Robert Chang & Dr. Paul Thomas Score Truffles Down Under

August 5th, 2015|Categories: Truffle News, Truffle Science|

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 truffle rot that's plaguing many [...]

Examining Truffle Rot in Australia

July 22nd, 2015|Categories: Truffle News, Truffle Science|

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 with truffles rotting before they [...]

Copper River Sockeye Salmon with a Cannelloni of Mascarpone, English Peas, Morels, Frothy Mushroom Broth and Fresh Black Truffles

July 22nd, 2015|Categories: Chefs, For the Home Cook, Napa Truffle Festival, Recipes/Culinary|

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 EnRoute Pinot Noir, Russian River, [...]

A Role for Mating Types in Truffles

June 20th, 2015|Categories: Truffle News, Truffle Science|

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 partnership developments, was sequenced for [...]

Potato Wrapped Cannelloni of Beef Brasato with Truffled Verdure by Chef Suzette Gresham

June 6th, 2015|Categories: Chefs, For the Home Cook, Recipes/Culinary|

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 it was thrilling (complete with [...]

The BEST Black Truffle Arancini Recipe by Chef Jarad Gallagher

May 27th, 2015|Categories: Chefs, For the Home Cook, Napa Truffle Festival, Recipes/Culinary|

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 Truffle Lunch at HALL Wines. [...]

Chef Roberto Donna Shares his Black Truffle Risotto Recipe

May 20th, 2015|Categories: Chefs, For the Home Cook, Recipes/Culinary|

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 festival weekend. Born in the [...]

A healthy truffle tree makes for happy truffles

May 19th, 2015|Categories: Truffle Science|

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, our trees have broken out [...]

It’s the Season for Truffle Trees…

May 15th, 2015|Categories: Truffle News|

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, but we do inoculate a [...]

ATC Partners with Feast it Forward

May 12th, 2015|Categories: Truffle News|

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 beyond the usual plate, bottle, [...]

Dr. Paul Thomas: Truffle Talk with the BBC

April 21st, 2015|Categories: Truffle News|

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 recent interview with the BBC, [...]

Making history: American Truffle Company’s Chief Scientist Dr. Paul Thomas has harvested the FIRST EVER cultivated British truffle.

March 14th, 2015|Categories: Truffle News|

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.

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