Olive Oil 101: Sensory Tasting, Production & Culinary Use
Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (CST)
We'll take you through a tasting to experience the amazing difference high-quality extra virgin olive oils can make. You'll experience flavors ranging from intense and robust to mild, creamy and buttery. We'll explore olive oil's history, mythology, production process, health benefits, art of tasting and it's culinary uses. Sample oils from our superlative collection and see how they are scored at the International Olive Oil tasting competitions. We'll also take teach you how to detect rancid olive oil. Included with the class is cheese, artisan breads, vegetables, fresh olives, almonds and a cup of Mexican Vanilla ice cream from Amy's Ice Cream drizzled with our fresh EVOO! You are welcome to purchase a bottle of wine before the event as well. After the event we will open up our shop for your own personal tasting tour.
A few reminders about reservations. Each class is $19.99. Once you have purchased a ticket, an email reminder will be sent to you which you should bring with you to class. All purchases are final and we are unable to issue any refunds. We look forward to seeing you!
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Jeff & Tabatha Conarko
Founded in 2009 Con’ Olio Oils and Vinegars is the first premium olive oil tasting bar to set up shop in Austin. The Con’ Olio experience — influenced by Europe’s unique food culture, street markets and small-town cafés — is available at three Austin locations: 215 Lavaca St. in the Second Street District, the Arboretum & Bee Cave at the Shops at the Galleria. All three locations of this family-owned oil boutique offer the try-before-you-buy concept, serving complementary tastes of the freshest Extra Virgin Olive Oils (EVOO) & Aged Traditional Balsamic Vinegars in town. As taste testers tap into the liquid gold of Con’ Olio’s olive oils and vinegars, poured from one stainless steel Fusti storage container to another, the knowledgeable staff provides expert insight on how to identify high-grade oils and distinguish their particular flavors and aromas. Unlike many oil tasting bars that provide bread for dipping, Con’ Olio encourages customers to sip from tasting cups, which helps preserve the oils’ integrity and flavor. To ensure authenticity, bottles are filled directly from the tasting Fustis, each of which specifies the harvest date and chemical-testing results.
Inspired by the highly sophisticated oils and vinegars , they sampled while traveling throughout Europe, Jeff & Tabatha Conarko left their corporate careers for a business venture in fine-food retailing. Since its opening four years ago, Con’ Olio — meaning “with oil,” and a play on the couple’s last name — has been committed to quality, providing an in-store experience that educates patrons as well as enlivens their senses.
Jeff & Tabatha are also part of an elite handful of individuals in North America to earn their certification as expert olive oil sensory evaluators by the oldest & most accredited olive oil tasting school in the world! ONAOO (Organizzazione Nazionale Assaggiatori Olio Di Oliva) is located in Imperia, Italy. You can read more about this accredited school and their program here: www.oliveoil.org.
We hope you enjoy our classes!