May 4, 2015 Meeting: Potluck

The May 4th meeting is our last meeting of the season and will be a potluck dinner. The dinner will start at 6:30 PM in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park. Please bring a cooked or cold dish and your own beverage. (Note: there will be no kitchen access)
The club will provide plates, cups, napkins, and utensils, but feel free to bring your own.
Volunteers are needed for setting up and decorating the room. Set-up will begin around 6pm.

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Member Only Mushroom Dinner at Scripps Ranch HS 4:30 PM

The member only Mushroom Dinner is Thursday April 16, 2015 from 4:30 to 6:30pm at Scripps Ranch High School. Space is limited and is available only to members who have pre-paid.

Chef Kimberly Coelho, Culinary Arts Instructor for the Scripps Ranch High School has graciously offered to have her students prepare a mushroom themed dinner for the Mycological Society. The meal will be prepared and served by the advanced culinary arts students and consist of three courses and an amuse buche.

Location: Scripps Ranch High School, Room 502, 10410 Treena Street, San Diego.
Scripps HS Map

Menu: Appetizer (Wild mushroom and Montracht goat cheese tartlets; Green apple and spring mix salad), Entrée (Roasted mushroom Pappardelle with braised beef), Dessert (Cardamom rice pudding, Dulche de leche Chanterelle sauce and king trumpet tuile)
MenuAmuse-Bouche Appetizer Entree Dessert

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April 6, 2015 Meeting: 6:30 PM Alan Rockefeller

The guest speaker for our April 6th meeting will be Alan Rockefeller. The meeting will be hosted in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park at 6:30 PM.

Alan’s presentation is titled “Mushroom of Mexico”

Alan has been studying mushrooms for 15 years. He is most interested in photography and taxonomy of the mushrooms of Mexico and California. He recently returned from 4 months of field work in Southern Mexico. Alan is also interested in phylogenetics. His most recent project involved setting up a DNA lab to get sequences of mushrooms in an effort to find new species in California and Mexico.

Alan’s presentation contains 366 of his favorite photos from the field work he did in Southern Mexico in the summer / fall of 2014. You’ll see hundreds of species of edible, poisonous, and hallucinogenic mushrooms and learn about new taxonomic insights that came from analyzing the DNA of his mushroom collection.
Alan Rockefeller

Pre-Meeting Dinner:
Join us before the meeting at 5 PM as we treat our guest speaker to dinner at Blue Water Grill 3667 India St.

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March 2, 2015 Meeting: 6:30 PM

Our March 2nd meeting will feature a culinary demonstration of mushroom cuisine by SDMS members Robert Topacio and Dennis Sharmahd. The meeting will be hosted in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park.
Recipes: Moo Shu Pork

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February 15, 2015 Fungus Fair 10:30 am to 3:30 pm

Dear Mycophilies, that wonderful time of year has finally arrived. The SDMS Fungus Fair is this Sunday February 15, 2015 at the Casa Del Prado from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.
We will have excellent presentations, a cultivation demonstration, a large number of identified mushroom species to view and even mushroom cuisine (from Girard Gourmet) for purchase.

The Presentations/Demonstrations include:
• 10:30 AM: Lucy Warren, Greg Rubin, Maggie Olsen – Rm 104 “The Importance of Fungus in the Landscape”
• 12 PM: Britt Bunyard – Rm 104 “All Is Not What It May Seem: How Convergent Evolution May Be A Source Of Your Frustration”
• 1 PM: “Mushrooming Cultivation” with Sam Andrasko – Patio
• 2 PM: Elio Schaechter – Rm 104 “Mushrooms and People Through the Ages”

We have the following vendors scheduled to showcase or sell mushroom related goods:
• Alyssa Allen with mushroom derived dye pigments,
• Mushroom Matrix
• Michelle Richmond’s Fused Glass jewelry
• California Olive Oil company (think Truffle oil – yum)
• 5th Kingdom: mushroom crafts and jewelry
• San Diego Mushroom DNA Barcoding project
• Mountain Meadow mushrooms
• Mushroom growing Kits
• Mushroom greeting cards
• Book Sales

We will also have activities for kids.

2015 Flyer

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Pre-Fair Foray 10 AM – Members Only, Feb 14th, 2015

Attention SDMS mycophiles, one of our members has graciously offered to host a pre-fair foray on their property. Since this foray is on private property, only current SDMS members are allowed to participate in the foray. Also, everyone MUST complete and submit the private property liability wavier in order to participate in the foray. A link to the liability wavier is here: Release and Indemnification Liability Waiver. Please complete and bring the waiver with you to the foray. Directions to the foray will be emailed to current SDMS members a few days before the foray so check your email often.

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February 12, 2015 Special SDMS Meeting with Britt Bunyard: 6:30 PM in Room 104

The SD Mycological society will be hosting a special meeting on Thursday February 12, 2015 at 6:30 PM in Room 104, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park with Britt Bunyard Ph.D. as our guest speaker.

