Trufflepalooza 2010

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Mostly, The Domestic Front is about enabling. I truly believe that, to quote Ratatouille (when you have a 2.5 year old in the house, you watch a lot of Pixar movies), “Anyone can cook.” I try to provide you with the tools and confidence to cook great food from scratch in your own kitchen.

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This post isn’t about that, though. This isn’t about enabling, it’s about jealousy. Because when I tell you where I went last weekend, I know the green-eyed monster will be reading over your shoulder. Because, you see, I was invited to a truffle party. That’s right, 13 separate dishes of fresh black Italian summer truffles (the summer truffles are slightly less pungent than the winter truffles, but they are still enough to make a grown man cry.) The lovely Erika of In Erika’s Kitchen (who luckily for me happens to be a fellow alumna of my alma mater and works in my building to boot) through a fantastic shindig that included fantastic dishes like Truffled Macaroni and Cheese, Corn Veloute with freshly grated truffles on top, Radish and Truffle Butter Tartines (with freshly grated truffles on top), Crostini with Ricotta and Truffle Honey (again with the freshly grated truffles), Green Beans with Porcini Mushroom-Truffle Dip, Truffle Risotto with truffles grated on top (are you beginning to sense a theme here?), Truffle Grilled Cheese Sandwiches,Filet Mignon Sandwiches with Truffle Butter, and to top it all off, Truffled Chocolate Truffles. Yes, it was that decadent, and the house was lovely and the company (many fellow food bloggers and other food people) was terrific.

The hostess, hard at work on the truffle risotto

I don’t know if Erika has a trust fund I don’t know about or if she just got a screamingly good deal from her dealer (Truffle dealer that is), but this was a party I was lucky to have attended. And if you want to recreate this party at home, many of the recipes are included on Erika’s website.

I’ll return to our regularly scheduled programming soon (you don’t need a pound of truffles to make delicious food, trust me!) but I’ll leave you with one last lingering look:

Greg of Sippity Sup was the official truffle model of the evening.

9 comments to Trufflepalooza 2010

  • Lindsey

    Seriously, how much money is that guy holding in the last picture? That is a whole lot of truffle!

  • My eyes went directly to truffle grilled cheese sandwiches and then I went into some sort of strange trance and then I started to sort of drool and then……

  • You are a cruel temptress indeed! I wish the first picture was scratch and sniff. My brain is glazing over just contemplating all that truffle goodness. Wow…

  • @Lindsey – black summer truffles are a lot less expensive than their winter cousins. No millionaire am I. The truffles for this party are my summer splurge. Luckily, I have cozied up to a lovely Italian truffle dealer, who gives me a great deal. Such a hardship, cozying up to a cute Italian….

    Thanks Kate for such a lovely post!

  • I might just kick you in the shin when I see you next month. LUCKY! And almost all of those dishes I could eat… I had my first black truffle in Paris years ago and when we were there last month, I had the very same dish – just pasta with butter and the truffles. Divine.

  • I felt lucky to be there too. It was great being a co-conspirator in decadence with you. : )

  • Ok seriously? I left Los Angeles too soon. I need to go back and find that dealer because that looks like an insane amount of truffles to me.

  • I want an invite to Trufflepalooza next year!!!

  • I saw your tweets about Trufflapalooza and have been salivating ever since. It was so great to meet all you LA bloggers at camp, but is so bittersweet because you do seem to have all the fun! I think we should coordinate and do some coast to coast events so we can get all of America salivating.

    Great pics. Those truffles are gorgeous. And Greg models them like a pro.


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