The Survival of Black Summer/Burgundy Truffle in a Flooded Environment

February 1st, 2017|Categories: Truffle Science|

Climactic conditions at the study site provided by Met Office UK. In October, American Truffle Company's Dr. Paul Thomas and Robert Chang attended the 8th International Workshop on Edible Mycorrhizal Mushrooms (IWEMM) in Cahors, France, where Dr. Thomas presented a paper on his recent studies of the survival of the black summer/Burgundy truffle (Tuber aestivum syn. unicanitum) in a flooded [...]

Truffle Enchiladas! C Casa Good Time Cooking Demo With CBS Foodie Chap

January 20th, 2017|Categories: Chefs, For the Home Cook, Napa Truffle Festival, Recipes/Culinary, Truffle News|

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 Bergen, owner of C Casa, [...]

Has a Start-Up Found the Secret to Farming the Elusive Truffle?

November 25th, 2016|Categories: Truffle News|

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 fungus. Mr. Sinskey’s vineyard in [...]

National Geographic: The Trouble with Truffles

November 10th, 2016|Categories: Napa Truffle Festival, Truffle News, Truffle Science|

Truffles are the wave of the future...Foodies wax ecstatic over truffles. The late food writer Josh Ozersky described their aroma as “a combination of newly plowed soil, fall rain, burrowing earthworms, and the pungent memory of lost youth and old love affairs.” A few slices shaved over a dish can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Culinarily, that’s hard to [...]

Black Truffle Lobster Taco by Master Chef Dean Fearing

October 31st, 2016|Categories: Chefs, For the Home Cook, Napa Truffle Festival, Recipes/Culinary, Truffle News|

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 Cuisine," shared his incredibly innovative [...]

Dr. Paul Thomas featured in TED Talk “miniPCR/The truffle farmer that needed DNA analysis”

October 6th, 2016|Categories: Truffle News, Truffle Science|

In May, Sebastian Kraves, a molecular neurobiologist, was invited to give a TED Talk about the miniPCR DNA Discovery System that they developed. The article about this was published in the TED home page in September and features American Truffle Company's Chief Scientist Dr. Paul Thomas' work. Figure 1-5. Dr. Paul Thomas holding the first UK-cultivated truffle. (Photo courtesy of [...]

BBC Interviews Dr. Paul Thomas

August 25th, 2016|Categories: Truffle News, Truffle Science|

Margherita Taylor of the BBC charts the progress of Dr. Paul Thomas' black truffle cultivation success from the Dragon's Den award of £75,000 to the successful first harvest in the UK 12 years later. The feature covers a bit of the history, pricing and method of cultivating fresh truffles, plus follows Freddy the truffle dog on an exploratory hunt. Watch [...]

Chef Dominic Orsini’s Frisée Black Truffle Salad – Fun Decadence/Fresh Delicacy

August 18th, 2016|Categories: Chefs, For the Home Cook, Napa Truffle Festival, Recipes/Culinary, Truffle News|

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 course, this elegant Frisée Salad [...]

Sublime Summer Food – Chef Ken’s Truffled Grilled Corn

July 12th, 2016|Categories: Chefs, For the Home Cook, Napa Truffle Festival, Recipes/Culinary, Truffle News|

"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 my belly." So, during Father’s [...]

First Farmed Black Truffle Harvested in Southern Wales

June 29th, 2016|Categories: Truffle News, Truffle Science|

38g truffle - as the first Welsh-farmed truffle, it’s priceless! After years of patient oversight, the first Welsh-farmed black truffle has just been harvested in southern Wales by an extremely excited grower; “I still can’t believe it, I’m over the moon!” Wishing to remain anonymous so that the location will be kept secret, the Welsh orchard owner added: “It's the [...]

Summer Lobster Truffle Salad by Chef Scott Ekstrom

June 24th, 2016|Categories: Chefs, For the Home Cook, Napa Truffle Festival, Recipes/Culinary, Truffle News|

Every year, we invite two premier wineries to host one of our popular Winery Truffle Lunches. In 2016, we were honored to include Jamieson Ranch Vineyards. This stunning mountain lodge-style winery offers gracious hospitality amidst impressive soaring ceilings with an observation gallery overlooking the barrel room, and a spectacular wraparound veranda that affords sweeping views of the region. For the [...]

Testing, Testing, Testing

May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Truffle News, Truffle Science|

Debby Zygielbaum, vineyard/orchard manager of Robert Sinskey Vineyards, in the RSV Truffle Orchard with Robert Chang and Dr. Paul Thomas. Here at American Truffle Company, we are big proponents of data and monitoring. Our orchards undergo regular testing to assess the health and well being of the trees, soil and, of course, the truffle fungus. Regular monitoring is essential to [...]

Chef Jake Rand Does Truffles Japanese Style

May 9th, 2016|Categories: Chefs, For the Home Cook, Napa Truffle Festival, Recipes/Culinary, Truffle News|

During the Napa Truffle Festival Marketplace in 2015 and 2016, Chef Jake Rand as the executive chef for Eiko's Modern Japanese Cuisine, created two exciting Japanese truffle dishes, which he also demonstrated from the open kitchen at Eiko's Oxbow Public Market location for a captivated audience. The recipe he's sharing is for Tamagoyaki with Black Truffles. Don't let the name [...]

Robert and Paul Hunt Truffles in France

April 30th, 2016|Categories: Truffle News|

Robert Chang with truffle dog Fifi. Truffles, truffles, truffles! There’s nothing like a good truffle hunt in Europe. This past February, on the heels of the sixth annual Napa Truffle Festival, my colleague Dr. Paul Thomas and I ventured to Cahors, the heart of the French truffle producing region, just north of Toulouse. Our purpose: to hunt truffles, of course! [...]

Suitable Climate Areas in North America for Périgord Truffles

March 22nd, 2016|Categories: Truffle News, Truffle Science|

One of the first  questions that a potential grower asks is if their land is located in a suitable climatic zone for growing truffles. In response, we've created the world's first interactive truffle climate map for North America, which we've posted on the American Truffle Company website. The map does not answer the general question “Where can I grow truffles?” [...]

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