‘New Oil’ Celebration Honors Italian Tradition with World-Class American Olive Oil
Fruity, pungent, and heart-healthy extra virgin olive oils from the November California harvest and pressing are here and Olivette invites the public to sample them at their First Annual ‘Olio Nuovo’ Celebration.
During this celebration of ‘new oil’, visitors to the Darien store can taste five varieties of the freshest California extra virgin olive oils available – Kalamata, Koroneki, Frantoio, Leccino and Organic Mission – the same types grown in Italy, Spain and Greece. “In Italy, the much anticipated olive harvest and crush is celebrated with an annual festival and we’ve borrowed that concept to share these delicious, limited harvest oils from California with the public. I know these fresh, aromatic and flavorful oils – essentially fresh fruit juice – will change the way people think about olive oil” says Alina Lawrence, owner of Olivette.
California is increasingly recognized as a world-class producer of premium extra virgin olive oils, yet produces a small fraction of the 75 million gallons of olive oil consumed by Americans each year.
Lawrence recommends keeping it simple when serving ‘olio nuovo’. “These extra virgin olive oils are meant to be enjoyed just as you would Beaujolais Nouveau – while young and fresh – to ensure their delicate flavors remain intact. I love serving them in olive oil dipping bowls with slices of toasted crusty bread, a head of roasted garlic, and a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau. It’s an easy and delicious appetizer that’s special enough for guests.” ‘Olio nuovo’ is also an excellent choice for making pesto and drizzling on salads, soups, stews, meats and fish.
Olivette’s First Annual ‘Olio Nuovo’ Celebration is happening now at their Darien store on 1084 Post Road and will run through December 31, 2012. Guests will enjoy a complimentary ‘Olio Nuovo’ Celebration tasting flight of five limited harvest, California extra virgin olive oils from the November crush and can choose from three bottle sizes to take home their favorites. For the holidays, Olivette has created an exclusive 2012 ‘Olio Nuovo’ Tasting Set that includes gift-sized bottles of each of the five ‘new oil’ varieties. A wide assortment of gift bottles, baskets, and boxed sets of extra virgin olive oils is available for holiday giving.
Olivette retails premium extra virgin olive oils from around the world, balsamic vinegars and specialty foods and accessories at their 1084 Post Road, Darien store and Norwalk location at SoNo Market Place on 314 Wilson Avenue. At Olivette, customers taste before they buy, and choose from three different sizes of UV protected bottles for purchases. Olivette recommends storing olive oil in a cool, dark place to preserve its delicate flavors and health properties. Phone orders are welcome at 203-621-0643.
To learn more about Olivette, please read our feature story, A Temple to Extra Virgin Olive Oil.