October 1, 2020 – While almost all visitor events have been cancelled, restaurant owners and lodging operators on the Long Beach Peninsula have decided to move forward with the popular Wild Mushroom Celebration, which marks its 20th anniversary this year and runs from now through Nov. 15.

Many of the Celebration offerings have been modified in order to keep visitors, residents and workers safe and to adapt to indoor-seating restrictions while in Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan.

“We debated cancelling the Celebration and decided not to,” said Nancy Gorsche, chair, Visit Long Beach Peninsula, and owner with her husband, Michael Lalewicz, of The Depot Restaurant in Seaview. “This event has always been a dispersed-model format so it is timely as well as Covid smart.”

The events planned during wild mushroom season are the following:

China Beach Retreat

Event founders, innkeepers and chefs, Laurie Anderson and David Campiche postponed their annual mushroom gathering at China Beach Retreat. Instead, they are offering a “Go Wild Coupon Special” – a $50 discount on a two-night stay in the main house. And, for guests staying in the main house or the Audubon Cottage for three or more nights, a savory Wild Mushroom Soup with freshly baked Sourdough Biscuits will be delivered on the final evening of their stay.


The DEPOT Restaurant will forego their traditional wild mushroom and wine dinner this year and, instead, is offering, on a nightly basis, one of Chef Michael Lalewicz’s wild mushroom specials paired with wine selected by Nancy Gorshe. The wild mushroom/wine special is for dine in only, and reservations are required.

Call 360-642-7880 for your reservation.

The Cove

The Cove Restaurant at Peninsula Golf Course will be offering a nightly wild mushroom special throughout the Celebration. Reservations are recommended.

Boreas Bed & Breakfast Inn

Susie Goldsmith and Bill Verner, innkeepers at Boreas Bed & Breakfast Inn have cancelled their always popular Wild Mushroom Weekend and instead will feature wild-harvested mushrooms as part of the multi-course gourmet breakfast three or so times a week during the season.

42nd Street Cafe & Bistro

Wild Mushroom Weekend: October 23 – 24

42nd Street Café will again host a weekend of wild mushrooms, Oct. 23 and 24. Wild mushrooms will be featured in appetizers, salads and entrees for dinner and at breakfast for dine in or to go


Chef Paul Klitsie at MyCovio’s in Ocean Park looks forward to the arrival of porcini and chanterelles as they always spark his creativity. Look for classic mushroom-inspired pasta specials with a modern twist for indoor dining (reservations required) and take out, alike.

Pickled Fish Restaurant

Wild Mushroom specials by Executive Chef Jake Martin will be offered on the menu from October 1 through November 15 for dine-in; reservations are highly recommended.

Shelburne Pub

Wild Mushroom specials by Executive Chef Jake Martin will be offered on the menu from October 1 through November 15 for dine-in; reservations are highly recommended.

North Beach Tavern

The North Beach Tavern will feature wild mushrooms as a pizza topping throughout the Celebration.

Captain Bob’s Chowder

A wild mushroom chowder will be one of the chowder options at Captain Bob’s Chowder off and on through mid-November.

All Wild (Documentary Short Film)

Filmmakers Sora Blu and Andrew Tomayko, producers of the recently released Bog Town video, will debut their documentary All Wild, starring Pacific County’s famed “mushroom queen” Veronica Williams. The short will debut late in October on their YouTube channel.

“Visit Long Beach Peninsula’s hospitality partners have been extra vigilant and safety conscious since reopening. Still, indoor restaurant seating capacity remains constricted. When the weather gets cooler, we will lose outdoor seating and, if indoor seating isn’t increased and our regulars don’t return, we are looking at harder times and tough decisions ahead.

“With safety guidelines in place, we needed to move forward with this 20th celebration both to stay hopeful and also to continue our push for recovery and rebuilding.”

The annual Wild Mushroom Celebration coincides with the fall wild mushroom season in the Pacific Northwest – a region notable for the availability of some of the most prized and delectable fungi including King Boletes (aka porcini, cep), Matsutake, Golden Chanterelles, Lactaria Deliciosa, and more. It was initiated by a small group of restaurant owners, innkeepers, chefs and foragers in 2000 and has grown over the years to attract those from near and far who savor wild mushrooms.