Integrating the Oregon Truffle Festival MushRoaming is offering a pre-festival
Wine, Dine & Truffle Time Tour
in Oregon’s beautiful wine country, January 24-28, 2018
guided by Daniel Winkler
The Wine & Dine & Truffling Time Tour starts on Wednesday evening. We will meet in downtown Portland. During a multic-course mushroom dinner at the famous Imperial in walking distance from our hotel we will get to know each other. Thursday morning we will leave Portland and search out a Douglas fir forest close to the picturesque Oregon wine country, where our first outdoor fungal adventure will take place. We will be hunting for the famous and delicious Oregon white truffle (Tuber gibbosum) and when possible also for Oregon black truffle (Leucangium carthusianum) with a trained truffle dog and an expert truffle hunter.
After the truffle hunt, we will visit local wineries and/or a farm specializing in olive oil production. We will be received with wines and olive oils to taste and appetizers to compliment the experience. The afternoon will conclude with an educational visit to Newberg’s new Wine Center in Dayton. Next destination will be the Best Western in Newberg, in the heart of Oregon's wine country, eight miles from Dayton. We will check in and get ready for dinner.
Thursday evening we plan to delight in a multi-course truffle and mushroom meal at the famous Joel Palmer House located in Dayton. Joel Palmer House is on the National and Oregon Historic register and dates back to 1857; Chef Christopher Czarnecki took over the restaurant in 2008, which was founded by his great-grand father. Already his grand father focused on "fine dining with wine and wild mushrooms". Not surprisingly Joel Palmer House is regarded as one of America's leading restaurants, when it comes to mycophagy, or better the art of preparing culinary wild mushrooms.
After an early breakfast on Friday, we will board our mini-van to drive to a gorgeous waterfall for an easy hike in Oregon's lush green forests. After the walk we will continue our drive to Eugene (the distance from Dayton to Eugene is 85 mi). We expect to arrive at the Eugene Hilton approximately at 3 pm to check into our rooms. Many of the events of the Truffle Festival will conveniently take place in the Eugene Hilton.
Also this year OTF has registered as a non-for-profit.
Note: Should you like a different package for the Oregon Truffle Festival please let me know asap and I will purchase a different ticket for you. Since OTF provides transport during the Festival this logistically no problem (price difference to be covered by participant). However, attending events before Friday afternoon would require participant to have his/her own transport to leave the tour earlier)
Experience One: The Epicurious: $675 per person (included in tour price of $1890 !)
$1890 per person in double room (9+ participants)
Included: Transportation from Thursday morning between Portland downtown and Eugene, standard level rooms, breakfasts in Eugene and Newberg, dinners & "minimal" wine during the pre-festival tour, The Epicurious ticket to the Oregon truffle festival with all its benefits. Hotel rooms from Wednesday afternoon in Portland to Sunday morning in Eugene.
Not included: travel to Portland and from Eugene, airport shuttles, Any other hotel expenses such as breakfast in Portland, room bar, internet, laundry, dog fees etc., lunch on Friday in Eugene, gratuity to driver & guides.
Nuts and bolts:
You are welcome to bring your dog, just be aware there is extra fees in hotels and you would need your own transportation.
For the truffle hunts it is good to bring warm clothing that also keeps you dry, should we encounter some rain. Also bring good footwear, gardening gloves and a headlamp could be helpful in the young dense Douglas fir stands. In addition a sealable glass or plastic container for storing the fresh truffles with butter, which will absorb their aroma. However a gallon ziplock bag might do too..
Beautiful Oregon wine country in fall
Daniel sniffing Oregon black truffles (Leucangium carthusianum) and also holding some Oregon White Truffles (Tuber gibbosum).
Last revision 4-27-2018
Page first uploaded Aug. 3, 2013
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