Mushroom weekend at Meany

Mushroom weekend is SOLD OUT. Want to be put on an wait list? Email Emilio, at webmaster@meanylodge.org with option wanted & number of tickets needed.

Meany Lodge and the Puget Sound Mycological Society proudly and with great anticipation, present the Annual Meany Mushroom Weekend. The 2016 event will be held on the weekend of Nov 4th and is open to mountaineers members and non-members at the same GREAT price. Registration for this event opens August 1st.

If you wish to receive emails about this event, go to the main page and, under the "Request to be Notified...." type in your name, email and select mushroom weekend from the pull down activity menu. Remember it sells out quickly, so sign up ASAP

We offer two ways you can experience this culinary event:

Option 1

full Weekend: Friday night through Sunday afternoon
Cost $170

Arrive at Meany around 7 PM on Friday night to stake out your sleeping accomodations. Then come and gather on the main floor for some socializing along with mushroom hors d'oeuvre and wine tasting. This will be followed by a Mushroom identification seminar, run by experts from the Puget Sound Mycological Society, during which, yoou will receive a Mushroom Identification Field Guide and CD of mushrooms examples, some of which you may find the next day. The evening will end with the famous Meany dessert buffet.

Get up Saturday morning to a great Meany breakfast. After you get your day gear ready, come back to the main floor where the Meany Chefs will have layed out a varitable Smörgåsbord of food, for you to pack a sack lunch from. You then head out for a day of mushroom hunting with our team of expert guides. Plan on coming back to Meany around 3 PM.


Option 2

Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon
Cost $150

Gather at Crystal Springs campground on Saturday, around 9:30 AM. Note: Campground is closed, so you will need to park by the side of the road. Meet up with your tguides and break into collecting groups, and off you go scavange mushrooms. Please do remember to pack something for lunch and to drink. Plan on coming up to Meany around 3 PM and get a bunk for Saturday night.


As both groups begin to gather back at Meany, we will have a sorting/display tables set up to let all appreciate the acquired treasures of the forest - nope, you can't horde !!!

While the mushrooms are being sorted, your taste buds will be tempted by a hot mulled punch, canapés, and mushroom hors d'oeuvres. This will be followed by a sumptuous gourmet dinner and dessert.

Right after dinner an expert (see below) will present a talk, with socialize following.

Sunday we'll enjoy another fantastic Meany breakfast, featuring locally grown mushrooms. After breakfast we will collect locally, review the display, have a seminars on "Don't eat the mushroom!" and a "mushroom preservation, preparation and cooking". Sit down to another famous Meany mushroom based lunch before we head back to town.


Saturday Night Speaker - Dr. Skye Weintraub, N.D.


Despite the fear that the word toxic or poisonous implies, some wild mushrooms are only toxic depending on the person, how much they consume, what they consume it with, and other factors. Then there is the false sense of safety that edible imparts. Some wild mushrooms are poisonous if eaten raw, but are quiet edible when cooked. There are also people who develop allergies even after eating a particular mushroom for years. Sometimes it isn't clear what's poisonous and what isn't. This presentation is a comparison of look-alike mushrooms where one is more likely to be toxic and the other one is considered edible or can be made edible for most people.

Dr. Weintraub is a Naturopathic Physician, practicing in Eugene, OR. since 1989. She is a published author, writing seven health-oriented books and booklets, as well as contributing to other publications. She has been a frequent guest on radio programs exploring natural health issues and has traveled nationwide speaking on these topics. She has been a consultant for health-oriented supplement companies regarding the development and formulations of their products. She specializes in the treatment of allergies and digestive disorders, especially the overgrowth of bacteria and parasites in the digestive tract.

She became interested in the study of wild mushrooms while taking classes at a local community college in 1981. She is a past president and Board of Directors member of the Cascade Mycological Society (CMS) in Eugene. She has given presentations to several mushroom clubs including Sonoma County Mycological Association in Northern California (SOMA), as well as the Bend, OR, library system. Visit her website at www.wildmushroomspnw.com


What one needs to bring for Mushroom collecting:

First time Meany visitors are encouraged to check out the Lodge's Guest Information page, but here is a minumum list of items you should come with for a over night stay at Meany:

Everyone should review the mountaineers's recommended list of The 10 Outdoor Essentials


Driving directions, maps and GPS coordinates to Meany and Crystal Springs Campground

For additional information, please contact Emilio Marasco

To see what kind of recipes we use at the lodge during Mushroom weekend please click on Recipes then click on event meal icon.