About your Hosts/ Presenters
Simon and Linnet Cartwright – Owners and operators of Cartwright Truffiere since 2007. Cartwright truffiere is one of Oregon’s oldest-producing orchards finding our first truffle on a 5-year-old oak in 2014. In January 2016 it provided the Grit restaurant in Eugene with the first commercial Perigord truffle ever produced in the PNW. Since then, production has continued to increase with the orchard providing truffle to the PNW region and further abroad, (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Texas etc.). In 2019, the Willamette Valley Truffle Company was launched to provide coaching services and marketing assistance to other small farms in the PNW.
You can see more of their story here
Alana McGee- Owner Truffle Dog Company. Alana has been involved in the truffle industry since 2008, and has been leading the way helping growers teach
their own dogs to hunt for truffles as well as supplying establishments with both native and European species of truffles. Based in Seattle, WA, Alana and the team at Truffle Dog Co. are active in their support of the domestic wild truffle industry (with their own teams and dogs harvesting wild truffles), as well as providing canine detection services and surveys for truffieres. Alana works to help growers establish Culinary & Agritourism programs, facilitating business planning and go-to-market strategies tailored to farms specific needs. Alana’s expertise is canine scent detection training specifically for the domestic truffle industry as well as harvesting practices and commercialization for truffle orchards.
She holds an MBA from the University of Washington and is certified by the internationally recognized Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. See more at