At the Food Market, a one-night-only truffle dinner


The folks at The Food Market have truffles on their mind -- black truffles, white truffles, black and white truffles together. 

Chef Chad Gauss will be featuring those lovely truffles at 7 p.m. Thursday in a "One-Night Truffle Dinner." The four-course menu, plus dessert, will be served in the Hampden restaurant's lower-level communal dining space, The Private Kitchen -- which we were just waiting for the right time to tell you existed. This is that time.

The four-course menu includes a black-truffle Brussels sprouts Caesar salad, a soy and white truffle tuna tartare, black and white lobster tail with risotto and truffled red meat with potatoes and rosemary. Like we said, a lot of truffles. 

Dessert is not truffles. Dessert is a whipped pumpkin cheesecake. 

The cost for Thursday's One-Night Truffle Dinner is $110 with wines for the table. Reservations are being taken for 1 to 12 seats. The Food Market is at 1017 W. 36th St. in Hampden. For information call 410-366-0606.

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