His talk will be “All Is Not What It May Seem: How Convergent Evolution May Be A Source Of Your Frustration”

Britt’s presentation is for all audiences, and no prior knowledge of mycology or biology will be needed to thoroughly enjoy the talk. Sometimes things in Nature look similar because they’re closely related. Sometimes not. In the fungal world, many different forms and shapes have seemingly evolved repeatedly and this is a source of wonder and beauty for most of us. For scientists it can be a source of frustration. Come enjoy a beautiful presentation and learn about some of the most amazing and strange denizens of our planet: the Mushrooms.

Britt will also be presenting this talk at the SDMS Fungus Fair on Sunday February 15, 2015 at 12 noon.
Britt Bunyard
Brief Bio for Britt Bunyard, Ph.D.

Dr. Britt Bunyard is the founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal Fungi (, which has the largest circulation of any mycological publication in North America. He also has worked as a full-time Biology professor in Ohio and Wisconsin, teaching a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses in Evolution, Microbiology, Mycology, Invertebrate Zoology, Biochemistry and Environmental Science. The main focus of Britt’s research interests has centered on the co-evolution of macrofungi and Diptera, the true flies.

Dr. Bunyard has coauthored (2012) the recent book Mushrooms and Macrofungi of Ohio and Midwestern States: A Resource Handbook published by The Ohio State University Press. Other scholarly achievements include publication of scientific papers in 16 different international research journals, two book chapters, one patent, articles in popular science magazines, and one full-length book of travel essays from living in Southeast Asia.

Britt has served as Editor-in-Chief of NAMA’s journal McIlvainea and newsletter The Mycophile and as a Subject Editor for the Entomological Society of America’s journal Annals of the Entomological Society of America. Britt gives several invited lectures in North America and abroad each year and regularly takes part in many mycological events and forays. He is married and has three children, plus assorted livestock roaming around the farm.

Pre-meeting Dinner
Join us before the meeting as we treat our guest speaker to dinner at 5PM at Blue Water Grill, 3667 India St, San Diego, CA 92103

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Feb 2nd, 2015 Meeting – 6:30 PM: Noel Fong

Originally, Dr. Chet Leathers was going to speak on “Mushrooms of Arizona,” but he had to cancel. Hopefully, we will be able to reschedule him for a later date.

In his place, Noel Fong has graciously agreed to give a new and exciting presentation on “How to Eat Mushrooms”!

Besides the pleasure of the hunt, I am sure most of you would agree that the main goal in finding mushrooms is to consume them. Noel will talk about mushrooms found in different regions of the world (Asia, Russia, Sweden, etc.) and how they are commonly prepared. Also included will be lists of flavors that go well with mushrooms, some odd pairings, and even a mention of wines that go well with various mushroom fare.

This will be a fun talk and participation is welcome! We will also have an “Open Mike” for people to share their neat mushroom recipes, fungi preparation tips, or memorable mushroom meals.

Also, as the talk will be about food, feel free to bring mushroom-themed snacks to share if you want to add to the festivity.

The meeting will be hosted in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park at 6:30 PM.

Post Meeting Update: Here is the link to the Mushroom Food Talk slides.

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Zion Market “Foray” Update

The January 18th “Foray” at Zion Market was a big success. Everyone went home with lots of mushrooms and a wealth of information about the various culinary options and choices available in this nearby marketplace. Below are a few pictures of the fun.
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Jan 5th, 2015 Meeting – 6:30 PM: Dr. Mary Ann Hawke

The guest speaker for our January 5th meeting will be Dr. Mary Ann Hawke. The meeting will be hosted in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park at 6:30 PM.

Dr. Hawke’s presentation is titled “The Hidden Life of Spores”
Spores of fungi are often used to help identify species, but we often don’t give them another thought. Much like the pollen and seeds of higher plants, spores are ingeniously designed for dispersal and survival in harsh environments. Did you ever wonder why spore prints are different colors? Or think about what spores are made of? Or question why they come in such an array of interesting shapes and sizes? Please join us for this journey inside the remarkable hidden life of spores.

Brief Bio:
Dr. Mary Ann Hawke is trained as a plant ecologist and environmental educator, and she is currently working at UCSD at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography on a mycology project. Her interest in fungi began when she did her Ph.D. on soil-plant-microbe interactions in a plant pathology lab at Agriculture Canada. Since then, her work has focused on native plants, ecological health, climate change, and citizen science. She co-founded and was Director of the San Diego County Plant Atlas at the San Diego Natural History Museum, an NSF-funded citizen science project that trained community volunteers to document the floristic diversity of this important biodiversity hotspot. She is also one of the co-founders and organizers of the San Diego Citizen Science Network that was created in 2012 to foster citizen science in our region.

Pre-Meeting Dinner:
Join us before the meeting at 5 PM as we treat our guest speaker to dinner at Soltan Banoo, 4645 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116.

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