If you love mushrooms, this series of events will entice you to visit the Long Beach Peninsula.
Chefs, authors, foragers and the mushroom loving public will come together on the Long Beach Peninsula from October through November 15 for the 13th annual Wild Mushroom Celebration. Highlights include special dinners, classes, workshops and wild mushrooms featured at participating restaurants and inns.
New this year, The Painted Lady Lavender Farm will present “The Fungus Among Us” on Oct. 3 from 3 to 5PM, 1664 Hwy 101 South, Ilwaco. The workshop will cover the what, where, how and when of hunting, identifying and collecting locally found edible mushrooms. Early registration is suggested.
Also on Oct. 3 at 3PM, famed local forager, Veronica Williams, owner, All Wild, will give a free presentation on identifying the different kinds of mushrooms, the how to of foraging as well as the do’s and don’ts. Veronica’s talk will take place as part of the Fungus Festival at The Columbia-Pacific Farmers’ Market, downtown Long Beach. Wild mushrooms and other foraged fare will be available for purchase.
That evening in Seaview, Chef Michael Lalewicz will showcase wild harvests in a Mediterranean-inspired, four-course small plate meal artfully paired with imported and regional wines for The Depot’s 11th Annual Wild Mushroom Dinner. Roasted lobster mushrooms, white truffle oil scented porcini risotto, chanterelle mushroom cream, and truffle honey whipped cream are among the preparations. The event will start at 7:30PM. Cost is $49 per person (plus tax and gratuity) without suggested wine pairings and $69 per person (plus tax and gratuity) with the pairings. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 360.642.7880. For updates, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/702541316503270/.
Oct. 17 through 19, Boreas Bed & Breakfast Inn, Long Beach, will present Boreas’ Wild Mushroom Celebration Special. The package features a five-course Wild Mushroom and Wine Pairing Dinner on Saturday night. It also includes two nights luxe accommodations, breakfast, and a six-course Wild Mushroom Sunday Brunch Extravanganza with forager Veronica Williams, All Wild. And, offered exclusively to Boreas guests will be a private foraging foray with Veronica for an additional $45 per person. Package price is $575 including tax and restaurant gratuity. For those wanting to stay in the adjacent Dunes Suite, the cost is $606 for two people. For reservations, please call 360.642.8069.
In addition, Boreas will also be featuring wild mushrooms three or more times a week in the gourmet breakfasts served to overnight guests throughout the Celebration.
From Oct 17 through 19, 42nd Street Café and Bistro will offer Wild Mushroom Dinner packages as well as wild mushroom scrambles for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Then on Oct. 24, the Shelburne Restaurant, Seaview, will present its 5th Annual Wild Mushroom and Pike Brewing Co. Dinner, at 7PM. Shelburne chefs will pair Pike Brewing beers with the season’s best wild mushrooms. Guest hosts are Pike Brewing’s Charles and Rose Ann Finkel. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 360.642.2442.
And at the Shelburne Inn on Oct. 25, from 1 to 4PM, Wild Mushrooms author, Cynthia Nims, will conduct a cooking class in the demo kitchen. To reserve as spot, please call 360.642.2442.
“I’d always thought of wild mushroom habitat as associated with a bit of elevation, forested areas, lush and dank and moderately mountainous,” writes Nims. “But there we were, a quick stroll from the beach, hearing the crashing waves in the background and harvesting amazing porcini mushrooms.”
Pickled Fish will be running nightly wild mushroom specials throughout October, and Lost Roo will feature wild mushroom menu specials throughout the Celebration.
Visitors can pick up a pocket guide to wild mushrooms at Time Enough Books, Port of Ilwaco, and Adelaide’s Coffee & Books, Ocean Park. Adelaide’s will be selling a classic guide to Western mushrooms – All That the Rain Promises and More – by American mycologist and naturalist David Arora, as well as other useful guides.
About the Long Beach Peninsula
With its mix of sensational restaurants, fresh-caught local seafood, ocean view lodging, unique museums and attractions, lighthouses, fine art galleries, meandering trails, birding spots, and, above all, its long, wide, windswept, white sand beach, the Long Beach Peninsula continues to be one of the Northwest’s most enjoyable and refreshing getaway destinations.
For event and visitor information, please call the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau at 360.642.2400 or access www.funbeach.com
Information courtesy: Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau