THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. (Sorry, just got the call at 5 p.m. that their Italian friend cannot travel from Italy.)
I just got word from Tina Vaughn at Chapel Hill's Bonne Soiree that they are offering a white truffle dinner. Gennaro Villella, the former chef at Il Palio inside the Siena Hotel, is now an importer: much of what he imports are white truffles, aka tuber magnatum pico.
The four-course meal with appetizers will start at 7 p.m. Dec. 1. It will cost $125 a person or $160 with Italian wine pairings chosen by Vaughn.
Vaughn says not only is Villella selling the truffles at cost for this meal, he will get in the kitchen to cook a course. So chef Chip Smith will cook one course, Villella will cook another course and they will pair up to cook the third course using truffles.
Two of the course will feature white truffles and one will use the burgundy truffle. The final course will be a dessert sans truffles.
Menu details are still be worked out but only 25 seats are available.
To make a reservation, call 928-8388.