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November 12th thru the 14th
As the foggy nights approach and the coastal mists create ideal conditions for wild mushrooms, we invite you to join us for the first annual PNW Puhpowee. Located on the Southwestern most coastal slab of Washington State, the Long Beach Peninsula provides mushroom enthusiasts with over 30 varieties of wild edible mushrooms every year. They thrive under its dank coastal conditions of moist sea air, fertile sandy soil, and protective rows of evergreens. We are not talking about the pale button shaped plastic wrapped specimens at your local grocery store, but the ones growing wild in the recesses of your local forests, fields, and dune grasses. Although a centuries-old tradition in many parts of Europe, interest in foraging for wild mushrooms and wild plant identification is relatively new here in most of the US, but every fall this 43-square mile peninsula becomes the unofficial wild mushroom capital of the United States.
There is a certain mystique surrounding all wild mushrooms as Alice discovered in Wonderland, but the ones steeped in the deepest mystique are those associated with theraputic benefits. We wanted to provide a comfortable social environment to learn about identifying safe and viable wild mushrooms. We are hoping after spending some time in one of our educational sessions it will help demystify many wild mushrooms. Join us as we discuss your foraged finds with Daniel Parhaniemi or @dparnocch on Instagram and the founder of Conscious Collectors Cooperative and return with us to lunch and discuss around our mushroom identification table with local chef and celebrity Veronica Williams. Enjoy a quaint night market with vendors featuring the best little mushroom goodies. We aim to put the tools in your grasp to proceed with confidence foraging your own mushrooms for all their life enhancing uses.
A self guided Instagramable Easter egg hunt for adults. This event is timed with the release of the Fantastic Fungi Community Cookbook and the peak seasonal harvest of wild mushrooms on the peninsula. Fall showcases the wide variety of edible wild foraged fungi found in the surrounding lush green forests, grasslands, and dunes and doubles as the perfect time of year to enjoy the delicious fall mushroom recipes featured in this mushroom lover’s cookbook. Foragers and mycologists scour the regions’ damp forests set out on foggy fall trips where they bring home a full fall bounty of Porcini (Kings), Hedgehogs (sweet tooths), Cauliflower mushrooms, Lobster mushrooms, Saffron milkcaps (deliciosus), Chanterelles, azurescens (azzies,) Violet corts and so many more. All with dreams of pastas, soups, and pastries stuffed with our fall treasures.
Your stay with us features all that is good about these dishes with each package including the meal plan curated by award-winning local chef contributing to the soon to be released Fantastic Fungi Community Cookbook. Edited by acclaimed mushroom author Eugenia Bone the Fantastic Fungi Community Cookbook, features over a hundred mushroom-centric recipes written by the people who know mushroom cooking best: mushroom lovers! We are so pleased to invite you Saturday November 13th to the Fantastic Fungi Community Cookbook release party where you will have a chance to meet with celebrity Chef Sebastian Carosi and sample some of his featured recipes. Bring your recently foraged mushrooms for expert identification and join us for the screening of the movie that started it all, Fantastic Fungi. We are humbled you are considering continuing your wild mushroom education at the first annual PNW Puhpowee at Camp Ruderalis.
THIS EVENT IS FOR ADULTS 21+ ONLY
In his 1973 book Coast to Coast, author Alfred Wainwright once wrote, “There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” We have prepared a short list of items that will make your stay a more enjoyable one: thermal underwear (aka long johns), rain gear or just a rain jacket (but you will probably want both), rain hat, sturdy waterproof footwear or hiking boots, a notebook, your camera, a macro lens, a mushroom basket, a pocket or mushroom knife, a dehydrator (if you have one), healthy snacks, extra cash, and extra food. The evenings will be warm and inviting in your rooms, but it will be winter directly on the Pacific Ocean. Weather in November is typically a high of 53ºF foggy and raining, most of the time sideways… just saying!
Award winning local Chef Sebastian Carosi, contributes to the soon to be released Fantastic Fungi Community Cookbook, the most diverse and comprehensive mushroom cookbook available. Saturday November 13th we will proudly be host to the Fantastic Fungi Community Cookbook release party.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2021
Award winning local chef contributes to the soon to be released Fantastic Fungi Community Cookbook.
Edited by acclaimed mushroom author Eugenia Bone the Fantastic Fungi Community Cookbook [Insight Editions; 11/23], featuring over a hundred mushroom-centric recipes written by the people who know mushroom cooking best: mushroom lovers! These are the recipes you will cook for dinner: simple family friendly recipes representing many ethnicities from around the world.
The story behind the making of this book is the story of a community. Mycophiles from all over the United States and beyond shared their mushroom recipes on the Fantastic Fungi movie website. Eugenia worked with the numerous authors to develop their recipes for publication, and in the process, many new connections and friendships were formed. It’s what Louie Schwartzberg, the director of the film Fantastic Fungi, calls the “mycelial connection.” The resulting cookbook is an accurate portrayal of a community with one thing in common: mushrooms!
Insert award-winning local Chef Sebastian Carosi, having trained at Portland’s Western Culinary Institute where he learned an abundance of local foraging spots, tips, and techniques, from the dearly departed WCI culinary instructor, Chef Daniel Brophy. Apprenticing under renowned female chefs in Italy Chef Carosi continued to explore his connection with wild ingredients. Chef Carosi was a leader in the farm-to-form movement, focusing on regional wild edibles across the country throughout his career.
