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Monthly Mushroom Speaker Series Returns! Virtually…

January 5, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Monthly Mushroom Speaker Series
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Edible Mushrooms of the Lanna Kingdom.
Northern Thailand, a collection of nine provinces in the far northern part of the country. The region is very mountainous, and borders both Myanmar and Laos, jutting up into the SE Asian peninsula. The region, centered around the largest city in the area and the second largest city in Thailand Chiang Mai, it once operated as the autonomous Lanna Kingdom (1269-1558), then as a vassal state to Myanmar, and finally taken joining forces and being controlled by Siam (Thailand) in the late at the end of the 18th century. As a result, the food of Northern Thailand is unique in this part of the country. Foraging has been a big part of the heritage of the area, rich in various Hill Tribes (cuisines/customs) that have moved from China and around the SE Asian peninsula and operated as small communities outside of the kingdoms themselves. The talk I am currently presenting is focused on the (mostly wild) edible mushrooms in Northern Thailand, the culture of foraging and cooking, and some details of where I have been hiking and what I have been finding as I dive deeper into this bio-region. Thailand, like many emerging myco-regions, has not yet been examined at the genetic level to a degree to give any certainty on a majority of the fungi, so it is a special time to be here, helping to bring more attention to this incredible area of the world.
Chef Zachary Mazi Biography
Classically trained in the art of French cuisine, with ventures into the wide array of New American and Pacific Northwest cuisine, Chef Zachary Mazi presents an organic, foraged, local, & imaginative experience in both global cuisine & dining. With a background in earth sciences intertwined with 28 years working in the service industry, and a self-guided holistic culinary history rooted in permaculture studies, herbal & mushroom medicines, Chef Mazi provides a comprehensive and inspirational view on how and what we should eat. Igniting others with his contagious zest for life, he creates lasting inspiration with delicious recipes and lectures, all centered in the unified and grounded art of being an imaginative human on Earth today. He currently lives and forages with his fiancé Kimbery Hunter in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He is the owner-chef-imaginator of The Food Bender, a cookbook author, and mycophagy researcher.
See his self-published work on patreon.com/mycophagybook


January 5, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


John Michelotti



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