Wild Mushroom Adventures
Join resident expert and chef Patrick Hamilton on a wild mushroom hunt. This guy knows his stuff! With over 40 years of mushroom hunting experience, he'll help you find mushrooms, make sure you're picking the right ones, and teach you the best methods for cooking them. These classes are great for both the beginner and veteran forager.
Wild Mushroom Adventures:
Marin or Sonoma coast
These 3-4 hour classes meet either in Marin or on the Sonoma Coast, and cover the basics of wild mushroom foraging. After some instruction we'll set you free to forage, meeting back up with Patrick to help identify your finds. It's important to note that although you will learn a ton about wild mushroom hunting in this class, we're at the whim of nature, so there are no guarantees you'll find pounds of mushrooms.
People in our classes have found Chanterelles, Boletes, Black Trumpet, Morels, Hedgehogs, and lots of other great species of delicious mushrooms.
Inverness or the Sonoma Coast, you will be asked to specify your preferred location during checkout.
These classes are running now and are scheduled for most weekends through the winter and early spring.
$90 per person + booking fee
3-4 hours (9:45am-2pm)
Please note that Mushroom Hunts will go on RAIN or SHINE! Please plan on bringing rain gear/appropriate apparel. A full list of required and optional supplies will be emailed to you with our booking confirmation.
WIld mushroom adventures:
These forays are a bit different than our coastal ones, which focus more on teaching about varieties of mushrooms. These are all about trying to find premium morels and porcini! There are no guarantees in mushrooming, but recons will have been done the best spots which offer the best opportunities for finding both morels and spring porcini will be explored.
It has been an atypical Sierra spring for mushroomers in that at most all elevations and exposures we've had early hot days, rain, cold, more heat, hail, then more withering weather to add to the confusion of organisms that send up morels and porcini and other mushrooms too.
It's been very good and not so very good depending on what it is you want to learn and find. Just this past Saturday we found some morels and porcini and some other fun fungi but not as much as we found the weeks before. The weather is continuously changing so we cannot know what mushrooms will be available.
But in these upcoming forays, we can just about always guarantee a good time in beautiful mountain areas few go to, and you'll be able to learn about morel and porcini habitat and mushrooms in general (fingers crossed--find some of each).
If you feel you signed up for a guaranteed morel or porcini picking event, then we can offer an opportunity to rebook for one of our future fall coastal forays (will be on our schedule by August) where an opportunity to learn about many species is always available. Or you may cancel your reservation for a full refund. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
June dates - now available!
$90 per person, plus booking fee
3-4 hours (9:45am - 2pm)
The Sierra forays focus on morels and spring porcini, as well as other fine edibles most of you will never have seen--nor tasted!
We meet up in the Eldorado National Forest, close to where the mushrooms have been spotted on reconnaissance by Patrick, and then go into the woods (drive then hike) at various areas in the hope of picking your dinner. There are rather high elevations (around 7,000'), so do be prepared if you get elevation sickness. Please, bring plenty of water, bring aspirin, wear a hat and sunscreen. Mosquito repellent is also a good idea for some spots too.