The year was 1992. My parents had just returned from a trip to Europe and along with a bag full of chocolates and other stuff, they also got a bottle of truffle oil, a gift from an Italian family. I was quite young and obviously had no clue about what truffles were but I remember how fascinated I was hearing my mom speak about this mushroom and how the Italians train dogs to sniff them out. Last Saturday, sitting at La Cucina, Hyatt Regency Kolkata listening to Silvia Landucci talk of truffle hunting, brought back all those memories.
Do you know that truffles are considered to be the most expensive food in the world and that the price of the famous white winter truffle can go upto 6,000 Euro per kg? What is so special about this exotic mushroom and why does the world go gaga over truffles? If you want to find out, head over to La Cucina where food guru Karen Anand and Italian truffle specialist Silvia Landucci from Boscovivo have curated a special truffle menu. I was invited by Hyatt Regency Kolkata for a tete a tete with the truffle gurus over lunch and it was one decadent meal for sure!