The Olive Oil Connection: A Talk and Tasting
with Carol Firenze and Jeff Martin
Sunday, March 22, 3:00-5:00PM
Carriage House at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto
Experience how olive oil enhances the flavor of food!
As part of our 30th Anniversary Year celebration at Gamble Garden, please join the Education and Luncheon Committees for an entertaining and informative afternoon with Carol Firenze, author of The Passionate Olive, and Jeff Martin, owner of Frantoio Grove. Together they will share their experiences in the world of olive oil! Carol will present olive oil facts and tips for using olive oil in the kitchen and for health and beauty. Jeff will talk about growing olive trees and the production of local olive oil. The afternoon will feature food and oil pairings will give you the opportunity to see what different oils add to the tasting experience!
Growing up in an Italian-American family, Carol Firenze started her career in education as a history teacher. With the family name Firenze (capital city of Tuscany), Carol was destined to write about her favorite subject. After receiving her Doctorate from USF, she worked for an international management-consulting firm, living abroad and teaching executives and developing communication strategies for major corporations. During a sabbatical, Carol followed her interest in the history of health, religion, beauty, and culinary arts with the major connector of these subjects - olive oil. In 2003, Carol formed her company, The Passionate Olive, and wrote a book of the same name. Considered an expert in olive oil, Carol lectures worldwide, writes articles on olive oil tips, and hosts Olive Harvest Adventure tours to Umbria and Tuscany.
Jeff Martin comes to us locally as a grower and producer of Frantoio olive trees. Ten years ago, he planted 30 acres of this Tuscan-blend tree in San Martin and his first olive oil went to market in 2011. He has followed a family tradition started by his grandmother’s grandfather in 1867 in Davis, CA. In 2014, his olive oil was a gold medal winner in Los Angeles and New York International Competitions and in Yolo and Napa County’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil competitions. Frantoio’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil is sold at various Bay Area locations.