August 10, 2014

ooThe Treasure Valley Food Coalition proudly presents EVOO, a fabulous evening of extra virgin olive oil Monday October 6th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Visual Arts Collective located at 3638 Osage, Garden City.  During the tasting seminar you will taste five different extra virgin olive oils, learn how to know real EVOO from adulterated or rancid oil, experience the different tastes of oils based on olive type and growing conditions, enjoy pairing foods with different oils, and appreciate the similarities of olive oil tasting to wine tasting as you sip Three Horses wine.  This delicious and informative experience will be orchestrated by Dewey Lucero, the most-awarded US producer of extra virgin olive oil, and Patty Darragh and Lisa Pollack from the California Olive Oil Council.  Tickets are $10.00, space is limited and reservations are required.  Raffle tickets will also be available at the door for $5.00 each.  This tasting seminar is inspired by Tom Mueller’s book “Extra VIRGINITY: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil.” so remember to bring your copy of Extra Virginity for a free chance to win a most delicious prize.

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Lucero Olive Oil was founded in 2005 by Dewey Lucero, but olives are nothing new to the Lucero family. The Lucero’s have been growing olives in Northern California for three generations and now have some of the oldest trees in North America. Dewey’s paternal grandfather, Anthony Lucero, began producing olive oil from the family’s trees by pressing small batches in a hand mill during the holidays as gifts for family and close friends. On Dewey’s maternal side of the family, Dewey’s grandpa Pete Johnston has been growing table olives nearly his whole life. There is actually 4 generations of olive growing on Dewey’s maternal side, with grandpa Pete even owning an olive tree nursery for 27 years in Corning. Many of the Sevillano olive trees planted in Northern CA, came from his nursery. Dewey grew up among the olive groves, and attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he received a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Dewey started his working carrier in the engineering field, and when he was laid off from his tech job as a Quality Engineer, he sat down with the family in 2005 and decided to take a risk and began producing his family’s extra virgin olive oil on a larger scale. The company actually started in Dewey’s parents’ garage! Today, the company continues to grow and has won more acclaim for it’s Extra Virgin Olive Oils than any other producer in North America with over 200 awards.

California Olive Oil Council

The California Olive Oil Council was founded in 1992. The COOC is a non-profit trade and marketing association whose purpose is to promote the growing of olives and the production of olive oil in California. The COOC supports certified olive oil standards and provides grower, producer and consumer education.  Through our Seal Certification program, we help everyone from home chefs to restaurants find guaranteed extra virgin olive oils for their kitchen.  Meetings and events, many of them open to the public, focus on a wide range of subjects, from marketing olive oil to managing their orchards.

This event is sponsored by:

Treasure Valley Food Coalition, The Boise Coop, Bitter Creek/Red Feather Lounge