The enjoyment of truffles has progressed from being a special occasion and only-because-its-your-birthday treat to one that is more readily available. From Black truffles, and even the highly sought after and rare White truffle, these mushroom-like delicacies are worth every penny. And speaking of counting pennies, truffles can range from $30 an ounce to well over $100 an ounce depending on the variety. And just so we are clear, we are referring to the real deal holyfield, not truffle oils or any of those wannabes!
Recently, we enjoyed a wonderful dinner with Diane Roederer, owner and CEO of Roederer USA, and the only direct importer of fresh truffles in the southern portion of the United States. Focused on the Black Autumn or Burgundy truffle (named for its origins in the Burgundy region of France), Chef David Denis of Le Mistral prepared a most exquisite three course offering highlighting this delicate, yet earthy and intense aphrodisiac.
The four course menu is available through October 31, 2015 for $88 if you choose to indulge…
First Course ~ Salad of jumbo lump crab, smoked duck breast, sliced burgundy truffle, celery root purée, warm truffle hazelnut oil vinaigrette
Second Course ~ Arborio risotto, chunks of lobster, truffle mushroom, Newburg cappuccino
Third Course ~ Beef tenderloin Rossini style, Périgourdine sauce, pan seared foie gras, toasted butter brioche, sautéed salsify
Dessert ~ Dark chocolate fondant with truffle infused white chocolate, pistachio crème anglaise