LONG BEACH, Wash. - The third annual Wild Mushroom Festival will begin Oct. 15 and run through Nov. 15. As part of the festival, participating restaurants, inns and bed and breakfast establishments will offer daily wild mushroom specials. Wild mushroom workshops, field excursions and prix-fixe dinners will also be offered.

Some of the highlighted festival events are:

5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 17: Wild Mushroom Tasting Table of Italian preparations created by Chef Cheri Walker, paired with Italian wines at The 42nd Street Cafe in Seaview, Wash.

1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 18: Italian wild mushroom appetizers cooking class at The Shelburne Inn in Seaview.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19: "Porcini Parade" with Wild Mushroom forager, Veronica Williams at Leadbetter State Park. Cost is $15 per person.

Oct. 24: Italian Mushroom & Wine Feast: five-course dinner matched with wines from Martin & Weyrich Winery at The Depot Restaurant in Seaview. Reservations are required. Call (360) 642-7880 for more information.

Oct. 28: Wild Mushroom Italian dinner prepared by Chef Maurizio Paparo of The Excelsior Inn & Restaurant in Eugene at The Shelburne Inn in Seaview.

8 p.m. Oct. 31: Italian Wild Mushroom and Earthy Wines Wine Dinner. The Shoalwater Restaurant's six-course prix-fixe feast will feature the varied indigenous mushrooms of the Northwest (local fresh fungi as available) paired with wines from Washington's Apex & W.B. Bridgman wineries. Cost is $85 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Advance reservations are required. Call The Shoalwater at (360) 642-4142 or e-mail dine@theshoalwater.com for reservations.

TBA: Italian Bistro Night featuring wild mushrooms at Pauly's Restaurant in Ilwaco, Wash.

Noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 1: Italian wild mushroom cooking class with Chef Jeff McMahon at the Moby Dick Restaurant in Nahcotta, Wash.

Nov. 7: Wild Mushroom five-course dinner with wine suggestions and pairings at The Sanctuary Restaurant in Chinook, Wash.

Nov. 15: Wild mushroom cooking class and wild mushroom dinner at The Ark Restaurant in Nahcotta.


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