MarketPlace Features Wine & Truffle Tastings, Cooking Demos, Truffle Dogs and more

The 2009 Oregon Truffle Festival MarketPlace is pleased to announce its guest chef and lecturers for the upcoming OTF MarketPlace in the beautiful Willamette and McKenzie Ballrooms of the Valley River Inn.

Nine of Oregon's finest wineries, more than a dozen artisan and organic providers of craft cheeses, meats, breads and other provisions, a fresh truffle market, and a line-up of guest lecturers including:

Kevin West, senior staff writer for Los Angeles' premiere style magazine, W Magazine, will discuss his latest research in sustainable truffle farming around the globe;

Dr. Jim Trappe, acclaimed world expert on truffle taxonomy will discuss the little known desert truffles;

Gordon Brown, co-author of Taming the Truffle, the leading book on truffles;

Ron Paul, Consulting Director of The James Beard Public Market;

Pierre Rivard, Bergin University of Canine Studies with his truffle dog.

Cooking demonstrations at the MarketPlace this year include:

Caprial and John Pence of Caprial's Bistro in Portland, and the nationally broadcast public television show Caprial and John’s Kitchen: Cooking for Family and Friends fame. Caprial earned the James Beard Award for Best Chef, Pacific Northwest 1990, the first year this distinguished award was given. Presenting Roasted Carrot Salad with Sherry Dressing and Oregon White Truffled Goat Cheese. Tasting and recipe included.

John Newman of Newman's at 988 in Cannon Beach. Presenting Pasta with an Oregon White Truffle Marsala Cream Sauce. Tasting and recipe included.

Adam Bernstein from Adam's Sustainable Table in Eugene with a sweet treat using Oregon black truffles. Tasting and recipe included.
Additional Truffle Dog demonstration with Jim Sanford from the Blackberry Farm in Tennessee, and Tom, his Italian Lagotto truffle dog.