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sdiddy Oct 24, 2011 02:03 PM

Hey All its that time of the year again...can we make a new post here for all tasting menus going on. The only ones I have heard are starrry kitchen and cecconis. Any others??

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    foodiemahoodie RE: sdiddy Oct 24, 2011 05:45 PM

    Melisse has one. You can find it on their website.

    1. perk RE: sdiddy Oct 24, 2011 06:13 PM

      Providence usually has a tasting menu....not sure if it's totally white.

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        FranklinJefferson RE: sdiddy Oct 24, 2011 06:49 PM

        LQ @ SK has said their upcoming 18 course (!!!!) truffle menu will be announced this week. How much of that will be white truffle remains to be seen but still... eighteen!!!!

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          jkaz313 RE: FranklinJefferson Oct 24, 2011 08:20 PM

          What place is LQ @ SK? Bouchon has white truffles as well. Madeo usually too!

          Madeo Restaurant
          8897 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

          235 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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            maudies5 RE: jkaz313 Oct 24, 2011 08:38 PM

            Valentino always scores the best white truffles.

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              J.L. RE: maudies5 Oct 24, 2011 09:46 PM

              Agree. I did both the LQ truffle mega-dinner and the Valentino truffle dinner last year - Both were unbelievably good, and I'd go again in a hearbeat.

              Someone else's corporate account took the hit on both, so I don't know the exact pricing.

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                kevin RE: J.L. Oct 24, 2011 11:44 PM

                i seriously need a corporate account.
                after all, i'm presuming the LQ at SK truffle tasting menu is going to run upwards of 300 bucks before even tax and tip.

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                  FranklinJefferson RE: kevin Oct 25, 2011 02:39 PM

                  Hmmm... First, responding to jkaz313, LQ @ SK is Laurent Quenioux's semi-permanent temporary pop-up/guest stint at Starry Kitchen in the Water Court complex downtown. Second, <$300 at a pop-up might be pushing the conceit a bit. Had dinner at Bistro LQ many times and found the experience to be well worth every penny but I think that due to the "temporary" nature of this experiment, his overhead may be considerably less... and therefore one of the most ridiculous deals ever for a multi (18!!!) course Truffle dinner. This coming from someone who still throws on a black armband at the beginning of Truffle season in memoriam for Ken Frank's late-lamented Le Toque truffle menu.

                  Starry Kitchen
                  350 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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                    Porthos RE: FranklinJefferson Oct 25, 2011 03:06 PM

                    18 courses of white truffles is a lot of truffles. As I recall from JL's photos, the shavings are generous. I'm sure the price is as low as they can make it and that the price will be literally worth every penny also given the ingredient.

                    I will be there as long as it's not the weekend of Nov 12...

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                      maudies5 RE: FranklinJefferson Oct 25, 2011 06:13 PM

                      Ken Frank did the Truffle Tasting better than anyone. I wonder if he does it at his Napa restaurant?

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                  FranklinJefferson RE: maudies5 Oct 25, 2011 03:23 PM

                  "Valentino always scores the best white truffles."... And a frustrated Joe Pytka - with his now-permanently shuttered Bastide - could not be reached for comment... ;(

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              running pig RE: sdiddy Oct 25, 2011 10:11 AM

              There is a $105 white truffle tasting menu at Providence. I did not order the entire tasting menu but instead added the white truffle risotto to the vegetarian tasting menu. Absolutely fantastic. Generous with the truffle shavings!

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                heinous RE: running pig Oct 25, 2011 10:36 AM

                That sounds like a really inexpensive white truffle menu, particularly for Providence! Is this listed somewhere on their site?

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                  running pig RE: heinous Oct 27, 2011 03:20 PM

                  Not sure but I was just there this past weekend....so good! $105 gets you the risotto, agnolotti, a truffled egg and one other dish that I can't recall. I just had the risotto but I would absolutely go for the truffle tasting menu should I return.

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                  zack RE: running pig Oct 28, 2011 10:26 AM

                  Response from Providence to my inquiry about a truffle tasting:

                  Chef Cimarusti is offering a 6-course White Truffle Menu Spontanee for $275.00 per person (exclusive of tax, beverages and gratuity). A recent menu included Scallop Sashimi, Grilled Santa Barbara Spot Prawns, Soft Scrambled Egg, Pasta alla Chitarra, and Grilled Halibut, all with shaved white truffle. He changes the menu a bit every day, so please regard this as an example.

