Please note: This page contains program information for a festival that has already taken place. For current information on the upcoming festival, see www.oregontrufflefestival.com
Parsnip and Celery Root Soup with Shaved Oregon White Truffles & Pomegranate Arils
Submitted by Merry Graham, Newhall California
Huge appreciation to everyone who participated in the contest. With over 50 entries, it was a really difficult decision for our five judges. What stood out for us were all the imaginative ways people presented our splendid Oregon truffles, and just how versatile they are. We hope you'll all decide to join us as we celebrate the true stars of the weekend, our magnificent Oregon truffles.
Here's what runner up Pam Norby had to say..."When I was living in California I ordered some Oregon truffles from an ebay seller. How can you resist? The price is 3/4 less then an Italian truffle and the taste is all there! Italian food being my favorite thing to prepare, I had so much fun creating new dishes to pair the truffles with. When I talk truffles with someone, I always tell them to "Buy Oregon." Don't waste your money on Italy!"
Pam Norby, recipe contest finalist Black Truffle-Venison Ravioli and 3 Onion Reduction
In the spirit of Molly O’Neill’s One Big Table, we invite amateur chefs to submit original recipes for this first of its kind recipe contest featuring the native Oregon white and/or Oregon black truffles. Three finalists will be chosen by a panel of chefs associated with the Oregon Truffle Festival, and their recipes will be interpreted by Chefs Jack and Chris Czarnecki, whose restaurant, the Joel Palmer House in Dayton, Oregon is famed for its mushroom and truffles dishes.
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While truffles are thought of as delicacies beyond the reach of ordinary humanity, the European culinary traditions around them are actually those of the rural people who live in the regions where truffles are found. Among the classic preparations are omelets with black truffles, and pasta with butter or cream sauces with white truffles: simple dishes that are made in every home. The native Oregon truffles work very well in these classic ways, but as the new truffles in the pantheon, the preparations that will eventually become the classics remain for us to discover, and we need your help.
All three recipes will be served as part of the featured One Big Table gala on Friday, January 27th, 2012 at the Oregon Truffle Festival. Weekend participants will be the final judges, choosing the dish that best represents our magnificent Oregon truffles. All three finalists will be invited to attend the dinner, and their recipes will be published on the Oregon Truffle Festival web site. The winner of the contest will have their recipe published as part of Molly O’Neill’s ongoing One Big Table project.
As Ms. O’Neill puts it, “One Big Table is an ongoing initiative that identifies, collects and preserves American food stories and recipes. Oregon truffles are an important part of the story of American food, and One Big Table is proud to sample and select recipes from some of Oregon truffle fans best home cooks to include in its archive, its future books and other media projects. These interviews and recipes are also available to chefs and home cooks interested in exploring the uses of Oregon Truffles.”
First Place - $1,000 retail value; intangibles - PRICELESS
- Presence in Molly’s ongoing OBT project and recipe, picture and story on OTF web site
- Lodging and full weekend pass in 2012
- Signed copy of Molly’s book
- Gift basket from the Oregon Truffle Marketplace including wine and fresh Oregon black and white truffles
- Lodging and participation on Friday night
- Signed copy of Molly’s book
- Recipe published on OTF web site
- Admission to the Oregon Truffle Marketplace
Amateur chefs and home cooks. This can include students at culinary institutes, participants in informal dinner and supper clubs, non professionals who cook for fundraisers at their local fairs, churches, schools or for favorite charities and people who just love to cook for their friends and families.