Where does your Olive Oil come from? Well, on July 6th at Cafe Levain, our Olive Oil came directly from California. Chef Adam Vickerman and the California Olive Ranch partnered to prepare a fantastic meal that highlighted the skillful talent of Adam and the fresh, refined taste of olive oil from California Olive Ranch.
Minnesota Food Blogger events are always over the top but I think this was one of my favorites so far. The location was beautiful, it was great seeing people I already knew and also great to get to know new fellow bloggers. It didn't hurt that the food was simply perfect. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.
To truly appreciate the quality of this Olive Oil, it's imperative that you know how to properly taste and sample the oils. Luckily Mike from California Olive Ranch was prepared to teach us how:
We were then presented with the following 5 course dinner:
Split Pea and Kohlrabi Soup
Farmer's Market Salad
Local mixed lettuces, Buttermilk-Tarragon Vinaigrette, Garden Herbs
and Vegetables, Donnay Chevre, Brioche, Candied Nuts. Millers Blend EVOO
Sitka Sound Red King Salmon
Poached Laughing Bird Shrimp, Marinated White Beans,
Sugar Snap Peas, Chili Oil. Arbequina EVOO.
Charred Beef Hangar Steak
Fingerling Potato Confit, Local Mushrooms, Balsamic,
Preserved Lemon. Arbosana EVOO
Extra Virgin Olive Oil Cake
Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting - Cake, Panna Cotta, Gelato, Gel,
Tuille. Millers Blend, Arbequina and Arbosana EVOO.
Beautiful dinner, great group of people and we even got to take home a bottle of olive oil. I can't wait to try it out. Thanks to all for organizing. And yes, there was even plate licking.