The Colorado Mycological Society is a non-profit organization established in 1967 to
advance the understanding of, and to stimulate interest in, the field of mycology.

Cook and Taste plus Photo Contest presentation

When: Monday, October 12, 7pm

Where: Mitchell Hall in the main building of the Denver Botanic Gardens

Please Note that this is a CMS member only event which is included in your membership. Guests are welcomed if membership payment of $25 is made at the event. Non CMS members might also be asked to pay the Botanic Gardens entrance fee.

Members are encouraged to bring a mushroom dish to share with other members. Only the following mushroom species may be used: Boletus barrowsii, Boletus edulis, Cantharellus cibarius, Commercial mushrooms from a grocery, Coprinus comatus, Dentinum repandum, Flammulina velutipes, Hydnum imbricatum, Lactarius deliciosus, Marasmius oreades, Matsutake - Tricholoma magnivelare or Tricholoma caligatum, Morchella angusticeps, Pleurotus ostreatus, Albatrellus ovinus, Albatrellus confluens

All the dishes brought to the Cook & Taste must follow these rules:

  • All mushrooms must be well cooked. Raw mushrooms will not be allowed in any dish.
  • Use only one species of mushroom in each dish.
  • A written recipe prominently showing the species of mushroom in the dish and the cook's name MUST accompany each dish.
  • Leccinum species are not allowed


If you have a supply of a good, common edible species of mushroom, but it isn't on the list above, call Marilyn Shaw at 303-377-1278. All exceptions must be approved in advance of the Cook & Taste.

Donít forget the grocery stores have a great mushroom selection now. If you prefer not to cook, bring drinks, desserts, salads, or bread (prepared food from the grocery is fine.)

Here are a couple websites for fabulous recipe ideas

If you have any questions, give the Cook and Taste Coordinator a call: Karen Ryan 303-355 -5966 or 720- 308- 3257


Although CMS meetings are open to the public, non-CMS members will now be required to pay the Denver Botanic Gardens entrance fee (adults, $12.50). Current CMS members will not need to pay to enter the Gardens (In the future, you may possibly be asked to show your CMS membership card or say that you're a current member of CMS when entering the Gardens for a CMS meeting).

Next foray:

Full Schedule


The 2015 photo contest is here. There are three categories for photo entries:

  • Artistic - Images primarily judged on how artistic and pleasing they are.
  • Documentary - focused on images that document a collection. Judged mainly on focus, lighting and compostion.
  • Anything Goes - As the name suggests. Judged on what pleases the judges.

To submit photos send an email to Photo Contest with the subject 'Photo Contest - category' for example 'Photo Contest - Documentary'. In the body of the message add any other details you want, such as: species, date, location, etc. Also include your name so we know who owns the photos (and therefore who wins the prizes!). You can submit more than one photo per email if they are all in the same category


  • Photos must be received by midnight on September 30 to be entered in the competition. Photos received after this time will not be accepted.
  • The competition is open to CMS members only.
  • Each CMS member can submit a maximum of three photos per category.
  • Photos will be judged by a panel of CMS members whose decision is final.
  • Results will be announced at the October CMS meeting.
  • The winning photos will be published on the website. People submitting photos agree to allow their photos to be published on the CMS website if they win.
  • Submitted photos must be the work of the CMS member credited in the submission email.

PHOTO CONTEST 2014 RESULTS - click on photos for higher resolution file. Click back button to return to this page.

First Prize - Frederick Fisher
Unknown puffball
  First Prize - Mike Godfrey

First Prize - Justin Robertson

artistic first   documentary first   anything goes first
Second Prize - Karen Ryan
Chlorophyllum rachodes
  Second Prize - Mike Godfrey
  Second Prize - Frederick Fisher
Amanita muscaria
artistic second   documentary second   anything goes second
Third Prize - Karen Ryan
Chlorophyllum rachodes
  Third Prize - Frederick Fisher
Sarcodon imbricatus
  Third Prize - Mike Godfrey
Market Stall
artistic third   documentary third   anything goes third



CMS Meetings:

  • Meetings are held on the second Monday night of each month, from March through October, at 7:30 PM. The doors open at 7:00. This year we are back at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street (Map). The meetings are in Mitchell Hall.

  • CMS meetings provide an informal opportunity to socialize and exchange information with others interested in mycology.

  • Each meeting features a lecture and/or slide presentation on mycology or a related subject.

  • Speakers include nationally known mycologists, outside specialists and knowledgeable members

  • Visitors & members are encouraged to bring the mushrooms they find to the meetings.

  • Knowledgeable members will be happy to help you identify the mushrooms you have found.

A Call for Volunteers for CMS — The Colorado Mycological Society depends on volunteers from the membership to deliver its services to the general membership. Many, if not most, of the volunteer positions do not require extensive knowledge of mycology. What they do require is enthusiasm and a willingness to devote a few hours each month to the position.

Although most of the committees currently have chairpersons assigned to them, there are still a few that require a chairperson. If you would like to volunteer for one of these "open" committee positions, contact Karen Ryan by phone at 303-355-5966 or by email).

If you would like to serve on a committee that is currently chaired or obtain more information about the activities of the committee, contact the chairperson directly.