Arrange for Carol Firenze to speak at your next event. Topics are established in consultation with you. Depending on the size of the audience or number of guests, olive oil tasting and a cooking class can be arranged. Presentation times range from an hour to several hours (if cooking class is included).
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Host your own Olive Oil Tasting Party
How much do you really know about olive oil? Did you know that what you think is extra virgin may be refined oil or not even olive oil? Did you know that the first uses of olive oil were not for cooking? Noted olive oil sommelier, Carol Firenze will teach you how to “taste like an expert”, distinguish the different flavors of extra virgin olive oil and pair foods with olive oil. You will learn how to host your own olive oil tasting party and create fast and easy appetizers drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil.
If all you’re doing with olive oil is cooking, you’re missing out on at least 100 other uses. Carol Firenze presents how to use your Extra Virgin Olive Oil around La Casa (the house) to clean, polish, and preserve; in La Cucina (the kitchen) to drizzle, marinate, sauté, and bake; in Il Bagno (the bathroom) to beautify and treat your skin, hair, and hands; and, in La Camera da Letto (the bedroom) as she encourages you to use your own imagination, while discussing uses as old as civilization itself. With props and demos, be prepared for an entertaining and fun talk.
How much do you really know about olive oil? Did you know that what you think is extra virgin may be refined oil or not even olive oil? Did you know that olives were considered so sacred in the 7th century BC, that only virgins and celibate men were allowed to pick olives? Did you know that the first uses of olive oil were not for cooking? Learn the answers to these and other sordid and divine olive oil stories. Travel the 8000 years history of the precious substance that Homer named “liquid gold”.
Remember – it’s time you started questioning the virginity of your oil! And, if all you’re doing with olive oil is cooking, you’re missing out on at least 100 other uses. Use can use your EVOO around La Casa (the house) to clean, polish, and preserve; in La Cucina (the kitchen) to drizzle, marinate, sauté, and bake; in Il Bagno (the bathroom) to beautify and treat your skin, hair, and hands; and, in La Camera da Letto (the bedroom), well, use your imagination.
The World of Olive Oil: Getting Passionate about its Influence and Sophistication
No plant, with the possible exception of the grapevine, has enjoyed the degree of fame, mysticism and magic as the olive tree, the olive, and olive oil. Following the same sophisticated path as wine, olive oil is now taking center stage. In fact olive oil is now perceived to be the new wine among those “in the know”.
Carol Firenze begins by taking her audience through the amazingly rich history of the olive tree and olive oil. The historical development of olive oil actually mirrors the history of Western Civilization. She will discuss its impact on the history of commerce, religion, health, beautification, and culinary practices. Carol will then highlight over 100 every day uses and will clearly explain the definitions of Extra Virgin, Virgin, and Olive Oil.
From tasting parties to bringing your own bottle with you to a restaurant, olive oil is following the same sophisticated path that wine followed decades ago. Through the sharing of her family’s recipes, formulas, and stories, Carol’s wish is that, by the end of her talk, her audience will also become passionate about olive oil.
For thousands of years, olive oil has been dependably discreet, its attributes known and shared by such enlightened individuals as Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine; Democritus, who developed the theory of cause and effect including the cause of longevity; Cleopatra, who concocted herbs with oil to lure her lovers; and many others, such as Sophia Loren, who drink the liquid gold as part of their daily ritual. Yet, only recently has the secret really been told. Carol Firenze will share secrets from the dawn of civilization, through the Renaissance to present day.
Developed for students in elementary, middle and secondary schools, Carol Firenze offers a bit of history, interesting uses of olive oil and the taste test.