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#1 foodPRmaven

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Posted 24 September 2014 - 09:45 AM

 OREGON TRUFFLE FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR 10TH DECADENT YEAR

 

“Better Together” Theme Signifies Expansion to Portland and Yamhill Wine Country, Offering Truffle Dog Training, Truffle Hunts, Educational Seminars, and Truffle Dinners

 

Every January, people and canines alike become infected with an acute case of “fungi frenzy” as the Oregon Truffle Festival takes over the city of Eugene.  In early 2015, even more of the state will share in the exhilaration for the first time, as the festival doubles itself to bring heady and delicious truffle experiences to Portland and Yamhill wine country, January 15-18, and Eugene, January 23-25.  Tickets are now on sale at oregontrufflefestival.com.  Events and chefs will continue to be added through October.

 

Oregon has recently become known as a world-class truffle region, rivaling its European counterparts in size, quality and flavor.  With wild truffle supplies diminishing, retail prices in the U.S. for French and Italian truffles can reach as high as $3,000 per pound.  However, one of the most exciting developments in recent years is the ability to inoculate truffle cultures into host trees, making agricultural cultivation a reality for the first time.  In early 2013, the famous black truffle of Southern Europe (aka Perigord truffle), universally regarded as the ultimate luxury food, was harvested for the first time in Oregon in an orchard of inoculated hazelnut trees.   Since then, two more orchards started production in 2014.  Because vineyards and hazelnut orchards grow in similar climates and soil types as truffles, Oregon is an ideal landscape for what has been estimated as a $200 million annual “cash crop” for the state*.  One of the festival’s overarching goals is to feed the demand for knowledge and education for cultivating truffles in the Pacific Northwest in this manner.

 

“We dubbed this 10th Oregon Truffle Festival ‘Better Together’ because it signifies the convergence of culinary fervor, burgeoning agricultural opportunities, and the expansion of the festival into multiple regions of Oregon,” says Dr. Charles Lefevre, festival organizer, mycologist and founder of New World Truffieres.  “Whether you are a lover of truffles and truffle-infused foods, or someone who is looking to capitalize on Oregon’s abundant truffle-growing potential, we will have a program that speaks to you.”

The Oregon Truffle Festival consists of a variety of sumptuous culinary events, tasting showcases, cooking classes, truffle demonstrations and educational seminars, many of which can be purchased on an a la carte basis.  For those seeking the full epicurean experience, weekend packages are available in both locales.

 

Portland & Yamhill wine country – Thursday, January 15 to Sunday, January 18

Portland’s most lauded chefs have been a part of the festival since its inception.  This year, the show comes to their backyard with delicious pairing dinners and showcases.  Events include:

 

  • “Better Together” Black & White Dinner Series - An evening featuring Oregon’s black and white winter truffles.  Portland Chefs Jason French at Elder Hall, Vitaly Paley at Imperial, and Sarah Schafer at Irving Street Kitchen will create amazing truffle dinners in their respective restaurants.
  • “A Walk on the Wild Side” Walk Around Chef Showcase – Extraordinary chef talent and pairing expertise comes together as top chefs create small plates of Oregon black and white truffles, paired with the very best Oregon beer, wine and spirits. Featuring Elias Cairo of Olympic Provisions (Portland, OR), Jason Wilson of Crush (Seattle, WA), Jason Stoller Smith ofTimberline Lodge (Timberline, OR), Tyler Malek of Salt & Straw (Portland, OR), Justin Wills of Restaurant Beck (Depoe Bay, OR), Stephanie Kimmel of Marché (Eugene, OR), and Gregory Gourdet of Departure Restaurant + Lounge (Portland, OR). 
  • Oregon Truffle Marketplace – Taste fresh truffles and truffle-infused artisan foods with wine pairings, watch a truffle dog demonstration, and enjoy cooking demonstrations.  A guaranteed truffle stuffing for sure!
  • The “All In” Weekend Experience for Gourmands
    • "A Walk on the Wild Side” – Walk Around Chef Showcase
    • Continental Breakfast and Truffle Hunting Foray w/truffle dog
    • Yamhill winery luncheon with guest chef
    • Better Together: Truffles + Oregon Pinot dinner in McMinnville
    • The Oregon Truffle Marketplace

 

Eugene - Friday, January 23 to Sunday, January 25

In Eugene, things get a little more “down and dirty.”  Literally.  In addition to dinners and tasting experiences, excellent educational seminars and rain-or-shine truffle hunts offer plenty of ways for gourmands and growers alike get first-hand experience with Oregon’s truffle terroir.

