The Oregon Truffle Festival just added on a lecture series to its $15 Marketplace.
Lectures will be held on Sunday January 29, in the Downtown Athletic Club’s main Ballroom, in conjunction with the Oregon Truffle MarketPlace.
The lectures will be open to all MarketPlace attendees, however space is limited…
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Truffle Diversity and Ecology in the Pacific Northwest
- Dr. Daniel Luoma is Assistant Professor, Senior Research in the
Department of Forest Science at Oregon State University. Dan received
his M.S. and Ph.D. in Ecological Plant Geography from Oregon State
University. Dan’s teaching includes a course on forest mycology offered
through the Siskiyou Field Institute and Southern Oregon University.
Primarily, he pursues research on the diversity of ectomycorrhizal fungi
in natural and managed forests of the Pacific Northwest. Dan has
particular expertise with those fungi that produce truffles.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Training truffle dogs
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Truffle cooking demonstration
- Tom Bollag, Owner and Executive Chef of Chef’s Kitchen, demonstrates and discusses various truffle cooking techniques and recipes.
1:30 – 2:15 p.m.Recent Trufficulture in Spain: Lousy soil, harsh climate, extension work, and prospering farmers
- David Pilz is a Forest Mycologist (Research Assistant) with the Department of Forest Science at Oregon State University. His research focuses on the productivity and value of commercially harvested forest fungi and how to manage forests to ensure their continued abundance. His background includes a broader focus on Non Timber Forest Products and their management.
2:15 – 3:00 p.m.Truffles in Context: A Mycological Overview
- Matt Trappe is a Ph.D. student in the Environmental Sciences Department at Oregon State University. His Master’s thesis was on the ecology of winter chanterelles in western Oregon. He is currently studying the effects of natural and man-caused disturbance on mycorrhizal fungi at Crater Lake National Park. He is also the “trufflemaster” for the North American Truffling Society, leading their monthly forays.
3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Use of Truffles and Truffle-like Fungi around the World
- Dr. Jim Trappe is a Professor with the Department of Forest Science at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. His career encompasses the taxonomy and ecology of mycorrhizal fungi and the role of fungi in forest ecosystems. His studies focus on truffles and truffle-like fungi, including their uses by humans. His presentation will provide a wide-ranging overview of the world of truffles.