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Summer Sponsorship Opportunity

Norfolk Botanical Garden’s 2024 summer exhibit Funky Fungi will immerse visitors in the wonder of mushrooms with educational tours, art installations and interactive activities from June through September. As part of the exhibit, NBG is debuting The Mushroom Festival on September 8, 2024. Guest will enjoy a fun-filled day of activities centered around mushrooms including cooking demonstrations, walking tours, food trucks, craft vendors and so much more!

Do you have an amazing recipe, or want to create one that includes mushrooms? To compliment the summer exhibit, we are excited to offer a unique sponsorship opportunity – Mushrooms on the Menu – to local restaurants who share the affinity for mushrooms. The Garden will feature your restaurant’s name/logo on signage with educational information about the culinary mushroom of your choosing (see list below). These signs will be located in our incredibly popular Kitchen Garden, amidst seasonal summer fruits, vegetables and herbs. More than 135,000 guests visit the Garden each summer!

To add your Mushroom on the Menu, email development@nbgs.org or call Jen Erving at (757) 441-5830 ext. 350

sponsorship includes:

• Name/logo on signage in the NBG Kitchen Garden during the Funky Fungi summer exhibition (June-September 2024)

• A Culinary Mushroom Recipe featured on our website with a hyperlink to your restaurant.

• Name/Logo featured in an e-blast with more than 100,000 subscribers.

• Four family guest daytime admission passes.

Mushrooms Types Available:

Button, Cremini, Portobello, Shiitake, Oyster, Morel, Enoki, Truffle, Lion’s Mane, Maitake

Sponsorship Investment:

$1,000 only 20 spots available- limited to 2 sponsors per mushroom type (see above)

To add your Mushroom on the Menu, email development@nbgs.org or call Jen Erving at (757) 441-5830 ext. 350

Deadline to sign up is May 1, 2024

Mushrooms on the Menu


Pair morel w. sautéed asparagus & gribiche dressing

Lion’s Mane

Turn lion’s mane into a mushroom “crab” cake


Try stuffing portobello’s w. goat cheese & caramelized onions


Make a stroganoff(ish) dish w. oyster mushrooms


Make a beautiful enoki miso soup


Transform the maitake into a creamy mushroom pasta


Cook a flavor packed tonkotsu ramen w. shiitake mushrooms


Truffles pair excellently w. steak, fish, chicken & pork


Roast cremini mushrooms with fresh herbs

White Button

Serve sautéed white button mushrooms over sirloin steak

Get ready to embark on a fun cooking adventure with these fabulous fungi! When indulging in the delight of store-bought wonders or nature’s own foraged treasures, ensure a groovy experience by giving them a thorough cook. It’s all about taming the wild side of chitin, the untamed rebel lurking in their cell walls that our raw digestion can’t quite handle. Let the heat be your funky ally, breaking down barriers and unlocking a treasure trove of nutrients, ensuring your mushroom munching journey stays stomachache-free. Groove on and cook those mushrooms to unleash their full, delicious potential!

Bon Appétit