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 & Brunch9:30am – 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
—–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 Toque6:30pm – 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 Pairing11:30am – 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.