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Napa Truffle Festival returns with delicacies

Black truffles will star at the fifth annual Napa Truffle Festival.
Black truffles will star at the fifth annual Napa Truffle Festival. Courtesy Napa Truffle Festival

When we talk truffles, we’re not referring to chocolate-covered bon-bons. We’re talking about the subterranean fungus that’s a delicacy in the global marketplace.

Right now, black truffles retail for between $1,200 and $1,500 a pound, with white truffles going for $2,800 to $3,000 a pound. Though their looks aren’t at all impressive, for centuries truffles have been a treasured ingredient in haute cuisine. Master chefs call them “the diamonds of the kitchen,”

Which takes us to the fifth annual Napa Truffle Festival, Jan. 16-19, offering an a la carte lineup of tastings, events and special lodging packages. Festival highlights will include truffle-accented lunches, food-and-wine pairings and tastings, and a special truffles-and-wine multi-course dinner at Peju Province Winery. Also, there will be a cooking demonstration, winery tour-tasting, and truffle lunch and wine pairting at St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery, hosted by chef Roberto Donna of Al Dente Ristorante in Washington, D.C.

And more: a truffle-cultivation seminar, wild-mushroom forage, and a pop-up marketplace that will showcase specialty wines and foods in the Oxbow Public Market in Napa.

The event brings foodies from all over California and a few foreign countries. Tickets are limited, just so you know. For more information and to reserve a spot: (888) 753-9378 or www.napatrufflefestival.com.

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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