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Cyrus goes out with a $15,000 truffle

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What does a $15,000 Umbrian white truffle look like? Well, looks aren’t everything.

The key is so you can get an idea of the size of this bad boy.

The brain-sized fungus that’s been purchased for a closing-week dinner at Cyrus Restaurant isn’t the most photogenic thing you’ve ever seen. It’s sort of lumpy and dusty, and weighs roughly the same as three baseballs.

But this gnarled gnome of a tuber is worth roughly the cost of a brand new Ford Fiesta. Not to mention a whole lot tastier.

Grown primarily in Italy, the scent — that earthy, seductive, musky odor of a truffle — envelopes you. In fact, the scent envelopes the room.┬áPurchased wholesale for about $5,600, the truffle is the guest celebrity on a special menu being served at the Michelin-starred Healdsburg restaurant during its final week of operation, says chef-owner Douglas Keane. Portioned-out in shaves and slices, the truffle will ultimately end up selling for between $10-15,000.

“It’s pretty rare. They do get much bigger, but this is probably the biggest one I’ve ever worked with,” said Keane.

It’s a delicious farewell for the Healdsburg restaurant, which has been sold-out for months after announced that it would close for good at the end of October. A drawn-out conflict with the building’s landlord resulted in the decision to shutter. Keane and business partner Nick Peyton have not announced future plans, but remain involved with Healdsburg Bar and Grill, also in Healdsburg.

Chef Paul is looking a bit giddy. Don’t drop it, man!

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7 Responses

  1. B October 25, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    That’s chef drew in the pic

  2. Jason October 25, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    Word in Healdsburg is that the landlord wants to put in a steakhouse chain (that he also owns) into the Cyrus space

    • Dude who knows stuff November 9, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

      nope you are wrong. Its going to be a Chevy’s get your facts straight bro.

  3. Lee October 25, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    The word I hear is they are moving to the now closed ESTATE space in Sonoma.

    • biteclub October 25, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

      Hmmm. That would be pretty surprising.

  4. PeterM October 25, 2012 at 8:37 am #

    I’m very sorry to see Cyrus go. Although I have only dined there a few times, Cyrus offered an extraordinary dining experience, both with exceptional levels of service and an extraordinary menu.

    When one thinks of the growth we have seen in Healdsburg’s fine dining offerings, it is hard to imagine that happening without Cyrus and Mr. Keane. I hope Mr. Keane and his partners find a suitable venue in Sonoma County which will, I am sure, just delight us.

    Thank you, Mr. Keane!

  5. Terry October 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    I’ll get my share on Friday night!!

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