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“If I can’t have too many truffles, I’ll do without truffles.” Sidonie Gabrielle Colette, French novelist
In a collaborative creation by two Tsogo Sun executive chefs – Matthew Foxon of 54 on Bath’s Level Four and Gareth Jordaan of The Palazzo Montecasino’s Medeo – along with The Palazzo’s Pastry Chef Marco Gaspar, the exquisite and earthy flavours of truffles will be paired with the perfect wines at two delightful truffle and wine pairing dinners.
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The two six-course dinners are on Thursday 25 July at Level Four, 54 on Bath, featuring wines from Morgenster Estate, and on Monday 5 August at the exquisite Rosa venue at The Palazzo Montecasino. The cost at both dinners is R650 per person.
According to Plated.com, truffles are the “epitome of gastronomy” and often regarded as a “diamond in the kitchen” with fresh truffles reserved for the special culinary occasions. Truffles are precarious to grow and difficult to harvest. They’re coveted for their rarity, and have been described as “sublime and mysterious:, with a unique taste, reminiscent of earthy mushrooms and with more depth and complexity.
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Foxon says, “Truffles are a rare and flavourful delicacy– and creating an entire truffle and wine pairing menu is a culinary privilege. We believe the two dinners will provide an exclusive and unique experience for the guests.” The truffles are cultivated in South Africa, through Woodford Truffles SA, a farming partnership company.
The Level Four Woodford truffle wine evening begins with Morgenster Cuvee ’10 and truffle canapés and an amuse bouche. The starter is Porcini arancini, Boland and goat’s cheese and truffle, with Nabucco ’12, followed by slow braised beef tortellini, and Estate Reserve ’10, and the palate course of Dirty Martini, Vermentino ’19, olive, and truffle.
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The main course is Guinea fowl, spinach puree, baby carrots, boulangère potato, and truffle jus, served with Lourens River Valley ’07. Dessert is ‘Hard to Soft’ local cheeses and truffle honey, with Tosca ’11 and a selection of truffle-infused petit fours.
The menu for the dinner at The Palazzo’s Rosa venue includes an arrival canapé of duck prosciutto, liver paté and truffle butter, followed by a starter of coriander scallop, pancetta, clam chowder and truffle, served with Kleine Zalze Brut. The intermediate course, which is presented by Chef Matthew Foxon, is pumpkin ricotta tortellini, burnt sage butter, truffle and parmesan foam. A palate cleanser follows, consisting of buttered popcorn sorbet, Maldon salt and truffle. The main course is one for the carnivores, serving kudu with bitter chocolate and truffle jus, purple potato, beets and parsnip purée, accompanied by Reyneke Cornerstone. The cheese course is yet another delight of truffle appreciation – roast fig, gorgonzola and truffle honey accompanied by Bosman Pinot Noir. And finally, an unforgettable dessert consisting of Arriba milk chocolate panna cotta, roast hazelnut, truffle shavings and cherry, paired with Rustenburg Straw Wine.
This unique dining experience is not to be missed by Johannesburg’s foodies and fundis. To book for the Level Four dinner on 25 July (https://www.tsogosun.com/54-on-bath/offers/morgenster-wine-evening), call 011 344 8500 or email [email protected] and for the Palazzo dinner on 5 August (https://www.tsogosun.com/the-palazzo-hotel/offers/truffle-pairing-evening), call 011 510 3000 or email [email protected].
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