You may have gathered that I am a little fascinated by food. Well truffles completely intrigue me, they’re such a mysterious little morsel. A couple of years ago I walked into Balthazar and as we passed the bar, the barman asked what I’d like to drink. I replied quite confidently that I’d like a martini. He started to tell me with great passion about a martini he had made by infusing the vodka with truffle overnight. He was telling me in such great detail about the process and how delighted he was with the final taste that he had me completely captivated. I am a very visual person so I was at first imagining a martini glass with a little black truffle bobbing around on top. Clearly that’s not what he had in mind. So off he went and made this martini. The first sip revealed a complex truffle taste that I can still remember. Delightful. I ordered another of course and there planted my all time favourite martini ever. Until today.
This week saw the official launch of Truffle Kerfuffle for 2014. I was invited along to the event which was held at Bib & Tucker in North Fremantle. Been there? If you live in Perth and the answer is no, shame on you! Bib & Tucker boasts the best spot along our coast in my opinion. I just love the view. It’s pretty rare to see me out and about on a cold winter’s night, but the mention of food and some of my favourite Perth food bloggers in the one place at the one time saw the slippers come off and the boots go on.
Head Chef Scott Bridger kept the food bloggers and guests wanting more with offerings of delightful canapés. Just when I thought the servings had passed, out came more. Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Shaved Truffle, Potato and Truffle Pizza, bite sized Steak Tartare, Manjimup Marron Sliders on a Truffle Brioche (which I missed out sampling as I was too busy yapping – I know, I know, hard to believe), and a little mouthful of Truffle Tortellini which I must say quite literally melted in the mouth. I’m not sure what it was but something tasting like truffle butter lingered in the mouth long after the tortellini was devoured. I might’ve elbowed a few people out of the way for more than my fair share of them. Well I did miss out on a slider…
Wine and sparkling was on offer and we left with a goodie bag to rival the best of them. I now have my very own truffle oil, thank you very much. Leaving an event like this not only has my taste buds jumping for joy but my soul satisfied from mingling with my food blogging colleagues. It was great to hear about the goings on with truffle season and to see Viva the truffle dog (a beautiful, friendly Labrador) do her thing and hunt out the truffles.
If you are keen to attend the annual Truffle Kerfuffle festival in Manjimup, you might want to snap your ticket up asap. I hear the long table lunches and gala dinners are filling up fast. I remember seeing the event unfold online last year and felt disappointed I’d missed it. Check out the list of chefs and personalities attending this year!
Thank you to the generous folks at The Peach & Pineapple Co for asking me to come along.