Black truffle wORKSHOP

As an additional mid-winter event, my husband Walter and I offer a special Black Truffle Workshop, a unique hands-on week of class devoted to the wonders of the fresh black truffle - the rarest and most exotic ingredient in French cuisine.

The workshop opens on Monday evening with a truffle dinner at Chanteduc, our farmhouse in Provence, in the heart of France’s foremost region of truffle production. On successive days we accompany participants on a truffle hunt; and tour with them through one of the world’s most important – and still artisanal — truffle brokers, where just breathing the fragrant air is a rarefied experience. Truffles will magically appear in almost every dish prepared during the course, and students will have the opportunity to understand the mystery of the black truffle in the kitchen and at the table. Menus focus on complementary wines, particularly the prized whites of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Wine tastings and discussions throughout the class assure guests of a new understanding of one of the world’s rarest gastronomic joys.

 All instruction is in English. Recipes are geared to the home cook, and are suitable for both the novice and as well as experienced cooks seeking more challenges. Guests are supplied with personalized embroidered aprons as well as detailed recipe booklets featuring some 50 cherished recipes, both for students to take back home with them.

 The class is limited to 8 participants. The course begins with dinner on Monday evening and ends after lunch on Friday. The fee is US$6,000, and includes Monday ’s truffle dinner, truffle classes with lunches and dinners on Tuesday and Thursday; a truffle hunt and truffle atelier visit; Wednesday’s winery visit and lunch in a local restaurant where the chef prepares an extravagant truffle meal with memorable wine pairings, and a farewell class and lunch on Friday. Wednesday evening is free for students to explore the region on their own. The fee does not include travel expenses to Provence or lodging. (A list of recommended hotels will be sent to enrolled participants.)

See a week's sample schedule from a previous class.