PENINSULA Renowned chefs and innkeepers on Washingtons Long Beach Peninsula are showcasing wild edibles during the Wild Mushroom Celebration, now through Nov. 15. Held during the height of the local fall mushroom season, the event is comprised of multiple special dinners, classes and talks, as well as featured wild mushroom menu items at participating restaurants.
As part of its 10th anniversary festivities, The Depot Restaurant in Seaview will host its annual Wild Mushroom Dinner on Friday, Oct. 11 with Oregons Blakeslee Vineyards. Owners Sheila and Bill will be there to share their Burgundian-style, estate wines. Seats may be reserved by calling 642-7880.
That same weekend, Boreas Inn will partner with Pelicano Restaurant and forager Veronica Williams for a two-night Wild Mushroom Celebration Weekend Package. The package includes brunch and a four-course Wild Mushroom and Wine Dinner at Pelicano on Saturday, Oct. 12, as well as Boreas Inns traditional six-course Wild Mushroom Celebration Brunch on Sunday, Oct. 13 with guest host, Veronica Williams, professional forager and owner of All Wild. For additional details, pricing and to make reservations, please visit www.boreasinn.com or call 642-8069.
Veronica Williams will host a free, casual wild mushroom discussion in the Boreas Inn living room on Oct. 13 at 11a.m. The discussion is open to the public, and seating is limited. To reserve a seat, please call Boreas Inn at 642-8069.
The Shelburne Restaurant will present its 4th Annual Wild Mushroom and Pike Brewing Co. Wild Mushroom and Beer Dinner, on Friday, Oct. 25. Pike Brewing Co. founders, Charles and Rose Ann Finkel will be there to share tales of ales as well as their brewing expertise. The restaurants chef team of Robert Erickson and Darcie Grass will artfully pair a variety of Pikes beers with multiple courses, featuring a bounty of fresh, locally harvested wild mushrooms. The popular event offers limited seating; early reservations are suggested. Call the Inn at 642-2442.
During the Wild Mushroom Celebration on Nov. 8, The Depot Restaurant will also present a Lewis & Clark Wild Game Dinner with well-known Owen Roe Winery sharing their estate grapes from Washington and Oregon.
Chef Michael Lalewicz will tap into the Lewis and Clark journals to design a menu of game and local foods The Corps of Discovery used and studied, including mushrooms, camas and more.
The Depot, The Shelburne, Boreas Inn and Pelicano along with Jimella & Nancis Market Café, 42nd Street Café & Bistro, Pickled Fish and Lost Roo will also feature wild mushrooms on their menus throughout the festival.
Among the edible wild mushrooms found in Pacific County and on the Long Beach Peninsula are the following: Angel Wings, Boletus (including Porcini), Canary, Cauliflower, Chicken of the Woods, Coral, Golden Chanterelle, Hedgehog, Honey, Lactarius Deliciosus, Lobster, Matsutake, Meadow, Oyster, Prince, Puff Balls, Red-Capped Scaber Stalk, Scaly Inky Cap, Shaggy Mane, and Slippery Jack.
For a schedule of Wild Mushroom Celebration events, please access http://wildmushroomcelebration.com/.