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                  jkaz313 RE: sdiddy Oct 25, 2011 02:42 PM


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                    J.L. RE: jkaz313 Oct 25, 2011 04:19 PM

                    Are you inviting us? Your treat?

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                      kevin RE: J.L. Oct 25, 2011 05:41 PM

                      if it's jkaz's treat, i'm down, and it can even cost more than $300 in that case.

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                      uhockey RE: jkaz313 Oct 26, 2011 01:26 PM

                      If the date works I'm interested in going.


                    3. perk RE: sdiddy Oct 25, 2011 04:47 PM

                      Just got an e-mail from Valentino about theirs....sounds pretty amazing.
                      $200....one night in December. (8th I think)

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                      1. re: perk
                        lizziee RE: perk Oct 25, 2011 06:34 PM

                        White truffles - I agree go to Valentino!!!!!

                        I understand that Fiorenzo Dogliani of Beni di Batasiolo Estate will actually bring a white truffle that he will pick up at the TRUFFLE MARKET in Alba (Piemonte, Italy) the day before flying!

                        The dinner is on Dec 6th.

                        This is the menu:

                        A white truffle Piemontese Evening
                        with Fiorenzo Dogliani wines “Beni di Batasiolo”
                        WHEN: 6:30 pm Thursday December 8, 2011

                        Il Menú

                        Gavi DOCG 2009

                        Trito di Carne all’Albese e Tartufi
                        Beef Tartare with quail egg, ricotta “spuma” and truffles
                        Barbera d’Alba DOC 2008

                        Porcini e Tartufi
                        Tortino of Porcini, truffles and fonduta
                        Barbera d’Alba, Cru “Sovrana” DOC 2008

                        Uovo in Raviolo al Burro di Nocciola e Tartufi
                        Soft egg filled Raviolo, hazelnut butter & truffles
                        Barbaresco DOCG 2008

                        Tagliolini al ragù di piccione
                        Tagliolini with pigeon ragù

                        Brasato di Manzo al Barolo con Polenta Bianca Bramata
                        Slow braised beef shank with polenta & Castelmagno
                        Barolo DOCG 2006

                        Formaggi e Miele al Tartufo
                        Italian artisan cheeses with truffled honey
                        Barolo Vigneto Cerequio, La Morra 2000

                        Gianduja Hazelnut Chocolate Budino
                        Moscato d’Asti “Bosc d’La Rei” DOCG 2010

                        $200 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity

                        Sounds great to me!!!

                        1. re: lizziee
                          zack RE: lizziee Oct 25, 2011 07:03 PM

                          I just called Valentino and spoke to Piero. It is $200 with wine pairing, great deal indeed! He mentioned it's going to be on Wed 12/7, but didn't sound certain at the time. He recommended I call back tomorrow to discuss and reserve with Giuseppe.

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                            maudies5 RE: zack Oct 25, 2011 07:05 PM


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                              lizziee RE: zack Oct 26, 2011 07:07 AM

                              Messed up - the date is Thursday, 12/8. I guess call and reserve with Giuseppe. Knowing Valentino, it should be a great event with worth-it truffles.

                              2 weeks ago I had egg in truffle - pasta ravioli on the bottom, coddled egg with runny yolk,spinach, ricotta, and parmesan with white truffles - I can only imagine what this would be like with a fresh truffle from Alba.

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                                zack RE: lizziee Oct 26, 2011 11:23 AM

                                Confirmed, Thu 12/18

                                Looking forward to the reservation, haven't had any truffle this year yet.

                                FYI, food-only $135

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                                  kevin RE: zack Oct 26, 2011 11:49 AM

                                  Thats not bad, if the other tasting menu is 350 per

                                2. re: lizziee
                                  Porthos RE: lizziee Oct 26, 2011 03:29 PM

                                  Great thread and great recommedation! Booked my table at Valentino. 630 start for cocktails. Dinner starts 7.

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                                    heinous RE: Porthos Oct 26, 2011 03:47 PM

                                    I just booked too! Thanks for the info, everyone!

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                                      sdiddy RE: heinous Oct 26, 2011 05:13 PM

                                      I'm glad this thread helped you all and I also booked Valentino! Its my wife's bday and it sounds like a good value for what you get, plus we haven't been to valentino yet anyways. Can't wait!

