Schedule of Speakers and Activities

SUNDAY, December 8, 10 a.m - 5 p.m.
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm A Day of FUNgi

Activities for all ages. Make buttons, mushroom models, ink prints, collages and more, dye fabrics...
10:15 - 11:15 am From Summer of Love to Suddenly Mainstream: Psychedelic Mushrooms Britt Bunyard
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Recreation Room
All of a sudden magic mushrooms have burst back onto the stage and become mainstream again. This presentation will answer all your questions about basic science of these enigmatic fungi, their role in the environment, their interesting chemistry, and where they occur. Also (since you're dying to know) the latest on clinical research and legal status of psilocybin. This presentation will be for general audiences with no prior knowledge of biology or science required. There will be lots of pretty images, enthusiastic discussion, and free samples. (Just kidding: no free samples!)
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Cooking Lectures, with samples Chefs:
Todd Spanier and Chad Hyatt
Recreation Room
Todd Spanier for over twenty-five years is known by many as the "King of Mushrooms,"he has recently gaining media attention with his new company California Truffle Orchards LLC.
North Bay Biz magazines "Game Changers" annual issue acknowledged Todd's discovery, on Thursday, February 16th 2017 in Santa Rosa, where more than a dozen “Black Gold®” Périgord truffles (Tuber melanosporum) with the assists of Umami Truffle Dogs LLC were found! They where growing underground in an orchard of filbert and oak trees planted five years ago. "California is the first place in North America to produce commercial quantities of Black Winter Périgord truffles (Tuber melanosporum), so we are so pleased to be part of the team to discover them at Jackson Park Ranch in Bennett Valley." said Spanier. Spanier was an honored guest and spokesperson at Italy’s most prestigious international truffle cultivation forum "Tuber 2008" in Spoleto, his knowledge, expertise, and reputation are well known among leaders in the industry.

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Chad Hyatt has made a name for himself in Northern California and beyond by sharing his delicious spin on wild mushroom cookery at public and private events. Both an expert forager and classically trained chef, he has cooked in a variety of restaurants and private clubs around the San Francisco Bay area, where he can often be found putting on wild mushroom themed dinners and teaching mushroom related classes.
His cookbook, The Mushroom Hunter's Kitchen, is full of creative recipes. more info.
1:00 - 2:00 pm Choice edible and medicinal mushrooms of the California North Coast and Beyond Daniel Winkler
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Recreation Room
California is blessed with a great diversity of mushrooms; Some are poisonous, many of no culinary value, some are medicinal and a select group is some of the best food to enjoy. Our choice edible mushrooms such as morels, chanterelles, hedgehogs, king boletes, matsutake and bear heads are fairly easy to identify, a fact that helps overcoming fungophobia and truly appreciate wild mushrooms. In addition many good edibles have so far underappreciated medicinal qualities and otherwise inedible conks offer great healing powers. In this richly illustrated presentation Daniel will help you to get to know, identify and find these wonderful mushrooms. You will be advised how to properly collect, carefully transport, safely prepare and reliably store your mushrooms and how to process for unlocking their medicinal powers. Key in finding prime mushrooms is getting to know their preferred habitat and their seasonality. In addition Daniel is mixing in some fungal fun & facts from his research and mushroaming travels in Bhutan, Tibet, Suriname & Colombia.
2:15 - 3:15 pm Microbia Eugenia Bone
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Recreation Room
Eugenia Bone is a critically acclaimed journalist, with an emphasis on nature and food, and former president of the New York Mycological Society. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers. Her books include Microbia: A Journey into the Unseen World Inside You, Mycophilia, The Kitchen Ecosystem, At Mesa’s Edge, Italian Family Dining, and Well Preserved.
3:30 - 5:00 pm New Research on Amanita Cat Adams
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Recreation Room
Cat Adams is interested in how chemical ecology influences interactions between plants and fungi. For her PhD in Tom Bruns’ lab, Cat is studying the invasive ectomycorrhizal fungus, Amanita phalloides. The death cap mushroom kills more people than any other mushroom, but how the deadly amatoxins influence its invasion remains unexplored.
Amanitin test strips: a simple tool for detecting amanitin Candace Bever
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Have you ever asked yourself: “Does this mushroom have the deadly amanitin toxin?” Candace will describe her latest invention: a test strip that quickly identifies the presence or absence of amatoxins. The test strip works with mushroom samples, as well as with urine from an individual who has recently ingested an amatoxin-containing mushroom. Come learn about blending biology with chemistry to make a test strip like this, how it works, and how it has been used so far.

Prior to this talk, come visit the test strip table to see it in action.
From a Veterinarian: What you need to know about toxic mushrooms and your dog
Jennifer Kaae
Dr. Kaae, VMD, DACVIM (Internal medicine) practices at the Pet Emergency and Specialty Center of Marin.