CMS Special Event – October 16, 2018


CMS Special Event – Boletes with Leon Shernoff

October 16, 2018, Oregon Wine Lab, 7 pm to 9 pm

IMPORTANT: When ordering a beverage, please tell your server you are there to attend the CMS event.

We have a special treat this month for both club members and anyone else who would like to join in.  We will be gathering at The Oregon Wine Lab to listen to Leon Shernoff talk about the incredible and colorful diversity of the boletes of North America, their taxonomy, and the wonders of fungi. Leon is editor of the internationally distributed magazine Mushroom, the Journal of Wild Mushrooming and is one of those rare people who can present technical information with historical background and humor, instead of just masses of detail. From the often-overlooked to the all-too-common, Leon usually has that little extra bit of information that makes us aware of the marvel and mystery that is mushrooming.

Back at the dawn of binomial nomenclature, all gilled mushrooms were placed in the genus Agaricus, and all pored mushrooms in the genus Boletus.  But while Agaricus has long since been split into hundreds of smaller groups, most boletes remained classified in just a handful of genera. That has really broken wide open over the last several years. New genera have been recognized in ways that separate species that were once thought to be closely related; strange “variable species” have been recognized as sets of separate species in a new genus; and so on. Leon will cover some of these and discuss how these new distinctions help us do better in our determinations of mushroom identity and edibility. Leon stresses the wonder of fungi and their interactions with nature, rather than just identification of species and knowledge of edibility. 

About the Speaker:  Leon Shernoff is currently entering his sixteenth year as editor of the internationally distributed magazine Mushroom, the Journal of Wild Mushrooming. In addition to Mushroom theJournal, his columns on wild mushrooms have appeared in The Wild Foods Network, BackwoodsHome Magazine, and Mycophile, the newsletter of the North American Mycological Association. A former president of the Illinois Mycological Association, Leon has given mushroom talks and identified mushrooms for forays in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Oregon, and Washington. Fungi that he has collected are now part of the permanent collection of the Field Museum in Chicago and the New York Botanical Gardens.

About the Venue: CMS has reserved the Oregon Wine Lab located at 488 Lincoln Street.  They produce the William Rose wines on site, and also pour both wine and beer from other local artisan producers. The award-winning Da Nang Vietnamese Eatery Food Cart is located at the Wine Lab so you are welcome to come early for a bite to eat.  If you order a beverage (beer or wine) from The Wine Lab to compliment your meal, please tell your server that you are with CMS as we have a minimum drink purchase requirement for this event. 


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