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6th Annual Eagle Wild Mushroom & Wine Weekend

Labor Day Weekend 2013

Friday, August 30th – Sunday, September 1st

Eagle, Colorado

Join us for the 6th Annual Eagle Wild Mushroom & Wine Weekend in downtown Eagle, Colorado.  This weekend will feature delicious foods and dinners created by hand selected local chefs from Eagle utilizing local and regional foods and local mushrooms and wild edibles, foraging for mushrooms & wild edibles, education on mushrooms and wild edibles, wine tastings and beer tastings. The home base for the weekend will be the Brush Creek Pavilion and Park and will host all of the dinners and educational presentations.   Plus enjoy a beautiful  Labor Day Weekend in the amazing Town of Eagle!  The weekend kicks off on Friday with a Welcome Party for weekend guests and continues until Sunday evening.  A truly unique experience that any food lover, foodie, locavore or mushroom enthusiast will be sure to enjoy!

Coverage of 2013 Event:

Vail Daily Newspaper Article

Vail Sneak Peak Article

Culinary Colorado Blog

Lodging Deals:

Weekend lodging is available at AmericInn in Eagle, CO with rates starting at $109.90 per room per night based on availability. Lodging can be booked online at or by calling 970-328-5155.



Weekend events are selling out quickly and limited tickets are still available for Saturday’s Wine Pairing Dinner, The Sunday Presentations & Identification and the Buttons & Bonfire event on Sunday. 

The Saturday Presentations & Identification are SOLD OUT

Guaranteed access to all the activities and events for the weekend. The best and only way to experience all this amazing weekend has to offer.  The weekend pass includes guaranteed entrance to all dinners, events including events only for registered weekend guests, and a welcome gift package upon arrival.

Cost for the Weekend is $160 per person (a 10% savings over a la carte purchasing & guaranteed entrance). We can only keep this price so affordable thanks to our sponsors and participating businesses including The Town of Eagle!

Single Event Tickets:  (event info below)

  • Friday Night Welcome Party at Paradigms: $25
  • Saturday Presentations, Foraging & Identification: SOLD OUT
  • Sunday Presentations, Foraging & Identification: $20
  • Saturday Mushroom Tasting & Wine Pairing Dinner: $75
  • Buttons & Bonfire: $30 per person for 5 food & beer samples.




Meet The Specialists


Larry Evans

Larry Evans has been hunting, cooking, eating, and teaching about wild mushrooms and edible plants for 30 years. He founded the Western Montana Mycological Association in 1991, and it became a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 1995. He taught a mushroom class at the Glacier Institute near Glacier National Park for 29 years. He is featured in the Ron Mann film Know Your Mushrooms and has produced and recorded 2 CDs of mushroom music, Fungal Boogie and Fungal BoogieMan.  For more about Larry and the WMMA at



Katrina Blair began studying wild plants in her teens when she camped out alone for a summer with the intention of eating primarily wild foods.  She later wrote “The Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the San Juan Mountains” for her senior project at Colorado College where she graduated with a Biology Degree.  In 1997 she completed a MA from John F Kennedy University in Orinda, CA in Holistic Health Education.  She founded Turtle Lake Refuge in 1997, a non-profit organization, whose mission is to celebrate the connection between personal health and wild lands.  She has taught sustainable living practices through John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, CA, San Juan College in Farmington, NM, and Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO.  She also teaches internationally at retreats, festival and educational and healing events.  She is the author of her most recent book, published in 2009, Local Wild Life – Turtle Lake Refuge’s Recipes for Living Deep, as well as, several smaller locally distributed publications such as: Commitments for Living the Good Life – The Wisdoms of the Osha Root, Snow Cone Recipe Book, and Las Plantas de Iztac along with four wild plant recipe calendars.  She lives at the Turtle Lake Community Organic Garden in Durango, Colorado and is currently working on her forthcoming book, “Our Wealth of Wild Weeds”.  


Schedule of Events (subject to change):

Friday, August 30th

6 – 9 p.m.  Mushrooms, Merlot & Mingling at Paradigms – Wild Mushroom & Wine Weekend guests will gather for an introduction of the weekend, meet the experts and other guests and enjoy wine from Veraison Distributing.  Food will be served at Paradigms Restaurant in Eagle. Live music from folk singer, Melissa Crabtree.

Tickets: $25 includes hors d’oeuvres from Paradigms, 2 glasses of wine from Veraison Distributing and live music.  Hor d’ouevres are mushroom pizzas, duck salad & stuffed mushrooms.

Location: Paradigms Restaurant, 343 Capital Street, Eagle, CO. Come into Eagle. From I-70 West turn left, from I-70 East turn right onto Eby Creek Road . Go around the round about to Grand Avenue and then take your first left onto Capital Street. Paradigms is about 4 blocks down on your right.

At 7 p.m., we’ll make introductions for the weekend and make a couple of brief announcements.

Saturday, August 31st

Saturday Presentations & Identifications are SOLD OUT.

8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Wild Mushroom & Wine Presentations by industry experts Larry Evans & Katrina Blair. Sponsored by K12 and Colorado Mountain College Culinary Progam in Edwards.

Location: Brush Creek Studio, 909 Capital Street, Eagle, CO.  Come into Eagle. From I-70 West turn left, from I-70 East turn right onto Eby Creek Road. Go around the round about to Grand Avenue and then take your first left onto Capital Street. Continue on Capital Street until you see the park on your right. Park in the lot & look for the signs. The studio is the smaller building on the left.

