Saturday, February 10, 2018

February Tradition - Mushroom Foray

For the past decade we have been spending the beginning of the year focusing on our local Mushroom foraging opportunities. And the first Saturday of February is our Annual Wine Club Foray Event.
Driving into Caz sets the tone.

This year, like many, was beautiful. There were record temperatures of 78 and sunny. Pic from the top of Caz taken by one of our foragers.

The day started with our sold out crowd anxious to learn and score the fungi treats of nature.

Back at the Lodge, Mat is busy prepping lunch and Rich is stoking the fire. Crazy at this time of year, it is often warmer outside than in, if you're in the sun!

Our lunch of Beet Salad and Entrée of warm Bread Pudding loaded with Liberty Duck and Wild Mushrooms. Enough to rejuvenate the foragers from a healthy steep hill hike.

And a little Paul Mathew wine. We poured our brand new 2017 Gewurz upon arrival back from hiking and the old and new Pinot's for lunch.

Not a lot found but some lucky hunters went home with a small stash. The idea to come together, enjoy a beautiful winter day, good company and a meal with great wine is our perfect day!

Our spectacular Mushroom specialist, David Campbell gives a debriefing of what was found and what to look for. The edible mushrooms are the most important to understand.

This year with all the incredible warm sunny days, I think the foraging season is coming to a close. We were lucky to squeeze the event in with the lack of rain. Next up, Spring.

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