Have you always wanted to forage for mushrooms but you're unsure about positively identifying them?

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 popular and common 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.

Each class includes thorough wild mushroom descriptions and easy-to-remember identification methods. You'll complete each class knowing where to look for a certain species, when to hunt and how to positively identify them. These wild species include morel, porcini, black trumpet, chanterelle, lobster and many more.

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 the kitchen—secure in your knowledge to positively identify them—every time.

Your knowledge and skills will amaze and delight your family and friends as they sample your freshly foraged mushrooms. You'll also have a lot of fun taking the classes and getting to know Mike--AKA Gentleman Forager!

Upcoming Classes

  • Happy Hours with Gentleman Forager (FREE)
    Jan 28, 5:00 PM
    Maple Grove, 10401 93rd Ave N, Maple Grove, MN 55369, USA
    Come talk Shrooms and the upcoming season with Gentleman Forager, Mike Kempenich, and learn about all of our events this year with our events coordinator Angela Tune
  • Forager's Feast Dinner Series
    Sat, Mar 26
    Columbia Heights
    Mar 26, 7:00 PM
    Columbia Heights, 4030 NE Central Ave, Columbia Heights, MN 55421, USA
    Our first in a series of Dinners throughout the seasons featuring award winning Chef Taylor O'Brien.
  • Forager's Feast Dinner Series
    Sat, Apr 16
    Columbia Heights
    Apr 16, 7:00 PM CDT
    Columbia Heights, 4030 NE Central Ave, Columbia Heights, MN 55421, USA
    A wild themed series of Dinners throughout the seasons featuring award winning Chef Taylor O'Brien.
  • Spring Wild Mushroom & Plants Identification Class
    Sun, Apr 24
    Location TBD within 30 min of Mpls.
    Apr 24, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Location TBD within 30 min of Mpls.
    Positive identification of Morel, Oyster, Chicken of the Wood's, Puffball and Pheasant Back mushrooms, Ramps, Fiddleheads, Stinging Nettle & Spruce Tips
  • Foraging with Gentleman Forager
    Sat, May 07
    Location within 45 min of Mpls
    May 07, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Location within 45 min of Mpls
    Come look for the first morels of the season with Gentleman Forager Mike Kempenich, and Chick of the Woods, Jaime Rockney!
  • Foraging Morels with Gentleman Forager  #2
    Sat, May 14
    Location 2 hours South of Mpls
    May 14, 10:00 AM CDT – May 15, 3:00 PM CDT
    Location 2 hours South of Mpls
    Come look for the fabled morel mushroom with Gentleman Forager Mike Kempenich, and Chick of the Woods, Jaime Rockney!
  • Forager's Feast Dinner Series
    Sat, May 14
    Columbia Heights
    May 14, 7:00 PM
    Columbia Heights, 4030 NE Central Ave, Columbia Heights, MN 55421, USA
    A wild themed series of Dinners throughout the seasons featuring award winning Chef Taylor O'Brien.
  • 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!
  • Foraging Morels with Gentleman Forager  #3
    Sat, May 28
    Location 1 hour South of Mpls
    May 28, 10:00 AM CDT – May 29, 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!
  • Summer Wild Mushroom & Berries Identification Class
    Sun, Jun 19
    Location TBD within 30 min of Mpls.
    Jun 19, 12:00 PM CDT – Jun 21, 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
  • Forager's Feast Dinner Series
    Sat, Jun 25
    Columbia Heights
    Jun 25, 7:00 PM CDT
    Columbia Heights, 4030 NE Central Ave, Columbia Heights, MN 55421, USA
    A wild themed series of Dinners throughout the seasons featuring award winning Chef Taylor O'Brien.
  • Shroomapalooza
    Fri, Jul 15
    Crosslake
    Jul 15, 3:00 PM – Jul 17, 8:00 AM
    Crosslake, Crosslake, MN, USA
    Our First Year Doing a New Weekend Long Community 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
  • Forager's Feast Dinner Series
    Sat, Jul 23
    Columbia Heights
    Jul 23, 7:00 PM CDT
    Columbia Heights, 4030 NE Central Ave, Columbia Heights, MN 55421, USA
    A wild themed series of Dinners throughout the seasons featuring award winning Chef Taylor O'Brien.
  • 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
  • Forager's Feast Dinner Series
    Sat, Aug 20
    Columbia Heights
    Aug 20, 7:00 PM CDT
    Columbia Heights, 4030 NE Central Ave, Columbia Heights, MN 55421, USA
    A wild themed series of Dinners throughout the seasons featuring award winning Chef Taylor O'Brien.