ALONG ROUTE 44
A special road well travelled over my lifetime of visits to the heartland of Istria. I have fond memories of all seasons but autumn is my favourite. Plump grapes sit heavy on vines, fig trees with their low branches invite me to reach their ripened sun-kissed fruit, the sweet smell of linden trees swirl in the air, the famed river Mirna wraps herself around a magical forest feeding life to its inhabitants both above and below the surface. Family always welcomes me at their doorsteps with the aroma of truffles wafting out from their open windows. I cannot wait to return.
Nestled between the crystal-clear Adriatic and the majestic Alps is a road that winds around the fertile-rich, culinary heartland of Istria, Croatia. A breathtakingly beautiful route of medieval towns, rolling vineyards, olive groves and the magical Motovun forest filled with the rarest and most sought after white and black truffles. It is truly an epicurean’s paradise boasting an impressive collection of world-class, award-winning, seasonal, wild and locally produced foods.
CONNECTING OUR ROOTS
Linking our amazing hometown and business base, Toronto, Canada to the place where wild truffles grow. We source the finest and naturally preserved and produced ingredients from the places across the great North 44 parallel.
NORTH 44 PARALLEL
Wanda's favorite accomplishment is that she graduated from being called the “Truffle Girl of Toronto” at the beginning of her career to “Truffle Lady of Toronto”.
Wanda has received several accolades for her passion, innovation and commitment to the fine food industry.
Recipient of Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 – Canadian Croatian Chambre of Commerce
Truffle Specialist Guest Instructor for Culinary Arts Level 1 – George Brown College 2013
Guest Judge for the 2018 Italian Chambre of Commerce’s Pentola D’Oro Awards Ceremony which recognizes outstanding work in the Italian culinary and beverage industry