Don't Miss the 2nd Annual Napa Truffle Festival

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EVENT UPDATE!


Please CLICK HERE to see details for 2014 Napa Truffle Festival!


Past Event Details
World class cuisine meets cutting edge truffle science January 13-16, 2012! Featuring everything truffles--culinary, tastings, science, cultivation and more.

Truffles! Not the chocolate kind, black Périgord truffles - aka "black diamonds." These rare and delectable fungi will be the center of attention at the second annual Napa Truffle Festival, January 13-16, at the Westin Verasa Napa where they will be discussed, examined, probed, prepared, demonstrated and finally, paired with wines and feasted upon for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Festival begins with a Friday night reception where you and fellow truffle-lovers will hobnob with your hosts Chef Frank Toque of La Toque, and Robert Chang and Dr. Paul Thomas of the American Truffle Company. You'll also have a chance to meet the Michelin Star Chefs - sans toques - who have come from as far as Chicago and Italy to cook and demonstrate for you throughout the weekend. The next morning, you'll attend a breakfast with keynote address by distinguished food and travel writer, and former editor of Bon Appétit, Barbara Fairchild. Saturday and Sunday feature culinary and scientific programs - cooking demos, truffle orchard tours, and winery lunches, tours and tastings. Truffle dogs will also be on hand to sniff things out with dog training demos (petting allowed)!

nvTruffleFest2011_Pic2.jpgThe highlight of the Festival will be the Saturday night Truffles & Wine dinner at La Toque featuring a multi-course truffle menu and wine pairing (see last year's menu.  Each course will be prepared by a Michelin Star chef, including Michael Cimarusti of Providence in Los Angeles; Suzette Gresham-Tognetti of Acquerello in San Francisco; Marco Gubbiotti  of La Bastiglia in Spello, Italy; and Andrew Zimmerman of Sepia in Chicago.

The Festival concludes on Monday with a scrumptious Truffle Brunch at Westin's Bank Café, followed by a lively Napa Truffle Festival Marketplace at Oxbow Public Market  showcasing local wines and artisanal vendors with their specialty food products.

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nvTruffleFest2011_Pic3.jpgCultivation experts and scientists include Robert Chang, Managing Director, American Truffle Company; Dr. Paul Thomas, partner and chief scientist, American Truffle Company and Managing Director, Mycorrhizal Systems Ltd (UK); and more to be announced.

The elegant Westin Verasa in downtown Napa will again serve as the host venue, offering a special rate for the Festival weekend. Guests can book rooms online.

The second annual Napa Truffle Festival is hosted by the American Truffle Company.











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NAPA TRUFFLE FESTIVAL 2012 - DETAILS
"The truffles themselves have been interrogated, and have answered simply: eat us and praise the Lord." Alexandre Dumas

Dates: Friday-Monday, January 13-16, 2012
Tickets: Packages available - visit the website for Schedule and Tickets
Host venue: Westin Verasa Napa - special Festival weekend rates are available!
Contact Us: (888) 753-9378
Website: www.napatrufflefestival.com


FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

  •     Reception--meet  the Michelin Chefs
  •     Keynote by Barbara Fairchild--former editor of Bon Appétit
  •     Cooking demos--learn techniques from Michelin Star Chefs
  •     Winery lunches, tours and tastings--hosted by Robert Mondavi Winery and Raymond Vineyards
  •     Cultivation programs--learn about the science and business of planting truffle orchards
  •     Truffle orchard excursions--wear your mud boots
  •     Truffle dog training demos--petting allowed
  •     Truffles & Wine Dinner--an extraordinary dinner prepared by Michelin Star Chefs
  •     Napa Truffle Festival Marketplace at Oxbow Public Market--from farm, orchard and vineyard to kitchen, table and glass--showcasing local wines, artisan vendors and specialty food products

TRUFFLE LORE

  • Truffles are legendary aphrodisiacs - "...the musky scent is said to stimulate and sensitize the skin to touch."  -  gourmetsleuth.com
  • Truffles insight bad behavior - "...there have been gunfights, thefts, accusations of wide spread fraud, even mysterious disappearances of highly trained dogs."  - foodreference.com
  • Truffles are the ultimate food - "... we were aware of an odour gradually coming towards us, something musky, fiery, savoury, mysterious, -- a hot drowsy smell, that lulls the senses, and yet enflames them, -- the truffles were coming."  - William Makepeace Thackeray


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