South Sierra Spring Mushroom Adventure and Cooking Demo


Join Todd Spanier, the “king of mushrooms,” for a foraging adventure in the breathtaking South Sierra Spring. Todd is a long-time forager and mushroom chef with a decade-long history of providing some of the top restaurants in California with the choicest mushrooms. We’re super excited to have him on board.

The class will meet at a secret location near the South Sierra Spring, the exact spot to be revealed a week before the start of class, but you can expect a 3.5 hour drive from San Francisco. You never know when the weather might turn and a great crop of porcini will pop, so Todd wants to be sure you’re headed to the very best spots for your forage — and to keep you in suspense. After class, you’ll be able to observe his culinary talent at work during a mushroom cooking demo, while learning what to do with your haul when you get home.

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!



Date: Click the links above for current dates. These classes run throughout the rainy season, and are generally scheduled two weekends per month. 

Cost: $90 per person, plus booking fee

Duration: 9:30am - 1:35pm (approximately 3.5 hours)

Meeting Spot: Secret location near the South Sierra Spring (exact spot to be revealed a week before the class). Expect a 3.5-hr drive from SF

About our teacher:

Todd is a third-generation Italian-American and one of the leading experts in mushrooms. Thanks to his grandfather, Ed Marcellini, who taught him the fine art of mushroom hunting when he was only five, Todd is now considered a pioneer of the sustainable and wild food movements in California. For over twenty-five years, his company, King of Mushrooms Ltd, has been a highly valued purveyor of wild foods for hundreds of local restaurants and businesses.

By booking, you are accepting the terms in the release form linked below:

ForageSF Release Form

*Kindly note that we do not offer cancellations within 14 days of the class, but you're welcome to sell or gift your tickets to a friend (and just imagine how excited they'll be!).

*Please Note: California State Parks gate fees may also apply depending on location; $8 per car, or $7 per car with senior.  Please carpool.  California State Parks supports equal access.  Prior to arrival, visitors with disabilities who need assistance should contact (707) 548-5782.