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Anderson Valley Mushroom Foray + Cooking Demo
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Join Todd Spanier, the “king of mushrooms,” on a foraging adventure at the breathtaking Anderson Valley. Later, watch a live cooking demo to learn how to make something delicious from your findings.
1hr - 2hrs
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Hang out with Todd Spanier as he takes you on a fun foraging adventure in Anderson Valley
Hear stories about Todd’s foraging experiences in the past and learn how this mushroom chef has a decade-long history of providing some of the top restaurants in California with the best mushrooms
Collect your own mushrooms, learning what to look for and more, and later see how to create dishes from your findings during a cooking demonstration
Please note that, although our foragers almost always go home with mushrooms, we are at the whim of nature, so we can’t guarantee you’ll find any on your trip. We can, however, promise that you’ll have a great time and learn a ton about foraging!
Full refunds for cancellations made at least 14 days in advance.
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Mar 16, 2020
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Feb 19, 2020
Awesome day. Todd is the consummate professional. Loved his delivery and style.
Loved the cooking demo. I learned a great deal. Thank you!
Feb 17, 2020
Todd was great, would recommend
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Jan 28, 2020
This was an excellent foray for beginners and experienced mushroom hunters alike. Todd was a thoughtful and insightful guide who began the trip by explaining the importance of environmental stewardship and why simply paying attention to the natural world around you when searching for any type of mushroom will always lead you to the best finds. It's not uncommon to want to charge up a hill after catching a glimpse of a plump matsutake or golden chanterelle. Todd took the time to explain to the group why hiking in one direction up or down a slope can cause the soil profile to collapse, leading to ruts and artificial gullies when it rains, officially breaking us all of this commonly-encountered bad habit. He truly practiced what he preached!
The magic of any mushroom hunt is not necessarily what you take home with you to eat, but the sheer diversity of species encountered. As a group, we quickly developed our search images, and found species that made everyone laugh, smile, gasp, reminisce, and pull out our phones to document. Todd's extensive knowledge of all fungi great and small was staggeringly impressive and certainly something to aspire to! After each unique find he enthusiastically explained what made each species so special and noteworthy.
Medicinal, psychedelic, nutritious, poisonous, edible *and* incredible are titles seldom assigned to any other kingdom besides Fungi. In an afternoon that could have easily lasted days, we encountered and learned about the many ways in which our chitinous relatives can heal, feed, and kill us with surprisingly little effort. Indeed, no other sessile group of organisms can accrue such a deep respect as this.
In addition to the wonderful hike and matsutake cooking demonstration that Todd and ForageSF provided for us all this past weekend I believe the greatest message we received was the gentle reminder that we participate in a much larger ecosystem that we realize and that our very existence is very much tied to that of the fungus. For that alone, I am grateful to ForageSF and look forward to more adventures in the future. Thank you so much!