MAW Culinary Activities

MAW has a long tradition of holding mushroom-focused culinary events, allowing member cooks to show off their culinary skills and member participants to experience some of the many delicious wild and cultivated mushrooms that can be found locally.  

While COVID has curtailed large-scale culinary events for the time being, MAW has set up a Culinary group forum to allow "pot hunting" members to connect more informally. We invite members to use this platform to organize their own small local tastings or other gatherings of mutual interest, whether a foray in search of edible mushrooms or a group dinner to a local fungus-forward restaurant, or to simply share a recipe or a sudden surplus of foraged mushrooms. 

All MAW members are encouraged to join the culinary group and get connected to their fellow foodies and mycophiles! Suggestions and questions about MAW culinary, or any technical difficulties with the forum, can be directed to MAW's culinary chair via email at

Information on MAW's Past Mushroom Tastings

MAW’s mushroom tastings feature mycophagy (mushroom-based cooking) – delicious and educational at the same time! These programs allow members to share their best mushroom dishes and recipes. Taste mushrooms and other wild foods you have never tried before, and compare the results of different preparation and preservation techniques.

If it’s a particularly good year, a tasting might feature porcini risotto, morel quiche, chicken mushroom satay, chanterelle crostini, hen-of-the woods stir-fry, puffball Parmesan, and even candy cap ice cream. Cooks might explore:

  • Which makes better broth – black staining polypore or hen of the woods?
  • Which makes better risotto – black trumpet chanterelles or boletes?
  • Do you prefer truffle ice cream or candy cap ice cream? 

Come out to cook, or just to taste. Cooks get free entry! Participants will vote for the best preparations and we will share our recipes. 

MAW’s tastings are members-only. You must be an active member of MAW on the day of the event to attend. These popular events often sell out, so we strongly recommend that you register early!

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