• Trufflepalooza 2011 — Best Foodie Party Theme Ever!

    by Dorothy Reinhold on July 29, 2011

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    Erika Kerekes at Trufflepalooza 2011What a truffletastic time I had a Trufflepalooza 2011, this year’s edition of the all-truffles, all-the-time party thrown by Erika Kerekes of InErika’sKitchen. She’s a wonderful hostess on a daily basis, but once a year she blows out the doors and smogs her entire Santa Monica neighborhood with truffle fumes.

    Seventeen courses, count ‘em, each with truffles or truffle butter or truffle oil or truffle salt or truffle something. If you are a fan of truffles, are you jealous yet?

    Menu for Trufflepalooza 2011

    Erika Kerekes making Trufflepalooza 2011It wasn’t a potluck. The amazing Erika produces all of this out of her home kitchen, in the kind of stunning achievement that makes the rest of us look like drooling slackers (which, or course, we are). My small contribution was Truffled Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats. We’ll get to that recipe, but first, let’s run through the courses so you can vicariously appreciate the truffled joy. These dishes kept emerging from her kitchen, one after the other:

    Truffle and Radish Tartines

    Truffled Radish Tartines -- one of my favorites

    Crostini with Fresh Ricotta for Trufflepalooza

    Crostini with Fresh Ricotta, Thyme and Truffle Honey (and freshly grated truffles on top, of course)

    Crepes with Truffled Duck Confit at Trufflepalooza 2011

    Emergy serves Crepes with Truffled Duck Confit. Yes, Erika made 200 crepes!

    Truffle Butter Spaetzle for Trufflepalooza 2011

    Truffle Butter Spaetzle

    Truffled Rice Pudding for Trufflepalooza 2011

    Truffled Rice Pudding. Simple genius.

    Truffled Egg Salad
    Emery’s Salad with Pancetta & Truffle Vinaigrette
    Creminelli “Tartufo” Salami & Fabrique Delices Truffled Pates
    Truffled Puff Pastry Straws

    Round 1
    Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup with Truffles
    Truffled Radish Tartines
    Open-Faced Filet Mignon Sandwiches with Truffle Butter
    Truffled Twice-Baked Potatoes
    Truffled Pork & Shrimp Shumai
    Roasted California Figs with Goat Cheese & Truffle Honey (shown in main photo above)

    Round 2
    Truffled Pacific Rockfish “Brandade”
    Crostini with Fresh Ricotta, Thyme & Truffle Honey
    Crepes with Truffled Duck Confit
    Truffle Butter Spaetzle

    Truffled Chocolate Truffles
    Truffled Rice Pudding
    Truffled Brown Butter Rice Krispies Treats

    And of course, because the party was populated by foodies and bloggers, every dish had its 15 minutes of fame, with seemingly more cameras than people sometimes.

    Trufflepalooza 2011

    Partygoers of all ages were pressed into service to pass the appetizers.

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    Appetizers were shot from every angle.

    Attendees oozed truffle essence from their pores for days. Trust me, this was a good problem to have.

    After 17 courses, each one perfumed headily with truffle goodness, the natural question arises. Is it possible to overdose on truffles? In a word, no. The next morning, still reeking, I got up and made a fried egg with truffle salt sprinkled on top.

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    Truffled Truffles had their closeup.

    Part of the trick, Erika shows us, is through careful curating of her menu, and portioning. She has a variety of underlying tastes, and each course is served in a small appetizer portion. If you fill up by the 5th course, you have only yourself to blame!

    I learned my lesson last year, when I ate about 16 Truffled Radish Tartines. This year my undoing was the Truffled Puff Pastry Straws. Oh my. Those, a glass a wine, and some dessert, and I could be deliriously happy.

    Stay tuned in this space for my recipe for Truffled Brown Butter Rice Krispies Treats, coming on Sunday. I promise, they are to die for.

    Trufflepalooza 2011

    Rustic still life with truffles -- an average counter top in Erika's kitchen for Trufflepalooza.

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