“Respect the fungi along urban and popular hiking trails,” said @fungifinderpdx, even if they’re delicious chanterelles like these. | Photo by @fungifinderpdx
Imagine yourself walking through the woods on a clear autumn day. Morning dew glistens upon fir boughs as the afternoon sun filters through the canopy. The air is crisp but you can just pick out the scent of rich duff — the fallen needles, leaves, and cones now decaying on the forest floor. Turning your gaze downward, you spy a button-shaped mushroom peeking out from the dirt.
You’ve just opened a door into the magical — and immense — world of fungi.
Mushrooms play a big role in PNW culture. Many people enjoy cooking them into their favorite homemade dish, or just savoring those someone else has prepared. For others, the joy comes from experiencing nature firsthand and doing the dirty work. The hunting and harvesting, that is.
We rounded up some local resources and tips for those interested in learning more about wild edible mushrooms. But first, a quick disclaimer:Never consume anything that you aren’t 100% certain you can identify as safe.
Fall is the best time to look for edible mushrooms in Oregon. The season generally starts in late August and lasts through November — and sometimes into December. Other mushrooms, like morels, are among those that you’ll find in the spring. Notice a trend? It all hinges upon rainfall.
The mushroom foraging community is notoriously tight-lipped about sharing hunting ground locations. But all you need to know is that mushrooms grow in wooded areas — so start there. Just be sure you aren’t on private property and double-check permit rules.
Correctly identifying fungi starts with knowing how to ID trees; mushrooms often like to grow in the soft, spongy ground under Douglas firs, cedars, and evergreens. Forage with an expert in the beginning and always carry a pocket guide. Two more golden rules are to never pick very young mushrooms, and always leave some behind so they can drop spores and start the next round of growth.
5th Annual Festival of Ornaments | Friday, Nov. 18-Sunday, Nov. 20 | Times vary | A Framer’s Touch, 1920 21st Ave. Ste. A, Forest Grove | Free | Enjoy wine tasting, local treats, and chances to win door prizes while browsing 2,000+ bespoke Christmas ornaments.
OMSI After Dark: Uncorked | Friday, Nov. 18 | 6-10 p.m. | Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 1945 SE Water Ave., Portland | $25-$50 | Can you actually break a wine glass with your voice? What makes Oregon the best place to taste differences in wine terroir? Learn the answers to these questions and more at this annual wine tasting.
White Bird Presents: Radical System Art | Friday, Nov. 18-Saturday, Nov. 19 | 8 p.m. | Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave., Portland | $35-$46 | Performers will skillfully infuse dance, theater, and martial arts with interactive technology to explore how the digital world divides and connects us in the US premiere of “Momentum of Isolation.”
Saturday, Nov. 19
Sophisticated Beads Holiday Jewelry Show | Saturday, Nov. 19 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Monarch Hotel & Conference Center, 12566 SE 93rd Ave., Clackamas | Free | Shop handcrafted designs made with pearls, sterling silver, semi-precious stones, and more while enjoying holiday beverages and a chance to win prizes.
My People’s Market 11 | Saturday, Nov. 19-Sunday, Nov. 20 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland | Free | “Portland’s largest BIPOC market” celebrates community, culture, and business with 140+ local makers, merchants, artists, and crafters offering products ranging from stationery to skincare.
Sunday, Nov. 20
Pittock Mansion Christmas | Sunday, Nov. 20-Wednesday, Jan. 4 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Pittock Mansion, 3229 NW Pittock Dr., Portland | $0-$15.50 | Ring in the holidays with this year’s “Music Makes the Season” exhibit, complete with festive, music-themed displays created by volunteer decorators.
