Oct 6th, 2014 Meeting – 6:30 PM: Kimberly Coelho

Our October 6th meeting will feature a culinary demonstration of mushroom cuisine by Chef Kimberly Coelho. The meeting will be hosted in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park.

Kimberly Coelho is a culinary educator with a passion for sustainable cuisine. She has over five years experience teaching high school culinary students. Whether trying out new recipes, coaching students for the culinary competitions, entertaining friends, or reading cookbooks on the couch, good food is always on her mind.

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management, Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition, she began her career at the esteemed Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai. Furthering her education, she earned a Master’s Degree in Hospitality Administration from Institute Vatel in Nimes, France. Kimberly also worked as a pastry chef at Relais de Margaux in the Medoc region of France, becoming locally famous for her caneles.

In addition to her home garden, she has built two organic school gardens. She is passionate about food sustainability, is a master composter and incorporates all aspects of food and the environment into her classroom. Kimberly has written and developed nutrition curriculum for the University of California A-G high school curriculum standards as well as for middle and high school online nutrition courses.

Kimberly was born in Mumbai, India and has also lived in Belgium and France. Growing up in an East Indian/ Portugese household, she learned the art of Goan cuisine from her mother and grandmother. She now lives in San Diego with her husband where she enjoys hunting wild mushroom in its all too short rainy season.
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Post Meeting Update: Recipes Links for the Lobster Mushroom-Quick Pickle-Bruchette and Chanterelle mushroom ravioli

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Welcome Back, Season 2014/2015 Events

As the new season (2014/2015) starts, we would like to welcome everyone back. We have a very exciting line-up of speakers and guests for this year. Meetings are always the first Monday of the month. Below is the current line-up of events. Check back each month for in depth details for each event.

Oct 6, 2014 – Chef Kimberly Coelho, Cooking demonstration
Nov 3, 2014 – Daniel Winkler, Amazon mushrooms; Club Elections of Officers
Dec 1, 2014 – Holiday Potluck and white elephant exchange
Jan 5, 2015 – TBD
Feb 2, 2015 – Dr. Chet Leathers
Feb 15, 2015 – Mushroom Fair {11am: Lucy Warren, Greg Rubin, Maggie Olsen; afternoon: TBD}
Mar 2, 2015 – Dennis and Robert, Cook demonstration
Apr 6, 2015 – Alan Rockefeller – Mushrooms of Mexico
May 4, 2015 – End of the Season Potluck

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May 5th, 2014 Meeting – Potluck

The May 5th 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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April 7th, 2014 Meeting – 6:30PM: Elio Schaechter

The guest speaker for our April 7th meeting will be Dr. Elio Schaechter. The meeting will be hosted in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park at 6:30 PM.
Elio Schaechter is a distinguished Professor, Emeritus, of Tufts University School of Medicine, Adjunct Professor Emeritus, at SDSU, visiting scholar at UCSD, and a founding member of SDMS. Elio is an actively retired microbiologist living in San Diego. He spent most of his research career working on growth physiology and bacterial cell organization. He has a deep love of teaching and has authored several textbooks and co-edited treatises. In retirement he is satisfying his curiosity in broader microbiological phenomena, especially those related to ecology and symbiotic relationships. His hobbies include studying wild mushrooms.
Dr. Schaechter’s presentation is titled: “Mushrooms Through the Ages. A visit to various epochs, times, and tastes.” He will take us on a historical tour of how people and mushrooms interacted at different times and places. He will illustrate his talk with images that include mushrooms in paintings and other works of art.
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For a short account of his activities, follow Elio and associates on the Micro Blog “Small Things Considered” at http://schaechter.asmblog.org/schaechter/ as they discuss/share their appreciation for the width and depth of the microbial activities on planet earth.
Join us before the meeting as we treat our guest speaker to dinner at 5PM at Blue Water Seafood Market and Grill

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Potential Foray – March 15th

Will and Claudette Wilson have graciously invited the SDMS members to their San Luis Rey ranch on Saturday, March 15th at 10:00 AM, but we need volunteers to assist with the foray details (announcements, collecting waivers, organizing, etc.) as a large portion of the board members are not available that weekend to organize the event. Please contact any of the board members if you are interested in assisting with the organization of the foray.

