The valuable fungus tuber melanosporum is harvested from underground near the roots of oak and hazel trees in the winter seasons, which means the first picks of the season are now out and about.
|Perigord truffles in jars at Secret Foodies Truffle Hunt held at Kitchen by Mike,|
Dunning Avenue, Rosebery
Unlike Ms. Darlinghurst's usual Secret Foodie events where diners don't know where or what they're dining on until a few hours before the event, the Truffle Hunt was a less covert, cocktail-style event with food stations and their respective producers dotted around the canteen-style restaurant.
|A 19 gram truffle|
There were plenty of long sniffs from the jar, with the truffles also on sale for $2 per gram. Garvey's tip for storing truffles had to do with taking a few slugs out of a full vodka bottle, inserting the truffle into the bottle and freezing the entire thing. Truffle vodka, anyone?
|Yarra Valley salmon caviar with crème fraiche|
The warehouse/industrial space filled quickly with chatter, wining and devouring of delicacies like Yarra Valley salmon caviar, served simply and prettily atop luscious Pepe Saya crème fraiche.
|Prosciutto sliced from the bone|
|The crowds and food on the table|
|Pierre Issa of Pepe Saya butter and John Susman of Fisheads |
serving up Kinkawooka mussels
|Shaving truffles onto polenta|
|Truffle polenta and Kinkawooka mussels cooked in Pepe Saya butter|
|Warm dessert options by Dessertmakers|
|Dessertmakers' bread and butter pudding|
The subtle sweetness and creaminess, not to mention the carb-loading factor, make this a winner in winter with thick yoghurt or a bit of ice cream.
|Truffled rice pudding|
|(From left) Ms Darlinghurst from Secret Foodies, Maya from Kinkawooka Mussels, John Susman from Fisheads, Pierre Issa from Pepe Saya, Merna Taouk from Dessertmakers and Duncan Garvey from Perigord Truffles|
Aside from the producers' intimate knowledge of everything we'd sampled and consumed that night, it was easy to see their passion and dedication for their respective specialties which really does seem to make their produce taste better.
|The crowds for Secret Foodies Truffle Hunt at Kitchen by Mike|
Food, booze and shoes attended the Secret Foodies Truffle Hunt as a guest.