Jimmy Kunz, Founder
Long Island City, Queens, NY
Jimmy Kunz was making truffle butter as a holiday gift for friends and family before he was inspired to officially become The Truffleist. Since launching the company with that flagship truffle butter in 2013, The Truffleist has expanded to offer six distinct truffle products, in addition to a wildly successful seasonal market pop-up: Cheesesteaks by The Truffleist.
The Truffleist produces handcrafted, small-batch truffle products at their headquarters in Long Island City, Queens. They aim to offer customers the highest quality products so you can create delicious, unique dishes with truffle ingredients you know, and some you’ve never tried before. While The Trufflieist truffles are imported from countries like Italy, France and Spain, many base ingredients are locally sourced from small producers. Supporting New York food companies keeps their environmental footprint low and the quality high, all while encouraging small business growth and local entrepreneurship.
“Mushrooms are delicious and mysterious,” says Kunz. “As the only mushroom that grows underground, the science behind truffles is fascinating.” The Truffleist highlights those unique flavors and qualities, without the elitism that typically accompanies fine truffle products.