Stalking the Wily Chanterelle Mushroom in Sonoma County, California
The drippy forests along the California coast north of San Francisco hold a wealth of foodie treasures. Know where to look, and you can find prized, savory mushroom species like chanterelles, boletes, and morels. You can also find stuff that will kill you, so go out with a group like the Sonoma County Mycological Association. In season (September to May), the group holds monthly Saturday foraging "forays" in gorgeous Salt Point State Park, between Jenner and Sea Ranch. Members will help clue you in on where to look, separate the edibles from the toxic time-bombs, and join in cooking up the best discoveries at the end of the day.