Classes, Foraging and Special Events

There is FAR more to the mushroom season than morels! Our seasonal Identification Classes at Gentleman Forager are organized to teach specifically about mushrooms found in Spring, Summer, or Fall. The classes are designed for you to take any course you choose, or all three seasons. For each course, you will learn to positively identify at least four species of wild, edible mushrooms—native to Minnesota and found throughout the world.

Our classes are perfect for the beginner, or for any experienced mushroomer who wants to brush up on their skills. Veteran mushroom hunter Mike Kempenich—owner of Gentleman Forager, founder of Forest to Fork and past wild mushroom identification certification instructor at both the University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin Extensions—is your instructor. Mike has 40 years of experience in the woods. He will help you traverse the world of wild mushroom foraging and will also reveal to you his many tips to be successful. After taking these Identification Classes, you will become a confident mushroom forager. Our goal is to have you successfully finding wild mushrooms and using them in your kitchen kitchen—secure in your knowledge to positively identify them—every time.

Classes are an excellent way to gain knowledge, but many people want to test that knowledge and learn more in the woods. If you’re looking for a unique experience that combines camping at a private location, top chef prepared meals, guided foraging with Gentleman Forager and Chick of the Woods and live music under the stars at night, you should come join us at one of our weekend or even daily events and festivals. Getting to know the chefs and musicians that attend is also part of the experience! We limit most events to no more than 50 people to ensure a very comfortable, personal experience.

Maybe you just aren’t a “woods person” --- and that’s OK. You can still come to one of our Forager’s Dinners! Award winning chefs creating spectacular 5-course menus that are unique to Gentleman Forager. You just won’t find such creatively wild menus anywhere else. We often add an experiential component or live music and I promise they are a ton of fun and a great chance to have a private dining experience and meet new and interesting people like yourself!

Upcoming Events & Classes

  • Morels & Memories Foray for Alzheimer's
    May 21, 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
    Watertown, 9880 Swede Lake Rd, Watertown, MN 55388, USA
    Come join the hunt Saturday, May 21st, 2022, for the elusive Morel mushroom, our Minnesota State mushroom. Experienced guides will take you on private property, less than an hour from the Twin Cities, to assist you on the hunt. Prizes for the first, largest, most morels found. Keep what you find!
  • MOREL FEST (FREE!)
    Sun, May 22
    Lakes & Legends Brewing Company
    May 22, 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Lakes & Legends Brewing Company, 1368 Lasalle Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA
    It's time to celebrate Minnesota's state mushroom, the Morel, with food, beer, music & fun!
  • Foraging Morels with Gentleman Forager  #3
    Sat, May 28
    Location 1 hour South of Mpls
    May 28, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT
    Location 1 hour South of Mpls
    Come look for the fabled morel mushroom with Gentleman Forager Mike Kempenich, and Chick of the Woods, Jaime Rockney!
  • Shroom Room Dinner Series
    Sat, Jun 11
    Saint Paul
    Jun 11, 7:00 PM
    Saint Paul, 693 Raymond Ave, St Paul, MN 55114, USA
    Frenchy is back! Acclaimed French chef Patrick Atanalian will be creating an incredible 6-course menu
  • Summer Wild Mushroom & Berries Identification Class
    Sun, Jun 19
    Location TBD within 30 min of Mpls.
    Jun 19, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT
    Location TBD within 30 min of Mpls.
    Positive identification of Chanterelle, Hedgehog, Yellowfoot and Black Trumpet mushrooms, Raspberries, Mulberries, Blackberries and Gooseberries
  • Shroomapalooza
    Fri, Jul 15
    Crosslake
    Jul 15, 3:00 PM – Jul 17, 1:00 PM
    Crosslake, Crosslake, MN, USA
    A Weekend Long Event Celebrating Mushrooms, Foraging, Great Food and Great Music!
  • Summer Mushroom Foray
    Sat, Jul 23
    Within 1 hour of Mpls
    Jul 23, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT
    Within 1 hour of Mpls
    Come hunt for Minnesota's Summer Mushrooms with Gentleman Forager and Chick of the Woods
  • Summer Mushroom Foray
    Sat, Aug 06
    Location 1 hour South of Mpls
    Aug 06, 11:00 AM CDT – Aug 07, 3:00 PM CDT
    Location 1 hour South of Mpls
    Come hunt for Minnesota's Summer Mushrooms with Gentleman Forager and Chick of the Woods
  • Fall Wild Mushroom & Plants Identification Class
    Sun, Aug 14
    Location TBD within 30 min of Mpls.
    Aug 14, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Location TBD within 30 min of Mpls.
    Positive identification of Porcini, Lobster, Hen Of The Woods, Cloud and Pink Cherub mushrooms, Wild Grapes, Black Walnuts and Watercress
  • Summer Mushroom Foray
    Sat, Aug 20
    Within 1 hour of Mpls
    Aug 20, 11:00 AM CDT – Aug 21, 3:00 PM CDT
    Within 1 hour of Mpls
    Come hunt for Minnesota's Summer Mushrooms with Gentleman Forager and Chick of the Woods
  • Lobster Mushroom Jamboree
    Aug 26, 3:00 PM – Aug 28, 8:00 AM
    Britt, Britt, MN 55710, USA
    Come Join Gentleman Forager, Chick of the Woods, Chef Taylor O'Brien and the rest of the Gentleman Forager crew on a fun-filled camping weekend of foraging, food, music and fun!
  • Fall Mushroom Foray
    Sat, Sep 10
    Within 1.5 hours of Mpls
    Sep 10, 11:00 AM CDT
    Within 1.5 hours of Mpls
    Come hunt for Minnesota's Fall Mushrooms with Gentleman Forager and Chick of the Woods
  • Fall Mushroom Foray
    Sat, Sep 17
    Within 1.5 hours of Mpls
    Sep 17, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM CDT
    Within 1.5 hours of Mpls
    Come hunt for Minnesota's Fall Mushrooms with Gentleman Forager and Chick of the Woods
  • Fall Mushroom Foray
    Sat, Sep 24
    Within 1 hour of Mpls
    Sep 24, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM CDT
    Within 1 hour of Mpls
    Come hunt for Minnesota's Fall Mushrooms with Gentleman Forager and Chick of the Woods
  • Fall Mushroom Foray
    Sat, Oct 08
    Within 1.5 hours of Mpls
    Oct 08, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM CDT
    Within 1.5 hours of Mpls
    Come hunt for Minnesota's Fall Mushrooms with Gentleman Forager and Chick of the Woods
  • FINAL Mushroom Foray
    Sat, Oct 15
    Within 1 hour of Mpls
    Oct 15, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM CDT
    Within 1 hour of Mpls
    Come hunt for Minnesota's Fall Mushrooms with Gentleman Forager and Chick of the Woods