Dig Truffles? A Foodie’s Guide with Winery Truffle Lunch & Cooking Demo at Bouchaine Vineyards

Dig Truffles? A Foodie’s Guide with Winery Truffle Lunch & Cooking Demo at Bouchaine Vineyards

Come on an adventure, a day-long journey of gastronomy, fun science, meet the truffle dogs, wine and, of course, lots and lots of extraordinary truffle cuisine with world-class experts as your guides. Few opportunities in the world allow you to immerse yourself in all things truffle, and we’re thrilled to invite you to join us for this full-day truffle extravaganza that will excite all of your senses!

Begin your day in true Napa style at the Westin Verasa Napa with a glass of sparkling wine in hand as you interact with international Michelin star/master chefs in a rare up-close and personal exchange. Before they dive into a weekend of creating culinary magic, hear about their passion and secrets for cooking with truffles. Then savor bites of black truffle canapé while learning how to select, store and prepare them with Chef Ken Frank of La Toque. Discover surprisingly interesting and fun facts about truffles and truffle hunting with world-renowned truffle scientist Prof. Paul Thomas of American Truffle Company® (did someone say “Sex and Truffles”?) and CPDT-KA certified truffle dog trainer Alana McGee.

Interactive Truffle Experience

Do you know the difference between black and white truffles? How about between European and native North American truffle species? Would you be able to discern them by sight or smell? Let American Truffle Company®’s Chief Truffle Officer Robert Chang guide you as you see, smell and touch a variety of truffles, and experience for yourself why some people love the Italian white truffle, while others prefer the Périgord black. Comparing against real truffles, you’ll uncover the limitations of synthetic truffle products like truffle oil and truffle salt, often used on truffle popcorn and truffle fries. Pair all this delicious information with delectable truffle bites prepared by our all-star chefs.

Meet & Greet the Truffle Dogs, Reception on the Terrace at Bouchaine

No truffle immersion is complete without truffle dogs. With your glass of wine in hand, you’re invited to meet and greet our team of adorable truffle dogs (petting encouraged!) on the spectacular terrace at Bouchaine, where you will look out over Bouchaine’s serene gardens and expansive vineyards. This is your chance to get up close and personal with our furry friends who are the stars who find the truffles in truffle orchards!

Cooking Demonstration

Flying in all the way from Canberra, Australia, Chef Damian Brabender will entertain you to no end with his charm and expertise with truffles. Having been the Executive Chef at Canberra’s The Truffle Farm restaurant, which specializes in truffles, he is intimately knowledgeable with how to showcase the last ounce of flavor from truffles. He will share that expertise with you with a live cooking demonstration using truffles, in the spectacular show kitchen at Bouchaine.

Winery Truffle Lunch

This delectable multi-course lunch will be prepared by a duo of star chefs, including guest celebrity chef Elizabeth Falkner of TV’s Top Chef fame, as well as Host Chef Ken Frank of La Toque. Every course features fresh truffles paired with Bouchaine’s most exclusive wines. Immerse yourself in the full pleasure of decadent courses covered in truffles and served with exquisite wines in the spectacular setting at Bouchaine! This is Napa Valley at its finest!

What’s more, the winners of the day’s truffle identification contest will have a chance to take home a fresh whole Périgord black truffle!

This event is open to 21+ guests only. 

Michelin Star/Master Chefs, Truffle Experts & Host Winery