The Asheville Truffle Experience will rock the mountains from Friday through Sunday, February 10th through 12th, 2023, with multiple mouth-watering sessions in beautiful downtown Asheville and environs. Guests will plunge into the mystery of this ultra-prized ingredient, of which many species exist—traditionally hailing from the deep, dark woods of France, Italy and Spain, but now also cultivated across the States, particularly in the northwest and southeast.
The event will kick off at 5:00pm on Friday the 10th, in the upstairs lounge of Michel Baudouin’s Bouchon (Lexington Avenue), with truffled appetizers and sparkling beverages, and a chance to mingle and share stories with other truffle aficionados.
At 8:00pm there will be a showing of The Truffle Hunters, in the intimate setting of Warner Studios, just a short walk down from Bouchon, on Broadway.
Saturday morning the 12th will begin with a culinary demo, from 10:00am-12:00 noon, at the Timbers Clubhouse, off Beaverdam Road, followed by a tasting of dishes prepared.
An educational session, for those who wish to learn more about all aspects of truffles, from the planting to the varieties to the harvesting and highlighting on the plate, will be held from 3:00-5:00pm at Warner Studios on Broadway, and will feature experts in the field of truffle history, cultivation, hunting, and cuisine. From 5:00-6:00pm, light appetizers will be served, along with a chance to ask questions of the experts.
On Saturday evening, guests will be delighted with a selection of provocative dishes during a special seated wine-paired Truffle Extravaganza, orchestrated by Chef Michel Baudouin, at RendezVous, off New Haw Creek Road.
On Sunday the 12th we will head out to the truffle orchard at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville, overseen by Dr. Jeanine Davis. There we will witness a truffle dog in action, observe the various stages of a truffle orchard in production, and sample some truffle snacks before departing.
Pricing for the entire weekend is available in several packages. You may also register for individual sessions à la carte.
Visit www.ashevilletruffle.com for further details, or contact Susi Gott Séguret at 828-301-2792.
Covid protocol: Please test yourself before attending, and stay home if you have any symptoms or evidence of positivity. Masks are encouraged whenever in close quarters. Please use your judgement, and respect those who may be of fragile temperament.
Note: Haywood Park Hotel is offering a 10% discount to ATE attendees, as long as rooms are available. Call the front desk ((828-252-2522) and ask for the truffle discount.