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What is this? Can I eat it? According to mycology enthusiast Kathy Yerich, these are the most commonly asked questions about mushrooms, and this soirée offers you the opportunity to learn about and sample some of the more than 5,000 species found in our region.

We’ll meet at the Campus Club—its panoramic views of the Mississippi River and early fall foliage making it the perfect venue for sampling these aromatic and earthy fruit bodies.

Hen of the Woods. Chicken of the Woods. What’s the difference? Yerich will discuss Minnesota mushroom species and detail the characteristics essential to their identification. As she presents, chef Beth Jones will serve small plates that feature locally sourced wild and cultivated mushrooms.

In addition to offering tips on how to use mushrooms in your own kitchen, the soirée will include a visit from a gourmet mushroom cultivator who will discuss the ins and outs of the ever-expanding local mushroom industry and other fun(gi) surprises.

Throughout the evening, a cash bar will feature wines, beers, and cocktails with suggested pairings for the courses. Tuition includes food. Space is limited. Registrations must be received by September 18.

Kathy Yerich, BFA, University of Minnesota, is vice president of the Minnesota Mycological Society and a member of the North American Mycological Association. She has been foraging for 15 years and is coauthor of Mushrooms of the Upper Midwest: A Simple Guide to Common Mushrooms (Adventure Publications, 2014).

Beth Jones, executive chef, Campus Club, University of Minnesota, honed her cooking skills and became a proponent of the local foods movement while at Lucia’s in Minneapolis. She has been with the Campus Club for 12 years.

Ian Silver-Ramp, BS, University of Minnesota, is founder and co-owner of Minneapolis-based Mississippi Mushrooms.

Courtney Tchida is the Student Programs Coordinator for the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture and Cornercopia Student Organic Farm.

Offered in cooperation with the Campus Club of the University of Minnesota, Cornercopia Student Farm, Minnesota Mycological Society, and Mississippi Mushrooms.

Photo: Kathy Yerich

Cancellations are subject to a 10 percent processing fee if received five or fewer working days before the program start. Refunds are not granted if you cancel on or after the first day of the program. Notice may be emailed to ccapsinfo@umn.edu.

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