With truffle season upon us, here's where to go to indulge in the gourmet fungi
Guy Grossi will join Chiara chefs George Fowler, Shaun Quade and Gavin Baker for a one-night truffle takeover. The eight-course degustation is designed to celebrate and hightlight the decadent truffle, with each course matched with wines. Chiara, Fri Jul 11.
Now the world’s fourth largest producer of black truffles, Australia is hyping up the edible fungi with a two-day truffle fest of stories, tastings, demonstrations and live music. Melbourne's best chefs take the stage for a weekend showcasing their truffle skills and sharing their truffle secrets. Relax and enjoy some of the finer things (Champagne and caviar included), and if you haven’t been able to pawn off the kids for the day, they’ve got mock truffle hunts with truffle-hunting dogs around the racecourse to keep them entertained. Caulfield Racecourse, Jul 12-13.
Daniel Tonin from Pasta Classica (who rolls out some of Melbourne’s best handmade pastas) is hosting this free masterclass where the delicate art of the truffle meets handmade pasta. Following Tonin’s tortelinni lesson, Pepe Saya will demonstrate butter making and Madame Truffles will talk guests through the art of the truffle. St Ali North, Thu Jul 17.
The distinctive ingredient will be the star of a six-course degustation dinner paired with matching wines. Dishes include veal with cauliflower and truffle vinaigrette, mushroom and truffle risotto and a truffle rice pudding for dessert. No. 8 by John Lawson, Thu Jul 17.
Sara Hinchey (aka the truffle hound) is conducting her truffle masterclasses for the fourth year running. Get schooled on everything truffle related, from storing to cooking. During the masterclasses, the truffle hound will demonstrate how to prepare a range of simple truffle dishes. Masterclasses will take place in July and August. Lake House, Sun Jul 20.
It’s rare that an ugly edible fungi gets so much love but the truffle is a surprising winter delicacy. To celebrate this known aphrodisiac, Saint Crispin is offering a five-course dinner in their private dining room where the truffle is the feature ingredient. The Australian truffle season runs only from June to August so take advantage of this earthy treat while it’s still available. Saint Crispin, Wed Aug 6.
Madame Truffles has taken over the space opposite St Ali for a month where she will be slinging the mother of all funky fungi, the truffle. Australian-harvested truffles of up to 200g in size will be for sale. You can get truffle-infused stuff too: everything from butter to salt to cheese to pasta. This year, there's going to be some new, sweeter, truffle-infused snacks to take home too, such as macarons and ice cream. St Ali, Thu-Sat till Aug 14.