Olive Oil Events

Baking with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Presented by the California Olive Oil Council in partnership with Portland Culinary Alliance and Williams-Sonoma

Thursday, September 10, 2015

6:30-8:30 pm

Williams-Sonoma, 338 NW 23rd Ave. (Portland, Oregon)

$25 for PCA members / $35 for non-members

Extra virgin, the highest grade of olive oil, exhibits a range of flavor characteristics from nutty to peppery to fruity. Join us to learn how to taste and distinguish between different California extra virgin olive oils.  We will discuss olive oil’s applications in baking, including how to pair with chocolate, tips for selecting the best flavor profile for your recipe, and guidelines for substituting olive oil in place of other fats. Fran Gage (www.FranGage.com), acclaimed baker, author of The New American Olive Oil and member of the California Olive Oil Council taste panel, will lead this informative session and include a sampling of her recipes featuring certified California extra virgin olive oils.

 Seating is limited.  To register, please visit www.portlandculinaryalliance.com

Olivas de Oro: Orchard to Table

September 12, 2015

Creston, CA

$115 per person/$95 for Creston Wine Trail club members

Enjoy an orchard to table olive oil experience in San Luis Obispo county with Frank and Marti Menacho, owners of Olivas de Oro Olive Company.  You'll tour their 160 acre orchard and olive oil mill, participate in an olive oil sensory evaluation, and feast on a 5 course dinner featuring olive oil and local seasonal produce and meat.  Dinner, prepared by award winning Chef Alex Martin of Crush Catering, will be paired with featured wines from the Creston Wine Trail Wineries.

Find out more: http://www.olivasdeoro.com/ott.html

UC Master Milling Certificate Course

October 1 – 4, 2015

Davis, CA

$1,025 until August 1, 2015, $1,225 after August 1, 2015

This Master Milling course will be led by Leandro Ravetti, executive director of Australia’s Boundary Bend Limited and expert in olive oil processing, growing, and standards.  The course will include a field trip to three olive oil processors in Yolo County, including to Boundary Bend’s new U.S. facility in nearby Woodland.  http://olivecenter.ucdavis.edu/events/uc-master-milling-certificate-course

McEvoy Ranch Ranch Tour

October 3, 2015, 1:30 – 3:30pm

Petaluma, CA


This tour of McEvoy Ranch includes an overview of McEvoy’s history and an introduction to their olive oil production and wine program.  You’ll walk in the orchards and vineyards and visit the state-of-the-art olive oil mill.  The tour concludes with an oil tasting and sensory evaluation in which you’ll hear suggestions for how to best enjoy McEvoy’s olive oil. www.mcevoyranch.com

2015 Big Fresno Fair

October 7 - 18, 2015

Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Friday 11 a.m.  midnight

Saturday 10 a.m.  midnight

Sunday 10 a.m.  11 p.m.

Fresno, CA

Adults $10, Children 6-12 $7, Children 5 and under FREE, Seniors 62 and over $7, Military $7, Additional payment for parking

This past May, the COOC taste panel members conducted the judging for the Inaugural San Joaquin Valley Olive Oil Competition (SJVOOC).  Winners of the Gold and Silver Medals, as well as the recipient of the “Best of Show” award have the opportunity to have a booth in the Wells Fargo Agricultural Building on both Saturdays and Sundays during the 2015 Big Fresno Fair.  At their booth, they will be able to display and sell their award-winning product(s). Additionally, educational booths will be set up so that Fairgoers can learn more about the art of making olive oil, its health benefits, recipes and more.

Winners: http://www.fresnofair.com/sjv-olive-oil-competition