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‘Black diamonds’ will shine at Napa Truffle Festival

The seventh annual Napa Truffle Festival will feature meals accented with the “black diamonds” of the culinary world.
The seventh annual Napa Truffle Festival will feature meals accented with the “black diamonds” of the culinary world. Napa Truffle Festival

Truffles are a fungi that don’t look like much, but have been revered in haute cuisine for centuries for their musky scent and unique flavor. This year, gourmands buying retail are looking at $2,700 a pound for white, and perhaps as much as $1,500 a pound for black.

Even though the current harvest of French black Périgords truffles is showing relatively small now because of drought and unseasonally warm weather, there won’t be a shortage of the “black diamonds” at the seventh annual Napa Truffle Festival, Jan. 13-16, the largest such event in North America.

Events include a wild-mushroom forage, truffle-orchard tour, truffle-dog hunting demonstration, cooking demonstrations, food-and-wine pairings and tastings, a truffle-cultivation seminar presented by the American Truffle Company, and a special multicourse dinner at La Toque in Napa, a collaboration between four top chefs.

Also, a truffle luncheon-wine pairing and cooking demonstration at Davis Estates winery in Calistoga is on the agenda, along with a pop-up truffle marketplace at the Oxbow Public Market in Napa.

The event brings foodies from all over California and a few foreign countries and fills quickly. For more information and to reserve a spot: 888-753-9378 or www.napatrufflefestival.com.

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe

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