I recently spied an ad in the Eugene Weekly for an Oregon Truffle Festival to be held in Eugene. The festival website lists a phenomenal set of events to take place the weekend of January 27- 29. Included are truffle foraging events, dog training demos, cooking demos, elaborate meals, cultivation seminars and more.
From the website:
How to Participate
The Oregon Truffle Festival offers a multitude of exciting ways to participate. For the truly devoted, the 2006 Oregon Truffle Festival offers the North American debut of its Truffle Cultivation Seminar. This two-day course, taught by European scientists who are experts in the field, is co-sponsored by the North American Truffle Society and is available as a stand-alone educational experience or as a package with other festival offerings.
Start off the festival Friday night with a lavish truffle dining experience at one of several participating restaurants , included as part of your festival package. Or, be one of the lucky two dozen that signed up early to participate in A Villa Evening with James Beard-award winning chef Jack Czarnecki at Pfeiffer Vineyards’ exquisite Tuscan Villa.
The Grand Truffle Dinner on Saturday night includes an extraordinary five-course truffle menu presented by five celebrated Pacific Northwest chefs, including Phillipe Boulot of Portland’s legendary Heathman Hotel, Gavin McMichael of Bend’s Blacksmith Restaurant (recently named one of the best restaurants in the world by Conde Nast), Oregon culinary pioneer Stephanie Pearl Kimmel of Eugene’s Marché, and other star chefs from around the state. This elegant evening will showcase truffles in a variety of forms and in each chef’s distinct style. Each course will be paired with wine from the region, to give each diner a true flavor of Oregon’s bounty on the plate and in the glass. The evening will include brief musings from the chefs, the festival organizers, and representatives of our evening’s co-sponsor, the Lane Community College Culinary Arts program. The Grand Truffle Dinner can be attended separately or as part of the festival package.
Sunday morning features a truffle brunch at the celebrated Marché Restaurant, followed by an afternoon of browsing through the Oregon Truffle and Artisan Foods Marketplace, with still more pairings of the Oregon truffles with cheeses, wines and other specialty foods of the region.
Another festival highlight unique in North America is the opportunity to hunt for truffles in the wild. All festival package participants are eligible to participate in a Truffle Foray with our experienced Oregon guides (weather permitting). If forays in Oregon’s often wet January days aren’t your first choice, enjoy a wine tour and lecture and slide show, or visit one of our fine museums or art galleries and rest up for the Grand Truffle Dinner.
Friday, January 27, 2006
- 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Truffle Cultivation Workshop (includes lunch) – LCC
- 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Truffle Forays
- 4:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies – Festival host Stephanie Kimmel welcomes attendees
- 6:00 p.m. Celebrity Chef Cooking Class at the Villa (limited space)
- 7:00 p.m. Restaurant Dinner – Select from the following:
- Marche ,
- Chef’s Kitchen,
- Adam’s Place,
- Café Zenon
- El Vaquero
Saturday, January 28, 2006
- 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Truffle Cultivation Workshop – LCC (includes lunch)
- 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Truffle Forays (includes lunch)
- 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Lectures, Cooking demos at Iris Hill Winery
- 6:00 p.m. Grand Truffle Dinner – LCC Conference Center, Bldg 19
Sunday, January 29, 2006
- 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Oregon Truffle MarketPlace – TBA
- 11:00 a.m. Festival Closing: Brunch at Marche