Australian truffle traders to host first industry collaboration

WA’s prized black truffles will debut at Australian Truffle Traders first ever industry collaboration in Sydney at Capriccio Osteria on July 12.

Black truffles are harvested in late Autumn and Winter, so the timing for this five course feast is perfect. Black truffles, also known as the Perigord Truffle after the Perigord region in France, are the second most commercially valued species and not often linked to a quality product of Australia.

The Australian Truffle Traders company is family owned by the Booth family which has been a part of the Manjimup truffle industry for over a decade. The patriarch, Gavin Booth, brings his deep knowledge from the West Highlands of Scotland and surprisingly likens the Margaret River terrain to that of his homeland in Scotland.

Booth said that nurturing the soil, trees, and environment is the key to the perfect truffle

“Our orchards are a mix of oak and hazelnut trees, on the roots of which we nurture the black truffle. A team of truffle dogs is a vital part of Australian Truffle Traders; with an uncanny ability to hunt out only the ripest of truffles to be unearthed by hand,” he said.

The fresh, earthy truffle can be sampled as part of the Tuscan Truffle Dinner at Capriccio Osteria on July 12. The WA-born Head Chef, Nicole Bampton, is looking forward to creating an inspiring menu while showcasing yet another secret Australian talent/product – WA black truffle.

“Just like when we partnered with Stockade Brew Co for an unusual craft beer and Italian food tasting, I get a kick out of doing something different each time for our patrons. Let’s celebrate quality Australian produce and hard-working, small businesses,” said Bampton energetically.

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