Alan Bergo

Forager Chef


Alan Bergo is a professional chef specializing in wild and obscure culinary ingredients, such as mushrooms, plants, and small game. He’s one of the leading voices in the world of wild food and author of the website www.ForagerChef.com.

Alan is speaking in Texas.


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Phenomenal Fungi: 10 Weird and Wonderful Mushrooms You Have to See to Believe

Join chef Alan Bergo for a journey through the incredible palette of colors, shapes, and textures in the world of edible wild mushrooms. Centered around Bergo’s archive of thousands of images in the field and in the kitchen, this photo-driven presentation explores some of the vast variety of edible fungi available throughout the year in North America. Learn how morphology, colors, textures, and tastes play a part in his work and how he draws inspiration from a combination of worldwide ethnobotany, culinary literature, and mycological knowledge. You’ll never think of mushrooms the same way again.
Real Foods

Speaking At:

Texas, Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Real Food Stage

A Weed’s True Worth: The Value of Wild Plants

The commercial price of nettles is $12 a pound, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Ever wondered if some of the weeds in your garden were edible or valuable? Most likely they are. In this photo-driven presentation pulled from Bergo’s vast archive of images in the field and in the kitchen, learn the most commonly available wild plants Bergo harvests for his work supplying restaurants and other commercial operations, as well as a discussion of easy-to-make, delicious, value-added products that will fly off the table at the farmers market. Whether you’re trying to put more leafy plants on your table, someone else’s table for a profit, or just eat closer to the land, there's something here for everyone.
Real Foods Keynote

Speaking At:

Texas, Sunday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Mother Earth News Stage