On the chilly mornings of the Napa Truffle Festival’s Wild Mushroom Forays, Chef Jodie Rubin warmed everyone up with her tasty truffle quiche. “It was absolutely yummy,” said one happy forager. “What a way to start a mushroom hunt!” “It’s super easy to make,” says Chef Jodie. “The kale and Fontina cheese make it hearty, [...]
Late one winter afternoon, in a field near Edinburgh, a scientist and a hunter are standing over a springer spaniel, watching it tear furiously at the base of a tree. Every few seconds, the dog ceases its digging, reaches down with its mouth and shakes a clod of earth as if it were a small mammal between its jaws. After a few minutes, the hunter, a retiree called Joyce, raises her hand and makes a circle gesture to the spaniel, Maxwell. “Snuffle,” she says. “Go snuffle the truffle.” And Maxwell takes off, whipping through the trees.
A recent article in the UK Financial Times Magazine follows the truffle exploits of Joyce and her dog Maxwell in their truffle orchard near Edinburgh with Dr. Paul Thomas: ...In the field with Joyce and Maxwell is Paul Thomas, a scientist who has made the study of this elusive fungus his life's work, and the [...]
Chef Gabriel Kreuther Hamachi foie gras and black truffle mille-feuille The Nantucket News ran this article by Sarah Leah Chase poetically describing the American Truffle Revolution program featured at the Nantucket Culinary Center during the Wine & Food Festival in May: Were I to be asked to rewrite the lyrics to the song, My Favorite Things, [...]
We have a long history with Chef Gabriel. In 2010, he was among the first chefs to join us for the inaugural Napa Truffle Festival. In 2015, we posted his recipe for Salsify Soup with Black Truffles - a simple and amazingly delightful truffle dish. So, are you ready for a challenge? This year, Chef [...]
At this year's Napa Truffle Festival Marketplace at Oxbow Public Market, attendees had the opportunity to see Chef Brian Santos of Eiko's in action as he created Kobe Beef Nigiri with Shaved Black Truffle - a Japanese dish for beef lovers with a truffle twist. The really news is that you can make this at [...]
In the Farmers Weekly Christmas special edition, Isabel Davies interviewed Dr. Thomas and one of his truffle orchard partners (*name changed to protect farmer's identity and orchard location), who is on track to start commercially harvesting this upcoming season, about the suitability of truffles as a crop for farm diversification. Truffles was one of four crops featured by the magazine as having great potential for diversification...
Who would have thought a cooking demo could be SO MUCH FUN! If you attended the Marketplace at Oxbow Public Market on January 16, you would know what we're talking about. What made it so...special? First, the space at CRU was perfect - complete with overhead projections. Then there was the truffle dish that Catherine [...]
The American Truffle Company has a new technique that it says can expand the range of the Perigord truffle in North America, but success is proving costly. By Jim Robbins The New York Times BUSINESS DAY Robert Sinskey, left, with Robert Chang, whose company sells Mr. Sinskey trees that have been inoculated with the truffle [...]
Joining our host Chef Ken Frank of La Toque for the 2017 Napa Truffle Festival are three extraordinary master chefs: Chicago’s Matthias Merges of Matthias Restaurant Group, Italy’s Luca Veritti of Met Restaurant in Venice and Dallas' Dean Fearing of Fearing's Restaurant. As a special festival advance, Chef Dean, known as the "Father of Southwestern [...]
For the third annual Napa Truffle Festival in 2012, we were honored to have the legendary Silver Oak Cellars host a Winery Truffle Lunch. One of the highlights was the opportunity to work with Winery Estate Chef Dominic Orsini - a virtuoso in the kitchen! He prepared truffle pizzas for appetizers and, as a first [...]
"Everyone is always so focused on how truffles can be used in 'fine dining'," says Chef Ken Frank of La Toque, "that we, including me, overlook some obvious opportunities. It helps, of course, that I have nearly unlimited access to truffles and zero limit to spending money when it comes to putting delicious food in [...]