Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Trufflepalooza 2011: Photos, part 1

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Black summer truffles from Sabatino Tartufi (photo: James Gierman)
Trufflepalooza 2011 is over and my feet still hurt. By all accounts, it was a huge success. Sixteen truffle-laced courses made their way from the kitchen to the bellies of the 75 people who showed up. From what I hear the food was pretty good.

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)


Presley's Pantry said...

I'm still telling everyone I know how gorgeous the food was. :) Perfect party.

kristy said...

This looks like so much fun - and delicious too! I have to thank you for the introduction to truffles. I've since used the oil and salt - amazing!

The Duo Dishes said...

Emery's so cute. What a bummer to miss out on your fabulous event. No doubt, it was amazing! Job well done Erika.

Priscilla - She's Cookin' said...

Wow, truffled Pacific Rockfish brandade and truffled radish tartines - so elegant! Delicious, fun times! *fingers crossed* for next year.

Homw Decoration Items said...

In the look approximating so much fun - and tasty too! I cover to thank you for the beginning to truffles. I've because used the oil and salt – amazing.

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