19th Century French gastronome Brillat-Savarin called the truffle "the diamond of the kitchen," an apt description of a seasonal delicacy so rare and hard to find that even an ounce of it costs hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of dollars. Truffles (knobby-looking subterranean mushrooms with the most sublime aroma on God's green earth) are in season right now, and two local restaurants -- Posh and Davanti Enoteca are holding prix-fixe, wine-paired dinners built exclusively around them.
As you might imagine, these dinners may cost a wee bit more than your average night out. Then again, neither will BE an average night out -- not when truffles are involved. Read on for details.
Josh Hebert of Posh is using white truffles exclusively for his White Truffle "Diamond of the Kitchen Dinner," held tonight and Saturday night. Diners may choose the five-course menu, including wine pairings, for $175 per person (plus tax and gratuity) or the seven-course menu for $250 per person. Hebert promises that the wines are amazing, saying he wouldn't dream of doing anything less, given how amazing the truffles are.
Here are a few menu highlights you can expect to find:
Poached duck egg with white truffle
Rillette of veal, white truffle aioli
Pan roasted quail, pear white truffle stuffing, truffle au jus
Blanquette de veau, white asparagus, white truffle nage
Macadamia nut torte, white truffle sorbet, creme anglaise It sounds fantastic, and if you're imagining that Hebert is making a fortune on this dinner, think again. He'll just break even, given that white truffles from Alba are currently going for $350 per ounce. He's put in another order for them, so there may be another truffle dinner in the next week or so, probably for about the same price, assuming the market price holds. Call 480-663-7674 for reservations. Here are the details on the truffle dinner at Davanti, coming up on November 15:
The menu will feature black and white Umbrian Truffles and rare Umbrian wines. The guest speaker will be Lorenzo Mattoni of the celebrated Terre di Trinci Winery in Umbria. The cost is $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
The menu prepared by Chef Peter DeRuvo will be:
A patio reception on the Davanti Patio begins at 6 PM featuring house-made cured meats, cheese and salumi in the Umbrian-style. This is a super-regional dinner, unlike anything you'll find anywhere else.
Umbrian-style salumi Coppa with Truffle Mortadella with Black Truffle Causcolo Pork Sausage Pate Sella di San Venanzo Lardo The salumi course will be served with an appetizing Prosecco
Zuppa (Soup) Zuppa di Asapragi Bianco (White Asparagus Soup) Truffle Brioche The Soup course will be served with the currant vintage of Terre di Trinci Orvieto
Pasta Celery Root Totelli Italian butter, chive, and truffles The Pasta course will be served with Terre di Trinci Rosso Trinci Montefalco Rosso is a blend of Sangiovese and Sagrantino
Pesce (Fish) Capasante (Diver Scallops) Smoked guanciale, parsley root, and black kale The Fish course will be served with Terre di Trinci Cajo Umbria IGT A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sagrantino
Agnello due Tempo (Lamb dish) passito (lamb loin), olives, walnuts, lentils, and carrot The Lamb course will be served with a rare Terre di Trinci Passito (a wine not available in the US)
Formaggi & Dolce Tasting of Italian Cheeses Chef's Pastry sweets Terre di Trinci Sagrantino di Montefalco
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Each course will feature a wine match selected by Lorenzo Mattoni of Terre di Trinci and sommelier David Johnson. Call 480-659-1800 for reservations. And do it asap.