Video: The Matsutake Hunter

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  I met Amy Peterson at an Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center matsutake hunt that my friend’s mother had invited me to join. Every year, members of Portland’s Japanese American community and their friends and family travel to the Oregon coast or Mt. Hood to hunt for the fragrant matsutake mushrooms, so beloved in Japan. Those … Continue reading

Recap of the Mushroom, Mold and Yeast Feast!

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This is almost a year overdue! Here is our menu and what follows are photos from the Mushroom, Mold and Yeast Feast that we hosted in collaboration with the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art last November 29, 2012, taken by the incomparable photographer Shawn Linehan. It was a truly magical night. Chef Naoko Tamura’s food … Continue reading

The mushroom zoetrope on video!

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Here is a first attempt at capturing our zoetrope – How Mushrooms Grow, an Interactive Sculpture, by Belly & Bones – on film. Many thanks to Matty Sidle for filming and Esquivel for the music. Artists Tony Candelaria and Stef Choi designed and built this zoetrope for the Oregon Mushroom Stories project. It premiered at … Continue reading

Here is our KBOO radio interview. Check it out!

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Here is the radio program, hosted by the wonderful Chris Seigel of Wealth Underground Farm and Farm to Artist Road Snacks podcast, about our mushroom fair and the zoetrope, which aired on KBOO (90.7 fm in Portland) on December 19, 2012. The whole show is really nice. Thank you so much, Chris! [Feature image photo … Continue reading

Early trials of the zoetrope

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Tony and Stef have been hard at work the past two weeks building trial versions of the zoetrope to test out timing, design, mechanics and more. When Tony and Stef conceived of the zoetrope as a way to show a mushroom life cycle, I remember thinking it was a beautiful pairing of things we rarely … Continue reading

Nov 29: Mushroom, Mold & Yeast Feast

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Please join us for an intimate dinner prepared by Naoko Tamura of Chef Naoko’s Bento Café. We’ll explore and savor wild and cultivated mushrooms prepared with traditional Japanese ingredients that gain their flavors through processes using molds: miso, sake, shoyu, katsuo-bushi, salt koji, and more. This dinner is a unique opportunity to learn from mushroom … Continue reading

Dec 2 – 3: Come see our exhibition

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Artist collective Belly & Bones (Stef Choi & Tony Candelaria) is creating an interactive zoetrope sculpture that presents a fungi life cycle, from mycelia to mushroom. This larger-than-life zoetrope (four feet in diameter!) presents a sequence of sculptures that sprout into mushrooms right before your eyes. Alongside the mycelium zoetrope, on December 2 from 2 … Continue reading

We’re building a mycelia zoetrope!

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I’m over the moon to share the news that artists Stef Choi and Tony Candelaria received a grant from The Celebration Foundation to build a mycelia zoetrope for our December 2-3, 2012 Oregon Mushroom Stories exhibition (aka The Mush Days). A mycelia zoetrope? Before they submitted their grant proposal, I had never heard of a … Continue reading

Tony Migas and Ed Foy Grow Lots of Mushrooms

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For two weekends in April, I attended classes about how to grow mushrooms at home. The first was taught by local cultivator Tony Migas, recently the president of the Oregon Mycological Society and an intrepid home cultivator who once tended 45 shitake logs in one small room of his home. (He also claims that he … Continue reading

Share your stories: Join the Community Reporters Project!

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We are seeking stories by and about mushroom foragers or cultivators in Oregon. If you love mushrooms – or know someone who does – please join our Community Reporters Project. We have questions; please interview yourselves, your family members, co-workers, children – whoever has a good mushroom story to tell. Send us your answers in … Continue reading

Introducing our project

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In my earliest memory of hunting for chanterelles, I’m squatting on squishy fir needles. (I would have been four, maybe five years old, so I didn’t have to stoop very low to reach the ground.) I’m chasing mushrooms from one to the next, always able to look up and find another golden bit poking out. … Continue reading

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