The Mushroom Dinner: A Tribute to Fungi

In-PersonHumboldt Park, Chicago


Large (15-20 Guests)
vegetarian, vegan
Vegan, Vegetarian
We'll be using 7 different kinds of mushrooms in 4 different dishes, yes, even dessert. Candy cap mushrooms have a really fantastic maple-like flavor, and make an excellent cheesecake. We'll have an excellent mushroom pate with our house made bread, a beet, fennel, and kumquat salad with tempura-fried maitake mushrooms, and a solid grilled oyster mushroom and king trumpet mushroom 'scallop,' gumbo. See you then!

Menu detail

Sprouted Rye Bread with Chanterelle Mushroom Pate and Cashew Creme Fraiche
Small Plate
We'll prepare an excellent sprouted rye bread that takes about 4 days from start to finish, and uses 5 different seeds, a stout beer, and a wild yeast culture to make. We then spread on a truffled chanterelle, black trumpet, and hon shimeji mushroom mousse, and top it off with some freshly cultured cashew farm style cheese, housemade sauerkraut, and dill.
Pickled Beet Salad, Shaved Fennel, Tempura Fried Maitake Mushroom
Small Plate
We'll feature some excellent pickled beets, with freshly shaved fennel, grilled endive, and tempura fried maitake mushrooms with an excellent black vinaigrette.
Grilled Oyster Mushroom and Scalloped Trumpet Mushroom Gumbo
A classic gumbo featuring meaty grilled oyster mushrooms, and king trumpet mushroom scallops. We'll start it with the 'holy trinity' of cajun cooking, onions, celery, and bell peppers. We'll add a lot of garlic, some seared okra, a long cooked roux, a rich stock, and 8 different herbs and spices. Then top it off with a mix of white, brown, and wild rice, topped with scallions, parsley, and file powder. We don't overcook the vegetables, so it's still bright, but very hearty.
Candy Cap Mushroom Cashew Cheesecake
Candy cap mushrooms have a sweet maple flavor to them, and are actually primarily used in desserts in many fancy restaurants. We'll be using them to make an excellent cashew based cheesecake with a pecan crust. This probably sounds a bit crazy, but when you've had candy cap mushrooms, it's difficult to think of it being used in a savory preparation. Surprise yourself! This dish will be a hit.

The Mushroom Dinner: A Tribute to Fungi

In-PersonHumboldt Park, Chicago
(Exact Address will be shared upon purchase.)