Sunday, December 8, 2013

Trufflepalooza Recap @ The Dutch

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of The Dutch. How can you not be? It's led by one of the best chefs in the country, Andrew Carmellini, a James Beard and Michelin starred chef and run by an outstanding rising star, Conor Hanlon along with one of the best pastry chefs in town Joshua Gripper.

Trufflepalooza wasn't the first time Cobaya and The Dutch came together for an awesome meal. Chef Carmellini flew down last year for a kick ass Cobaya that was my Best Meal of Year  for 2012.  We paired up again for a Charitable Cause (Hurricane Sandy) last November that turned out to be a very special night with Miami's best chefs.

So yes, I was excited to have Chef Carmellini fly down to throw his NYC famous Trufflepalooza dinner in Miami.  And as expected, they nailed it. It should be noted that the terrific truffles were provided by a generous sponsor 5 Diamond Delicasies.

Hopefully this will be an annual tradition in Miami as well.  If so, don't miss Trufflepalooza 305 Dos.

The bar also participated in the event and offered guests a delicious drink comprised of White Truffle infused Russian Standard Vodka, Cynar, Green Chartreuse, Arts in the Age Rhubarb, and White Truffle Salt.

First up was a Truffle Crostino, a dish of the year caliber bite.  Shaved lardo, white truffles and sea salt were served on warm grilled bread.

A magnificent Maine Sea Scallop Crudo was out next.  Confit Black Truffle, Sunchoke, Garlic Brown Butter, Shaved White Truffle and Soft Herbs paired perfectly with the super scallop.

Trufflepalooza Carmellini HAD to include a pasta dish. Duh!! They opted for a chewy Chestnut Garganelli with Roasted Chestnuts, Cardoons, Taleggio and of course White Truffles. Chef Conor shaving some truffles over an amazing dish.

Okay, if I decide to do a dish of the year post this will be given serious consideration.  Beef Wellington gone Dutch.  Even The Grip was involved as he was responsible for the perfect outer pastry of the this old school dish with a truffle twist.  White Truffle Sabayon, Roasted Chanterelles and Foie Jus all assisted in this awesome dish.

Josh came to play too and served a tasty Truffle Ice Cream Coupe with Olive Oil Ice Cream, Pine Nut Brittle and Roasted Bosc Pear.

The Gripper getting in on the Truffle thing.

Not one but two truffle desserts for you.  The night ended with a White Truffle Semifreddo, Malted Milk Chocolate Ie Cream, Hazlenut Meringue and Dark Chocolate Custard.

Obviously, Trufflepalooza was fantastic meal and I would highly recommend paying a visit to the Dutch  so you can experience the incredible dishes coming out of the kitchen on a nightly basis.

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