Faula Ristorante’s Chef Manuel Bouchard Offers New Culinary Experiences for Piedmont’s Fall Truffle and Harvest Season
Casa di Langa, Northern Italy’s newest sustainable luxury hotel, which opened June 2021 in the heart of Piedmont, announces their fall guest offerings for the upcoming white truffle and harvest season. Overlooking 100+ acres of its own working vineyards, the 39-room boutique property and its fine dining restaurant, Fàula Ristorante, will offer guests a unique opportunity to celebrate and indulge in the region’s most notable exports; truffles and wine. Debuting this September is the world’s first hotel truffle concierge, a unique truffle hunting & dining experience, and a new signature Alta Langa aperitivo.
Autumn in Piedmont is a magical time to explore the region’s vineyards recognized for its Barolo, Barbaresco, and Alta Langa wines and to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage covering the rolling hills as one truffle hunts through orchards. From mid-September to January, the official truffle season in Italy, international connoisseurs to inquisitive travelers arrive in Piedmont in search of the highly sought-after delicacy. For eight weeks every year, the International Alba White Truffle Festival from October 9-December 5, turns the spotlight on Alba for its culinary excellence and finest quality of white truffles.
To celebrate and accommodate the return of the Piedmont truffle season, Casa di Langa and Fàula Ristorante’s chef, Manuel Bouchard has designed a unique culinary and wine experience that honors the region’s famous truffles and Alta Langa wine. Guests of the hotel, as well as patrons of the restaurant, can now book the Truffle Hunting and Dining package, which starts with the ancient and elusive art of truffle hunting on the Casa di Langa Estate alongside expert truffle hunters and their Lagotto dogs (an Italian breed known for their truffle finding abilities). A local aperitivo tasting follows at Sori Cocktail Bar, where guests can enjoy a round of bocce before heading to Fàula Ristorante for a seasonal three-course menu. Package starts at 200€ per person, excluding wine pairing and truffles, which are available at daily market rate.
“Running a restaurant on its own truffle estate is something chefs dream of. Sourcing our own truffles here on the hotel property, while immersing guests in the history and tradition, enhances our culinary experience all around. I encourage guests to dine al fresco next to our organic garden overlooking the vineyards and orchards that inspire our menu. Sitting at one of the highest vantage points in the region, you also don’t want to miss our sunset,” shares Chef Manuel Bouchard.
Guests of the hotel get the added benefit of utilizing the World’s First Hotel Truffle Concierge that can arrange for procurement and shipping of truffles through certified partners. The service also includes proper handling and storage back on property for truffles purchased by guests. The hotel’s dedicated chiller is used solely for the purposes of storing guests’ truffles with the utmost care and security.
Additionally, Casa di Langa’s Sori Cocktail Bar debuts the Alta Langa Spritz, which puts a Piemontese twist on the popular Veneto spritzer. Inspired by the “alta langa” grapes produced on the hotel’s working vineyards, the Alta Langa wine replaces prosecco for the same bubbly, yet refreshing taste, paired with Italy’s Contratto Aperitif and soda water. Unique to this region, Alta Langa vineyards are located in the hills, at a minimum altitude of 250 meters above sea level, with its grapes aged for a minimum of 30 months.
Dining reservations for Fàula Ristorante or the Truffle Hunting & Dining Package can be made online at www.casadilanga.com or by emailing [email protected]. Fall rates start at $589 per night for a classic room.
About Casa di Langa:
Casa di Langa is a sustainable luxury hotel in the heart of northern Italy’s Piedmont region. A member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts and L.V.X Collection, this five-star property opened June 2021 and sits on the doorstep of Le Langhe, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Overlooking 40+ hectares of working vineyards and rolling hills, the 39-room boutique property combines traditional Piedmontese design with sustainable practices thoughtfully threaded throughout the guest experience. At Fàula Ristorante and Sori Cocktail Bar guests can enjoy the finest expression of regional cuisine along with wines from around the world and neighboring vineyards. Cooking classes, wine tastings, truffle hunting, and art tours are among the many immersive guest experiences available at the property.
About Fàula Ristorante:
At Fàula Ristorante, the fine dining establishment of Italy’s newest sustainable hotel, Casa di Langa, each dish is based on the local harvest and served with great care and attention, utilizing sustainable agriculture and zero km practices. Fàula, meaning “tale” in local Langhe dialect, is an homage to the region’s age-old tradition of families and friends spending quality time together sharing stories. At the helm of Fàula, is Chef Manuel Bouchard who takes command of a space designed to complement his modern yet authentic culinary approach. Born in Turin, Italy, the ambitious 32-year-old chef has committed his life to the cuisine of the North, having worked at 5 Michelin Starred restaurants throughout Northern Italy all before the age of 25. He returned to the Langhe region in 2014 to open Michelin Plate Antinè in Barbaresco where he’s been recognized by Gambero Rosso, the world’s authority on Italian food and wine. His menu, which can be enjoyed both indoors and on the alfresco dining patio, is rooted in traditional Piedmontese cuisine and utilizes innovative creations using local ingredients sourced from the property’s gardens and local producers.
About Krause Group:
Krause Group, an American company led by Chairman and CEO, Kyle J. Krause, is the parent company to a diverse set of businesses that include convenience retail, logistics, Italian wineries and hospitality, real estate, agriculture, and soccer clubs. No matter the industry, the goal always remains the same: to accelerate their businesses so they can achieve long-term, multi-generational success. Krause Group continues to set its sights high, focusing on business development that leaves a lasting impression on local communities and 10% of all Krause Group profits go to community causes. For more information read the Krause Group 2020 CSR Report.