On Speaking Engagements:

olive-arrow“Vivacious, beautiful Carol Firenze may be the best advertisement for her own charming and clearly written reference book packed with history and how-to information. Dr. Firenze recounts history as shaped by the fascinating olive rather than the other way around. It’s early uses in Mediterranean health aids and as an ingredient in food preparation are secondary to olive oil’s role in ancient religious rituals, myth and as an influence to world commerce. Her lecture was absolutely delightful.”
— Gerry Furth-Sides, American Institute of Wine and Food

olive-arrow“Carol’s charisma, bright smile, and contagious energy all put forth to show the “truth” in olive oil. “
— Jeanne MacKay, Owner of The Tasteful Olive, Overland Park, Kansas

olive-arrow“It was a delight to learn about the history of olive oil as well as learning about all the different kinds of oil that are available.  Many of us felt we were ready to try some of the new uses you mentioned in your talk.”
— Charlotte Stott, Assistance League of Sacramento, Authors’Day Fundraiser Event

olive-arrow“The Friends of Los Gatos (California) welcomed Carol Firenze as our featured speaker at our  Friday Forum Series with great pleasure. Her PowerPoint illustrations were well organized and informative. Carol’s presentation was enlivened by her obvious love and yes, passion, for all things related to olive oil. Her erudition was well flavored with humorous anecdotes. Her program flowed easily and the hour flew by. The audience was enthusiastic and appreciative. Also, Carol was adroit at answering questions from the audience. All and all, it was a brilliant evening!”
— Maureen O’Connell, J.D. and Former President of Friends of the Library


On the Passionate Olive book:

olive-arrow “Only someone who knows as much about the enormous benefits of this ancient symbol of life and longevity can appreciate the importance of giving the olive tree and all it offers tribute, as Carol Firenze does in The Passionate Olive.”
— Norma Kamali, Designer and Proprietor of Olive Oil Wellness Products

olive-arrow “Carol Firenze has done a fine job of gathering between two covers – folklore, history, family recipes and scholarly works dealing with olive oil. If you are an olive oil fan, this book is a handy reference.”
— Darrell Corti, President Corti Brothers and World-Renowned Olive Oil Expert

olive-arrow “I read The Passionate Olive with complete delight.  I also made a list of friends and relatives to whom to send copies as b’day or Christmas gifts.  I salute you for a job done superbly well.”
— D. Barry Lumsden, Professor/Educational Gerontology, Texan A & M University

 On the Umbrian Olive Oil tours:

olive-arrow “Thank you again for the wonderful experience you spearheaded for me in Italy. I am currently suffering from “PAVD”… post-amazing vacation depression!!! I still can’t believe the trip has come and gone. At least I received amazing friendships, memories, photos and keepsakes from it!”
— Morgan Mance, Olive Harvest Adventure 2011

olive-arrow “I wanted to thank you again for a once-in-a-lifetime trip! You made everything so amazing! … All the memories will never be forgotten!”
— Ginger, St. Louis, MO

olive-arrow “This was one of the best weeks of my life. Whoever hasn’t experienced Carol’s tour, don’t hesitate.  Do it.”
— Claudia, Los Gatos, CA

olive-arrow“We want to thank you for the very best of holidays. Everything was perfectly planned and if plans didn’t work, you handled that beautifully as well. Thank you for sharing your passion and opening our eyes to the beauty that produces such wonderful oil. We appreciated all that you did for the duration of our stay to make it such a fantastic memory and incredible learning experience.”
— Frank and Sally, St. Louis, MO

olive-arrow“This is the best trip I’ve ever been on … including my honeymoon!”
— Anonymous


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