The MSSF Culinary Group is open to all members interested in the gastronomical aspects of mushrooming. We meet on the first Monday of each month, with a few exceptions, at 7 p.m. at the San Francisco County Fair Building (Hall of Flowers), Golden Gate Park, 9th and Lincoln, San Francisco, to enjoy each other’s company and have a delicious meal. The dinners are open to current members of MSSF and the Culinary Group, and their guests.
We are united in our love of cooking as well as our love of mushrooms. All participants contribute, either as part of the team that prepares the dinner, or by bringing an appetizer to share. Traditionally, the dinners have been designed to take advantage of the wild mushrooms available, as well as the best and freshest food of the season. The menus are centered on mushrooms, ethnic foods, a particular main ingredient, or a holiday near the time of the dinner. And we usually have punch served with the appetizers. Each dinner is led by a “captain” who sets the menu and organizes volunteers to cook the dishes, as well as handle setup and cleanup.
The Culinary Group is a participatory cooking group. It’s an opportunity to practice your skills and to learn from more experienced cooks. Members are expected to take part in preparation of at least one dinner, as well as bringing appetizers. We also help with special events such as the Fungus Fair, and snacks for the general meetings.
To be part of the fun and food, there is a $10 annual membership fee, payable on-line or at the dinners. Most dinners cost $16 ($15 for seniors and students), to cover the cost of the facility and the dinner’s ingredients.
Reservations for all dinners except the September potluck are required and must be made no later than the Wednesday before the dinner. We keep our reservation numbers at a maximum of 60. To make reservations online, go to the web site, mssf.org. Select the calendar and click on the event, or go to the members’ area and click on “event registration”. For assistance or additional information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members bring their own dinner beverage, tableware and table covering. Dishes, utensils, glassware, linens, etc. are not provided.