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Wild Food: Conversations With Chef Bun Lai + Local Foragers

Chef Bun Lai
Courtesy Bun Lai
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.

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
Amy Demers, founder of the Connecticut Foraging Club

Robyn is the host and senior producer of Seasoned.
Marysol Castro, co-host of Seasoned from 2020 to 2022.
Host of Seasoned and Restaurant Road Trip.
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