Haven't been to Las Vegas for a while, and although there are several high-plane gourmet outposts on the strip, I have a tough time taking the Vegas cuisine scene seriously. But it looks like Sin City is looking to change that perception, recently hosting the fifth annual white truffle charity auction.
According to a Los Angeles Times article, the event is a hot one, with celebrity chefs like Wolfgang Puck getting into the fray:
Two years ago, when Puck went to Alba for the auction, he took home the biggest prize, a 1.82-pound truffle that set him back $19,000. Last year, Joe Pytka, owner of Bastide restaurant in West Hollywood and a longtime director of television commercials, was the big winner, determinedly outbidding rivals in New York to snare a 2.2-pound truffle for $35,000.
But this year, drought conditions in Piedmont had reduced the size of both the truffle crop and the individual truffles, and a troubled worldwide economy left many anxious about how the sales would go.
They needn't have worried.
Piero Selvaggio, owner of Valentino, quickly snapped up the first truffle