 

  • Truffle Growers’ Forum – A focal point for the international truffle industry, featuring a range of speakers with expertise in the science of truffle cultivation, the practicalities of truffle farming, and the realities of marketing truffles. The Truffle Growers’ Forum provides growers, purveyors, researchers and journalists an opportunity to keep up with the status and methods of truffle cultivation worldwide, engage with the wealth of experts in attendance, and make essential contacts within the industry.
  • 2-Day Truffle Dog Training - Train your dog to recognize the scent of Oregon truffles, and then engage in the authentic experience of hunting wild truffles untouched by human hands in their natural habitat. (1-Day Truffle Dog Training Audit without personal dogs also available.)
  • “A Walk on the Wild Side” Dine Around Tasting/Pairing  – Extraordinary chef talent and pairing expertise comes together as top chefs create small plates of Oregon black and white truffles, paired with the very best Oregon beer, wine and spirits.  Featuring Elias Cairo of Olympic Provisions (Portland, OR), Jenn Louis of Lincoln and Sunshine Tavern (Portland, OR), Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene’s (Portland, OR), Emily and Stuart Phillips of Red Wagon Creamery (Eugene, OR), Karl Zenk of Marché(Eugene, OR), Mark Kosmicki and Tiffany Norton of Party Downtown (Eugene, OR). 
  • Grand Truffle Dinner - This semi-formal dinner features Oregon’s native winter white and black truffles in the hands of award-winning chefs.  For the first time, the festival is extending its hand beyond the Pacific Northwest to include nationally-acclaimed, truffle-obsessed chef John Tesar of Spoon Bar & Kitchen and Knife in Dallas.  The meal commences with charcuterie by Elias Cairo of Olympic Provisions (Portland, OR), followed by five additional courses from other chefs, including Sarah Schafer of Irving Street Kitchen (Portland, OR), and paired with magnificent Oregon wines.
  • Oregon Truffle Marketplace – Similar to the Portland event, offering fresh truffles and truffle-infused artisan foods with wine pairings, a truffle dog demonstration, and cooking demonstrations.
  • The Epicurious Weekend
    • A Walk on the Wild Side Dine Around
    • “Foraging & Feasting” Breakfast and Truffle Hunt w/truffle dog
    • Winery luncheon with guest chef
    • Grand Truffle Dinner
    • Sunday Truffle Breakfast
    • The Oregon Truffle Marketplace
  • The Epicurious Grower - Includes the Truffle Growers’ Forum, plus select weekend culinary offerings:
  • Continental breakfast and truffle luncheon
  • Growers’ Forum Speaker Series
  • “A Walk on the Wild Side” Grand Truffle Tasting Dine Around
  • “Foraging & Feasting” Breakfast and Truffle Hunt with Truffle Dog
  • Truffiere tour and Winery luncheon
  • Grand Truffle Dinner
  • Sunday Truffle Breakfast
  • The Oregon Truffle Marketplace 

More details about pricing, locations and times can be found in the online fact sheet.  Photos available in the festival image gallery

The Oregon Truffle festival is proud to have 1859 Magazine as its media sponsor, and Hotel Lucia Portland and the Hilton Eugene as lodging sponsors.  The festival is also generously supported by Truffle World Farms, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Erath Winery, Pfeiffer Vineyards, World Forestry Center, Portrait Magazine, Chehalem Cultural Center, Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce, Yamhill Enrichment Society (YES), Marché & Marché Provisions, Emerald Valley Resort, New World Truffieres, and Cooks, Pots and Tabletops.  The Yamhill Enrichment Society will receive a portion of the proceeds from the festival.
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About The Oregon Truffle Festival
The Oregon Truffle Festival is North America’s premier event for truffle culinary appreciation and education.  Held every January, the festival attracts thousands of culinary tourists, growers, dog trainers, scientists, and media from all over the globe.  The event was founded in 2006 by renowned mycologist Dr. Charles K. Lefevre and his wife, Leslie Scott.  Today, the team is rounded out with culinary director Charles Ruff, who has been a part of the festival since its inception.  Now in its 10th year, this dynamic and participatory truffle festival continues to innovate as it stays ahead of the industry growing around it.  More info can be found at www.oregontrufflefestival.com or at www.facebook.com/oregontrufflefestival.

