• Janet Jeffs of Ginger Catering and Sherry McArdle-English of Ruffles Estate

    Janet Jeffs of Ginger Catering and Sherry McArdle-English of Ruffles Estate

  • Elizabeth Grant and Sherry McArdle-English

    Elizabeth Grant and Sherry McArdle-English

  • The French  black truffle sniff test for Margaret Reid

    The French black truffle sniff test for Margaret Reid

  • Brisbane restaurateur Tanya Colonna with teve and Lonnie Colonna

    Brisbane restaurateur Tanya Colonna with teve and Lonnie Colonna

  • Sharman Darnell and Penelope O'Grady

    Sharman Darnell and Penelope O'Grady

  • Nivky Lipscombe and Allan Faulkes

    Nivky Lipscombe and Allan Faulkes

  • Maureen McIntyre and Dallas McIntyre

    Maureen McIntyre and Dallas McIntyre

  • Kathleen Cochlan and Kristi Breen

    Kathleen Cochlan and Kristi Breen

  • John Davies, Mara Franco, Terry Freebody and Gill Paulden

    John Davies, Mara Franco, Terry Freebody and Gill Paulden

  • Daniel Weight and Sophie Dunstone with Mark and Callie Zorzi

    Daniel Weight and Sophie Dunstone with Mark and Callie Zorzi

  • Food Blogger Christine Salins and Sherry McArdle-English

    Food Blogger Christine Salins and Sherry McArdle-English

  • Theo Dimarhos and Melissa Delfino

    Theo Dimarhos and Melissa Delfino

  • Paul West and his fiance Alicia Cordia

    Paul West and his fiance Alicia Cordia

  • Dark chocolate delice with white chocolate truffle honey pannacotta served with the Jeir Station Late Harvest Viognier

    Dark chocolate delice with white chocolate truffle honey pannacotta served with the Jeir Station Late Harvest Viognier

  • Paul West and Christine Salins

    Paul West and Christine Salins

  • Sleeping beauty....Otto West.

    Sleeping beauty....Otto West.

  • Sherry McArdle-English, Paul West and Ruffles Estate Manager/Dog Handler Jayson Mesman

    Sherry McArdle-English, Paul West and Ruffles Estate Manager/Dog Handler Jayson Mesman

  • Inhale......

    Inhale......

  • ...yes that's a truffle.....

    ...yes that's a truffle.....

  • Guest speaker Paul West

    Guest speaker Paul West

  • Melissa Kay and Ben Daniels

    Melissa Kay and Ben Daniels

  • Alex Torrens and Adrian Kennett with Helen and Greg Kennett

    Alex Torrens and Adrian Kennett with Helen and Greg Kennett

  • Janet Jeffs, Gudrun Genee and Leeanne Crisp

    Janet Jeffs, Gudrun Genee and Leeanne Crisp

  • Gina Pinkas with John and Kathy Bradley

    Gina Pinkas with John and Kathy Bradley

  • First sniff..........never forgotten

    First sniff..........never forgotten

  • Paul Larsen and Yvonne Lipscombe

    Paul Larsen and Yvonne Lipscombe

  • Rib eye of beef with smoked potato, chestnut, Jerusalem artichoke and vanilla and truffle sauce with a Mount Majura Pinot Noir

    Rib eye of beef with smoked potato, chestnut, Jerusalem artichoke and vanilla and truffle sauce with a Mount Majura Pinot Noir

  • gourmet chips.....just sprinkle with truffled salt......

    gourmet chips.....just sprinkle with truffled salt......

  • John Leverink's Confit of Tasmanian Salmon, truffle local cows curd, beetroots, mandarin and a Freeman Rondo Rose

    John Leverink's Confit of Tasmanian Salmon, truffle local cows curd, beetroots, mandarin and a Freeman Rondo Rose

  • Clement Chauvin's celeriac and truffle veloute with shaved apple and celeriac chips

    Clement Chauvin's celeriac and truffle veloute with shaved apple and celeriac chips

  • A truffle triumph, a gala dinner to remember and the team who helped create the magic.

    A truffle triumph, a gala dinner to remember and the team who helped create the magic.

Ginger Catering Truffle Festival Gala Dinner

23 July 2015

Ask Paul West from River Cottage Australia what a truffle smells like and he’ll answer “a truffle”. It is alone on his scratch and sniff scale where delving into the science of taste and smell distracts from the pleasure of the versatility of this fungi to enhance and improve the simplest of foods and create taste sensations with so many.

Janet Jeffs of Ginger Catering knows a good truffle when she sniffs one and can create truffle magic with her recipes but when she invited talented local chefs, John Leverink from the BoatHouse and Podfood, Clement Chauvin of Les Buistronomes and Ben Willis of Aubergine to join her in the kitchen at The National Arboretum to create the Truffle Festival Gala Dinner the first ‘sniff’ of it and the dinner was sold out.

The truffle Queen of Canberra is Sherry McArdle-English whose overnight success with the French black truffle has taken ten years, but she’s created a market and made Canberra the truffle capital. She was the MC for the dinner with answers to every question you’ve wanted to ask about truffles and the farmer chef from Tilba’s River Cottage Australia, Ben Willis’ talk, added a chef’s perspective to this exceptional truffle dinner experience.