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Offlinebowling-name
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$35,000.00/shroom
    #1045350 - 11/12/02 02:20 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

L.A. restaurateur pays $35,000 for rare, 2.2-pound mushroom

Monday, November 11, 2002
(11-11) 03:38 PST LOS ANGELES (AP) --

It was no trifle truffle.

A restaurateur and director of television commercials has spent $35,000 on an enormous, 2.2-pound white truffle -- an exotic mushroom grown in Italy and prized by gourmets around the world.

Joe Pytka, 64, made the purchase during Sunday's fourth annual charity truffle auction known as Asta Mondial del Tartufo Bianco d'Alba. It was the largest ever paid for a single truffle. Pytka, who recently opened the French restaurant Bastide in West Hollywood, said he will use the truffle in a variety of dishes made by chef Alain Giraud.

The rare mushroom caused a spirited bidding war between Pytka, Tony May, the owner of San Domenico restaurant in New York and a dog named Gunther IV, heir to a large German fortune, whose bids were made by owner Maurizio Dial.

The truffle auction was held simultaneously in three places, linked by closed-circuit satellite television.

Pytka bid at Valentino restaurant in Santa Monica, where 75 other truffle aficionados gathered. All local proceeds from the sale benefit the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation at University of California, Los Angeles, and the families of 26 Italian schoolchildren who were killed in a recent earthquake.

May bid from his New York restaurant, where a boisterous crowd of 120 joined the action. Gunther was at the castle of Grinzane Cavour, just outside Alba, which is home to the enormous white truffle. About 350 people were gathered at the castle to participate in the bidding. Thirty truffles were auctioned off for a total of $126,000.

The appearance of Pytka's truffle on the TV screen brought loud gasps of appreciation from the crowd at Valentino. Most truffles weigh a few ounces. Daniele Bera of Funghi & Tartufi, a truffle store in Alba, said Pytka's truffle was the biggest he had seen in his 17 years in the business.

The truffle will be shipped to Pytka and should arrive Tuesday. Pytka's purchase nearly doubled the record-setting $19,000 that Wolfgang Puck of Spago paid last year for a 1.82-pound truffle.
-- source

Yes, you read that right, one of the bidders was in fact a dog. You can read more about the dog at his website: http://guntherdog.com/gunther.htm


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OfflineMycoTekc
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Re: $35,000.00/shroom [Re: bowling-name]
    #1324364 - 02/21/03 10:21 AM (14 years, 10 days ago)

Can you grow truffles inside? This would be awsome.


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OfflineKillBill
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Re: $35,000.00/shroom [Re: MycoTekc]
    #2918027 - 07/22/04 11:47 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

So Where can you get some spores from this Mushroom? And is there a large difference between a truffle and a regular mushroom? If its not grown in italy, won't it still be a pretty expensive Truffle?


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Re: $35,000.00/shroom [Re: KillBill]
    #2918202 - 07/23/04 12:16 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

A truffle grows underground, specifically under a few trees, and there is no way to know where they are colonized. They have special dogs to just hunt these truffles.

Im sure if they could be grown inside, they would.


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Re: $35,000.00/shroom [Re: bowling-name]
    #2918659 - 07/23/04 01:16 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

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bowling-name said:
L.A. restaurateur pays $35,000 for rare, 2.2-pound mushroom

Monday, November 11, 2002
(11-11) 03:38 PST LOS ANGELES (AP) --

The rare mushroom caused a spirited bidding war between Pytka, Tony May, the owner of San Domenico restaurant in New York and a dog named Gunther IV, heir to a large German fortune, whose bids were made by owner Maurizio Dial.


Yes, you read that right, one of the bidders was in fact a dog. You can read more about the dog at his website: http://guntherdog.com/gunther.htm




My favorite part of the entire article.


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Re: $35,000.00/shroom [Re: bowling-name]
    #2919530 - 07/23/04 08:10 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

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bowling-name said:
Yes, you read that right, one of the bidders was in fact a dog.  You can read more about the dog at his website:  http://guntherdog.com/gunther.htm 




  :lol: :lol: :lol:


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Invisibledaussaulit
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Re: $35,000.00/shroom [Re: KillBill]
    #2921173 - 07/23/04 06:01 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Only 1 truffle grows per tree, and it regrows in the same spot. I remember reading a few months back someone selling truffle trees, plant them now, and you can have truffles in as little as 10-15 years.


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OfflineRedo
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Re: $35,000.00/shroom [Re: daussaulit]
    #2921369 - 07/23/04 06:58 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

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daussaulit said:
Only 1 truffle grows per tree, and it regrows in the same spot. I remember reading a few months back someone selling truffle trees, plant them now, and you can have truffles in as little as 10-15 years.




They still dont know when and where they will be


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