01 World Class Cuisine Meets Cutting Edge Truffle Science—4th Annual Napa Truffle Festival Jan 17 – 20 – Robert Chang
Come learn all about truffles—the cuisine, the sex and the science! In this exciting, comprehensive primer about all things truffle, you will get tips on cooking with truffles from our Michelin star host chef Ken Frank who will discuss how to handle fresh truffles in the kitchen, as well as common myths and misconceptions about the various truffle species and “products.” You’ll also get a glimpse into the science of truffles (including “sex and truffles”!) with world-renowned truffle scientist Dr. Paul Thomas and truffle expert Robert Chang; plus why science plays a key role in how truffles are grown and harvested. Robert Chang is the Founder and Organizer of Napa Truffle Festival and Director of the American Truffle Company. To receive a 15 percent discount, use promo code vinvillageradio2014.
02 Truffle Dogs Lead the Hunt—Science of Canine Truffle Scent Location and History of Truffle Hunting – Alana McGee
Learn abut the science and history of truffle hunting from Master Dog Trainer Alana McGee and her well-trained dogs for two premiere truffle dog training programs during the Napa Truffle Festival weekend. The first session will take place during the new “Scientific Grower Truffle Cultivation” Seminar. The second session will be presented during” All About Truffles.” “History of Truffle hunting: Pigs, Dogs, Robots and Common Misconceptions ” by Master Dog Trainer Alana McGee will guide you through the fascinating and fun world of training dogs to harvest truffles. To receive a 15 percent discount, use promo code vinvillageradio2014.
03 Truffles & Wine Dinner at La Toque Napa With Michelin Star Chefs Jan 18 – Ken Frank
It’s not every day that four Michelin star chefs converge in the same kitchen to conjure a meal. Erotic, earthy and addictive, the freshest and most flavorful black truffles will take center stage in each superb course expertly prepared by one of the superstar guest chefs and perfectly paired with wines from around the world at the 4th Annual Napa Truffle Festival. Ken Frank, Executive Chef and Owner, La Toque Napa, is host chef and liason to the Michelin star guest chefs at the 4th Annual Napa Truffle Festival. To receive a 15 percent discount, use promo code vinvillageradio2014.
04 American and Alpine Cheeses for New Year—Faux Manhattan Cocktail Using California Gin – Laura Werlin
Laura Werlin, cheese and wine pairing teacher, consultant, spokesperson, American cheese cheerleader and author of six books including “Mac & Cheese, Please! 50 Super Cheesy Recipes,” recommends American and Alpine cheeses for the New Year. She shares her invention of a faux Manhattan cocktail using California Distillery 209’s cabernet barrel-aged gin with Dolin Rouge Vermouth.
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