Can’t get enough of the unique smell and taste of earthy truffle? Indulge yourself with a decadent truffle and champagne themed dinner.
BlackBird Bar and Grill Executive Chef, Jake Nicolson is coming to the rescue of all truffle tragics with a Gatsby Dinner Party on 31 July showcasing two of life’s most decadent indulgences – truffles and champagne.
Reflecting the more-is-more times of the 1920s era, this six course truffle dinner will be accompanied by French champagnes flowing all night.
“I’m really hoping this dinner will inspire diners to experiment with using truffles at home,” says Jake Nicolson.
A fungus that grows around the roots of oaks and hazelnut trees, truffles were originally found in the wild in France, but are now cultivated in many countries, including Australia. It takes up to seven years to produce truffles from the roots of sapling trees that have been inoculated with truffle spores. In Australia, truffles are grown in Tasmania, Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.
Only a small amount of truffle is used to flavour dishes with about 3 grams (approx $7.50 a serve) in and entrée and 5 grams (approx $12.50 a serve) in a main.
“Yes, they are expensive, but you don’t need much to really lift a dish from the ordinary to the extraordinary. This menu will give diners an opportunity to sample fabulous Australian grown truffles prepared in a wide range of styles and with an array of accompanying produce,” says Jake.
“While working in Europe I had the privilege of cooking with French truffles a great deal, particularly during my time at The Ledbury in London. As a rule, I avoid using imported produce at BlackBird in Brisbane and am so excited to have such a high quality Australian grown truffle to play with. This product is really as good as anything you’d find in France.”
Jake’s six course Gatsby Dinner Party menu includes a baked truffle consommé with red claw yabby; Flinders Island milk fed lamb with creamed truffle potatoes and even a Jerusalem artichoke brulee with chestnuts and truffles.
“It might seem odd to include Jerusalem artichokes and truffles in a brulee but I promise you it is delicious and is a fabulous winter dessert,” Jake says.
David Cross of Moet & Chandon will keep the Moet Imperial Gold en Magnum champagne following and visit dinner party guests at their tables to chat about the complexities of champagne and The Truffle Lady, Amanda Reboul will also visit guest’s tables to discuss all things truffle.
“BlackBird, with Jake’s amazing food, the opulent décor and fabulous views, is a great foil for us to showcase our truffles. I’m thrilled with Jake’s diverse menu which really makes our beautiful truffles the star of the night,” says Amanda.
“Pairing each dish with fabulous French champagne will ensure the night is both fun and informative and of course completely indulgent – I love it!”.
BlackBird Bar & Grill is located in Eagle Street Pier’s Riverside Centre. Tickets for the Gatsby Dinner Party on Thursday 31 July cost $175 per person and are available from The Truffle Man or call 0448 442 093.