Truffle is certainly having its day. And where there’s a trend, there’s a record to break.
Enter Dubai – which seems like the home of world records – where The World Alba While Truffle Charity Auction will make its GCC debut on November 12 at Le Meridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre.
Unfortunately the auction isn’t open to just anyone, as only select personalities are invited to attend. The five truffles being auctioned off in Dubai are all attached to local restaurants, and their winning bid includes an exclusive dining experience for eight people at the restaurant, with food prepared by renowned chefs such as Gary Rhodes.
The event is a satellite link-up between Dubai, Hong Kong and Alba in Italy, which is the historical location of the auction. Truffle connoisseurs from around the globe will gather to part with their cash, with proceeds going to the Al Jalila Foundation - a not-for-profit organization established by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and ruler of Dubai.
The event is expected to raise 500,000 euros.
As well as the five truffles set aside for the Dubai section of the auction, there is one signature truffle that is open to bidders worldwide, which is where there is a big potential for the GCC to break a new record for the most expensive truffle ever sold.
Last year’s auction saw a twin truffle weighing 1,170 grams sell for 100,500 euros. The buyer, Chinese chef Zhenxiang Dong, mad a huge contribution to the 450,000 euros total money raised.
“We came up with the idea of bringing the World Truffle Auction to this city because we think Dubai would be the right place to break the world-record of the most expensive White Truffle sold in the history of the Truffle Auction,” said Aira Piva, General Manager, Italian Restaurant Consulting.