Do you like truffles as much as I do? Just imagine a steaming plate of tagliatelle, white truffles shavings over it, a little butter added and nothing else! Mix, inhale and dig in. Foodie heaven.
This fall you can enjoy this treat in Tuscany, but what’s more: you can hunt for the lovely things yourself, under the watchful eyes of an expert of course, and then learn which culinary treats to prepare with them. Surprise, surprise, it isn’t pigs which do the sniffing out but the cute Lagotto Romagnola dogs. You might be tempted to adopt one.
If this sounds good, head for Villa Lena in Tuscany.
Truffle Hunting at Villa Lena
This Autumn, Villa Lena in Tuscany will be hosting truffle hunting expeditions in celebration of the white truffle, trifola d’Alba Madonna, which grows amid the roots of oak, ash, and white poplar trees in their own forests.
Guests will learn to forage on the estate with the specialized agriculture team and Lagotto Romagnola dogs. Villa Lena’s chefs in residence will then instruct on preparing and cooking the truffles at the farm-to-table restaurant, which will of course, be followed by a chance to enjoy multiple courses and variations of this Tuscan delicacy at degustation meals customized by the Chef. As always at Villa Lena, guests are included in the community of resident artists and musicians who host special cocktails, concerts, and creative workshops alongside the other activities on offer.
In September, Chef Alexis Delaney from Franny’s in Brooklyn, will host cooking classes with truffle hunting and foraging tours with the estates ‘wild plants specialist’ Stephane Meyer.
In October, the new chef in residence Peter Klein, from the critically acclaimed Olamaie restaurant in Austin USA will host the truffle experiences. Klein has spent his career putting a contemporary twist on American Southern cuisine and has worked on artisanal, locally sourced American fast food at Bark Hot Dogs in Brooklyn, as well as at a number of farm-to-table restaurants in the US.
Both chefs will be offering one-of-a-kind experiences at Villa Lena; exploring the picturesque 500 hectare estate with the truffle dogs, hands-on cooking classes and unforgettable ‘family-style’ Italian meals with a unique twist.
The truffle experiences on offer will be;
A la carte
Truffle tours – €15
Truffle lunch – €35
Truffle pasta, mixed truffle antipasti and salad
Extra truffle/gram — market price
Cooking Class – €50
Learn to make fresh tagliatelle and truffle butter followed by lunch with mixed truffle antipasti and salad
Truffle day package – €60
Spend the morning foraging for truffles followed by an afternoon learning to make fresh pasta, and a lunch of fresh truffle pasta, truffle antipasti and salad.
For further information on Villa Lena, please visit the website www.villa-lena.it
Images by Villa Lena.
Disclaimer: I have not received any payment or other sponsorship from Villa Lena.