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Now through Friday, Dec. 16, Windermere Real Estate brokers are collecting donations of new or gently used adult-sized coats and twin-sized blankets for its annual Share the Warmth drive benefitting Transition Projects. Items can be donated Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at local Windermere offices. 🧥
Multnomah County has spent years planning the Burnside Bridge’s earthquake-ready updates — now, it wants help figuring out some really important questions, like what color it should be. Applications are open through Sunday, Dec. 4 for 20 volunteer spots on the design advisory board, which will meet bi-monthly starting in 2023 through 2024. (Portland Tribune)
Downtown Portland’s new Behavioral Health Resource Centeris officially open. The facility provides access to kitchens, showers, and private spaces for Portlanders with mental health or addiction issues facing housing insecurity. People who have lived experience with these struggles helped developthe center’s services to foster clients’ trust and meet their greater needs. (KOIN)
Don your ugliest holiday sweater and head to the St. Johns Plazatonight, Nov. 18, 5-7 p.m., for the lighting of the community tree. Enjoy the Roosevelt High School Choir, hot chocolate, ornament kit giveaways, family photo opportunities, and special appearances by some miniature horses. 🎄
The Groovy Floret has graduated from food truck to brick-and-mortar restaurant. The eatery’s new St. Johns spacerecently opened at 8408 N. Lombard St. and will continue serving its popular all-vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and nut-free menu featuring tacos, salads, nachos, and breakfast hash. 🌮
‘Tis the season of crafting. Creative Culture Portland is hosting its second annual Nutcracker Hot Cocoa Party on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m. Attendees of this family friendly event are encouraged to wear an ugly holiday sweater and come ready to customize a wooden nutcracker to take home. 🎨
Mikey isn’t around to stop the sale of his family’s house this time. “The Goonies” home in Astoria is on the market — and fans are reportedly jockeying to snap it up. It’s unclear if offers of pirate treasure will be accepted in lieu of the $1.65 million asking price. 🏴☠️ (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
Forget turtle doves and pipers piping — 12 local breweries are gifting Portland with the “12 Beers of Gristmas” this year. Special beers will be available Thursday, Dec. 1-Friday, Dec. 16 at participating locations, including 10 Barrel Brewing Co., Breakside Brewery, and Gigantic Brewing Company. Completed passports may even unlock prizes. 🍻
Weekly bluegrass sessionshave returned to McMenamins’ cozy Rock Creek Tavern in Hillsboro. All ages are welcome to enjoy the free tunes every Tuesday at 7 p.m. starting Nov. 22, and banjo pickers (and other bluegrass musicians of intermediate skill and above) are invited to join the jams. 🪕
Walk-ins are welcome at Cooper Mountain Vineyards in Beaverton for Thanksgiving Weekend wine tastings. | Photo by @travelingfoodgirls
If wine is on your holiday beverage menu this year, wineries up and down the Willamette Valley are ready to help you get into the festive spirit.
Dozens of locations will celebrate Thanksgiving in unique ways — think special tastings, food pairings, live music — over the course of two weekends (Nov. 18-20 and Nov. 25-27). Here are a few events we have our eyes on:
🍷 Brooks Bubbles & Caviar Sabering Party | Friday, Nov. 18 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Brooks Winery, 21101 SE Cherry Blossom Ln., Amity | $199 for two | Enjoy sustainable caviar and oysters paired with sparkling riesling, and try your hand at the art of sabering.
🍷 Thanksgiving Pairing Experience at Ponzi | Friday, Nov. 25 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Ponzi Vineyards, 19500 SW Mountain Home Rd., Sherwood | $75 deposit per person | Feast on a three-course prix fixe meal in the Founders Room.
🍷 Be Thankful + Wine + Art = Happiness | Sunday, Nov. 27 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | The Potter’s Vineyard & Clay Art Gallery, 14725 NE Quarry Rd., Newberg | $20 tasting fee | Browse the boutique vineyard’s gallery of ceramics by winemaker/owner Bill Sanchez and other artists.
Editor’s pick: Are any other ‘90s kids out there reliving their childhoods with the new version of “The Oregon Trail” game? It just launched this week on PC and Nintendo Switch and I’m such a huge fan.
You have to stock your wagon, ford dangerous rivers, and try not to die of dysentery just like in the old game — but this new version was developed with the help of three Indigenous historians to more accurately represent the history of the Native American people.
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