Spore mats are an intriguing phenomena. For certain fungi, they may be quite visible as dense mats of fungi in the ground that produce spores. Spores are, of course, the seeds of a fungus and those that are found on spore mats are often mitospores, whereas those that form from a fruiting body, such as
In 2010, Chef Gabriel Kreuther was among the first five Michelin star chefs to join us for the inaugural Napa Truffle Festival. Working together, the master chef team created incredible dishes for our now signature Truffles & Wine Dinner at La Toque. Our chefs’ blog this month features Chef Gabriel’s simple, yet amazingly complex and
During our recent trek Down Under, Dr. Paul Thomas and I spent time in Manjimup Western Australia researching and foraging for black European truffles—the very same black diamonds that ATC cultivates with our truffle partners here in North America. Our time there was educational and exhilarating. See Dr. Thomas’ July blog for insights about the
Last month, Robert Chang and I visited Western Australia to explore several facets of their native truffle industry. While there, I was particularly keen to look at the issues many orchards are having with truffle rot. Despite the fact that some plantations in Western Australia produce very good yields, there has been a localized problem
In 2014, Chef Carrie Nahabedian of Michelin star NAHA in Chicago joined us for the 4th annual Napa Truffle Festival. Along with preparing a dish for the Truffles & Wine Dinner at La Toque, she prepared this over-the-top delicious salmon dish for the Nickel & Nickel Winery Truffle Lunch to pair with the winery’s lovely
Despite the traditional focus by truffle cultivation researchers and practitioners on site selection and in-field methodologies, it is a new genetic understanding that represents a new frontier. In 2010 the genome of Tuber melanosporum (black European truffles), the world’s most commercially valuable cultivatable truffle species and the focus of American Truffle Company’s ongoing research and
In 2012, Chef Suzette Gresham of Michelin star Acquerello in San Francisco, joined the Napa Truffle Festival for its second year of the Truffles & Wine Dinner at La Toque and its first year of Winery Truffle Lunches. Her user-friendly approach to food preparation made the cooking demonstration at Robert Mondavi Winery as fun as
In 2014, the Napa Truffle Festival invited Chef Jarad Gallagher of Michelin star Chez TJ in Mountain View to participate as a guest chef during the festival weekend. His friendly, bright contributions included a dish for the Saturday Truffles & Wine Dinner at La Toque, and a cooking demonstration and truffle menu for the Winery
It’s been less than three months since the 5th annual Napa Truffle Festival, but we already miss our guest Master Chef Roberto Donna who brought a lively and very Italian energy to the table with his fabulous food and friendly, dynamic personality. Below he shares his famous Black Truffle Risotto, which he demonstrated during the
Growing truffles isn’t just about keeping the truffle-fungi happy, it’s also about making sure the host tree is in good condition. The truffle relies on the living host tree for its own survival and, if we want to produce truffles, this needs to be a healthy partnership. As we’re heading towards the end of May,
April and May are very busy months for American Truffle Company as it’s inoculation season for new truffle trees that will be shipped to our client partners this winter. Because the process involves rigorous testing and verification before the inoculation, preparation actually starts much earlier, in February. We typically grow truffle trees only to order,
After a very successful collaboration for the fifth annual Napa Truffle Festival, ATC has partnered with Feast it Forward to further promote all things black truffles — from cultivation to culinary, growers to chefs. Led by celebrity host and entertainer Katie Hamilton Shaffer, Feast it Forward is a culinary and wine media network that goes
There was a time when wild truffles could be found throughout the UK and Europe’s woodlands, but with the eradication of the old forests for building material, firewood and agriculture, most of the wild truffles were eliminated. In fact, today over 95% of all truffle production from France alone comes from cultivated sources. In a
The BBC and other leading news outlets have featured American Truffle Company’s (ATC) Chief Scientist Dr. Paul Thomas in perhaps the most significant news in the truffle world in generations: the first commercially farmed truffle using the scientific methods that he developed was just harvested in the UK.
By Claire Marshall BBC environment correspondent The first truffle to have been cultivated on UK soil has been harvested from a field in Leicestershire, according to a plant biologist. Dr Paul Thomas planted the fungus on 20 farms and estates around Britain six years ago. He found the 39g specimen under a young holly-oak tree.