Noted mushroom expert and chef Chad Hyatt hosts virtual cooking demo to support Foragers Festival

Chad Hyatt

Todd Spanier

We’ve all seen mushrooms growing in the wild, but few are brave enough to identify what’s safe and edible, bring them home and prepare a delicious, exotic meal.

Chad Hyatt is that guy — a “fun guy,” if you will. The noted chef and author of “The Mushroom Hunter’s Kitchen” will host a 1-hour virtual cooking demo on Saturday, Jan. 23rd in support of the Big Sur Foragers Festival. The special Zoom event will begin at 3 p.m., and will include an appearance from Todd Spanier, noted naturalist, chef, forager, slow food advocate, entrepreneur and mushroom expert. 

Cook along at home by pre-purchasing a Foragers Festival mushroom-and-wine package that includes Hyatt’s cookbook. Delivered to homes, this kit will include 3 pounds of wild and exotic mushrooms foraged by Spanier (1 pound each of three varieties), along with a bottle of 2018 Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains (retail price $35). 

Chef Hyatt will prepare a recipe from his cookbook, and participants will also hear stories about Spanier’s foraging experiences in the past and learn how this mushroom chef developed a decade-long history of providing some of the top restaurants with quality foraged mushrooms.

Total cost for the complete package is $175. Deadline to purchase the package is Friday, Jan. 15, to allow time for shipment. Fans may also purchase access to the cooking demo, for a cost of $50.

All proceeds will benefit the Big Sur Health Center. For more information, or to find ways to donate or volunteer, visit