Dear food lover,

Following the warm, lazy and endless days of summer, Luxeat welcomes the cool and crisp autumn season by celebrating everything about harvest.  

We take a trip to where all the best meals begin, with a visit to the man who supplies vegetables to the Michelin-starred: Bruno Cayron and his unique market garden. We then enter the mossy green woods of Alba to unearth the world’s richest truffle hunting ground and the families and traditions that safekeep its mystery and allure. In a leap across the Mediterranean we head to the middle east area, where we discover the elusive art of picking saffron flowers. Back in Italy’s Piedmont area we talk with local female winemakers about their art which was once predominantly masculine. And in a grand finale, we personally invite you on our next sensory journey… a truffle hunt in the heart of Piedmont fueled by the best wine and tables in the region.

Love,
Aiste


Alba Truffle Celebration

NOV 23 – 26

An immersive journey into the secrets of Italy’s most sought-after gastronomic experiences: The Alba Truffle. Wine, dine, smell, taste and hunt.

Join me in a unique three-day adventure to get up close and personal with one of the world’s most exclusive foods. From truffle-match discovery at legendary local wineries to joining in a traditional truffle hunt and lunch, in the warm company of one of the region’s most highly recognized truffle families.

Indulge in some of the ultimate ways to taste white truffles, Piedmont style, with home-made pasta from golden Tajarin to Raviolini di fonduta or del Plin in elegant warm-hearted local trattorias. Delight in another of the region’s natural delicacies with a visit to a Hazelnut producer and other local producers. 

Savour the exquisite tastes of the Piedmont region with the elegance of some of the best quality veal in the world in preparations such as Vitello TonnatoSalsiccia di Bra and knife-cut Carne Cruda or the Lange speciality Carne all’albese.  Discover the diverse dining locations that best represent the region from a cosy family-run osteria, considered one of the temples of traditional Piedmontese cuisine to taking in the panoramic views at an exclusive Barolo restaurant.


Bruno Cayron and his Vegetable Kingdom

Bruno Cayron has vegetables in his veins.  As a young graphic designer in Paris, it was his ecological convictions that saw him return to his birthplace to create one of the most diverse market gardens in France, completely organic and in harmony with the clay-soil and climate of the region best-known for wine production.  

His passion for nature, fruits and vegetables, led him to settle in Tourves in the Var, his birth department, to take on a challenge of cultivating the atypical terroir, a hard, stony ground, not usually though suitable for market gardening. Yet over time this unique terrier and approach became a strength, even his signature. Cayron has created a new language of shapes, colours and flavours. In total, 4 hectares of cultivation in the open field, including 5,000 m² of cold greenhouses, to the delight of some of the most famous chefs and Michelin star restaurants in France. His speciality? Diversity.


“White gold” from Alba

A small, uneven fungus that packs such an aromatic punch and is considered globally as a prized, luxury ingredient. Ever wondered how truffles grow and where you can find them? Luxeat recently spent some time exploring the north west of Italy and sat down with Ezio Costa, wife Clelia and son Filippo, a truffle-hunting family with a legacy of four generations behind them, harvesting this rare and unique product. Born in 1947, Costa is one of about 5,000 ‘trifulau’ in the region, hunting truffles since he was just 14 years old with his dogs. He passed on the tradition and his passion to his son Filippo, born 1976, who alongside his position as an architect at a studio in Alba, has accompanied his father since he was small. This is a story woven by history and traditions, telling of the delicate balance between nature and seasons, of patience and of rich flavours that foodies dream of.


Wine women from Piedmont in ten questions

Luxeat talks with Silvia from Elio Altare and Chiara Boschis from Pira & Figli about their favourite wines, influences and how they see the future.

Silvia has been fully involved in Elio Altare, her family’s winery since early 2000. She is present at every step from looking after the vineyards from pruning to harvest, to working in the cellar from winemaking to sales, logistics, office work and marketing, she is the pillar of the winery allowing her father to focus on other projects. Chiara Boschis on the other hand is linked to the Pira family by deep friendship and mutual esteem. Following her studies, she became one of the first women producers in Barolo at the end of the 1980s. She has brought renewal to the Pira winery and its production style. The work on the vines, strictly manual, is carried out with extreme care and respect for the environment, following the dictates of organic cultivation. Luxeat has the privilege of asking 10 questions to these Italian winemakers.


Saffron harvesting

INTRO


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Japan to lift restrictions on foreign tourists

Japan will open its doors back up to foreign tourists, after more than two years of closed borders due to the Covid pandemic.

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Puzzle of prized white truffle finally yields to science

No one has been able to farm the rare, expensive fungus on a commercial scale – until now.

theguardian.com

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guide.michelin.com


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