The Foray is a go. An email announcement should be sent out soon containing the details. Participation in SDMS Forays requires a signed liability waiver by each participant. The liability waiver form can be found on the website under the Events Tab (http://www.sdmyco.org/?page_id=14). If you are unable to print the PDF form, we will have copies of the form on hand the day of the foray. Please arrive a little early in order to complete the form. The plan is to forage for one or two hours and then meet for the potluck lunch.

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March 3rd 2014 Meeting – 6:30PM: Mary Ann Hawke

The guest speaker for our March 3rd meeting will be Mary Ann Hawke. The meeting will be hosted in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park at 6:30 PM.

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 PhD 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.  Dr. Hawke’s presentation is titled “From Barcoding to Biodiversity: What Are We Learning About Fungi?”

Join us before the meeting as we treat our guest speaker to dinner at 5PM at Khyber Pass Restaurant.

Post Meeting Announcement: A PDF copy of Dr Hawke’s Presentation can be viewed here: Barcoding to Biodiversity Presentation . A PDF copy of a mushroom data sheet similar to the one discussed in Dr Hawke’s presentation can be printed from here: mushroom data sheet. A link to a one-page article that Dr Hawke wrote up for the the International Barcode of Life (iBOL) Bulletin, about the barcoding project can be found here: March 2014 Bulletin (see the whole Bulletin posted at http://www.ibol.org).

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February 3rd, 2014 Meeting – 6:30PM: Steve Farrar

The speaker for our February 3rd meeting will be Steve Farrar from Mushroom Matrix. The meeting will be hosted in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park at 6:30 PM. His talk is titled “Mushrooms and Health: The Healing Powers of Medicinal-Culinary Mushrooms”.

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Fungus Fair (2-16-14) Guest Presenters

We have several exciting guest speakers presenting at the San Diego Mycological Society’s 16th Annual Mushroom Fair on Feb 16th, 2014

Our First Speaker will be Alyssa Allen presenting a demonstration of “Mycopigments” (Mushroom Dyes)

Alissa Allen has been experimenting with mushroom derived pigments for 15 years. Raised by a forager in the Pacific Northwest, she has been a student of the natural world her entire life. For the past two years she has been travelling around the US; studying regional habitats and sharing local mushroom dye palettes with fungophiles and fiber artists alike. Mushroom identification is her primary passion, but Mycopigments are her obsession. In addition using mushrooms to dye wool, she is currently exploring lichen dyes and mushroom pigments for paint. You can read more about mushroom dyes on her website http://mycopigments.com/

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Our Second Speaker is Distinguished Professor Elio Schaechter presenting “Mushrooms Through the Ages”

Elio Schaechter is a distinguished Professor, Emeritus, of Tufts University School of Medicine, Adjunct Professor Emeritus, at SDSU, visiting scholar at UCSD, and a founding member of SDMS.  Elio is an actively retired microbiologist living in San Diego. He spent most of his research career working on growth physiology and bacterial cell organization. He has a deep love of teaching and has authored several textbooks and co-edited treatises. In retirement he is satisfying his curiosity in broader microbiological phenomena, especially those related to ecology and symbiotic relationships. His hobbies include studying wild mushrooms. For a short account of his activities, visit

Follow Elio and associates on the Micro Blog “Small Things Considered” at http://schaechter.asmblog.org/schaechter/ as they discuss  share their appreciation for the width and depth of the microbial activities on planet earth.

