Few ingredients approach the prestige of the white truffle. The fungi is prized for its delicate but strong fragrance, and elevates both savoury and sweet dishes. Perhaps the most well-known white truffle producing region is Alba in Italy, where they even have an organisation called the Order of the Knights of the Truffle and Wines of Alba, which was founded in 1967 to protect and promote the wines and food of the region.

For one night only on 8 November 2020, Italian fine-dining restaurant Art will be hosting the Alba White Truffle Benefit Dinner, a gourmet extravaganza that spans four countries (Italy, Hong Kong, Moscow, and Singapore) – comprising a dinner and a truffle auction where all proceeds will be going to charity.

Art Italian restaurant
Art at the National Gallery

For the Singapore leg of the event, Art’s Chef-Owner Beppe De Vito and newly-appointed Group Executive Chef Daniele Sperindio will be presenting a five-course menu showcasing the Alba white truffle – including the restaurant’s signature 32-egg yolk tagliolini with alpine butter, porcini, and white truffle; and marbled Kagoshima beef with charred endive, kosho bearnaise, and liberal shavings of the prized fungi.

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Also expect labels from some of the best-regarded Piemontese winemakers of this generation – including Barolo Bussia Vigna Colonnello 2008 and Barbaresco Bric Turot 1999 from Prunotto.

32 Egg Yolk Tagliolini, Alpine Butter, Porcini, White Truffle”

There’ll also be two truffle specimens up for bidding – both chosen by experts for their quality and size. Last year’s standout was a 1005 gram white truffle, which was sold for 120,000€ (S$191, 000); while a total of €420,000 was raised worldwide for each country’s respective charities.

This year’s beneficiary from the dinner for Singapore is Foodsteps, a local food charity for underprivileged primary school children. Foodsteps provides free nutrition education from an Asian perspective through workshops; while partnering with other organisations to provide vouchers for the purchase of healthy meals.

Other items up for bidding this year include magnums of prestigious Italian vino; all of which will take place simultaneously – through live streaming – with the three other participating countries.

Book your spot at the benefit dinner here.

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