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Wild Food: Conversations With Chef Bun Lai + Local Foragers

Chef Bun Lai
Courtesy Bun Lai
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Chef Bun Lai

Step outside. Connecticut is ripe ground for wild food. This week on Seasoned, a poignant conversation with one of the best-known foragers in the country, chef Bun Lai. Plus, we search for edible plants and berries and find a gorgeous chicken of the woods mushroom with the founder of the Connecticut Foraging Club. And, consider us starstruck—we also talk with the 81-year old amateur mycologist from Hartford who has a species of mushroom named after her.

This show was produced by Robyn Doyon-Aitken and Catie Talarski.

Guests:
Chef Bun Lai – Chef and pioneer of the sustainable food movement. He’s currently hosting culinary and educational experiences at Miya’s in the Woods in Woodbridge

Amy Demers – Founder of the Connecticut Foraging Club

Connie Borodenko – Mushroom forager, discoverer of the species amanita borodenkoae

Correction: In the original broadcast of the show, Virginia creeper was mentioned as an invasive plant. Virginia creeper, though a very aggressive vine, is not actually invasive in Connecticut. Visit UConn’s website to view a list of invasive plants.

Amy Demers, founder of the Connecticut Foraging Club
Courtesy of Amy Demers
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Amy Demers, founder of the Connecticut Foraging Club

Robyn is the senior producer of 'Seasoned,' a show celebrating food and farms. She's food-obsessed, loves to bake, and constantly thinks about people in the food world, both nationally and locally, who have compelling stories to tell about food.
Marysol Castro, co-host of Seasoned.
Chef Plum, co-host of Seasoned.