Lincoln City Wild Mushroom Cook-off

Yesterday we headed off to the Oregon Coast – the Itinerary?  Gather some wild mushrooms and then go to the Wild Mushroom cook-off for ideas.  The results?  No mushrooms to gather (some nice hiking though), and a very crowded cook-off at the Lincoln City Culinary Center!

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There were four restaurants represented, each offering a different dish – Cream of mushroom soup (quite good), wild mushroom gnocchi, which took second place – and my grandson said was fabulous (I can’t eat gluten),  

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wild mushroom bread pudding (the first place winner) and mushroom stew.  20141011_111835

Each sample was only 75 cents – and there was beer and wine to purchase if you wanted to get a whole meal (also available for sale).  We missed the cooking demonstrations, but I was really excited to see they were selling mushrooms! (Remember, we didn’t find any)

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We were able to purchase both golden and white chanterelles, lobster mushroom and some coral fungi!

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SCORE!

After perusing until my husband simply wanted away from the crowds, we headed over to the McMinnimin’s lighthouse restaurant – Burgers, salads, oyster po’ boy, oyster shooters (my ultimate favorite) and yes, a shot of whiskey!

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The final stop, right off Hwy 18 headed toward Newberg, this fantastic barn of fresh produce – apples, tomatoes, peppers, greens!  And rather picturesque too!

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Well, the mushroom cook-off is over for this year, but they’ll be doing a Chowder cook-off in November at the outlet mall – Check it out!  (And maybe you can try the mushrooms next year!)

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About Helen Fern

I live in the upper Willamette Valley with my amazing husband and four very spoiled cats - three adopted feral cats and one shelter baby. We have lived here since the dawn of 1991 and love every inch of the region.
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