So it's an interesting novelty when a national media outlet mentions Tennessee as a contributor to the high life. Bon Appetit magazine presented their annual recommendations for good gifts for filthy rich foodies, and East Tennessee resort Blackberry Farm made the list.
If you are in fact filthy rich (and reading this blog for some obscure reason), and you're looking for gifts for one of your friends or clients or favorite food bloggers, Bon Appetit recommends that you consider Blackberry Farm's unique truffle-hunting expeditions (list price: $2,600). You can work with one of their trained truffle dogs or even bring one of your pooches for instruction on how to find those wonderful earthy pleasures buried beneath the loam. Considering how much truffles cost in our local specialty shops, it might even turn out to be a bargain.
You'd better believe they know what they're talking about because Blackberry Farm (some 4,200 scenic acres in the foothills of the Smokies in Walland, Tenn.), has a tradition of educating the masses about the joys of hunting the elusive fungus. That includes holding an entire weekend seminar dedicated to the New World truffle last year, featuring guest chef Rocky Maselli of Marché Restaurant in Eugene, Ore., with guest speakers Charles Lefevre (who has a doctorate in Forest Mycology) and Leslie Scott of New World Truffieres, and winemaker Josh Bergström from Bergström Wines in Newberg, Ore.
H/T to frequent Bites contributor Hungry Hippo who took a break from being large with child to point out this national media nod to our neighbors to the east. Best of luck for the impending arrival of the littlest Hippo!