If you've eaten at David Chang's Momofuku, Mario Batali's Del Posto or even Gramercy Tavern, chances are you've eaten something foraged by Evan Strusinski. The Vermont native has managed to make a name seeking out everything from mushrooms to herbs to sea grasses in Maine and Vermont and shipping them to celebrity chefs looking for ingredients no one else has. Mr. Strusinski began the hunt long before the locavore and food-foraging movements came into vogue, and now seemingly every new York chef wants him to fulfill their orders and even offer surprise ingredients.
That is--if they can find him. Strusinski's potential food partners will have to forage around themselves in order to work with him. He gets his jobs mostly through "word of mouth or sometimes I will approach a chef whose food I like and whose menu my ingredients would work in," he said. Strusinski doesn't even have his own website yet--but can be reached through email (foragemaine at gmail.com). He also doesn't seem to realize he's already his own brand. "The business doesn't have a name, so how then have a website?" he asked.
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