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Trufflepalooza 2011 — Best Foodie Party Theme Ever!

Erika Kerekes at Trufflepalooza 2011 [1]What 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 [2]. 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 [3]

Erika Kerekes making Trufflepalooza 2011 [4]It 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 [5]

Truffled Radish Tartines -- one of my favorites

Crostini with Fresh Ricotta for Trufflepalooza [6]

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

Crepes with Truffled Duck Confit at Trufflepalooza 2011 [7]

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

Truffle Butter Spaetzle for Trufflepalooza 2011 [8]

Truffle Butter Spaetzle

Truffled Rice Pudding for Trufflepalooza 2011 [9]

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 [10]

Round 1
Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup with Truffles
Truffled Radish Tartines [11]
Open-Faced Filet Mignon Sandwiches  [12]with Truffle Butter [13]
Truffled Twice-Baked Potatoes [14]
Truffled Pork & Shrimp Shumai [15]
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 [16]
Crepes with Truffled Duck Confit
Truffle Butter Spaetzle

Truffled Chocolate Truffles
Truffled Rice Pudding
Truffled Brown Butter Rice Krispies Treats [17]

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.

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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. [20]

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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.

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