Extra Virgin Oil and Seeds

"My path to holistic ... Olio Officina Food Festival 2013 '

Written by CinziaTosini

These were intense days spent in those Olio Officina Food Festival. Days of knowledge,  di culture, of art, music, dances, meetings and… from the many smiles!

But I want to tell you better ...

With the inauguration of the festival last Thursday 24 January, as they say you are open dances. "Paese d'honor 2013″ l’India, both as a consumer of oil, both as a country farmer of olive groves for the production of oil. This attention to olive oil comes from the fact that India is the first country in the world to incidence of cardiovascular disease. Are well-known factors that influence in this sense these pathologies: arterial hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, smoke, diabetes, obesity and physical inactivity. Two tablespoons of olive oil are an effective quality medical facility to counter these diseases.

This edition of Oil Workshop was devoted to women, looking at the female side of the oil. About intervened Rosalia Knights, Professor of Semiotics and Theory of sign language studies at the University of Messina, emphasizing how the biology attests to the greater olfactory sensitivity female. We must relearn to sniff. Our mind is now tainted by the images that we often incorrectly condition. Go over, sniffing and not judging only on the outer…

"Distracted by a mentality visual-acoustic, We have relegated the smell of the senses 'minor'. Rosalia Knights "

Many women oil, but not only that ... I had the pleasure of seeing the dear Laura Turri I met recently visiting his oil mill in Cavaion Veronese, Gabriella Stansfield President of Women Oil, Mary Adelaide of Bertacco 'The. Agr. Hills of Marostica, Dawn of Guarini Masseria Patches Galleys (BR), the lovely Paola Fioravanti President of 'Mediterranean Union Oil Tasters and Maria Elena President of Curtius'National Association of Cooks at home.

 A meeting in particular I was very excited ... A friend and a woman whom I respect for the depth of the thoughts, and I've had the honor of reading the intimacy of our private deeds. Lei è Alessandra Paolini's Agricultural Society Doria (CS), Woman oil.

I do not have a mill company ... I make enormous sacrifices to talk to my mill so follow my disciplinary, My times, le mie convinzioni… faccio chilometri nella campagna olearia e me ne vado a molire molto lontano dalla mia azienda con costi umani ed economici notevoli, in nome della qualità che io volevo… Io il mio mondo lo vorrei in una zolla…Alessandra Paolini

Reunite Jeanne Perego, the insalatologa for excellence, it was a real pleasure. I love salads, those rich, with many ingredients and seasonings, more than outline, real main dishes rich in vitamins! His new book tells well 365, a day throughout the year and for all tastes!

He had reached the turn of Antonella and Viviana Varese. Due sorelle, due chef, and two dear friends ...! The theme of their intervention was developed on the right choice of oil for cooking fish from the lake and sea. Two sisters restorative: “Antonella with his house in Manerba del Garda Dahlias and Beans gestito along with fellow chef and Fabio Mazzolini, and Viviana with her "Alice's Restaurant” a Milano”.

Finished the intervention of Antonella and Viviana, a feeling of stomach hole made us realize that it was time for lunch. Just enough time to call a taxi and we were in a sprint from "Alice" restaurant Viviana Varese. In the intimacy of a small room underground had lunch between confidence and smiles like a long time we could not do for the mutual commitments. Once finished, ready to return to the festival, Viviana stopped me and told me: "Look at 'back here!” Sono scoppiata a ridere quando ho letto alcune frasi umoristiche sul retro della porta della cucina. Un click e… via!

Speakers of the issue relating to the oil Guides, l 'oleologo Nicola Perrucci and Maestrod'olio Fausto Borella. Recentemente ho fatto a Fausto un’intervista con domande semplici per risposte semplici, I like it. We carry a:

  • I quote a statement heard in your speech that I fully agree: "The farmer's oil supply chain cost him at least ten euro per liter. An olive oil that costs three euro is not an extra virgin olive oil, but only a lie to the consumer ". At this point I ask: But an oil with this cost as obtained?

Through sailing ship oil to the best Italian ports. Or through an uncontrolled oil is not certified South invading the Italian regions to the Alps.

The advice from the consumer Fausto redirected towards a conscious choice of an olive oil quality, is trying to choose one of the 44 Italian DOP which has a cost of about € 6-8 for 50 cl.

Another meeting was happy with the sympathetic Elia Fiorillo, President of Ceq, Consortium to guarantee the quality of extra virgin olive oil. Elijah explained to me that this non-profit organization, is open to all operators in the olive, producers, packers and distributors to promote and revive the chain Italian olive oil quality.