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Our Third Speaker is award-winning photographer Noah Siegel presenting “Mushrooms of California”

Noah Siegel is a nationally known award-winning photographer and mushroom identifier.  His field mycology skills are extensive – he has spent over two decades seeking, photographing, identifying and furthering his knowledge about all aspects of macrofungi. He has hunted for mushrooms throughout the United States and Canada, as well as on multiple expeditions to New Zealand and Australia. He is one of the premier mushroom photographers in the nation, having won numerous awards from the North American Mycological Association (NAMA) photography contest. Noah has spent the last four years traveling up and down the Californian coast, amassing pictures of over a thousand species!

He is currently working on, with Christian Schwarz, A Guide to Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast, a comprehensive book to northern Californian mushrooms. He serves as a trustee for the Northeast Mycological Federation and is the northeast representative to NAMA, as well as the chair of the NAMA Foray Committee and also serves on NAMA’s Photography Committee.

Noah will be presenting a talk on the “Mushrooms of California”

Talk Abstract:  California is an extremely diverse state with many unique mushroom habitats. From the seemingly endless wet winters and its majestic forests full of mushrooms on the northern coast, to the Live Oak woodlands of central and southern California, the carpets of Morels in the mountains to the desert fungal oddities. Noah’s breathtaking photos will introduce you to some of California’s specialties; from the common edibles to some of the spectacular rare gems from every corner of the state.

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In addition to our guest speakers, we will have a mushroom cooking demonstration. Times and Locations for the presentations and demonstrations will be posted in Room 101 and 104 Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park

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Foray at Felicita Park Saturday January 25, 2014

In conjunction with Britt Bunyard’s guest lecture, the SDMS will host a foray at Felicita Park on Saturday January 25, 2014. All are welcome to attend the lecture on Friday and the foray on Saturday.

The foray will start at 10:30 AM.  Everyone MUST complete a Liability Waiver Form in order to participate in the foray.  A form must be completed for each foray activity.  The liability waiver form can be found on the website under the Events Tab (http://www.sdmyco.org/?page_id=14).  If you are unable to print the PDF form, we will have copies of the form on hand the day of the foray. Please arrive a little early in order to complete the form. The plan is to forage for one or two hours and then meet for a group discussion of the found treasurers. If interested, feel free to bring a sack lunch. Parking is $3.

Foray Follow-up: Despite the extremely dry conditions, we found several different types of mushrooms and everyone learned a few things.  The following specimens were found and mentioned in the group discussion: Agaricus sp., Annulohypoxylon thouarsianum (cramp balls), Armillaria sp. (honey fungus), Astraeus hygrometricus (earthstars), Boletus chrysenteron, Boletus dryophilus, Chlorophyllum rachodes (shaggy parasol), Coprinopsis atramentaria (inky caps), Omphalotus olivascens (jack-o-lantern), Phellinus gilvus, Schizophyllum commune, Stereum sp., Trametes versicolor, and Yellow slime mold.

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Special SDMS Meeting January 24, 2014 6:30 PM in Room 104 with Britt Bunyard

The SD Mycological society will be hosting a special meeting on Friday January 24, 2014 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 “Mycorrhizotopia: Fungi are the Puppet Masters of the World”

Come learn about plants and their mushroom partners, the mycorrhizal fungi. Britt’s presentation is for general audiences, and does not require prior scientific knowledge. The discussion will cover the latest understanding of how plants grow. In most, if not all, cases, plants enter into obligate partnerships with mushrooms and other fungi. Put another way, some fungi farm plants for a living. Find out why most of our treasured edible mushrooms are not able to be cultivated and how this knowledge will increase your chances of success in finding them in the forest!

Britt Bunyard will also accompany the SDMS group on a foray the following day at Felicita Park (Saturday January 25, 2014). Refer to the SDMS website for more details. All are welcome to attend both functions.

Brief Bio for Britt Bunyard, Ph.D.

Britt Bunyard is the Founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal Fungi (www.fungimag.com) 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. The main focus of Britt’s research interests has centered on the co-evolution of macrofungi and Diptera, the true flies.

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.

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