For some, January means juice cleanses and power-foods, but we would advise you to take a rain check on such health plans. That's because January is truffle month in Oregon, and as any truffle-lover knows, the fragrant 'shrooms are best when served with dishes that make ample use of flavor-carrying fat.
The native fungi are harvested in late fall/early winter each year, which is why they're popping up on local menus now, as well as the upcoming Oregon Truffle Festival next week.
But if you want to truly geek out, you can get your palate primed on Europe's famous truffles tomorrow, January 6th, at Beast's special seven-course truffle dinner. The all-truffle menu will focus on the areas where the truffles are from: Alba, Italy and Pèrigord, France. The menu includes dishes like duck and foie gras pate, carmen ranch beef tartare with white truffles, and black truffle ice cream.
There will be one seating at 7 p.m. The cost is $275 per person, which includes wine pairings and gratuity.
If you want to make up for all that decadence, Beast is also hosting a vegetarian dinner Tuesday January 20th, with two seatings at 6 pm and 8:45 pm. Cost is $150 per person all-inclusive.