Truffles Are the Dream Theme at Bernardus Lodge

Carmel Valley's cuisine-cool getaway is putting the fab focus on fungi this fall.

IF FALL AND FUNGI... automatically go together in your meal-loving mind, then you likely spend the end of the year dreaming of a truffle-based trip. Of course, such notions are often based in fantasy, and finding a place that is perfecting truffle-based dishes, a place that would make a perfect end point of a road trip, can be a challenging as snuffling out a truffle in the woods. But it so happens that in the Carmel Valley, at the acclaimed Bernardus Lodge & Spa, at Lucia Restaurant & Bar, there is a full-on fungus-tacular, one that is loving upon that savory superstar, the white truffle. The knobby, deep-toned, impressively scented white truffle is the headliner on the award-winning eatery's...

WINTER WHITEOUT MENU: But it is a menu you don't have to wait for winter to enjoy. It's available now, through Dec. 15, 2019, giving those truffle-seeking enthusiasts plenty to enjoy as other people think of turkey and stuffing. But what are some of the ultra-gourmet, meal-memorable selections Chef Cal Stamenov has placed upon this luxe line-up? Prepare for Warm Stuffed Ravioli, with soft quail egg, purple artichoke, brown butter, and shaved Alba white truffle, and Roasted Guinea Hen Breast, which includes red wine braised leg, agnoletti, and shaved Alba white truffle. Even the tempting meal-ender, the Heirloom Pear & White Truffle Dessert, includes, yes, white truffle pot de creme and a Meyer lemon madeleine. There are even...

TRUFFLE COCKTAILS... to stylishly quaff during November 2019, sippable goodies like the intriguing Nog Blanc. Think Armagnac, truffle cream, fresh nutmeg, and brown sugar syrup, "shaken and served up." For more fungi-fun daydreams of white truffle'd nights, visit the Lucia site now and plot your autumn adventure to Bernardus Lodge before the mid-point of December arrives.

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