4 July 2023

Join The Boat House and Pialligo Truffles for a 'premium' truffle hunt and lunch

| Lucy Ridge
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Participants will join in a truffle hunt, learning more about this unique ingredient before indulging in lunch. Photo: Supplied.

Two Canberra businesses are teaming up in July for a series of decadent events celebrating the best of the season.

The team from the esteemed restaurant The Boat House is collaborating with family-owned and operated farm Pialligo Truffles for a combination truffle hunt and gourmet feast experience. The lunch events will run for two weekends only in late July, with a strictly limited number of seats available for each.

Boat House owner James Souter explained that they’ve previously hosted truffle-themed dinners at the restaurant, but this year they wanted to think outside the box.

“We jumped at the opportunity to get a bit dirty onsite at Pialligo Truffles doing a hunt,” he told Region.

“And then having a rich, decadent lunch. It’s a real celebration of those winter flavours.”

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James Souter owns the Boat House, Armada Bar and Margot. Photo: supplied.

Guests will receive a glass of bubbles and a truffle brioche canapé on arrival. Then they will have the opportunity to participate in a truffle hunt, watching the truffle dogs sniff their way around and helping the experts dig up the truffles. Pialligo Truffles boasts over 800 truffle trees which have a mycorrhizal relationship with the fungi growing within the root system.

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James explained that Pialligo Truffles owners Doug and Alice O’Mara have put a lot of work into the venue.

“Doug and Alice want this to be a world-class truffière. The truffles this year are looking really good so far, and these events will be at the peak of the season.”

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Pialligo Truffles also has onsite accommodation. Photo: Supplied.

Following the hunt, participants can get warm by the fire while Boat House chef John Leverink prepares the multi-course gourmet meal. Truffles are infused into every part of the meal, from truffle-infused farm egg served with Oscietra caviar to start to the truffle-infused crémeux profiteroles for dessert.

“We’ve designed the food with the whole day in mind, meaning it’s a very warming menu full of hearty flavours with a lot of technique involved,” said James.

“The menu definitely has its roots in French food, so it will be a farmhouse-style menu with fine-dining presentation and delivery.”

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The main course will be Wagyu beef, served with truffled Jerusalem artichokes, Italian greens and sauce périgueux, which hails from the truffle-producing Périgord region of France and is made with madeira and truffles.

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The menu has been designed by the chefs at The Boat House to best showcase the flavours of the season. Photo: Supplied.

Matching premium wines will be hand selected by Boat House sommelier Tom Blakely, who will also be putting together a bespoke, house-made non-alcoholic drinks menu.

James promises the event will be worth the $350 ticket price and says it will be a uniquely decadent affair.

“This is the premium event for truffle season!”

Pialligo Truffles – Hunt and Feast events will take place on 22, 23, 29 and 30 July. Pialligo Truffles is located at 14a Beltana Road, Pialligo. Follow them on Instagram. Find out more information and make a booking at The Boat House website, or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Original Article published by Lucy Ridge on Riotact.

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