Taste, Learn and Experience The Magic Of Truffles
Experience the magic of truffles! while savoring some of the finest truffle cuisine in the world paired with magnificent wines amidst the splendor of world-class Napa wineries. Learn firsthand how to work and cook with truffles from the best Michelin star/master chefs. Explore a working truffle orchard, see where and how truffles are harvested, and meet the trained truffle dogs who find them (petting allowed).
9:00am - 11:30am: Wild Mushroom Foray (Sunday)
Yes, this is a weekend full of truffles, but we couldn’t resist a walk in the woods in search of wild mushrooms! Join experts David Campbell and American Truffle Company’s own Dr. Paul Thomas for a delightful foray into the woods above Napa Valley. Follow along as they forage for exotic mushrooms in their native habitats at the height of the mushroom season! Savor delicious truffle quiche bites before venturing out to enjoy nature as you learn the basics about mushrooms, including the process of mushroom identification, as well as proper handling and cooking options for edible mushrooms. Most excitingly you’ll be able to keep any that you find!
Past forays have led to such fascinating mushrooms as the popular and deliciously fruity, peppery chanterelle; and candy caps, whose sweet aroma often finds its way into cookies and ice cream; also matsutakes, highly prized (and priced!) in Japanese cuisine and, more recently, in Michelin star restaurants around the world. Foragers also came across many breathtakingly beautiful, non-edible species, such as toadstools. Foraging for wild mushrooms should only be done with knowledgeable mushroom experts, and you will not find a more qualified expert than fungi foray leader David Campbell, the Bay Area Poison Control Center’s go-to mushroom guy.
Location: Forest in Napa County, CA
12pm - 3pm: Winery Truffle Lunch with Cooking Demo
Inspired by the vision of proprietor Jean-Charles Boisset, Raymond Vineyards is a dynamic destination dedicated to inspiring guests’ passion for fine wine in an environment of exploration, creativity, and elegant whimsicality, where each in a series of diverse experiences progresses visitors into another world of discovery and exceptional wines. Your adventure here begins with a private tour of this fantastical property, followed by a cooking demonstration by master chef Michael Smith of Farina in Kansas City, Missouri, emceed by CBS Foodie Chap Liam Mayclem. Take a front-row seat for this rare opportunity to watch and learn from one of the best culinary talents in the world as he creates magic with the black diamond of the kitchen!
Immediately after the cooking demonstration, you’ll be treated to a dazzling multi-course truffle lunch, also prepared by the superstar chef and perfectly paired with Raymond’s superb signature wines.
Location: Raymond Vineyards