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                                J.L. RE: lizziee Oct 25, 2011 11:58 PM

                                There was a priceless moment last year when Piero Selvaggio himself came to my table with this huge truffle and started shaving away at my pasta. Who was I to refuse?

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                              zack RE: sdiddy Oct 25, 2011 06:37 PM

                              I stopped in LQ @ SK on Sunday just for the awesome cheese cart. Not sure about accuracy of this info, but the cheese lady told me it's going to be $350 with only 20 seats. At that price, it does seem excessive to me too, albeit 18 courses.

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                                kevin RE: zack Oct 25, 2011 08:00 PM

                                Wow. So I wasn't too far off on my guestimate of around 300 bucks per.

                                Damn. If it were maybe half that price, maybe I could rationalize the high tariff in attending. Sadly, I don't have an expense account.

                                Though eighteen solid courses does sound excessively great.

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                                  TailbackU RE: kevin Oct 25, 2011 08:54 PM

                                  Kevin, I'm surprised you're hesitating to go due to the price. Many of your previous dinners have cost far more than this and that never stopped you before. I always wondered what you did for a living to be able to afford all your extravagant dinners.

                                  1. re: TailbackU
                                    kevin RE: TailbackU Oct 26, 2011 12:13 AM

                                    you might have me confused with kevinh, who is a great hound and posts lovely pictures on his blog/website.

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                                      J.L. RE: kevin Oct 26, 2011 02:07 AM

                                      kevinh is at kevineats.com

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                                        TailbackU RE: kevin Oct 26, 2011 10:20 AM

                                        oh ahahahaha, i sure did.

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                                          wreckers00 RE: TailbackU Oct 26, 2011 04:33 PM

                                          what does he do for a living anyway? Involved in food industry at all (doubtful)?

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                                            J.L. RE: wreckers00 Oct 26, 2011 05:11 PM

                                            Finance, I believe. We 'Hounds just all share a passion for food, regardless of what we do in our 9-5.

                                  2. re: zack
                                    zack RE: zack Oct 28, 2011 10:21 AM

                                    Here's the LQ menu:

                                    1 Amuse: truffle gel 3 ways: vodka, gin, tequila
                                    2 Cucumber Ice Cream, Blis Steel-head Roe, Blinis, Truffles
                                    3 Cold Poached Quail Eggs Mold in Pork Aspic with Sun choke, Fresh Truffles
                                    4 Truffle Panacotta, Sea Urchin Emulsion
                                    5 Pintade Hen Tartar with Truffle, Celery Root Truffle Remoulade, a hint of Yuzu
                                    6 Green Daikon Cannoli, Dungeness, Serrano Ham Pico De Gallo
                                    7 Scottish Hare Truffle Consommé, Morcella, Hare shu-mai
                                    8 Truffle Tapioca Pudding, Belize Shrimps, Green Tea Sabayon
                                    8 Truffle Congee, Spiny Lobster, leeks, 24 months Comte cheese
                                    9 Monkfish Cheek, Hazelnut Butter Vinaigrette, Truffles
                                    10 Scrambled Eggs, Truffles, Nopales, Truffle Mole
                                    11 Oxtail and Truffle Grilled Cheese
                                    12 Beef Bone Marrow Toast, Truffles, Huckleberries
                                    13 Wood Pigeon From Scotland, Fresh Fig, Green Lentils, Parsnip, Miso, Nameko
                                    14 Veal Sweetbreads, Duck Foie Gras Soft Taco
                                    15 Purslane Salad, curdle yolk, Truffles
                                    16 Truffle Coulomier Cheese
                                    17 Truffle Tamale “Elote” Truffle Steamed Milk
                                    18 Beer taffy Truffle and Barley Ice Cream, “Hop Caramel Fleur de sel Cremeux, Beer Truffle Varnish

                                    For those that are interested, sign up for LQ's mailing list:

                                    Secondly, we will be opening up reservations Monday (Oct 31st) morning (approx 10.30a) for a limited 24 seats. The online reservationss link will be released exclusively to the LQ mailing list FIRST (before it spreads out everywhere else - twitter, Facebook & etc) Approx price will be $350 (we are finalizing over the weekend) for ALL 18 courses.

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                                      kevin RE: zack Oct 28, 2011 10:38 AM

                                      Yea. I just got it in my email box too. I was wishing that it wouldn't run more than 175 bucks.

