An Evening with DMV Foraged Goods Provider Arcadia Venture

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Full datetime event: 

Tuesday, May 24, 2022From 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Arc'teryx Washington, D.C.
1099 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

There is bike parking out front, but parking is limited. The closest stations is Metro Center on the Red, Orange, Blue, and Silver lines.


DC is known for a lot of things -- cherry blossoms, the Smithsonian, being the seat of America's capitol and home to its historical heritage, just to name a few. What often goes overlooked is the surrounding nature's bounty.

Swing by Arc'teryx on Tuesday, 5/24, from 6-8pm to hear from the area's foraging expert himself: Iulian Fortu!

Iulian grew up in Northern Virginia and began his career taking culinary classes as part of his high school curriculum. While working at local restaurant Trummer’s on Main on his days off, he realized that cooking was his passion. He enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America in upstate New York, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Business Management.

While a student he worked for four months at the acclaimed Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark during the summer of 2015, where he acquired an in-depth knowledge of indigenous ingredients and unique methods of food preparation. Concurrent with the last four months of his culinary degree, he spent time at the Puglia Culinary Centre in southern Italy learning and preparing foods from every Italian region under the mentorship of renowned chef Odette Fada.

During his time in Italy he also undertook various educational trips throughout the Mediterranean to strengthen his culinary and foraging skills and worked at Ristorante Peppe Zullo, a biodynamic farm and restaurant in the mountains of Puglia.

Iulian started his own foraging company called Arcadia Venture, with a focus on wild mushrooms and plants of the Mid-Atlantic.

If you want to know more about Iulian and Arcadia Venture, you can visit the website here:

Thanks to our sponsor, Sierra Nevada, we'll have free beers ready and waiting for you! See you all soon!

Interested in volunteering with Mappy Hour? Or know somebody who would make a great Mappy Hour speaker? Let us know!

Health and Safety

We will be requiring full vaccination for this event. Please come with proof of vaccination ready to present.

We will not be requiring the wearing of masks indoors, but we do encourage mask wearing for those that feel more comfortable doing so.