Just how “gourmet” are you? If you say “very,” then you should know the fourth annual Napa Truffle Festival will be Jan. 17-20. Once again, it offers an a la carte lineup of tastings, events and special lodging packages. The star of the show is the black truffle, a treasured ingredient in haute cuisine and one of the most precious delicacies in the global marketplace. As in $2,000 to $2,500 a pound.
Festival highlights will include truffle-accented lunches at Nickel & Nickel and Hall wineries, food-and-wine pairings and tastings, and a special truffles-and-wine multi-course dinner at the four-star La Toque restaurant.
Also: cooking demonstrations, truffle cultivation seminars, truffle orchard tour, winery tours, and a marketplace that will showcase specialty wines and foods in the Oxbow Public Market in Napa.
Returning will be a wild mushroom-foraging expedition, followed by a cooking demonstration and lunch at Hall winery, prepared by a Michelin star guest chef.
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Tickets are limited and the festival sells out early each year, bringing foodies from all over California and a few foreign countries. For more information and to reserve a spot: (888) 753-9378 or www.napatrufflefestival.com.