Matt Lightner formerly steered the kitchen at Castagna, the restaurant dominating Portland’s modernist cuisine scene today, and then he made a big move to New York City in 2011, where his delicious escapades led to two Michelin stars at Atera (Eater Portland even had a dedicated Matt Lightner Wire to keep up with the chef). Now, Lightner is returning to Portland to serve two bites featuring black and white Oregon truffles at the Oregon Truffle Festival.
“Oregon truffles have always been one of those fun, rare gems,” Lightner tells Eater, “especially in the days when we were cooking in the Pacific Northwest and really going after a super locavore cuisine.”
Taking place January 20 in the Willamette Valley wine town of Newberg, the panel discussion will feature culinary veterans Harold McGee and Dave Arnold, who will share the ins and outs of Oregon truffles, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Peter Meehan of Lucky Peach magazine will serve as moderator. The $95 ticket includes two bites by Lightner, paired with wines from Winderlea Winery, plus a reception with appetizers and wines by the Argyle, Erath and Native Flora wineries.