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Oct 13, 2008 01:53 PM

Where to find white truffles in a market?

Anyone know? I want to cook an extravagant birthday dinner for the girlfriend. I'm in NYC and last night ate at Per Se - which was incredible. One of the dishes was rissotto with parmesan and a lot of almost laughably perfect white truffles grated over it. It was astounding - funky, earthy, practically great sex on a plate. Seemed like the perfect extravagant birthday dish for the girlfriend (who isn't here.)

So, any markets, anywhere in L.A., that you can find white truffles.

Also - what about high quality, American white sturgeon caviar?

Thanks for any help you can be.

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  1. You're best bet would probably some where online. I don't think I've ever seen white truffles sold in a market in Los Angeles, black truffles sometimes, but not white.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      The only whites I've seen at a farmer's market is the Oregon whites, but I don't think that's what you're after.

    2. I know the Beverly Hills Cheese Store carries truffles, but I also know they are SUPER expensive ... much more so than places from online, such as

      Also, do a search for a thread called White Truffles at Craft (or something close to that). I believe several sources for truffles were referenced in it, albeit (again) etailers or out of area distributors.

      Good luck, and let us know what you find out and how the dish turns out!

      1. What a good boyfriend you are! I think Beverly Hills Cheese Shop is a good place to check, but they are awfully high. I just got an e-mail from Providence about their truffles. I'll bet if you gave them a call and asked for their help, they'd be glad to assist. And you might try Surfa's, too. As an additional "truffle" note, the mushroom guy at the Hollywood Farmers Market on Sunday has domestic truffles every year--usually in November. Not the same, of course, but a nice and inexpensive substitute.

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        1. re: perk

          Thanks. seems to have them at a merely outrageous, rather than a full fledged I'm going to faint when I see the price online, price. It's been a long time since I've known these things for sure, but I think they're cheaper than, say, cocaine. If not by much. And a whole lot tastier, too. If I order them before Sunday night, they can guarantee delivery by the following Thursday - which is good since that's her birthday. When I get back to town I might try calling Providence though. Good idea.

          Thanks again.

        2. You may want to give Bristol Farms a ring too, although I'm sure the prices will be heart-stopping as well. My dad inquired at his local BF down in OC and amazingly enough, they did have them in stock. I know that you can find them at Dean & Deluca online as well, although again, they won't be cheap. Best of luck with your truffle hunting!

          1. I have one seen white truffles at the Wally's in Westwood - don't know if this is a common occurrence or not.

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