It was the time of the last goodbyes ... I had the pleasure to meet in person Maximum Occhinegro Marketing expert, with which a few days before floundering on the web and oil quality. I re-embraced Fausto Delegà, intervened on the sweet synergy between oils, have, api e ulivi. With Gianpiero Rorato, journalist and writer of Motta di Livenza (TV), I recalled my home country I carry in my heart. Last but not least, I said goodbye to my great friend Ancona Richard Pilesi, Marketing food & wine.

It was my turn ... It was up to me, and to Laura Pantaleo Lucchetti intervene. The theme: "The food will free your mind". Ready, via!

I remember that, when Louis a few months ago he asked me to intervene on olive oil seen by the consumer of the food web and the communication I said to myself: "Beautiful challenge!"Challenge that I took a lot of effort with reading texts, probing against people, and visiting OLEIFICIO ...

And 'well known how little there is in Italian culture in the world oil, rather, in the world oil, since we actually over 530 cultivate, but we still call the oil in the singular.  La gente conosce l’olio d’oliva, not according to the area of ​​origin and the cultivar, but according to the manufacturer's name. Why not put in plain sight some more information on the origin?!

The truth is that, Who can if the power of attorney by relatives or friends directly in the places of production, while for those who procures at large retailers the choice falls on or offered for olive oil for cooking, or the most well known brands for use in raw. Some make no mistake they told me that they buy the oil with the highest price. This will never be a conscious choice ... ?!

That said, I promised myself to take advantage of my speech to make very specific requests that help people towards a more informed choice of olive oil:

  • For Communicators I ask more simplicity in the words. Often insist on this concept because the important thing is to do good culture of the earth with simple words, to reach people. People still call the olive oil quality, "The good oil". The term "extra virgin olive oil" now so used, to most people is still unknown (evo: andxtra inergine d’theiron).
  • To Olivicoltori I ask you to organize more events degustativi to tell people their own oil. As said Veronelli: “The oil like wine. The olive tree as the vine."In addition to" Open Cellars "why do not you do ..." Oil Mills open ".
  • At Wine ask you to create an angle for a “oleoteca” allowing the oil tasting.
  • For Restaurateurs I ask you to tell the olive oils that are brought to the table just as you would for wine, just ask the manufacturers data sheets, or even better, train workers in boardroom with oil taster courses.
  • But I ask something also consumers. To be more curious to try the oils, we have so many varieties. When in doubt, as I said to prefer Dop. But when you're on vacation take advantage to visit a farm that reality will make you much more aware about the product they consume.

Finally, I can not stress the importance of promotion of the territory and its products through the network. This, however, does not obviate the fact that the direct knowledge of the manufacturer and its products is irreplaceable tool… least, for them as I live ...



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    Joseph Capano
    Thanks Cynthia was a real pleasure to meet you and discuss passion and be enriched by reflection from your ready smile and your genuine love of food and people, the human side of the kitchen, and I think that the fundamental core of everything. I hope to see you soon….

    Agricultural Society Doria
    Congratulations Cynthia worthy reconstruction of an amazing event! thanks for your nice words, it was great to meet you, you know I'm like St. Thomas, … I need to see! and you've seen all the transparency and clarity and that spontaneous enthusiastic generosity that shines through your writings, you're really a nice person, I am glad I met you…you have very deep humanity that teaches, a big bear hug

    Cynthia Tosini
    Giuseppe… I'm glad that shines, for me it is so seriously… People are important, “live them” and it makes us more aware in living their products. See you soon…

    Cynthia Tosini
    Agricultural Society Doria, Alessandra, you make me cry… I'm happy too. Now… I do not escape me! Sooner or later he will come to see you right on “countryside”. I deeply love the campaign, as soon as I can… see… run away from cities…

    Giordano Castagnoli
    Peace-maker makes reading these sentences, feel so much humanity and desire for revenge in a world dominated by the crisis, I also yesterday I was in the small but great country of Janus Umbria and with President Giulio dell'AICOO Bisaccioni of Arezzo, We did a tasting of oil San Felice del Frantoio Hope for a group of thirty ladies FIDAPA, some of these enthusiastic subscribe to the AICOO course of awareness and knowledge which will begin on February 11 in Citta di Castello. Hope Family (What a beautiful name these days!) full then prepared a complete meal for everyone present so we continued the lesson combining various oils to foods. What a beautiful day!

    Cynthia Tosini
    Thanks Jordan…I was pleased to read you

    Antonia Filomeno
    Thank You, many I'm sorry I missed this step among the many events….

    Cynthia Tosini
    Thanks Antonia The cultural offer that Luigi Uploaded proposed in this edition has been really wide. Many ideas to think to be able to start again…

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