|Black summer truffles from Sabatino Tartufi (photo: James Gierman)|
This party only works because I get so much help from my wonderful food friends. Huge thanks go out to Gisele Perez (Small Pleasures Catering), Patricia Rose (Fresh Food in a Flash), Nancy Mehagian, Hilary Cable, Patti Londre (Worth the Whisk), Dorothy Reinhold (Shockingly Delicious), Jack Sekowski, Lisa Fielding (Secret Ingredients), Judy Lyness (Two Broads Abroad), Gerry Furth-Sides, Quyen Gin (Kitchen Runway), Daniela Galarza, Andrew and Lakshmi, Laura Schare, and all the others who lent a hand getting things out of the oven, off the stove, onto trays and into the guests. A special thanks to the 12-and-under set for serving so beautifully (Emery, Weston, Austin, Ava, Tobias, Stewart, Gordon and Simone).
Thanks also to FIJI Water, Wente Vineyards, Melissa's Produce, Fabrique Delices, Creminelli, the California Fig Advisory Board, and of course Sabatino Tartufi, without whom we would have been much less well fed and hydrated.
I'll be blogging about this year's Trufflepalooza menu - all 16 courses of it - in the days to come. For now, enjoy a few pictures....
|Cheryl D. Lee of Black Girl Chef's Whites shooting her plate (photo: James Gierman)|
|Gorgeous California figs waiting for a dollop of goat cheese and a drizzle of truffle honey (photo: James Gierman)|
|Andrew Wilder of Eating Rules with partner Matt (photo: James Gierman)|
|My 12-year-old son Emery serving truffled Pacific rockfish "brandade" (photo: James Gierman)|
|Blogger love: Gisele Perez of Small Pleasures Catering and Patti Londre of Worth the Whisk (photo: James Gierman)|
|Gisele Perez fills a tray while Quyen Gin (Kitchen Runway) gets her shot (photo: James Gierman)|
|Nicole Presley of Presley's Pantry serves truffled radish tartines (photo: James Gierman)|
|Part of the sweaty kitchen crew: me with Emery, Gisele and Hilary Cable (photo: James Gierman)|