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Fungi Fever: Foray For Rocky Mountain Porcini

A half-day mushroom foraging adventure for foodies

Category: Eat & Drink, Family Fun, Get Outdoors, Learn, Tour

Find Colorado’s edible buried treasure with mycologist Graham Steinruck on this gourmet-minded foray.
We’ll let you in a delicious little secret: Colorado is hot on the heels of the Pacific Northwest for best place to hunt for mushrooms in the U.S. And mushroom foraging is experiencing a revival for foodies and nature lovers alike. Feeling patriotic about porcinis yet?
Join mycologist Graham Steinruck for a fun(gi) foraging adventure in some of the Rocky Mountains’ most beautiful forests. Graham is crazy about mushrooms and describes the world of fungi as his life’s passion – and likely his obsession. Graham was destined to teach you how to foray for mushrooms safely.
The mountains near Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs produce delicious mushrooms all season long. Our forests yield varieties like The King, Porcini and Cep, as well as the extremely rare White Porcini, one of the most delicious mushrooms around. We’ll be hunting for porcini; which prized edible you’ll seek varies by the date of your foray.
Notes on Meeting location: As the mushroom locations are 'top secret', we do not publish the final location until 48 hours prior to the foray. Note that the final location will be 30 minutes to 1 hour from the meeting place in Morrison. If you happen to live closer to the meeting location than Morrison, we are happy to have you meet us at the final location.
Disclaimer & Warning: Some mushrooms are poisonous, even deadly. Never, under any circumstance, eat a mushroom that you are not 100% sure is an edible species of fungi.
Dates
White King Boletus Dates: June 28th and July 19th
King Porcini Dates: July 26th, and August 2nd

Important Stuff!

Important Info:
  • Dress for foraging success: Wear long pants – you’ll be hiking through brush, and you never know when you might bump into stinging nettles or poison ivy. Colorado weather can be unpredictable, so bring a rain jacket, hat and sunglasses. Mushrooms often grown near water. Assume that your footwear will get wet. Wear boots, shoes you don't mind getting wet. And be prepared with a second pair of shoes for "apres foray".
  • Give Time: Be prepared for the experience to last up to 6 hours when you include drive times. Be prepared to drive up to 45 minutes to get from the meeting spot to the foray location.
  • Carry a big stick: Please bring a walking stick, which you’ll use to brush aside plants so you can get a better look at the underbrush. Also, it’s nice to lean on.
  • Brown bag it: Leave the basket at home, this is a learning experience, versus a hunting experience -- with the goal of learning how to find and identify mushrooms, versus bringing home a bushel of mushrooms.
  • Transportation: You'll be given the location of the secret meeting spot. Once there you are still responsible for driving to the ultimate foray location in a caravan with the other folks on the foray.
  • Nature's Tricky: Nature doesn't always cooperate and sometimes a mushroom hunt is more search than find. Be prepared to enjoy the journey and learn from experts even if the foray isn't as bountiful as you might hope.
  • Be a good scout: Be prepared - bring a pocket knife (optional) and a little pocket cash $5-7 (you might enter a State or National Park that has entry fees).

Graham Steinruck

Host

Mushroom Hunters

Born and raised in Denver, Graham Steinruck has a special connection to the majestic Rocky Mountains. Graham’s mother and father, Colorado transplants from out east, fostered his appetite for adventure and cooking alike. Skilled in locating and identifying many Rocky Mountain fungi, Graham knows just how to prepare each mushroom species to accentuate their flavor and texture attributes. He is certified by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as a Wild Mushroom Identification Expert.
Hunt and Gather Foods

Next date: Saturday, June 28, 2014 8:00 AM

For groups of 5-14

Availability
Saturday, June 28, 2014 8:00 AM 12 spots left
Saturday, July 26, 2014 8:00 AM 12 spots left
Saturday, August 2, 2014 8:00 AM 14 spots left

Experience Details

People: 5-14

Length: 4-6 hours

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