LA QUINTA, Calif. – 2015 – La Quinta Resort & Club’s signature restaurant, Morgan’s in the desert, dials up the heat December 1-30, 2015. Pull up a seat for the Alba White Truffle Festival celebrating the highly prized tuber – and gastronomical object of desire for its famous aroma, taste and aphrodisiac qualities – with a three course menu showcasing the coveted “diamond of the culinary world.” $99.00, person, excluding tax and gratuity. www.morgansinthedesert.com; +1 760 564 7600. Resort reservations start at $199.00, exclusive of resort fee; www.laquintaresort.com.
White Alba Truffle Festival
Long a seasonal showpiece of top toques, nowhere is the trifola d’Alba more treasured than chef Schmidt’s kitchen at La Quinta. The Alba White Truffle Festival puts Italy’s prized gem front and center with a repast fit for a king.
The three-course prix-fixe includes a rich Celery Root Risotto with Shaved White Alba Truffles and Infused Sea Salt followed by savory Pan Roasted Pheasant coddled in a Roasted Golden Chanterelle and Tigernut Gnudi Nest (crafted from Buratta cheese and tiger nut flour to enhance the earthy, nutty flavor combination) foiled with a light Truffle Emulsion Foam and Shaved White Alba Truffles. Nirvana hits a high note with a delicate White Truffle Honey Epoisse Brulee Fired Almond Tart finished with Sea Salt Caramel Comice Pear Sorbet. Prix-fixe $99.00/person, excludes alcohol and gratuity. Dishes are available a la carte ($49.00; $55.00, $12.00 respectively), wine pairing $19.00/person.