Caltech will host its first-ever Olive Harvest Festival on November 2. The all-day and evening campuswide event that will include not only the actual harvesting of olives from the trees on campus, but also culinary demonstrations, olive-oil tasting, olive milling and pressing demonstrations, live music, dancing, dining, and an "Edible Tour" of the Caltech campus. The public is invited to attend this event. More here.
A good article on making olive oil soap can be found in today's Detroit news. It is here. The owner of the Soap Barn Co takes readers through the steps and provides the process in detail with photographs.
Jay writes to let readers of the olive blog know that the International Olive Oil Festival, March 8-9, 2008 has selected Fort Lauderdale as its host city. For more information on becoming a sponsor or exhibitor, please visit: www.OliveOilFest.com or contact Jay Shapiro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Çırağan Palace Kempinski is hosting an Olive and Olive Oil Festival on August 15-27 at its restaurant, Tuğra. The Çiragan Palace was built between 1864 and 1871 by the last of the Ottoman sultans, Sultan Abdul-Aziz. In 1910 a fire badly damaged the Palace and it lay abandoned until 1986 when restoration began. In addition to a estoration of the Palace to its original architectural grandeur, a grand European-style hotel was built on the grounds. It became a Kempinski Hotel in 1992.
The second in a series of posts from the Salon Saveurs held in Paris this past weekend. Today's post is on the Castelas stand that was selling olive oil chocolate. the olive blog had heard of olive oil chocolate cake and even an olive oil chocolate mousse but this was the first tasting of pure olive oil chocolate. And the verdict -- it is very good but the 10 euro price tag for a small block places it squarely at the luxury end of the market. As to the recipe the patron with the chef's that said it was a secret handed down from father to son.
The Salon Saveurs is a popular biannual food show in Paris attracting a large number of small olive oil and table olive producers. the olive blog visited over the weekend and this week there will be a series of posts on some of the stands and exhibits. The snaps below are from a producer of infused oil which included essence of rose, saffron and mint as well as the more common lemon infusion and so forth.