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GOURMET TRAVEL: Truffle Camp, January 2009

Foodies with funds can give themselves a nice holiday gift: a 3-day trip to Truffle Camp with Chef Ken Frank, executive chef and owner of the Michelin-starred La Toque restaurant in Napa, California, who features a truffle menu at his restaurant. For three days, eight truffle fans will have the rare opportunity to immerse themselves in everything there is to know about the prized delicacy. Truffle Camp includes three days of dinners and luncheons—all with truffles and wine, of course, including a farewell breakfast of truffle omelets—side trips to a local farm and winery (with wine tasting), hands-on experience preparing truffle dishes with Chef Frank, plus lodging in the Westin Verasa Napa, the new resort where La Toque restaurant is located. You can attend camp from January 11-14, 2009 or January 18-21, 2009. Happy campers will need to fork over $2,900 per individual based on single occupancy or $4,800 per couple based on double occupancy.  You’ll leave with a goodie bag and recipes to help create truffle specialties at home. For more information about the Truffle Camp, visit LaToque.com. Santa baby, just slip the tickets under the tree for me. Been an awful good girl!  
Costlier than gold: the Périgord truffle of France
and the white Alba truffle of the Piedmont, in
Italy.
See photos of gorgeous truffles and learn all about these fungus “jewels” in our uber-informative article on truffles.
Console yourself with the affordable wonder of D’Artagnan Truffle Butter.
Check out D’Artagnan’s mousse of duck foie gras, packed with black truffle pieces and spiked with Sauternes. Nice for holiday entertaining (or gifts).
Enjoy the affordable indulgence of Tsar Nicoulai’s Truffled Whitefish Caviar, American Caviar infused with truffle flavor.
Make foie gras French toast with black truffles.
Get Elizabeth Luard’s book about truffles.




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