By Amy Reiley
This year’s festival wrapped up with a community affair. Held at Oxbow, the Truffle Marketplace brought together many of Napa’s finest food purveyors and wineries in a casual affair with decidedly haute cuisine. The concept of the event was to bring together the local community—the market’s regular visitors could even purchase individual dishes a la carte. And boy, did this four-hour truffle extravaganza draw a crowd! (I’m not sure how anyone who happened to glance at the menu could have resisted passing up this marketplace.)
From a truffled salad of mixed chicories and pickled walnuts to savory truffle bread pudding, about a dozen of Oxbow’s vendors put forth innovative bites of truffle-laced cuisine.
One of my favorites (and a standout to most of the participants I polled) was La Crepe’s freshly made crepe with truffle cream garnished with a truffle shaving. A lightly sweet crepe combine with with the decadence of an unsweetened cream made the perfect final bite to conclude a weekend filled with Napa wine wishes and truffle dreams.