Monthly Speakers

Next Meeting: February 20 2020


Speaker: Chad Hyatt

Topic: It is time to question the standard lore about mushroom cookery.

Beliefs about how to handle and cook mushrooms, where they fit into a meal, and even what mushrooms are good to eat seem driven more by superstition and tradition than by an understanding of their flavors, aromas, and chemistry. This presentation will take a more modern look at their cooking, with plenty of samples to taste. We will also discuss mushrooms prized by other cultures around the world, yet shunned by most American hunters.

Chad Hyatt is a classically trained chef that has spent the last decade working in restaurants and private clubs around the San Francisco Bay Area. He spends his free time hunting for and learning about mushrooms, along with seeking out new techniques and traditional ethnic recipes to apply to them. Chad frequently demos and teaches wild mushroom cookery at private and public events, puts on wild mushroom dinners, and recently released an innovative new wild mushroom cookbook, The Mushroom Hunter’s Kitchen.

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2004

ÿDr. Bruce Ing, Ph.D., University College, Chester. "The Natural History of Myxomycetes."
  • Dr. Gastón Guzmán, Ph.D., Instituto de Ecología at Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. "Traditions Of Mexican Mushrooms: Edible, Medicinal And Sacred."
  • Scott Bates, University of Arizona. "Southwestern puffballs and earthstars: monography, phylogeny and spore ultrastructure in the Lycoperdaceae and Geastraceae."
  • Dr. Tom Bruns, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley. "Observations on the Natural History of Ectomycorrhizal Fungi."
  • Megan Romberg, University of California, Davis. "Experiments in dyeing with Fusarium."
  • Dr. Donald Kowalski, Ph.D., California State University Chico, emeritus. "California Slime Molds."
  • Dr. Elio Schaechter, Ph.D., San Diego Mycological Society.
  • Gary Lincoff, New York Botanical Garden.
  • 2003