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Mushroom Tastings - Update (August 2021)

MAW has long tradition of holding educational mushroom cooking events (which we call "tastings") in the spring and fall.  At tastings, MAW members cook mushrooms and other foraged wild foods for other MAW members so that members could experience some of the mushrooms that can be found locally.  Tastings historically had been generally open to only to MAW members (subject to a small charge to cover costs).  Since 2020 MAW has not been able to hold such tastings as a result of Covid concerns and difficulty in finding a convenient space that will allow onsite food preparation and can  accommodate the increased  MAW membership who would want to attend. 

To continue to give MAW members a chance to taste our local wild mushrooms, MAW is experimenting with an alternative to large-event tastings by forming a Culinary Co-Op group (the "CC Group").  The purpose of the CC Group is to connect members who actively forage for mushrooms and cooks willing to organize small local tasting events.  These tastings will focus on our local seasonally available mushrooms. 

The CC Group will operate through "Forums" on MAW's website, which will allow the CC Group members to communicate with each other, either though forum postings and direct emails.   Any MAW member can join the the CC Group.  CC Group members are expected to actively participate in our culinary activities by donating and/or cooking foraged mushrooms for tastings for CC Group members.

After MAW has more experience with the operation of the CC Group (and when there is a sufficient supply of foraged mushrooms), MAW may also organize tastings for other MAW members who are not members of the CC Group.  Any such tastings would be announced to all MAW members, with registration being handled as an Event through MAW's website.

All MAW members will be able to view the CC Group Forums, but will not be able to create topics or post replies in the forums.  One exception to this is the Mushroom Recipes forum, where all MAW members can post mushroom recipes and reply to posts under the topics created by CC group members.

Mushroom Tastings

MAW’s mushroom tastings feature mycophagy (mushroom-based cooking) – delicious and educational at the same time! These programs allow members to share their best mushroom dishes and recipes. Taste mushrooms and other wild foods you have never tried before, and compare the results of different preparation and preservation techniques.

If it’s a particularly good year, a tasting might feature porcini risotto, morel quiche, chicken mushroom satay, chanterelle crostini, hen-of-the woods stir-fry, puffball Parmesan, and even candy cap ice cream. Cooks might explore:

  • Which makes better broth – black staining polypore or hen of the woods?
  • Which makes better risotto – black trumpet chanterelles or boletes?
  • Do you prefer truffle ice cream or candy cap ice cream? 

Come out to cook, or just to taste. Cooks get free entry! Participants will vote for the best preparations and we will share our recipes. 

MAW’s tastings are members-only. You must be an active member of MAW on the day of the event to attend. These popular events often sell out, so we strongly recommend that you register early!

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