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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Dec 1st 2014, Holiday Potluck and White Elephant Exchange: 6:30 PM

Our December 1st, 2014 meeting with be a potluck dinner and white elephant gift exchange. 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.

For those that want to participate in the White Elephant exchange, please bring a wrapped present for the exchange.

Volunteers are needed for setting up and decorating the room. Set-up will begin around 6pm. We need help arranging tables and chairs, placing tablecloths, and decorating. Feel free to bring greenery or decorations.

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Members Only Mushroom Dinner, Nov 13th, 2014: 4:30PM

Once again Mesa College Department of Culinary Arts will be hosting a Mushroom dinner for the our club on November 13, 2014 at 4:30 PM. The dinner is for members only and is first come first serve for the first 50 people. The cost is $20 per person. Payment can be made at the next meeting to Pat.
The dining area is located behind the main cafeteria in room H-105 on the Mesa College Campus. Free parking is available for the dinner service. Mesa College Map

Directions: From the 163 exit at Mesa College Drive. Head west toward the campus. Once on the campus, turn left to drive on the lower portion of Mesa College Cir. Follow the road around until you see a flag pole on the ‘north’ side of the road (behind the A-100 building). Park in the faculty parking lot that is the lower parking lot across the street from the flag pole. Note: parking in the wrong area will result in receiving a parking ticket.

Follow-up: It was another wonderful dinner. Thank you Mesa College Students. You did a superb job. 2014 menu2014 app 2014 soup 20414 salad 2014 entree 2014 dessert

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Nov 3rd, 2014 Meeting – 6:30 PM Daniel Winkler – Amazon Mushrooms

The guest speaker for our November 3rd meeting will be Daniel Winkler. The meeting will be hosted in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park at 6:30 PM.
Daniel grew up collecting and eating wild mushrooms in the Alps and has been foraging since 18 years in the PNW. Daniel trained as a geographer and ecologist and works as researcher and NGO consultant on environmental issues of the Tibetan Plateau, specializing on Tibet’s diverse mushroom industry, publishing widely on the subject, especially on Caterpillar fungus – Ophiocordyceps sinensis. He is also the author of Field Guides to Edible Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest and California (Harbour Publishing 2011 & 2012) and with Larry Evans “Field Guide to Tropical Amazon Mushrooms” (Mushroaming Publishing 2014). Since 2006, through his travel agency MushRoaming Daniel is organizing eco-tours to Tibet, the Amazon, and beyond.

Title: Amazing Amazon Mushrooms – Field Guide Debut

Talk Summary

In concert with the publication of Daniel Winkler’s and Larry Evans’ Amazon Mushroom Field Guide, Daniel will share his best photos and entertaining stories from his annual travels in the Upper Amazon Basin along the eastern Andean slopes of Ecuador and Bolivia. As one of the most biodiverse areas in the western hemisphere, the Amazon contains an extremely diverse group of fungal organisms from bright-pink oyster mushrooms to giant polypores, from macabre insect-parasitizing Cordyceps and strange Xylarias to dainty colorful Marasmius and Collybias. Furthermore Daniel will share spectacular wildlife, bizarre insects, and exotic flowers.

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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Officer Elections Nov 3, 2014

The club will be electing new officers during the Nov 3rd, 2014 meeting. Elections will be held for President, Vice-president, Secretary, and Treasurer.

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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.
Kimberly Ceolho
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 – Dr. Mary Ann Hawke
Feb 2, 2015 – Dr. Chet Leathers
Feb 15, 2015 – Mushroom Fair {Lucy Warren, Greg Rubin, Maggie Olsen; Britt Bunyard; Elio Schaechter; Mushrooming cultivation with Sam Andrasko}
Mar 2, 2015 – Dennis and Robert, Cooking demonstration
Apr 6, 2015 – Alan Rockefeller – Mushrooms of Mexico
May 4, 2015 – End of the Season Potluck
May 9, 2015 – Participation in the Balboa Park 100th Anniversary “Garden Party for the Century” (10 am to 4 pm)

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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.
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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