Sunday, February 19, 2012

Photos: 2012 Oregon Truffle Festival

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Here are some of the sights from my weekend at the 2012 Oregon Truffle Festival in Eugene. (Click here for a detailed report from the festival.)

Crystal, a trained truffle dog, led us into the woods to find Oregon white truffles
Grilled escarole with Oregon white truffles
Chef Rocky Maselli making polpettone (Italian meatloaf) studded with Oregon black truffles
Slicing polpettone
Chef Maselli's buckwheat crespelle with apples and truffle cream
Recipe contest winner Merry Graham with her truffled parsnip soup
Food writer Molly O'Neill with a Lagatto Romagnolo, the traditional Italian truffle-hunting breed
Chef Jason French's celery root and hazelnut salad with truffled remoulade
Jason French's truffled hen legs with melted and crispy leeks, one of the simplest dishes of the weekend (and, in my opinion, one of the most successful)
Chef Jason French of Portland's Ned Ludd restaurant shaving Oregon black truffles over hen legs
Truffled white bean puree with flatbread crackers
Chef Stephanie Pearl Kimmel's celery root and black truffle panna cotta with crab salad
Chef Chris Czarnecki's truffle-infused filet mignon with white truffle "snow"
Plating the first course for 300+ at the Grand Truffle Dinner
Chef John Newmann's Oregon black cod with black truffle aioli, shaved black truffles, braised greens and polenta
Truffle salt for sale at the Oregon Truffle Festival marketplace
An abundance of truffles and mushrooms at the marketplace
Foragers brought all kinds of truffle products to the market, including truffle-infused cheese (above), butter, salt and oil


Rhonda said...

Can you feel my jealousy across the blogosphere? Don't suppose you picked any up for me??? No, maybe next time ;) Your photos are great!

Erika Kerekes said...

Rhonda - I didn't actually bring home any truffles, as I can get them (in season) at my local farmers market in Santa Monica. But if you're in the area, come on over today. I've got white and black Oregon truffles in my refrigerator! The black ones are infusing olive oil, the white ones infusing butter as I type.... said...

Looks like some great inspiration for Trufflepalooza 2012!

Erika Kerekes said...

You bet, Lynne - lots of ideas for Trufflepalooza 2012 swirling around in my head right now. Meatballs, for one!

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