Saturday, Jan 14, 2017
NEW! Dig Truffles? Experience
Taste, learn and experience all things truffle!
Are you a foodie passionate about truffles? Then the Dig Truffles? Experience is tailored just for you! Combining an interactive, experiential session with an exquisite truffle lunch and tour at a premier Napa winery and an exclusive tour of the first truffle orchard in Napa Valley, complete with our favorite truffle dogs, this program packs the truffle weekend highlights into one great truffle day.
Michelin starred Chef Ken Frank will take you through an interactive culinary session that’s completely new this year. You’ll get to smell, touch and taste various species of truffles that are in season, and discover the truth about truffle “products” – like oil and salt. Chef Ken, considered one of the foremost truffle chefs in America, will also share his knowledge from 35+ years of working with truffles on how to select, buy, store and prepare these magic tubers. You’ll also get a glimpse into the science of truffles (including “sex and truffles”!), and why science plays a key role in how they are grown and harvested with world-renowned truffle scientist Dr. Paul Thomas. Plus, our CPDT-KA certified dog trainer Alana McGee will guide you through the fascinating and fun world of training dogs to harvest truffles, including a demonstration at a real truffle orchard located at Robert Sinskey Vineyards where owner Rob Sinskey and his vineyard/orchard manager Debby Zygielbaum will provide insights into managing the first truffle orchard planted in the Napa Valley area.
After learning all about truffles, you’ll be treated to a superb Winery Truffle Lunch & Tour – one of the highlights of the festival weekend – prepared by an award-winning master chef. The lunch, a truffle menu that features fresh black truffles in every course, will be perfectly paired with select wines from the host winery.