Oct. 5, 2015 Meeting – 6:30 PM: Mushroom Cultivation with Sam Andrasko

The guest speaker for our October 5th meeting will be Sam Andrasko. The meeting will be hosted in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park at 6:30 PM.

The presentation will include a discussion on the development of fungal hyphae with an overview of how fungi decompose matter, store energy, and the requirements they need to fructify. Examples of how commercially cultivated mushrooms are grown will be presented as well as what processes are involved. Before going home participants will have a basic understanding of what it takes to grow mushrooms for themselves, find needed information and help or even start their own mushroom production facility.
We will try to have spawn that participants can take home to try to grow mushrooms for themselves.

There will be NO pre-meeting dinner this month.

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July 3rd A Fair To Remember

We had a great time at the San Diego County Fair! There was a lot of interest in our booth and the mushrooms. Below are some pictures from the day.
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July 3, 2015 – San Diego Fair Info Booth

Requesting Volunteers:
Our group was invited to have an informational booth at the San Diego Fair on Friday July 3rd to promote interest in mushrooms and our group. Volunteers are needed to staff the information booth in shifts from 9 am to 5 pm. We have 10 free fair entrance passes for the volunteers. If interested in participating, please contact sdmyco@gmail.com with your name and interested volunteer time frame.
Here is the July 3 Booth at the County Fair flyer and County Fair map and booth location.

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May 9, 2015 – Garden Party for the Century

Thank you all who participated in the “Garden Party for the Century” Centennial celebration. Our wagon in the floral wagon parade was a hit. We had a lot of visitors to our booth. Below are a few pictures from the day.
Due to the success and interest in our group at the Garden Party, we were invited to have an informational booth at the San Diego Fair. If you missed participating in the Garden Party celebration, you have another chance to help promote mushrooms at the San Diego Fair on July 3rd. Stay tuned for more details.
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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.
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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)
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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.
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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, http://mycopigments.com/
• 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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