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Whole Hog 2014: afoot & afield

While Chef Rhodehamel is busy in the Oliveto kitchen with this year’s Whole Hog preparations, Chef de cuisine Luciano Duco is currently on a reconnaissance mission in Tuscany hunting wild boar and making salume with our friend and truffle hunter, Giorgio Sacchini. This from his latest email: I’ve been Giorgio’s #2 in the kitchen for [...]

This Sunday’s Farmhouse Supper: Toscana

What can we say about Tuscany that hasn’t already been said? The region is beloved for its striking landscapes, beautiful cities, architecture, storied past, renowned wine regions, and a cuisine that is simultaneously simple and elegant….

Sunday Farmhouse Supper: Toscana

What can we say about Tuscany that hasn’t already been said? The region is beloved for its striking landscapes, beautiful cities, architecture, storied past, renowned wine regions, and a cuisine that is simultaneously simple and elegant.
Tuscany contains…

Sunday Farmhouse Supper: Tuscany

This Sunday we come full-circle and return to Tuscany for our region of focus. Chef Jonah will prepare a spring panzenella, a surprise Tuscan pasta that we haven’t seen in a while, followed by the traditional home-style…

Sunday Farmhouse Suppers – March 18

Chef Jonah has long wanted to do a dinner with these beautiful Jones’ Farm rabbits as the center of the meal; the family-style format gives him the opportunity.

We’ll start with an assortment of wood-grill-toasted crostini and local Cannellini beans with pancetta,…

Truffle Report #3 – Truffle Pizza with Giorgio

In this year’s World Pizza Championships held annually in Salsomaggiore, our tuscan truffle hunter Giorgio Secchini and daughter Denise wowed the judges with their truffle pizza: Pear Marzolo tartufi with pecorino de Pienza, and…

Fèlsina Olive Oil Tasting

Caterina Mazzocolin will be in town next week for Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri and will stop by Oliveto on Tuesday night to share some of Fèlsina’s olive oils from the 2009 harvest. A complimentary tasting of three different oil varieties (Leccino 2009, Moraiolo 2009, and Plurivarietale 2009) will be offered with dinner. Also, the menu will include…

Giorgio Sacchini, our favorite Tuscan woodsman, comes to visit

After years of nagging, our wonderful Tuscan friends are coming for a brief visit. The Sacchini family, Giorgio, Paola and Denise will be here in Oakland this coming weekend. Giorgio has been the Oliveto truffle hunter and agent for the past 14 years, and also the main reason we’ve been able to get our hands on the very best truffles for our annual truffle dinners. The Sacchinis will be in the Oliveto Cafe…

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…