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Capo looks like just an adorable puppy- however we know him to be a lot more- a super engaged truffle-hunting prodigy. As a Lagotto Romagnolo, the breed is famed for hunting truffles in Italy. Under the tutelage of Chef Michael (his handler), Capo has begun training for the exclusive title of becoming the NUMBER ONE TRUFFLE HUNTER in North America!

Capo and Chef Michael
Capo and Chef Michael

For the past four years, the Oregon Truffle Festival has held the The Joriad™ North American Truffle Dog Championship, which will take place on January 25, 2018! Truffles are a form of mushroom that develops underground, with the species recognized as culinary delicacies being found mainly in Europe and the Pacific Northwest. Trained truffle dogs use scent to "hunt" ripe truffles and leave unripe truffles to mature undisturbed underground, resulting in the highest quality truffles.

Our goal is to create a film documenting Capo's journey and the incredible Oregon Truffle Festival. This film will then be premiered at a Chef's Tasting Truffle Dinner at A Basq Kitchen in Los Angeles, California!

Michael Mazzotta is the Chef at A Basq Kitchen, the only Basque restaurant in Los Angeles. Originally from New England, Chef Michael has traveled extensively throughout Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Honduras, Mexico, Belize, Guatamala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Columbia, Greece and Italy. His passion for cooking came after completing his business degree and understanding the importance of food to creating a sense of community and healthy emotional nourishment. Capo is... a super cute puppy with an ambitious dream of competing in this championship. However, to do this, Capo needs to raise funds in order to travel from his home of Los Angeles, California to Eugene, Oregon! As for myself, I'm Alex, a creator and traveler (and huge fan of Capo) who is excited to share the story of a puppy's first experience in a truffle hunting competition in a way we can all enjoy and be a part of. Recently, I have been dedicated to establishing myself as a narrative videographer through telling stories from a diverse range of people... and now a puppy. 

We need your help to sponsor advanced nose-training, my time as a videographer and accommodations and travel for Capo's first ever Truffle Hunting Competition. Eskerrik Asko (Thank you)!

 

 

Some of Chef Michael's Creations
Some of Chef Michael's Creations

 

A Basq Kitchen - Redondo Beach Pier
A Basq Kitchen - Redondo Beach Pier

 

Risks and challenges

It's Capo's first time in the competitive Truffle Hunting forest- with better training, accommodation and transportation, we know he can win the Oregon Truffle Hunting competition. In a foreign place and under the stress of other professional hunting dogs, we need your support to make sure Capo performs at his best. His handler Chef Michael and videographer Alex will follow Capo from start to finish and document Capo's trials and tribulations in a film to share with our donors. Capo's success will be a win for us all.

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