Available Dates & Pricing
Saturday, February 1st, 2020
Pricing and dinner details available soon! Stay tuned!
Sunday, February 2nd, 2020
Tickets are non-refundable, date/tour exchanges okay at discretion of The Big Foody PDX
Van will pick up at a convenient point in Portland's inner Eastside at 1pm on both dates. Please arrive 5 minutes early to ensure we get on the road promptly.
We will be foraging at a new location this year, within 45 minutes drive from Portland.
Probably the best part of the whole foray is Stella, the happy Lagotto Romagnolo (Italian truffle dog), who we'll be following around as she excitedly digs up ripe truffle after ripe truffle. Stella is led by her owner, Sunny Diaz, truffle expert and owner of Cascadia Truffles in Issaquah, Washington (read below for more information on Stella and Sunny).
Please note: Although this is a very easy, beginner-level hike in the woods, be aware that the terrain is uneven and we will be walking around in the forest for up to two hours.
Additionally, we are almost guaranteed rain, and tour runs rain or shine, so be prepared to layer up and bring your boots! Usually the rain is no big deal under the forest canopy.
The Dinner & The Wine
After the hunt we'll head over for dinner and to enjoy our haul! Restaurant partner will be announced shortly.
Please notify us of any dietary considerations when booking your tickets.
The van will return to pick up point in inner Eastside by 8pm. Arrangements can also be made with Laura at The Big Foody PDX to drop back off at downtown and inner Eastside area hotels.
- Transportation to/from truffle foraging, dinner restaurant, pick up/drop off points (including downtown and inner Eastside hotels)
- Dog-led truffle foraging + answers to all your truffle-related questions
- Wine Tasting
- Multi-Course truffled dinner
- Snacks/Bottled Water
- Small group tour
- Airport Transfers
About Cascadia Truffles
Sunny Diaz is a passionate advocate for dog-found truffles and constant land steward. She works closely with Seattle's best chefs and bartenders to incorporate truffles into locally focused menus and provide education about these Pacific Northwest natives. Sunny has worked with the Oregon Truffle Festival, participating as a judge in the Joriad each year with her Italian Truffle dog, Stella.
Oregon truffles are native to the strip of land that reaches from northern California to southern British Columbia, and from the Cascade Range in the east to the Pacific Coast in the west. They are a fungus which exists in a symbiotic relationship with the root systems of the Douglas Fir forest that are found in abundance in the Pacific Northwest. The “Oregon winter white,” or Tuber Oregonense, is only in season between November and March, making it both expensive and all the rage for chefs and foodies during those dark and rainy winter months in the Pacific Northwest. The aroma is described as garlicky, or like a strong cheese, which is immediately detected when the truffle dog unearths it. The flavor elevates fats and meats in a dish to otherworldly levels of enjoyment. The black truffle (Leucangium carthusianum), on the other hand, is extremely complex, many experts say even more so than their European counterparts. The black truffle’s aroma is tropical fruit on the nose and works well in both sweet and savory dishes.
Information about forays in years past:
About Angela Estate
Angela Estate is situated on the Savannah Ridge in the Yamhill Carlton AVA in the northern part of the Willamette Valley. They produce three excellent Pinot Noirs, please read more about their wines and terroir here: http://angelaestate.com/
About Abbott Claim
"This site is a portion of the original John F. Abbott Donation Land Claim and lies in the middle of Savannah Ridge, a small east-west ridgeline of sedimentary rock just east of Carlton. This is a consistent broad face of land with soil depths of 30 inches to mother rock. Elevation ranges from 400' to 475' and the inclination is S-SE. Soils are mostly Wellsdale with some areas of Willakenzie, Melbourne and Peavine. All of them lie atop mother rock of fractured sandstone and siltstone. The planted acreage totals 16 acres. Vines are roughly an equal mix of Pommard clone on Riparia Gloire rootstock, 777 on 101-14 and 115 on both 101-14 and 3309. The vineyard is managed by Mark Gould of Ken Wright Cellars. As would be expected from a vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton District the wine is richly colored, full-bodied and lush with firm, round tannins. Fruits tend to have darker tones such as plum, cassis and black cherry." Taken from www.yamhill-carlton.org