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Breitenbush Wild Mushroom Conference 
October 6 - 9, 2005

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A view of the Lodge from the office


This year, Cecelia and I were fortunate to be able to make it to the annual Breitenbush Mushroom Conference near Detroit OR.  We again were pleased with the whole event, enjoyed visiting with old friends and making new ones, and even finding several chanterelles. Besides the presenting Mushroom Cooking demonstration, chef Michael Blackwell cooked several delicious dishes for the whole camp, and even made chocolate ice cream for our mushroom group on the last night.

This year, the number of species found was less than the last time we were there in 2003, but many Chanterelles were gathered.

From the Breitenbush site:

Fall rains and cool temperatures bring the abundant fruiting of mushrooms. The Breitenbush community hosts the 22nd Annual Wild Mushroom Gathering and Conference deep in the forested foothills of the Oregon Cascades.

Enlighten your senses with the tastes, smells and sights of forest fungi found in the ancient forest at Breitenbush. Local experts lead guided tours into the surrounding forest to collect specimens to admire, identify and study. Collected wild edible mushrooms will be cooked by professional chef Michael Blackwell and interested mushroom gatherers. This hands on cooking and tasting event celebrates the flavors and special aromas of wild edible fungi. A mushroom identification display will be created during the conference to both educate and admire.

Experience the joy of mushroom lectures in the evening—then soak in the springs and let your mind relax and recall the beauty of the mushrooms you found in the lovely forests surrounding Breitenbush. Take your treasures home to share. The skills and information you collect from this conference can be the basis of a wonderful and interesting facet of your life.

Featured speakers will be Dr. Susan Libonati who will lecture on mushroom anatomy and ethnomycology or human uses of Fungi. World renowned Dorothy Beebee is an artist who began her mushroom related career illustrating the first book about mushroom dyeing and now teaches natural dyeing with mushrooms to students around the world. Paul Kroeger, an expert of Hot Springs Biology, will be our conference mycologist and lead the identification workshops. The culinary expert, Chef Michael Blackwell of Whole Foods, will lead us on a journey of mushroom tasting. There will be guided field trips where we will collect mushrooms for study and the table. Judy Roger, our local mushroom expert, will familiarize us with mushrooms of the area.

Their website is www.breitenbush.com


  • Thursday, October 6

4:00 - 6:00pm: Check in at the Office after parking. Unload bags after check in and cabin assignment. If you arrive later, the list of cabin assignments will be posted on the office door. There are no keys.
6:00 - 7:15pm: Dinner
7:15pm: Breitenbush Resort Orientation. Breitenbush Staff
7:45pm: Introduction to Mushroom Hunting. Receive Fieldtrip details. Patrice Benson
8:15pm: Typical Mushrooms of the Area around Breitenbush. Judy Roger
9:15-ish: Hot Springs await

  • Friday, October 7 

8:00 - 9:00am: Breakfast
9:15am - 1:00pm: Guided field trips: Gather in front of Lodge to form car pools
1:00 - 2:00pm: Lunch (sack lunches can be requested the day before if you plan to hunt all day)
3:30 - 5:00pm: Mushroom Cooking and Tasting workshop Chef Michael Blackwell. Participant helpers are welcome at 2:30pm
4:00 - 6:00pm: Mushroom ID from the collected mushrooms (behind the lodge). Informal. Paul Kroeger
6:00 - 7:00pm: Dinner
7:30 - 8:30pm: Mushroom Anatomy Dr. Susan Libonati
8:30 - 9:15pm: Hot Springs Biology Paul Kroeger
9:15-ish: Hot Springs await

  • Saturday, October 8

8:00 - 9:00am: Breakfast
9:15am - 1:00pm: Guided fieldtrips:
Gather in front of Lodge to form car pools
1:00 - 2:00pm: Lunch
2:00 - 5:30pm: Mushrooms for Color Dyeing workshop, Dorothy Beebee

3:00 - 5:00pm: Mushroom_ID (North Deck behind the lodge) Led by Paul Kroeger
6:00 - 7:00pm: Dinner!
7:30 - 8:30pm: Human uses of Fungi, Dr. Susan Libonati
8:30pm: The Oregon Chanterelle Study: 20 year report, Judy Roger

9:15-ish: Hot Springs await

  • Sunday, October 9

8:00 - 9:00am: Breakfast
9:00 - 10:00am: A tour of the mushrooms on exhibit, Paul Kroeger and Dr. Susan Libonati
Check out of your cabin by 1:00pm
1:00 - 2:00: Lunch
Please depart by 3:00pm

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