Now that we're heading full tilt into truffle season, here are a few more places where you can get your truffle hits until the truffles run out.
At Aussie chef Curtis Stone's 25-seat Maude in Beverly Hills, November's tasting menu is built around truffles. The nine-course meal showcases French black truffles from Périgord and white truffles from Italy. The menu starts off with Pop Tarts with black truffle and onion marmalade. Then comes cannoli filled with house-made ricotta seasoned with white truffles, and a couple of courses down, a baked onion scooped out and filled with confit egg yolk and creamed leeks — with shaved white truffles on top. There's also potato and kohlrabi soup with Hen-of-the-Wood mushrooms and chopped black truffle. And that's just four of the nine courses. The truffle menu is $250, wine tasting additional.
On Thursday, Long Beach Italian restaurant Michael's on Naples plans a six-course truffle dinner with a unique twist. Each diner will receive a white truffle to shave over the dishes however — or as much — as he or she likes. If you happen to have your own truffle shaver, bring it along. The restaurant probably won't charge you truffleage. If I had my truffle in hand, I'd shave the tartufo over the Chianina beef carpaccio and linguine alla carbonara. The dinner comes with wine from Arpepe Winery in the Valtellina region of Italy. The cost for the prix fixe menu, including wines, is $300 per person.
And if you just can't stop obsessing on truffles, plan to attend the Napa Truffle Festival the weekend of Jan. 16-19. The annual event includes a truffle-growing seminar, truffle orchard tours and a dog training demo. Yes, bring your dog to see if this something she or he could get into.
Because it's Napa, wine is involved, of course. That means winery lunches and a grand Truffles & Wine dinner. Find the schedule here and buy tickets here. Better check your credit card limit first. The Grand Truffle weekend package is $1,250 per person; the Weekend Epicurian package is (just) $900 per person. Individual events range from $60 for a wild mushroom forage to $395 for a truffle seminar and lunch at Peju Province Winery. For more information, call (888) 753-9378.