                                      It sounds really good. But just most likely can't afford it unless I win the lottery in the next few days or receive excessive donations to my white truffle trust fund account.

                                      Though yes. It's 18 whole courses for 350 bucks. A little less than 20 bucks per dish on avg.

                                      Hounds, please report back.

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                                        uhockey RE: kevin Oct 28, 2011 10:47 AM

                                        Will do provided I can get in - I think it is going to conflict with my flight plans.....but we shall see.


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                                          sdiddy RE: uhockey Oct 28, 2011 11:15 AM

                                          Yikes....not counting alcohol, tax, tip...this is getting close to urasawa money! too rich for my blood....valentino is much more feasible and includes the wine pairings which is awesome!

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                                        Porthos RE: zack Oct 28, 2011 11:58 AM

                                        Technically, 19 courses since there are 2 number 8's.

                                        Price per dish a little over $18.

                                        Looking forward to the spiny lobster congee with 24 month Comte and truffles. Genius.

                                        1. re: Porthos
                                          Porthos RE: Porthos Oct 31, 2011 10:31 AM

                                          It's official. The LQ@SK all White Truffle Dinner is on Monday, Nov. 14th.

                                          Those reservations open up at 10.30a today (10/31) to the mailing list first, and if not filled up will spread via the interwebs/twitter/fb maybe 30 min after that.

                                          24 seats. Very expensive, but will no doubt be unforgettable.

                                          1. re: Porthos
                                            ns1 RE: Porthos Oct 31, 2011 10:39 AM

                                            fyi it's 350 all in (tax/tip included)

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                                              uhockey RE: ns1 Oct 31, 2011 10:47 AM

                                              Plus a $13 processing fee.

                                              To those who are going - see you there at 6:30pm!


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                                                kevin RE: uhockey Oct 31, 2011 04:23 PM

                                                I wish. Let me know how it goes. This time I will have to live vicariously through you chowhound pros.

                                                The menu sounds great. Well, at least 14 out of the 18 dishes.

                                                But even with the tax and tip included, it's still quite expensive.

                                                Sadly, I looked at the sign up sheet and it noted 175 bucks. And I did a double take.

                                                Though on a second read, I noticed that was o ly 50% of the fee with the balnce to be paid on that evening ofthe truffle dinner.

                                                1. re: kevin
                                                  uhockey RE: kevin Oct 31, 2011 05:06 PM

                                                  Considering the cost of white truffles I gather it will be worth it.

                                                  Add in the fact that I think Chef Quenioux is just a fantastic chef with a lot of vision and it is definitely worth it to me.


                                            2. re: Porthos
                                              Porthos RE: Porthos Nov 4, 2011 10:52 AM

                                              A second night has been added. Tuesday, Nov 15. There are currently 11 seats left.

                                              Just put down my deposit for the second night. I just hope uhockey doesn't clean out the cheese cart the night before...

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                                        tietie RE: sdiddy Nov 3, 2011 07:01 PM

                                        YES! There is the totally white Truffle Menu of Obika' Mozzarella Bar in Century City
                                        I was there last year and it was amazing - the wine pairing perfect. I already reserved my table, they announced it officially only this morning through the Newsletter - 85 + 28 for wine!

                                        White Truffle Dinner Menu
                                        November 15, 2011
                                        Bianco e Nero
                                        Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP with black and white truffles
                                        extra virgin olive oil
                                        Soncino e tartufo bianco
                                        Mache salad, sea salt, hazelnut dressing, white pepper and white truffle
                                        Gnocchi alla Fonduta e tartufo bianco
                                        Potato gnocchi with Valle d'Aosta Fontina fondue and white truffle
                                        Tajarin e tartufo bianco
                                        Taglierini pasta with sage butter, Parmigiano Reggiano and white truffle
                                        Carne all'Albese con tartufo bianco
                                        Steak Tartare with extra virgin olive oil, white truffle and black pepper
                                        Uova al Tegame con tartufo bianco
                                        2 fried eggs, sunny-side up, with sea salt and white truffle
                                        Fragole, Gelato e Aceto Balsamico
                                        Strawberries, cream gelato, and 25-year aged balsamic vinegar
                                        Torta Caprese
                                        Flourless chocolate almond cake
                                        Wine pairings
                                        Arneis Vietti – Piemonte
                                        Barbaresco Produttori del Barbaresco - Piemonte
                                        Passito Kantico Tindari - Sicilia

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