Wild Mushroom Foray (Saturday)

Wild Mushroom Foray (Saturday)

Yes, this is a weekend full of truffles, but we couldn’t resist a walk in the woods in search of wild mushrooms! Join experts David Campbell and Norman Andresen for a delightful foray into the woods above Napa Valley. Follow along as they forage for exotic mushrooms in their native habitats at the height of the mushroom season! You’ll get to savor delicious truffle quiche bites made with fresh black truffles, before venturing out to enjoy nature as you learn the basics about mushrooms, including the process of mushroom identification, as well as proper handling and cooking options for edible mushrooms. Most excitingly you’ll be able to keep any that you find!

We’ll see what we find and find what we see! With a little luck, perhaps we’ll find porcini, hedgehogs, chanterelles or candy caps.” – David Campbell

Past forays have led to such fascinating mushrooms as the popular and deliciously fruity, peppery chanterelle; and candy caps, whose sweet aroma often finds its way into cookies and ice cream; also matsutakes, highly prized (and priced!) in Japanese cuisine and, more recently, in Michelin star restaurants around the world. Foragers also came across many breathtakingly beautiful, non-edible species, such as toadstools. Foraging for wild mushrooms should only be done with knowledgeable mushroom experts, and you will not find a more qualified expert than fungi foray leader David Campbell, the Bay Area Poison Control Center’s go-to mushroom guy.


  • The abundance and presence of specific mushroom species cannot be guaranteed and are very much dependent on nature and specific conditions at the time of the forage.
  • Due to the number of people attending, and the variables involved in determining if a mushroom is edible, our experts cannot be responsible for the consequences if you choose to cook with any of the foraged mushrooms.
  • Rain or Shine. Please bring rain gear and wear appropriate shoes for potentially muddy conditions.
  • Extreme weather conditions will cancel the foray on Saturday and foray will be rescheduled for Sunday, weather permitting. Severe weather conditions will cancel the foray on Sunday, and rescheduled for a later date or refunded. Please check your email for updates.

Foray Leaders & Mushroom Experts