EAT THE TRUFFLE. BUY THE TRUFFLE. BE THE TRUFFLE.
…Ok so that last part is a little metaphysical, but it’s hard to contain our excitement around truffle season! ESB is offering members two opportunities to experience Italian Winter Black Truffles during the few precious weeks they are in season:
1. A Truffle Lunch at Mosto Crudo w/chef Tiziano Fioretti & Truffle Purveyor Andrea Sempribon
2. Black Winter Truffle Purchase through Epicurean Santa Barbara.
These opportunities are contingent upon a minimum number of registrations!
Chef Ti has designed a five course menu whose purpose is to take guests on a Black Truffle journey. Each course will be prepared a la minute, in front of guests, and will be topped of with fresh shaved black truffles. Starting with shaved truffle over sunny side up egg, which offers the best expression of the truffle, each dish will showcase the ingredient alongside classic and expertly crafted flavors and dishes.
Additionally, Andrea Sempribon, Truffle importer and Sommelier, will teach members all about this famous fungi, including its cultivation, use, storage, and history!
Members are welcome to BYOB (no extra charge!), order wines by the glass, or opt in for a wine pairing designed by Andrea, featuring wines from the Piedmont region (Barolo, Barbaesco, ect.), where the truffles are cultivated. For questions about substitutions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
**In order to execute this event, at least 6 registrations are needed. If attendance does not reach 6, this event will be cancelled, and registrations refunded.
…Topped with shaved truffles
Sunny Side Up Egg
…Topped with shaved truffles
…Also topped with shaved truffles
Chef Ti’s Handmade Gluten-free Fettuccine with Butter & Parmesan
…And still more shaved truffles
Vegan Coconut Ice Cream
…We said this is all about truffles. So yes, Truffles on this too!
Wine Pairing TBA
BLACK WINTER TRUFFLE PURCHASE
The 2nd opportunity to experience the delicacy is to purchase truffles for your own home cooking! ESB is organizing a bulk purchase so eager home chefs can indulge in this delicacy with their own recipes, or dazzle their friends, family, and significant others with shaved truffles during the holiday season!
Italian Black Winter truffles have the best flavor and best pricing this time of year, and we can acquire Black Winter Truffles at $1.0 per gram. Registration for the truffles ends on Friday at 5:00pm, and truffles will be available for pick-up at Mosto Crudo between between Dec. 26th and 29th, just in time for a decadent New Year’s celebration.
PICK-UP, STORAGE, and USE:
Registrants will be notified once the truffles are available. When picking up truffles, bring a glass jar full of white arborio rice. Why? Rice is the ideal medium to keep the humidity in check and to properly insulate the truffle. Keep truffles in the glass jar submerged in rice, in the fridge until use. Uncut, the truffles will least about a week in fridge. After time they dry out and lose flavor.
Once it has been sliced, use remaining truffle within a day or two. But don’t you dare throw out that rice! It will be
beautifully fragranced with truffle, and will make a delicious risotto.
Truffles can be purchased in 50gm increments. 50 gm is the recommended portion for two servings of truffles, or multiple small plates. (For example, if preparing a pasta dish for two people, 50 gms will be enough to shave over both dishes.)
Simply shave over anything and everything.
Use a mandolin or truffle slicer (check on amazon) to shave wafer thin slices of fresh black truffle over the top of a hot dish just before serving (like roast chicken served with a light jus, topped with finely shaved truffle – the warmth of the cooked meat gently releases the aroma of the truffle), or finely chop about 10g of black truffle (until it resembles the grated dark chocolate) and sprinkle on cheesy cauliflower gratin or thick, creamy potato mash finished with a dollop of best artisan butter.