Celebrate the Season of Mushrooms

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It’s peak season for mushrooms and there are two festivals coming up featuring this earthy, delicious funghi. Visit Sonoma County or Napa Valley for a taste and inside look of the edible mushroom and wine pairings.

Hands on Healdsburg (January 10th – February 28th), is a two-month long extravaganza of activities in the town of Healdsburg, Sonoma Wine Country. Several events will feature seminars that include a hands-on mushroom foraging excursion in the woods, cooking demonstration, and wine and food pairings. See below.

Sunday, January 11th – Wild Mushroom Foray, Cooking Class & Brunch
9:30am – 2:0pm; $120 per person, includes four-course lunch and wine
In addition to wine, Sonoma County is well known for being an edible wild mushroom region. Learn everything you have ever wanted to know about mushrooms – how to identify ones you can eat, the types of tress and terrain to look for, safety measures and how to cook with them. Chef, preservist & forager Elissa Rubin-Mahon will lead a group to the beautiful hills above Healdsburg for mushroom foraging and then have a cooking demonstration focused on storing, handling and cooking with a variety of fresh and dry wild mushrooms. Then sit down and relax with a four-course mushroom lunch served with wonderful local wines and DeVoto Apple Cider. 

This same class will repeat on February 22, 2014 and TBD date in March. Please note: The class on Saturday, January 10th is already sold out! More information, including menu, is available online. Visit Healdsburg Chamber for more Hands on Healdsburg events here

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Napa Truffle Festival (January 16th – 19th) returns again to celebrate everything truffle. See the science behind growing and cultivating truffles. Sample truffle inspired cuisine paired with Napa Valley wines at Peju Province orSt. Supéry. Watch an expertly trained dog sniff out truffles on a Truffle Orchard Tour. Experience the magic of truffles when Michelin star chefs create an extraordinary multi-course meal complimented by rare library wines.

Saturday, January 17th – Truffles & Wine Dinner at La Toque
6:30pm – 10pm; $395 per person
Fresh and flavorful black truffles will take center stage at a multi-course dinner expertly prepared by four Michelin star chefs from around the world. It is touted as an experience “unlike anything you’ve ever had or will find elsewhere” and “truffle cuisine at its absolute best”. This popular event will sell out soon!

Sunday, January 18th – St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery Truffle Lunch & Wine Pairing
11:30am – 2pm; $195 per person, includes tour and cooling demonstration
Visit St. Supéry Estate located in the heart of Napa Valley for world-class wines and expertly paired truffle dishes. This private event will include a winery tour and tasting, with cooking demo and then, a truffle lunch prepared by exuberant master chef Roberto Donna of Al Dente Ristorante paired with St. Supéry’s extraordinary wines. 

See more information about Napa Truffle Festival events here.