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CulinaryArts@SPAC: The Mushroom Experience

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A multi-sensory experience spotlighting the beauty of fungi through a mushroom forward gourmet dinner, mushroom-infused cocktails, thematic music and visual art displays, and a “Mushroom Marketplace,” all produced in partnership with Collar City Mushrooms.

Preceding the dinner, guests can enjoy mushroom-infused specialty cocktails or Lion’s Mane Cold Brew coffee while marveling at the organisms through visual art displays by photographer Carol Bell and glass mushroom sculptures by Adam Parsley of AmpGlass. Ambient musicscapes of fungi, and a “Mushroom Marketplace” featuring fresh mushrooms, and mushroom-infused salts, chocolates and coffee will be part of the evening’s offerings. Experts on mycelial growth and mushroom cultivation will also be on hand to talk with dinner guests.

Following cocktail hour is a seated, multi-course dinner created by chefs David Chaiken and Corinne Carey of Collar City Mushrooms. See the menu below!

Produced by Kim Klopstock of Lily and the Rose and Pam Abrams.



Mushrooms Five Ways

Lion’s Mane Lobster Salad
Jerk Mushrooms Chimichurri
Fried Mushrooms with Onion Petals and Pistou
Chipotle Plum BBQ Oyster Mushrooms
Charred Mushrooms with Agi Amarillo
Served alongside an assortment of flatbreads, chips, crackers and pickled vegetables

1st Course

Rissole of Black Pearl and Chestnut Mushroom

Umami Aioli and Mushroom Caviar
A crispy mushroom, potato and Gruyère cake
with a fall squash purée, toasted mushroom aioli
and caviar made from fermented mushroom garum

2nd Course

Beef Peposo Baretto

Braised Smoked Short Ribs with Shiitake Baretto and Roasted Mushrooms

Vegetarian Option

Braised Lion’s Mane Mushrooms
with Shitake Baretto


Domo Cioccolato Chaga Chaga

Chocolate ½ Sphere “Dome” of Chaga chocolate bourbon espresso cake, chocolate ganache floating on lion’s mane creme anglaise with heirloom maple crunch popcorn


*Menu subject to change slightly due to market availability

Collar City Mushrooms is an indoor urban vertical mushroom farm, mycological education center, art gallery, and small event venue in Troy, NY.

Thank You To Our CulinaryArts@SPAC Sponsor

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