Gourmet Heaven: Truffle Dinners at Oliveto
One our 2008 Food Award Winnersdazzles with its annual white and black truffle dinners
Oliveto will offer its annual homage to the world-famous tuber with their White Truffle Dinners, November 18-21. The dinners will feature chef Paul Canales’ creations made with fresh Italian truffles hunted for and brought back from Italy by Bob Klein, Oliveto’s co-owner.
Klein scours Italy’s prime white truffle fields – principally the mixed forests in Piedmont, Romagna, Umbria and Tuscany – to collect the much sought-after delicacy. His yearly expedition insures that the dinners are made with the freshest and most potent ones on the West Coast. “Freshness is an extremely important factor in enjoying truffles,” said Canales. “We have found that the only reliable way to provide this experience to Oliveto’s tables is to bring the truffles back ourselves.”
Epicurean Jean Brillat-Savarin called the truffle "the diamond of the kitchen" and the truffle experience has been described as everything from “magical” to “aphrodisiacal.” White truffles are especially valued for the potency of their aroma, similar to fresh earth and mushrooms. The celebrated fungus is usually served raw, shaved over food and Oliveto diners pay by the gram of quantities consumed. According to Canales: “Truffles are best paired with dishes rich enough to stand up to the truffle's pungent aroma, but uncomplicated enough not to distract from the truffle experience.”
With all this hoopla about the white truffle, the dinner should be an exciting adventure in itself. Bon Voyage!
Oliveto Café and Restaurant, 5655 College Avenue, Oakland, 510-547-5356, www.oliveto.com