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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Join us before the meeting at 5 PM as we treat our guest speaker to dinner at Blue Water Grill 3667 India St.
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
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.
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.
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.
Dr. 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 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.
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