There are three varieties of bioluminescent mushroom found in North America that can all be found in Western North Carolina.

Alan Muskat

Philosoforager, stand-up mycomedian, and epicure of the obscure, Alan Muskat has been taking people “out to eat” for over twenty years. He is the author of Wild MushroomsHaggadah Vita, and Coming Home. He founded the first forage-to-table tour company in the country, launched the first wild foods public education program on the continent, and runs one of the largest foraging tour companies in the world.

A leading authority in the field, Muskat has popped up in a variety of major media. He has taught self-catering to a number of top executives and other notables. He has even been invited to appear on America’s Got Talent. Ardently moving the masses to sample rather than trample the toadstools, Muskat asks, “What do you have to lose? Whatever doesn’t kill you only makes you famous.”

Muskat really knows how to pick ’em. For close to two decades, he sold hundreds of pounds of wild foods a year to over seventy-five restaurants and hotels, including The Biltmore Estate, Lantern, and The Omni Grove Park Inn. He serves on the North Carolina Wild Mushroom Advisory Committee. On the anniversary of 9/11, he spoke at The U.S. Botanic Garden on Home-Land Security. The creator of GMO OMG is filming a documentary about his work.

In 2007, Muskat co-founded The REAL Center, a school for rediscovering humannature. Wild foods, says Muskat, are a way of feeling at home in the world, continually provided for and never alone.

Finally, his mother would like you to know that he graduated from Princeton.

With humor, warm-heartedness, and panache, Woodsy Alan awakens nature’s wayward children to the beauty and bounty of their bioregion. Ask anyone who knows The Mushroom Man: when it comes to bringing out the fun in fungi, he’s the champignon.