Knife Pleat to Serve 6-Course Black Truffle Experience on Wednesday

If you’ve got a taste for truffles, Knife Pleat has quite the culinary treat for you this week. On Wednesday, the fine-dining French restaurant at South Coast Plaza will offer a six-course meal that highlights black truffles from Perigord, France.

Each course by chef Tony Esnault will include fresh shavings of the fragrant truffles. The set menu starts with truffle brouillade, a dish of organic egg and toasted brioche, and spans to other courses including a duck liver mouse, frisee salad, and pasture bird chicken demi-deuil with mushrooms, Swiss chard, and an albufera sauce.

If you’re wondering what an albufera sauce is, it’s based on the velouté mother sauce, which of course is a white sauce often made from poultry stock and thickened with roux. Full disclosure: Velouté and I were constant companions in culinary school, but I had to look up our dear albufera in my bedside copy of “Larousse Gastronomique.”

Anyway, the dessert course sounds just as enticing – a white chocolate panna cotta with roasted sourdough ice cream. That last part is another new one to me, and good luck trying to find it in “Larousse.”

Each course is available with a wine pairing, and check this out: Christopher Poron, president of Plantin Truffle Co., is flying in from France to visit with guests and answer questions.

The truffle experience is a ticketed event, and each seat costs $255. That price includes tax and gratuity.

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