*David Pilz, Charles Lefevre, Leslie Scott, and James Julian, 2009 Oregon Culinary Truffle Feasibility Study.
 

 


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Posted 24 September 2014 - 01:04 PM

If you want the ticket info before clicking through:

 

Portland/Yamhill Friday-Sunday, January 16-18 The “All In” Weekend Experience for Gourmands

Includes:
“A Walk on the Wild Side” – Grand Truffle Tasting Dine Around with 8 outstanding chefs, paired with beer, wine and spirits — Friday evening – Portland
Continental Breakfast and Truffle Hunting Foray w/truffle dog – Saturday – Yamhill
Winery luncheon with guest chef – Saturday – Yamhill
“Better Together: Truffles + Pinot” – Saturday evening – McMinnville
The Oregon Truffle Marketplace – Sunday – Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg

Cost: $550
Includes wine tastings at the Oregon Truffle Marketplace

Weekend Tickets Eugene, January 23-25 “The Epicurious” Weekend Ticket

INCLUDES

- “A Walk on the Wild Side” – Grand Truffle Tasting Dine Around with 8 outstanding chefs, paired with beer, wine and spirits – Friday Evening
- Breakfast and Truffle Hunting Foray w/ truffle dog – Saturday
- Winery luncheon with guest chef – Saturday
- Grand Truffle Dinner – Saturday Evening
- Sunday Truffle Breakfast
- The Oregon Truffle Marketplace + Wine Tastings – Sunday
ADD: Friday afternoon “hands on” Truffle Cooking Class

ENHANCE YOUR EXPERIENCE: “A Villa Evening” featuring a four-course truffle dinner and cooking demonstration with guest chef and wine pairings at Pfeiffer Vineyards Tuscan Villa – Friday evening
**replaces “A Walk on the Wild Side”**

Cost: $550

Enhanced Weekend: $650
Enhanced Experience to Include “A Villa Evening” at Pfeiffer Vineyards Tuscan Villa.

Add On: Truffle Cooking Class $100
Friday afternoon “Hands On” Truffle Cooking Class. Only available as an add-on to the purchase of an Epicurious Pass.

“The Epicurious Grower” Weekend Ticket

The Truffle Growers’ Forum is an annual gathering and focal point for the International truffle industry, featuring a range of speakers with expertise in the science of truffle cultivation, the practicalities of truffle farming, and the realities of marketing truffles. The Truffle Growers’ Forum provides growers, purveyors, researchers and journalists an opportunity to keep up with the status and methods of truffle cultivation worldwide, engage with the wealth of experts in attendance, and make essential contacts within the industry.

INCLUDES:

- Continental breakfast and truffle luncheon – Friday
- Growers’ Forum Speaker Series and Keynote Address – Friday
- “A Walk on the Wild Side” Grand Truffle Tasting Dine Around with 8 outstanding chefs, paired with beer, wine and spirits – Friday evening
- Breakfast and Truffle Hunt with Truffle Dog – Saturday
- Truffiere tour and Winery luncheon – Saturday
- Saturday Evening should be: – Grand Truffle Dinner – Saturday Evening
- Sunday Truffle Breakfast
- Sunday -The Oregon Truffle Marketplace + Wine Tastings – Sunday

Cost: $1,000
Includes 1x Two Day Truffle Growers’ Forum: Two Day Truffle Growers’ Forum

 

You may also send your reservation and payment with complete contact information to:

Oregon Truffle Festival LLC P.O. Box 5275 Eugene, OR 97405-0275

If you have questions, please call or fax our office at 1.503.296.5929, or email us.

“For the next three days we would live, breath, and eat Oregon white and black truffles…Not too hard to take in the dead of winter, I thought as I took the last sip of my truffle infused coffee and got ready for the full day ahead.” — Gary Hynes, EAT Magazine


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