Louis Smith (a culinary arts lecturer in GMIT) and Mary Bulfin (a forging expert) are the guest speakers at the October 2012 Green Drink Galway event. Louis and Mary will both speak on the topic of foraging. Foraging is the oldest human method of gathering food. It mainly consists of collecting naturally growing green leaves, flowers, berries, nuts, mushrooms and roots. Their talks will take place from 8pm this Thursday 4th October at the Cottage Bar, Lower Salthill. Green Drinks Galway is organised by Transition Galway. All are welcome!
About Louis Smith
Louis Smith, a culinary arts lecturer in GMIT, first became interested in wild mushrooms through his work as a professional chef. He started picking edible forest mushrooms with colleagues while working in Europe and Scandinavia in particular. While running his own summer restaurant in Coothall, he started searching the local woods in Lough Key Forest Park for edible mushrooms. He obtained a research grant from GMIT and the information collected in Lough Key Forest Park formed the basis for his thesis “Wild Edible Forest Mushrooms of Ireland” in 2011. Louis has a BA in Hospitality Education. He has been conduction mushroom forays in many parts of Ireland for the last 15 years; in 2006 was awarded a special achievement award by the Irish branch off the European Community of Chefs (Euro-toques) for his contribution to the Irish Catering Industry.
LOUIS’ WEBSITE: http://www.wildmushroomsofireland.com/
About Mary Bulfin
Mary Bulfin is a forager, chef, and lover of all good food nature has to offer. She has 15 years of culinary skills, but most importantly an infectious and knowledgeable experience of wild foods. With a background in science, chefing, and natural medicine, foraging has been part of her life since she could walk and accompany her granny on woodland strolls. At the 2012 Grow It Yourself (GIY) Gathering Mary hosted an information stall at the main hub while also leading foraging walks on both days. She has been a guest of ‘Food and Wine Magazine’ at the ‘Taste of Dublin’ event, and has been featured on TV3′s ‘Morning Show’.
Her website has lots of information on what’s currently in season as well as about foraging, preserving, recipes and her workshops.
MARY’S WEBSITE: http://wildfoodmary.wordpress.com/