Saturday, July 17, 2010


We attended our first Trufflepalooza today; an event organized by Brian's co-worker, Erika (shown in the background of the above picture), designed to highlight the magical power of the black summer truffles from Italy. Truffles, as many of you know, grow underground and are harvested with the help of pigs. The chocolate truffle got it's name because of it's likeness to the truffle found in the earth.

Trufflepalooza Menu
Corn Veloute with Freshly Grated Truffles
Radish and Truffle Butter Tartines
Crostini with Ricotta and Truffle Honey*
Truffled Egg Salad
Chilled Green Beans with Porcini Mushroom Truffle Dip
Emery's Salad with Truffle Vinaigrette and Pancetta
Traditional Risotto with Freshly Grated Truffle
Roasted Baby Potatoes with Truffle Butter and Parmigiano-Reggiano
Truffled Macaroni and Cheese
Grilled Fontina and Truffle on Brioche
Open-Faced Filet Mignon Sandwiches with Truffle Butter
Truffled Chocolate Truffles**

*The above crostinis were my favorite. I think I had roughly 20 of them.

**The above chocolate truffles have truffle (the mushroom) in them!

Brian feeding me about $300 worth of truffle. No big deal.

The Santa Monica Luskeys with
Franco De Gaetano (of Sabatino L.A.), the "Truffle Dealer."

We are so thankful to Erika for including us in Trufflepalooza! What a perfect way to experience such a unique ingredient on a beautiful Santa Monica summer afternoon with some wonderful Santa Monica friends.

Check out Erika's blog for more pictures and stories from Trufflepalooza!


  1. I was so glad the Jewish Texans made it to Trufflepalooza! Thanks for helping to hand around the platters...and so glad you had a good time!

  2. Hey, I am a Jewish Texan who was at the Trufflepalooza too. In fact, I knew the Luskeys from Dallas. Are you related to Larry Luskey? The family owned a big western store.

  3. Thank you for reading our blog! Yes, Adair, Larry Luskey is Brian's first cousin once removed. Small world! The Luskeys still own the western store called Luskeys/Ryans. I checked out your blog - it's awesome! Best of luck!

  4. Thanks for checking out my blog, and what a small world!! When I was growing up, the store was just Luskeys, no Ryans. Maybe I'll see you at next year's Trufflepalooza!

  5. You guys are so cute enjoying your truffles. I don't believe we met at this event, but looks like we all had a blast! Great re-cap.