture firm, wHY, he designs exhibitions, furniture and decorative objects.
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But is it edible? This series of foraging workshops at the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area explore the native and not-so-native edible and medicinal plants of the area. Meet at the artwork at Sepulveda Basin and set out with LA's foremost foragers and authors Pascal Baudar, Dr. Erica Wohldmann, and Emily Han to explore what the Sepulveda Basin has to offer in the middle of summer. This fun and educational experience connects the participants with the place through all senses. Upon returning, the group will gather and discuss the “harvest” during a demonstration based on area ingredients. Wild edibles will be used as a focus to discuss larger issues of irrigation, agriculture, introduced species, what is native, and who is native. All workshop participants will receive a limited edition booklet with essays and recipes edited by artist Bob Dornberger.

Sepulveda Basin
6300 Lake Balboa Hiking Trail, Los Angeles, CA 91411

Neighborhood: Encino