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possible truffle chow event at oliveto in nov?

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grow_power Sep 6, 2006 03:40 AM

Hello all:

Oliveto is having their annual truffle dinner Nov 14-17. I am trying to get a group together to attend. I went to their tomato dinner a few weeks back and it was divine. Inside sources tell me I should book soon for the truffle event. Dates I am looking at is either Nov 14, or Nov 15.

http://www.oliveto.com/calendar.html#...

There's a sample menu from last year on it.
Oliveto is located right next to the rockridge bart station for those worried about transport.

Also, bring your wallet, cause truffles aint cheap, follks.

Anyone interested? If so, please email at grow_power@yahoo.com

-thanks

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  1. Porthos Sep 6, 2006 04:23 AM

    Thanks for the heads up. Made my reservations for Friday. Looks like tables are wide open...for now...

    1. Cindy Sep 6, 2006 06:23 PM

      Okay, this might be a dumb question - but is there a minimum amount that you have to order, for this or any of the other special dinners (tomato, whole hog, etc.)? Thanks.

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      1. re: Cindy
        Robert Lauriston Sep 6, 2006 06:31 PM

        No.

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          grow_power Sep 7, 2006 01:00 AM

          no, the menus are actually a la carte. They are just built around the main ingredient.

          1. re: grow_power
            Robert Lauriston Sep 7, 2006 02:13 AM

            The recent risotto dinner was actually prix-fixe, but the usual theme dinners aren't.

        2. Robert Lauriston Sep 6, 2006 06:31 PM

          Much as I love Oliveto, I was very unhappy with the quality of the truffles the last time I went to one of those dinners.

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            Melanie Wong Sep 6, 2006 06:34 PM

            Some years Piemonte has a bad season and good quality is hard to find. One of my friends says that he now makes a habit of showing up a few days ahead of time and poking his head in Oliveto to take a sniff. If the whole restaurant place is not filled with the heady scent of truffles, he cancels his res.

            1. re: Melanie Wong
              Robert Lauriston Sep 6, 2006 06:54 PM

              Good plan.

              Palio d'Asti has in years past had some great white truffle events, the old owner was from the area and would go buy them himself. I believe the cook bought the place so who knows if they're still doing it.

              Frankly, now that there's high-quality truffle oil available all year round, I'm less inclined to spend $100 an ounce or whatever for fresh.

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