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East Bay source for dried mushrooms in quantity?

Preferably porcini.

Not wholesale quantity, but the 8oz. - 1lb. I need when cooking for 70 people. Trying to avoid purchasing dozens of overpriced half ounce bags.

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  1. Do you have a Costco nearby? I get them in 8 oz packages.

    Slightly over $10 if I remember correctly.

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    1. re: Bigjim68

      At which Costco have you seen porcini? I haven't seen them in a few years.

      I buy them in bulk at Berkeley Bowl.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        I saw them last week at the Danville/San Ramon Costco

        1. re: kungful

          Anybody seen them in other branches lately? That's way off my usual rounds.

        2. re: Robert Lauriston

          My experience with Costco is that they carry one at a time.

          The ones I have are mixed wild, but I have seen Porcini, Shitake, and others.

          I am in Richmond VA.

        3. re: Bigjim68

          Yes Costco has carried those big restaurant-sized bags from Urbani, the huge Italian wild-mushroom and truffle packer (might be 8oz. but I thought maybe heavier) -- jumbo version of the little bags they sell at delis and grocers. And indeed I have not shopped for them there recently, but Urbani distributes widely so they should be available from other retailers in large packaging too.

          They were labeled "product of Italy and China" and I am told that in practice, they're mostly from China.

          1. re: Bigjim68

            The Richmond Costco had 3 ounce packages of Urbani porcinis for $9.89 in the produce area. I looked over the labeling, in Italian except for a USDA nutrition info sticker, and there was no mention of country of origin.

            1. re: PorkButt

              The quality looks very high.

              On the Italian portion of Urbani's web site it says that they have plants in Bulgaria and Macedonia and the mushrooms come from the mountainous parts of the Balkans.

          2. Berkeley Bowl has several varieties of dried mushroom (including porcini) in bulk; selection may vary between the two stories, so best to call ahead.

            1. most korean markets will probably have these.

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              1. re: vulber

                Koreana Plaza has big bags of dried shitakes, but I haven't seen porcini.

              2. Surfas has good prices online, but I don't know how fast you can get your order, if that's an issue.

                1. Farmer Joe's in Oakland (Fruitvale store) has porcini in a bulk bin.