From The Toronto Sun (May 5, 2011), by Robin Robinson :
Suzanne Reynaud knows a thing or two about truffles. A visit to Maison de la Truffe - the shop she runs with her husband - is like a trip to truffle heaven for fans of the prized edible fungus. Perched on the edge of the town’s main square, Place aux Herbes, this cozy little gourmet boutique is the place to go, not only for fresh truffles but also for truffle oil, truffle honey, truffle salt, truffle vinegar, truffle pasta, truffle wine, truffle knives - you name it, if it’s truffle-related the Reynaud’s probably sell it.
A one-time restaurateur, Reynaud says truffles are available year-round in Languedoc-Roussillon, the region in the south of France of which Uzes is a part, but their aromas and flavours vary in different seasons. She confides that “winter truffles have the most delicate flavour.” Throughout the year, Reynaud and her husband also organize truffle events, which include food and wine tastings and demonstrations.
Everyone who travels to France soon learns that food and wine are national obsessions, which easily surpass our own country’s preoccupation with hockey. Even small villages such as Uzes, home to about 8,500 residents, have wonderful food markets selling local organic products and food-related events such as the annual Truffle Fair held each January. In preparation for this weekend treasure hunt for foodies, organizers dump an enormous pile of earth in Place aux Herbes and stud it with truffles. Then truffle pigs are let loose to sniff out the buried booty, and the whole town goes a little truffle mad.