The Asheville Truffle Experience will rock the mountains from Friday through Sunday, February 23th through 25th, with multiple mouth-watering sessions spiraling out from the Haywood Park Hotel in beautiful downtown Asheville. Guests will plunge into the mystery of this ultra-prized ingredient, the magical Tuber melanosporum—otherwise known as the Périgord (Black Winter) Truffle—traditionally hailing from the deep, dark woods of France, Italy and Spain, but now also cultivated in both the northwest and the southeast of the United States.
The event will kick off on Friday the 23rd with an open reception at The Collider, followed by the official Friday evening welcome, hosted by Chef William Dissen and his Market Place Restaurant on Wall Street at 5:30pm, featuring multiple truffled appetizers and a chance to mingle and share stories with other true truffle aficionados.
Saturday morning the 24th will begin with an educational session held from 9:00 to 12:00am at The Collider, and will feature Dr. Tom Michaels of Tennessee Truffle, and Dr. Jeanine Davis, associate professor and extension specialist in the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University. Saturday afternoon will continue with a culinary demo & tasting at Rhubarb with Chefs Kaley Laird and Derek Herre from 2:00-4:00pm. Then from 5:00-6:00pm a Truffle Market will be held in the Cellar at Isa’s, featuring truffle products and services and a glass of sparkling wine.
On Saturday evening from 6:00-8:00, Chef Armen Vladimirovich and Isa’s Bistro will provide guests with a variety of provocative dishes during a special seated wine-paired Truffle Extravaganza.
On Sunday the 25th we will head out to a truffle orchard at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville, overseen by Dr. Jeanine Davis. There we will witness a truffle dog in action, (Monza, accompanied by her trainer Lois Martin of the Truffle Dog Company) and observe the brulée that has formed around host trees which have just achieved their first production.