For this event, we partnered with Tour de Forks, a culinary travel company, for one day of their 4-day epicurean adventure to the Hudson Valley. On Wednesday, September 30, Tour de Forks arranged for Chef Anita Lo to join the group foraging for wild mushrooms and then feasting on a meal we prepared together using these delicious fungi.

The day began with a mushroom foraging expedition led by a member of the Hudson Valley Mycology Association (HVMA). She shared how to identify some of the more common varieties in this area. The day was wet which proved to be perfect for finding a bag full of wild mushrooms. The group reconvened at Valley Variety for a hands-on class of cooking with the wild mushrooms we foraged along with others. Chef Anita Lo led the group in preparing a three-course dinner. 

Green Apple and Olio Nuovo Posset with Lemon Verbena
Orecchiette with Wild Mushrooms and Lascinato Kale
Slow Cooked Halibut with Wild Mushrooms

Dinner was served with wines selected by Hudson Wine Merchants. 

Anita Lo is one of the most respected chefs in the country, earning numerous accolades for her inventive Contemporary American cuisine that reflects her multicultural upbringing and classic French training.

She is the chef/owner of Annisa in New York City. The restaurant opened in 2000 to rave reviews. The following year, Food & Wine magazine named her one of ten “Best New Chefs in America”. Lo appeared on the first season of Top Chef Masters where she finished fourth out of 24 chefs.

The restaurant received a Michelin star for several years. In February 2014, critic Pete Wells re-reviewed Annisa in The New York Times, bestowing the restaurant with a prestigious three stars. In the review, he calls her food “remarkable” and “impressive,” and the restaurant “graceful and unfussy.”

Lo’s Cooking Without Border reflects her philosophy that all cooking is fusion cooking—featuring recipes celebrating the best flavors from around the globe. Books were available for purchase and signing.

Photos from mushroom foraging provided by Tour de Forks.

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