Thanks All

EchoPlateThursday was a great time for everybody that came to Echo Bistro and Wine Bar tin Knoxville to eat wild mushrooms, sample chanterelle vodka, and support the Free Medical Clinic. A share of mushroom sales and some GENEROUS donations raised $413.34 for the clinic. Thanks !!!

From t left to right: morel pate, lobster mushrooms and crab canapé, and angel hair pasta with chanterelles (and a piece of bread :-) at the top

Celebrity Bartender

oneI’ll be the Celebrity Bartender at Echo Bistro and Wine Bar (865-602-2090) in Knoxville on Thursday, August 20, from 4:30 until 8:00. The Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge will receive half the mushroom appetizers (both bar and table service) sales and all of the bartender tips. I’ve donated all the mushrooms and made some great chanterelle vodka. I dried 1 1/2 pounds of fresh chanterelles to use in each fifth of vodka infusion. They soaked for two weeks. Great stuff!! I also created another surprise infusion that ought to generate a little excitement.

twoI’ve already tasted the morel pate with goat cheese and a ramp demi glace. Delicious! Below is the press release we are using. Come by and support he Free Medical Clinic which provides a wonderful service to so many.



threePress Release
For lovers of exotic mushroom fare, Echo Bistro and Wine Bar (865-602-2090) is the place to be on Thursday, August 20th. 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. Celebrity bartender, Anderson County Commissioner, and mushroom aficionado, Dr. Whitey Hitchcock will bring an assortment of morel, chanterelle, lobster and other personally foraged mushrooms to Echo to be transformed into a wild mushroom offering by Chef Seth Simmerman. The bar will feature Dr.Whitey’s chanterelle-infused libations, complete with Turkish apricot garnish. Half the mushroom sales and all of the bartender tips go to the Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge which serves surrounding counties as well as Anderson County.

In The Woods

sylvieThat’s where I’ve been the past two weeks, so now it’s time to catch up with a post. I had three private forays that were very successful in the variety and number of mushrooms the clients collected. Of course, I’ve been picking chanterelles, checking the lobster patch, enjoying my days in the woods despite the extreme heat and humidity.

Among the edibles found in the last two weeks Barnesare Chanterelles (many kinds), Chicken of the Woods, Lactarius (volemus, corrugis and hyrophoides, Purple Lacarria, Bicolor boletes, Sparassis, Fistulina (beefsteak), Black Trumpets and lobsters.


bicolor capsThere were also several mushrooms found that are interesting, especially. These are bicolor boletes that had the pileipellis (cuticle) eaten by deer. We watched one doing it in a patch of ferns.



GcyanGCThis Gyroporus cyanescens var cyanescens is the first one I have seen – ever. I believe that if I had rolled it around in my hands, I would have had a totally deep indigo bolete. A quite cool find.



L veridisI have only seen Lactarius atroviridis once, at an Oconee foray. This one we found in the Smokies, but several days later I found 4 or 5 in a group in my “close to the house” hunting ground. Oak-small beech mix.



TrumpetsI seldom find Black Trumpets, musch less on top of a ridge. But, the ridge is sandy. I was up there looking for the summer fruiting of my Mystery Bolete – next picture.



Myestery1Mystery2The Bessettes said they needed some whole specimens dried. I found 4 and they’re in the dryer.



LobHost1RbrevipesThe host for the lobster, at least in this patch, is Russula brevipes.





And of course, my favorite.