Truffles Anyone?

At the divine 5 Michelin Starred Truffle DInner (L-R) Mrs. Margrit Mondavi, Joel Riddell (host of Newstalk910 www.diningaround.com), Robert Moon, Mary Orlin (Huffington Post) and Kaye Cloutman (Editor in Chief of GEV Magazine)

The third annual Napa Truffle Festival is pleased to announce its 2013 weekend Program, January 18-21, with keynote by Colman Andrews, and winery truffle lunches hosted by two premier Napa Valley wineries, Silver Oak and Beringer.

Join in the fun, science and culinary adventure of a lifetime in pursuit of the rare and venerated black truffle—specifically the winter Périgord truffle: Tuber melanosporum (aka black diamond)—which will be discussed, examined, probed, prepared, demonstrated and, finally, paired with wines and feasted upon for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

NAPA TRUFFLE FESTIVAL WEEKEND PROGRAM

The Festival kicks off with a Friday night reception where guests will have an opportunity to ask questions, meet the hosts and chefs, and sample superb wines and truffle appetizers. Saturday programs begin with breakfast and keynote, followed by science-grower seminars, a wine tasting and lunch at the sterling Silver Oak winery, and a truffle orchard tour at Robert Sinskey Vineyards with Rico the wonder truffle dog to sniff things out. New this year – Sunday, guests will rise and shine for an early morning wild mushroom forage, followed by a Michelin Star chef cooking demo, and a wine tasting and lunch at the beautiful, historic Beringer winery.

At the heart of the Festival is the Saturday night Truffles & Wine dinner, hosted by Michelin Star Chef Ken Frank of La Toque, and featuring a multicourse truffle menu – each course prepared by a Michelin Star chef (see 2012’s menu) – perfectly paired with wines of outstanding merit.

The Festival culminates on Monday with a lively, grand finale Festival Marketplace at Oxbow Public Market showcasing local wines, artisanal foods, cooking demos, special truffle dishes and accoutrements, and a chance to win a black diamond (truffle, that is)!

This year’s keynote address will be given by Colman Andrews, an internationally renowned food writer and editor, and award-winning cookbook author – co-founder of Saveur, and the current editorial director of the new culinary megasite The Daily Meal. “Truffles have managed to come out of the ground and into the American culinary mainstream without losing their mystique or their earthy appeal — further proof that they are a unique, irreplaceable culinary treasure.”

Leading the truffle science-grower seminars are American Truffle Company cultivation experts/scientists Robert Chang, Managing Director; and Dr. Paul Thomas, Partner and Chief Scientist.

The Westin Verasa in downtown Napa will again serve as the host venue and offer a *special rate for the Festival weekend (*must reserve by December 16, 2012). Guests can book rooms online.

The third annual Napa Truffle Festival is hosted by the American Truffle Company. A portion of the proceeds from the Napa Truffle Festival will go to the Napa Valley Food Bank.

The chefs from last year's dinner - (L-R) Andrew Zimmerman, Suzette Gresham-Tognetti, Robert Chang (American Truffle Company)Ken Frank, Michael Cimarusti

NAPA TRUFFLE FESTIVAL
Friday-Monday, January 13-16, 2012

PACKAGES/TICKETS

Choose from one of two weekend packages (accommodations not included), or purchase your selections à la carte.
Tickets available online.

Saturday, January 19

  • Scientific Grower Truffle Package ($225/person) science and cultivation focus
  • Add Winery Tour/Lunch at Silver Oak ($150/person) winery tour/tasting and truffle lunch
  • Add Truffles & Wine Dinner at La Toque ($395/person) multi-course dinner prepared by Michelin Star Chefs paired with wines

Sunday, January 20

  • Wild Mushroom Forage ($40/person) mushroom forage and wine tasting
  • Cooking Demo and Winery Tour/Lunch at Beringer ($250/person) cooking demo with Michelin Star chef and wine tour/tasting and truffle lunch

Monday, January 21

  • Napa Truffle Festival Marketplace at Oxbow Public Market (wine tasting: $25/person) showcasing local wines, and artisanal vendors and specialty food products

The Marketplace is FREE to the public for browsing – all can purchase wine tasting tickets ($25/person) and truffle menu items à la carte. (Truffle Bucks and Wine Tasting Tickets are included in Grand and Epicurean Truffle Packages.)

For questions/information: info@napatrufflefestival.com, or (888) 753-9378.
Westin Verasa Napa – special Festival weekend rates available through December 16, 2012.

www.napatrufflefestival.com

Sponsors/Partners: Beringer, Oxbow Public Market, Silver Oak, Westin Verasa Napa.

Community Partners: Visit Napa Valley, Napa County Farm Bureau, Sonoma County Farm Bureau.

A portion of the proceeds will go to support the Napa Valley Food Bank / CAN-V.