Two of the guest presenters at Petersburg’s ninth Rainforest Festival last week came from Juneau with valuable tips for using wild greens, berries and mushrooms on a dinner menu. Corinne Conlon and Amy O’Neil Houck are part of a foraging group in Juneau that gathers and prepares meals together. During the festival in Petersburg, the two gave a brown bag talk on gathering wild foods. They also went on foraging trips and capped off the festival Sunday night with a gourmet dinner using wild and locally sourced plants and seafood.

One of the courses for Sunday's taste of the rain forest dinner was a crostini with black cod and wild mushrooms. (Photo courtesy of Christina Sargent)

One of the courses for Sunday’s taste of the rain forest dinner was a crostini with black cod and wild mushrooms. (Photo courtesy of Christina Sargent)

Joe Viechnicki spoke with Conlon and O’Neil Houck about the plants they like to gather and cook, starting off with a question to Conlon about how the Juneau foraging group got started.
That’s Amy O’Neil Houck and Corinne Conlon, two of the guests at this year’s Rain Forest Festival in Petersburg.