Chef Sebastian Carosi comes from a Northern Italian family that immigrated to the United States in the early 40’s with a long history of foraging and a deep connection to wild food in their rich ancestral heritage. Finding ways throughout his career to bring his passion for wild ingredients to each and every kitchen and culinary endeavor. In the late 90’s he manned the stove at the now shuttered Knob Hill hotspot Tribeca where he featured the Woodland Wild Mushroom Strudel and the Sage and Sausage Stuffed Morels that are included in the Fantastic Fungi Community Cookbook. Living off the grid in the Dark Divide between Mount St Helens and Mt Adams with his family for several months a year is generally where you will find them in the late summer and fall. With coastal kings, saffron milk caps, matsutakes, morels, lobsters, and black truffles within his grasp Chef Sebastian Carosi professes a deep addiction to the Chanterelle. Whether the Pacific Golden Chanterelle, Cascade Chanterelle, White Chanterelle, or Rainbow Chanterelle… life revolves around the Chanterelle for the chef. An overly avid forager and wild crafter, Chef Carosi has always maintained a direct link to many plentiful mushroom spots throughout the area.
Chef Carosi could not have been happier to learn Eugenia Bone and the folks of the Fantastic Fungi community were coming together and shared in his dream of bringing more delicious wild foods to your kitchen table. Carefully selecting a wide variety of recipes that he has prepared with great success across the greater US. In the Fantastic Fungi Community Cookbook, you will find his world famous Sriracha Icebox Pickled Chanterelles featuring none other than his most prized wild mushroom. You can also find a Dungeness Crab + Cordyceps Soup that will warm your tummy and heal your body on a cold day foraging the coastal dune grass. His Woodland Wild Mushroom Strudel has graced the table at more elite restaurants than our former local favorite Tribeca, but you won’t want to miss the opportunity to serve this delicious treat to your family. Share your love of wild food by sharing the love of making wild food. The Sage and Sausage Stuffed Morels are an ideal recipe to enlist some tiny hands to help with stuffing. And utilizing the unique mycological wonder and newly obsessed over culinary ingredient huitlacoche he creates a delicious late summer comfort food with his Smoky Black Bean + Huitlacoche Soup, inspired by his time along the Colorado River in Arizona.
Mushrooms are a low-fat, fiber-rich, sustainable food. They are surprisingly varied in taste and texture, and more and more people are interested in cooking with them. But how? The days of pan frying alone are over. Dive into the world of mushrooms with this informative and engaging new cookbook that includes delightful recipes for soups, pasta dishes, salads, sides, main dishes, desserts, and more, all featuring a variety of cultivated and wild mushrooms. The Fantastic Fungi Community Cookbook is a unique collection of crowd-sourced recipes, tested by Eugenia Bone and selected for publication because they are simply delicious.
The cookbook also features five thoughtful and engaging essays written by Eugenia that explore a wide range of topics, including mushroom cooking, mushroom cultivation, mushroom foraging, mushroom nutrition, and the impacts fungi have on agriculture. A range of experts can be found in these pages, from chefs like our own PNW forager Chef Sebastian Carosi, to journalists like Langdon Cook (The Mushroom Hunters), mycologists like Dr. Tom Volk, and charismatic scientists and entrepreneurs like Tradd Cotter. With beautiful full-color photography by noted food photographer Evan Sung, this cookbook will expand your appreciation of mushrooms, their different tastes, and their many, many applications, from flavoring drinks to replacing meat.
The most diverse and comprehensive mushroom cookbook available, The Fantastic Fungi Community Cookbook is the perfect gift for anyone who is curious about the marvelous world of mushrooms and the magic they can make in the kitchen.
The author and editor Eugenia Bone is a nationally known nature and food writer. She is the former president of the New York Mycological Association and a member of the National Association of Science Writers. She has published over six books, including the James Beard–nominated Well-Preserved and Mycophilia: Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms. Her work has appeared in many outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Saveur, and Food & Wine. She is currently featured in Michelle Obama’s Netflix series, Waffles + Mochi, in the mushroom episode (of course).
Today contributing author Chef Sebastian Carosi helps operate Camp Ruderalis, creating and hosting seasonally driven eco-gastronomic educational immersion experiences in random rural locations around the country, with a home base here in the Pacific Northwest. Ironically, he will be hosting The PNW Puhpowee. A coastal wild mushroom symposium of sorts, on the Long Beach peninsula of Washington State, this November. The event will feature noted educational speakers, foragers, experts, and enthusiasts. A three day, all inclusive, deep dive into some of the Pacific Northwest’s treasured coastal mushrooms. On the second night of The PNW Puhpowee, on November 13th we will proudly host the Fantastic Fungi Community Cookbook release party. An evening of seasonal mushroom-centric small plates, beverages and elixirs such as wassail, and a screening of the movie Fantastic Fungi.
For tickets and information for The PNW Puhpowee please visit www.campruderalis.com/the-pnw-puhpowee for more details.
The Fantastic Fungi Community Cookbook is available for pre-order online wherever books are sold and will be in stores November 23rd at Simon and Schuster, Amazon, and Bookshop.
The Fantastic Fungi Community Cookbook
Insight Editions | November 2021 | 08in x 10in | 208pp
Hardcover | $35.00
Contact Info :
Chef Sebastian Carosi: firstname.lastname@example.org | 971-282-5005
James Faccinto (Publicity Manager, Inside Editions): email@example.com | 415-526-1370 ext. 191
"Stalking the wild Azzie in the mushroom hunting capital of the Pacific Northwest"
- by Robyn Griggs Lawrence December 21, 2020
Fantastic Fungi is a consciousness-shifting film about the mycelium network that takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet. Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets.....
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