A wild hunt

A wild hunt

Mushroom-seekers learn to identify local edibles
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Mushroom hunters spread out in a pine-flanked meadow during a mushroom lecture and identification hike led by Chris Ricci from Majesty Mushrooms at Durango Mountain Resort on Saturday morning.
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Ricci meets with hikers to sort mushrooms gathered during a guided foray Saturday. The mushroom hunters found a half dozen different local varieties of mushrooms.
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All parts of the mushroom must be considered whenidentifying local varieties such as this Hawk’s Wing, which has teeth-like filaments on its underside.
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A collection basket includes a large hawk’s wing, a Lactarus delicioso and a coral mushroom in the foreground. All were collected Saturday at DMR in a guided foray led by local mycologist Chris Ricci of Majesty Mushrooms.
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A perfect coral mushroom, harvested at its peak, is examined before being added to a mushroom-picker’s basket.
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Server Jessie Mackey attended to a large crowd enjoying the 2012 Mushroom Festival Dinner at Purgy’s on Friday evening at Durango Mountain Resort.
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A crowd-pleasing appetizer course featured a blackberry-sauced crostini topped with seared Hudson Valley foie gras and shaved Black Truffles, one of a half dozen varieties of wild mushrooms served in the multi-course wine-pairing dinner Friday at DMR.
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Guests at Durango Mountain Resort’s third annual mushroom festival dinner were treated to a pre-dinner display of the mushrooms to be served in the multi-course mushroom dinner, including Morels, Lobster mushrooms and Puffballs.
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Morel mushrooms are displayed against a selection of Spanish wines from the Torres family winery near Barcelona, Spain.
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