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Update for Olive Oil lovers–taste some of the best in California this weekend!

March 13, 2012
This Saturday, try some of the best olive oils California has to offer, oil so good that it can compete internationally in taste and flavor. 
The Pasta Shop’s Fourth Annual Festival of California Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Enjoy an Afternoon of Tastings, Pairings, Cooking Demos, and Panel Discussion
Featuring Best of Show and Gold Medal winners from the California Olive Oil Council Annual Competition
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Meet producers and taste olive oils that demonstrate the many styles, varieties, and flavor profiles of California’s extra virgin olive oils.
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Panel discussion and cooking demos
Saturday, March 17, 2012
1786 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA  94710
510.250.6004  www.thepastashop.net

No cost except for purchases.
 
ADDITIONAL INFO:
This annual event showcases the extra virgin olive oils from California’s most recent harvest.  
 
1:00 – 4:00 Tastings and Food Pairings 
*Meet the producers and taste olive oils from Bari, Bozzano, Calivirgin, Corto, Katz, Lucero, McEvoy, Olivina, Pacific Sun Farms, Robbins Family, and Talcott.

*Taste a range of oils from the fruity Arbequina, to the robust, pungent and peppery Tuscan blends. Food pairings with roast beef, greens, beans, and fruits show how different oils add unique flavors to the recipes.
 
*Sample the Pasta Shop’s signature recipes for olive oil cake and challah. 

*The Olive Oil Guessing Game:  Can you guess which olive oil is truly extra virgin?
 
 
* Make Your Own Mezze Plate:  Build a plate around your favorite dips and choose the oil to drizzle over it. Price varies.
 
 
2:00 – 2:30 Extra Virgin? So what does that really mean and why does it matter?
 
Freshness, taste, and health make all the difference!  Producers Dewey Lucero (Lucero Olive Oil), Pablo Voitzuk (Pacific Sun Farms), and Brady Whitlow (Corto) discuss their oils and the importance of knowing what makes an olive oil truly extra virgin,  why this is important, and why true extra virgin costs more.
 
3:00 – 3:30 Cooking with Extra Virgin Olive Oil,  “Yes, you really can fry with it!”:  Pasta Shop Executive Chef Scott Miller will demonstrate cooking with olive oil including how to poach, fry, confit, and sauté with extra virgin olive oil.
 
*Coinciding with this event,  Café Rouge, next door, will offer a special olive oil focused menu with a la carte items showcasing California extra virgin olive oil.
510-525-1440
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