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TJI: The morels are here

Morels usually arrive in March, but due to a late spring, a ginormous snow pack, and a scarce number of forest fires they’ve been a no-show until now. But when it comes to morels we can all agree, better late than never. These are from the Shasta area and will be on the menu starting…

Truffle Report #5 – It’s HUGE

Here it is, our 604 gram truffle. Found in the south of Tuscany, near Chiusi. This truffle had been missed by two hunters earlier, but then found by a dog named Jeny. And, to my great honor…

Truffle Report #4 – Time To Get Serious

I arrived in Chianti last night. They have just had some significant rain (harder for the dogs to find the truffle) and it is cold (that’s good). The rain is supposed to have passed by tomorrow, so we are hopeful the ground will dry enough to begin harvesting…

March = Morels

It’s that time of year again…

Hearty Winter Crops & Sensational Chanterelles

The season may provide fewer options by way of available produce, but Chef Canales uses his skillful creativity (not to mention his supersonic hearing!) to devise a slew of excellent dishes for the winter menu. Add to that one of the best chanterelle seasons in the a while, and you’ve got some serious deliciousness coming out of the Oliveto kitchen right now….

Truffle Report #4 with part of the menu revealed

It’s Thursday night here, and all the truffles for Oliveto’s truffle dinners are still in the ground; collection begins tomorrow morning. It’s cold, there’s been a good amount of rain, and the local truffle fairs have ended. Now, the truffles are for us. Truffle Dinners at Oliveto are booking up, so we’ve decided to extend them through Saturday, November 21st. I’ll bring home more truffles than…

Truffle Report #1 – Italy 2009

A very healthy rain arrived in Italy about a week before I did, somewhat improving truffle conditions after another very dry year. The last few days have been beautiful, but we seem to be moving into another rainy period which is good timing for truffle hunting, as long as it doesn’t get too wet.
Here is a video of some of Georgio’s new recruits, five-week-old truffle dogs. They are…

This Just In: Vitellone & Chanetrelles

Primarily raised on mother’s milk with some grass-feeding, the meat has been aging in our meat locker. Chef Canales has been tweaking the aging times, to find just the right balance between the delicate veal and the characteristic aged-meat flavors. Tonight we will be using the loins, and Friday we will be serving the rib eye. They will be on the menu as tagliata, served with braised Torpedo onions from Brookside Farms in Brentwood. These animals are fairly small, and there isn’t…

This Just In – PORCINI MUSHROOMS

Romano Isole just showed up with some beautiful porcini foraged from the Sierra foothills east of Sacramento.  We bought up a whole bunch and Chef Canales plans to have them popping up all over the menu, starting tonight, in such dishes as: Gnocchi with porcini an entree of Riverdog Farm pasture-raised eggs poached in olive [...]

This Just In – Morels

We’re about halfway through morel season & just now seeing the first really beautiful specimens. These ones were foraged in the Lake Shasta area and were delivered yesterday. They’ll be on the menu…