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Where to buy fresh black truffles in the Bay Area?

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ginger.wasabi Feb 10, 2008 11:15 PM

I want to buy some black truffles (tuber melanosporum) for Valentine's Day...anyone know where I can buy this?

Thank you!

J-Ha

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    Concetta Feb 11, 2008 07:31 AM

    Far West Funghi at the Ferry Building. Have also seen them at Sigona's in Palo Alto.

    1. Robert Lauriston Feb 11, 2008 07:51 AM

      Polarica and Monterey Market sometimes have them. Call first.

      Watch out for Oregon truffles.

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      Monterey Foods
      1550 Hopkins St, Berkeley, CA 94707

      Polarica
      105 Quint St, San Francisco, CA

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        Kim Cooper Feb 11, 2008 02:58 PM

        If all else fails, check out The King of Mushrooms:

        http://www.kingofmushrooms.com/index....

        he does wholesale (and some retail) of mushrooms, including truffles. Todd supplies many of the better restaurants in the Bay Area, so whatever that means to you about quality.....
        I know him from a completely different part of his life. (FYI)

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          SteveG Feb 11, 2008 03:23 PM

          The Pasta Shop imports truffles once in a while, but before they get a shipment they send out a blast to their truffle email list and people can reserve them. I haven't gotten a blast in a while, so I don't think they have any shipments coming soon.

          This is a good way to do it, since you know you're getting as fresh a truffle as possible, but it doesn't work when you want a truffle on a particular day.

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          1. re: SteveG
            Robert Lauriston Feb 11, 2008 04:46 PM

            The Pasta Shop sometimes imports white truffles directly, but I believe they get their black truffles from a distributor. They're not as perishable, much less problematic than the white.

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