Bring a lunch for the foraging if you’d like.

Cost for Presentations & Identification is $20 per day.- SOLD OUT

  • 8:30 a.m. – Larry Evans Presentation #1 – The Incredible Life of Fungi For over half an hour, we will explore the little known world of some of the most important organisms on the planet, how they live, why forests depend upon them, and the myriad of things they EAT. What life is like when you live on your lunch.
  • 9:00 a.m. – Short Film
  • 9:30 a.m. – Katrina Blair Presentation on The Wild Edible Abundance of Colorado
  • 10:00 a.m. – Guests gather into groups to plan their foraging expeditions for mushrooms or wild edibles
    • o   25 People for guided foraging with Katrina for Saturday:

10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Foraging in Eagle, CO (free & open to the public). Guided foraging with Katrina Blair will be on Browns Loop (FSR 418) in Eagle. Other foragers are encouraged to go to their favorite spots, or on Browns Loop as well.

Directions to Brown’s Loop:  The Brown’s Loop trail begins at Yeoman Park Campground B-loop and ends at Yeoman Park Day Use Area. This is an easy trail near East Brush Creek that has a fishing pier and interpretive signs along the way.  From I-70 exit 147 for Eagle, turn south on Eby Creek Rd to the Route 6 roundabout. At roundabout, turn right (west) on Route 6/Grand Ave and travel 0.8 miles to next roundabout. At this roundabout, take the third right onto Sylvan Lake Road. Continue 1.6 miles to Brush Creek Road, and take a right on Brush Creek Road. Follow Brush Creek Rd for roughly 9 miles to the fork of East and West Brush Creek. Turn left onto East Brush Creek Rd., FDR 415 and drive for 6 miles to Yeoman Park. Enter the campground and drive to the end of Loop B where the trailhead is located.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Guests arrive back at Brush Creek Studio for Mushroom and Wild Edible identification. Sponsored by  Terrafaux.

3:30 – 6:00 p.m. – Break for guests

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – 1st Course of the Wine Pairing Dinner:  Mushroom & Wild Edible Tasting at Brush Creek Pavilion – Local Chefs from Colorado Mountain College will prepare the bounty for the day for guests to taste and savor.  Part I of the wine pairing dinner. – Only open to guests who are attending the Wine Pairing Dinner.

  • Cost: Included in the Wine Pairing Dinner – only available for guests who have purchased tickets to the wine pairing dinner.

7:00 – 11:00 p.m. – 3 Course Wine Pairing Dinner at Brush Creek Pavilion Prepared by Local Top Chefs from Adams Rib & Old Kentucky Tavern – The grand event of the weekend with local chefs preparing a 3-course dinner focused around mushrooms and wild edibles in a truly farm to fork type preparation.  Wine for the tasting has been provided by Veraison Distributing.  Relax at Brush Creek Pavilion as your tastebuds relish the meal and you can discuss your days bounty.  Also enjoy live music throughout the evening from “Whiskey Crazy” featuring Brandon Lee Gardner & Troy Harris!

The Dinner features 3 courses including Palisade Peach Pie for dessert from Magpies in Eagle.

  • Cost: for Tasting & Dinner – $75 per person (limited seating available)
  • Location for the Dinner:  Brush Creek Pavilion, 909 Capital Street, Eagle, CO.  Come into Eagle. From I-70 West turn left, from I-70 East turn right onto Eby Creek Road. Go around the round about to Grand Avenue and then take your first left onto Capital Street. Continue on Capital Street until you see the park on your right. Park in the lot & look for the signs. The Pavilion is the larger building on the right.

Sunday, September 1st

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  – Wild Mushroom & Wine Presentations (Part II) from experts Larry Evans & Katrina Blair. Sponsored by K12 and Colorado Mountain College Culinary Program in Edwards.

Location: Brush Creek Studio

  • 9:30 a.m. – Katrina Blair – “Our Wealth of Wild Weeds”:  13 Edible and Medicinal Plants that Grow Across the Globe
  • 10:00 a.m. – Short Film
  • 10:30 a.m. – Larry Evans Presentation #2 – “Can Ya Eat It?” –  Larry Evans will address that age-old question, “Can Ya Eat It?” and look at images of Colorado mushrooms that have made it to the table, and some that are NOT food.

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Foraging in Eagle (free & open to the public)

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Identifying the day’s bounty at Brush Creek Studio. Sponsored by Terrafaux.

COST:  $20 per person for the presentations & identification

4:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Buttons & Bonfire – enjoy and evening of tastings and brews.  Local Restaurants will each prepare a sampling for guests and each dish will have a mushroom theme.  Beer from Bonfire Brewery located right in Eagle, Colorado will be paired with each of the tastings. Enjoy live music from local favorites Hardscrabble throughout the evening.

  • Pazzo’s Pizza – Roasted Portabella & Red Pepper Lasagna
  • HP’s Provisions – Mushroom Empanadas
  • Yummy Café – Mushroom Pate with Jalapenos
  • Ti Amo – Mushroom Raviolis
  • Dusty Boot/Luigi’s – Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms

COST: At the Door – $30 per person for 5 food samples & 5 beer tastings + 1 full beer from Bonfire Brewery.  Additional tickets available for $3 at the door for more food.

*Additional Wine & Beer will be available purchase throughout the weekend at the bar in the Brush Creek Pavilion.


Photo Gallery

**Event photos 1-3 courtesy of Howard Kaplan; Event photos 4-11 courtesy of Kim Blackford at CMC




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