Mark your calendar! Next Foragers Festival is January 16-19, 2020

Thank You for Supporting the Big Sur Foragers Festival

We were blessed with great attendance and support at this year's Foragers Festival. From all of us at the Big Sur Health Center, we sincerely thank each and every one of you for attending and donating.
We are very excited to announce that Il Grillo Carmel will be holding a dinner on Friday, January 18th to benefit the Big Sur Health Center and in honor of #ForagersFestival.

 

A Special Thank You to Our Partners
A to Z Rentals

Big Sur Food and Wine
Big Sur River Inn
Deetjen's
Il Grillo Carmel
Lugano's Swiss Bistro
Ventana Big Sur
Sudz Cyber Laundry
Restaurant Partners 
Hyatt Carmel Highlands
Big Sur River Inn
Fernwood
Alta Bakery + Café
The Sur House Ventana Big Sur
Montrio Bistro
Rio Grill
1440 Multiversity
Deetjen's
Sierra Mar
BigSurific
Winery, Brewery and Bitters Partners 
Alvarado Brewery
Carmel Craft Brewery
Morgan Winery
Filipponi Ranch and Cronologie Wines
Bernardus Winery
Twisted Roots
Wrath Wines
Comanche Cellars
Chappellet Winery
{baker & brain} Wines
Sceid Vineyards
Fly Wheel Wines
Mesa del Sol
McIntyre Vineyards
The Bitter Ginger Big Sur
Windy Oaks Estate
Market Place Partners
Big Sur Jade
Carmel Berry Company
Carmel Honey Company
King of Mushrooms
Quail and Olive

We hope to see you next year to celebrate the amazing array of wild, local foods!

2020/01/17 12:00:00

And the 2019 winners were…

Chef Kenny Woods and Chef Tony Baker Win Top Awards at Fungus Face-Off Competition at the 2019 Big Sur Foragers Festival

Chef Kenny Woods of 1440 Multiversity of Scotts Valley was one of the big winners at the 2019 Big Sur Foragers Festival, winning Best of Show at the popular Fungus Face-Off competition for its Kanpachi Crudo.

The “Fungus Face-Off,” was held Jan. 19, 2019, at the Big Sur River Inn.

Woods’ crudo featured currants, ramp veloté, sea grape, cordycep mushrooms and pinot noir salt. Woods also served agnolotti pasta with burrata, morel mushrooms, crab, winter truffle, agrodolce garnish, arugula flower from the garden and midnight blossoms, spruce salt, freeze-dried green apple and fresh truffle. He finished off with a panna cotta featuring Douglas fir spring tips, pine nut and blood orange.

Judges called his dishes, “most eye-opening and really delicious,” and said there was “a lot of complexity to each dish.”

In addition to Best of Show, Woods also won the People’s Choice award, the first time in Foragers Festival history that one participant has won both awards. 

Winning “Most Imaginative Dish” was Montrio Bistro of Monterey’s Tony Baker and Justin Robarge’s Roasted Rabbit Consommé. The dish featured a rabbit rolade with grand porcinis, chopped carrots, celery and green onions. The dish also featured golden chanterelle and porcini mushroom caviar made with agar (seaweed gelatin).

Judges exclaimed, “Great imagination!” and “Beautifully presented.” One even remarked, “What, no bacon?” with a wink and a nod to Baker’s renowned artisan Baker’s Bacon.

Winning “Best Use of Foraged Ingredients” were chefs Elizabeth Murray and Raphael Ferrenbach of Sierra Mar at the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur. They presented a Chanterelle Pop Tart that featured cooked chanterelles, duxelles cooked with sherry, butter, thyme and black pepper in a puff pastry with duck mousse piped on top and a lion’s mane mushroom, also on top. The dish also included a meringue flavored with candy cap mushrooms, chocolate truffle with yuzu and juniper and caramels of candy cap.

One judge said the pop tart was “One of the best dishes I’ve had,” while another said with the use of lion’s mane was, “so beautiful visually and delicious.”

Four chefs took home Honorable Mention awards, including chefs Steven Siglin and Michael Hartman of Bigsurific of Big Sur, Eduardo Coronel of Rio Grill in Carmel and Ben Spungin of Alta Bakery and Café in Monterey.

The Siglin/Hartman dish was a locally foraged mushroom tart with candy cap -infused jello. The mushrooms used, lilaceps (Cypress Agaricus), only grown under Monterey cypress trees.

One judge said about the dish: “Passion and thought and intellect that went into everything was delightful.”

Chef Cornel’s dish was a Huitlacoche Wild Mushroom Tamale with red mole, chanterelles, and corn fungus filling. Judges said: “Oh my god, that was good!” and “I never knew corn fungus could be so tasty!”

Chef Spungin’s dish was a celery root potato pancake with chanterelles, curly mustard and black truffle vinaigrette topped with candy cap powder.

Also named were winners of wine awards, including:

McIntyre 2017 Chardonnay – “Beautifully balanced, with fresh citrus and golden apple, supple texture.”

Mesa Del Sol 2013 Sangiovese  – “Elegant structure, pleasing tannins, great texture, lovely dark fruit, moderate alcohol.”

Runners-up were:

Scheid 2013 Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)
Wrath 2016 Swan Pinot Noir (Monterey)
Baker & Brain “Escolle” Pinot Noir (SLH)
Mesa Del Sol 2013 Zinfandel

Honorable Mention :

Comanche Petillant Naturel

The Foragers Festival has traditionally served as a fundraiser for the Big Sur Health Center. The community’s non-profit health center will receive the proceeds from the foraging events to continue to support the presence of local health care services in the Big Sur area. This year more than $31,000 was raised at the event.

The four-day festival affords Big Sur area restaurants the opportunity to host the culinary expertise of notable chefs, who will be preparing unique fare ranging from rustic to elegant, paired alongside the central coast region’s amazing selection of wine and beer.

History

The event has traditionally served as a fundraiser for the Big Sur Health Center. The community’s non-profit health center will receive the proceeds from the foraging events to continue to support the presence of local health care services in the Big Sur area.

The four-day festival affords Big Sur area restaurants the opportunity to host the culinary expertise of notable chefs who will be preparing unique fare ranging from rustic to elegant, paired alongside the central coast region’s amazing selection of wine and beer.

Join Us

January 17 – 20, 2019
at Big Sur Foragers Festival
46896 Highway One
Big Sur, CA 93920

Thank You!

To all of our sponsors, donors and volunteers who make this even possible!