Mendocino is well known for its spectacular coastline and rolling vineyards. Last week, it was known for wine country wildfires, as well. Some 37,000 acres were devastated and several wineries were destroyed in the conflagration. But plans are moving forward for the region’s 19th annual Mushroom, Wine and Beer Fest Nov. 3-12.
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Mendocino is prime fungi foraging territory. Some 500 of the region’s 3,000 mushroom varieties are edible, including candy cap, chanterelles and porcini, which provide plenty of gastronomic inspiration for the chefs, winemakers and brewers hosting events that range from dinners to foraging forays. Yorkville Cellar will host its annual Malbec and Mushroom Feast Nov. 4-5. A mushroom export will be leading forest foraging walks from the Stanford Inn Nov. 3-5 and 11-12. Ricochet Ridge Ranch is doing mushroom-hunt horseback rides. And there are mushroom dinners, mushroom pairings and wine events planned at inns, restaurants and wineries throughout the county.
Find the festival schedule and details at www.visitmendocino.com/event/mushroom-wine-beer-festival.
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Ready for some culinary inspiration? Here’s just a taste:
Porcini-Crusted Chicken Paillards from Assaggiare Mendocino
White Bean and Wild Mushroom Soup from the Albion River Inn
Source:: East Bay – Lifestyle