Wild Mushroom Foray & Demonstration Lunch at Notre Vue Winery
with forager David Campbell & Chef Julie Schreiber
Sunday, February 7, Saturday, February 20 or Sunday, March 7 (additional dates will be added if demand is high)
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Notre Vue Estate Winery & Vineyards
$174 (10% discount for Notre Vue wine club members; sorry no group discounts for this event)
Guests must register in groups/households of at least 2 people who will sit together for lunch
Sonoma County is one of the best edible wild mushroom regions in the entire world, offering the possibility of finding a wide array of choice edible mushrooms. Join foraging expert David Campbell as he leads a foray in the beautiful open space at Notre Vue Estate Vineyards & Winery just south of Healdsburg. Participants will learn the fundamentals of edible wild mushroom foraging, including optimal trees and terrain, easily recognizable edible mushrooms of our region, best handling techniques, safety and more. We'll gather all of our found mushrooms, edible or not, to use as examples of identifying characteristics and other fascinating mushroom lore.
After working up an appetite from our not-so-strenuous hike, participants will be seated (with distancing) at the scenic Notre Vue open air terrace for a delicious gourmet mushroom lunch by chef/forager Julie Schreiber, including cooking and tasting any edibles we find. Over lunch we'll continue our conversations witih Julie and David about identifying, storing and cooking wild mushrooms. Of course, we'll savor specially selected wines from Notre Vue with our amazing mushroom lunch and leave guests time after lunch to taste and purchase wines to take home.
This Relish class includes three glasses (8 - 9 ounces) of premium wine per person served to all participants over 21 years of age. Additional wine is available for purchase by the glass or bottle.
This event focuses on finding, handling, storing and cooking with choice edible mushrooms, including:
- Exploration of local mushroom-friendly habitat with a very knowledgeable forager/naturalist/chef
- Opportunity to "get your mushroom eyes on" first hand to practice spotting wild mushrooms
- Overview of wild mushroom information, including identifying characteristics and seasonality of commonly found local choice edible varieties
- Delicious and hearty four-course wild mushroom lunch with Notre Vue wine
- Q&A with Chef Julie about mushroom cooking
- Discussion about the important roles of and uses of mushrooms by people and in nature
- Take-home packet of all mushroom recipes, plus a list of favorite wild mushroom resources, books, websites and associations
- A beautiful walk in the woods!
Please know that we will NOT be focused on the taxonomic identification of every mushroom we see; we focus on identifying edibles, using other mushrooms as fascinating examples of characteristics. Mushroom foraging is like fishing in that we never know what we'll find until we go. We do carefully select our foraging locations to increase our chances, but we cannot guarantee that we will always find edible mushrooms.
WE DO NOT CANCEL OR PROVIDE REFUNDS DUE TO RAIN. We will forage in the rain if it's not miserably torrential and the trails are accessible. If there is a chance of rain on the event date, we will ask for a cell phone number so we can call or text you early that morning about the foraging status. If the weather precludes a foray, WE WILL STILL HOLD THE LUNCH and you will be invited to forage with us on another class date.