Patrick Hamilton, known also as the “Mycochef,” has been mushroom foraging and cooking for over 40 years. He has been a corporate chef, executive chef, catering chef, guest chef at the Breitenbush mushroom gathering, a guest chef at Telluride Mushroom Festival, chef for the Mycological Society of San Francisco, and for years was the executive chef at the Sonoma County Mushroom Association Wild Mushroom Camp.
He has an extensive background in wild mushroom foraging, identification, and preparation. He writes a monthly column for the “SOMA News” and has been a food and mushroom columnist with several other publications for over 20 years.
Heidi Herrmann is a farmer and the owner of Strong Arm Farm in Healdsburg. She teaches Sustainable Agriculture at Santa Rosa Junior College. Heidi is an avid seaweed harvester, and has been sustainably collecting and selling seaweed for over a decade.
Kevin Feinstein (a.k.a. Feral Kevin) is an author, teacher, forager and naturalist residing in the Bay Area. Author of The Bay Area Forager andCrash Course in Wild Mushroom Foraging, he has been leading wild food walks for ForageSF for over three years. With nearly a decade in the field overall, Kevin and his work have been featured in Time magazine, American Airlines In-Flight Magazine, SF Chronicle, The Travel Channel, KWMR, KPFA, The Examiner and several more. An avid gardener, nutritionist and self-proclaimed plant nerd, he loves receiving e-mails with pictures of plants that need to be identified.
Kirk Lombard, famed sea forager, is partnering with us to teach you about what’s wild and edible in our ocean. Kirk is one of the most knowledgeable and entertaining guys we know. With an encyclopedic knowledge of local sea life, Kirk will lead you on a tour of everything you need to know to get your fish on. See how much people love his classes here.
Avery, Catherine, and Tessa
Avery, Catherine, and Tessa, three seaweed enthusiasts, are also the proprietors of a California seaweed company called Salt Point Seaweed. In addition to hand harvesting and selling culinary seaweed, Avery, Catherine, and Tessa are pioneering new seaweed cultivation efforts in California. With backgrounds in sustainable agriculture, ecology, and regenerative food systems, this trio is devoted to seaweed both as a vital natural resource for marine habitats and coastal communities, and as a source of local, nutritious, and tasty food.
Baqi Kopelman has spent much of his life behind the lens, creating beauty. He was awarded a Presidential Art Scholarship, attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, followed by a 15 year career in Hollywood. His still photography career blossomed from the commercial print ad world.
He moved his family to Northern California, where for the past decade he has balanced a full time career in photography with the constant pursuit of capturing beauty in nature. Baqi’s teaching style is fun, his knowledge is extensive and his spirit is adventurous. He is an master of light, photography and technique.