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Truffle Festival lunch paired fine food and wines

Black truffles starred at the fifth annual Napa Truffle Festival.
Black truffles starred at the fifth annual Napa Truffle Festival. Napa Truffle Festival

When we talk truffles at the Napa Valley Truffle Festival, we’re not referring to chocolate-covered bon-bons. We’re talking about the subterranean fungus that’s a delicacy in the global marketplace, selling for thousands of dollars a pound.

The fifth annual festival was a celebration of the humble but revered “culinary diamond.” More than 700 foodies attended the four-day party, which offered an a la carte lineup of tastings, food-and-wine pairings, cooking demonstrations and truffle-centric meals.

Chef Roberto Donna of Al Dente Ristorante in Washington, D.C., supervised Sunday’s three-course luncheon for 100 at the St. Supery winery in Rutherford.

The festival attracts foodies from all over California and a few foreign countries.

To get an early start on the sixth annual event – Jan. 15-18, 2016 – visit www.napatrufflefestival.com.

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

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