Extra virgin olive oil, scandals, curiosities and fame
Seen for you by Marzia Morganti Tempestini
A dinner which took place in Florence organized by Oscar Farinetti with the Frantoio Santa Tea to collect funds for the Meyer hospital.
A person with light and serene eyes, slat and pepper hair, and an Italo-American accent. To the question asking about the coincidence of the Times having publicised his book which was being presented at that same time at the Camera dei deputati, he smiled and said how on the day of the presentation he found himself, through no fault of his own in an embarrassing situation, “when I saw the sketches I wanted to die” . Never had he received so many phone calls from protesting producers surprised by the article throwing dirt at our extra virgin olive oil.
It is true that until a few years ago, regardless of the fact that Italy was the second producer in the world with about 480 tonnes in the last year,
regardless if a decrease of 8%, one spoke of oil only during the autumn during the period of picking and pressing the olives. Today thanks to the many events to divulge the green gold from Italy it is talked about and promoted in other moments during the year and especially in places where once there was no land apt for olive trees. In Trieste where the Olio capitale was organized by the Camera di Commercio, Confcommercio and Città dell’Olio, Boris Pangerc tells us, he is a junior secondary school teacher, poet and olive grower, Mayor for ten years of the Comune di San Dorligo della Valle, when the decided to participate with their municipality in the Associazione Città dell’Olio planting 1500 olive trees, he and his friends were called visionaries and more so still when a few years ago they decided to organize the first edition of Olio capitale. During the seventh edition, just concluded, the exhibitors were 300 and the visitors more than 10,000 coming even from the nearby Croatia.
On the same day as in Trieste extra virgin olive oil has been celebrated also by
Fuori di Taste with a charity dinner prepared by 5 exceptional gourmets, who are usually used to taste and judge what has been prepared by other, have been keen to be put to the test themselves this time, during the evening O’live organized for charity by Eataly in Florence, with the assistance of the chef (real) Enrico Panero, the Eataly patron Oscar Farinetti, Enzo Vizzari, director of the Espresso guides, Paolo Marchi, creator of Identità Golose, and the Gastronauta and patron from Taste Davide Paolini and the gastronomist and sommelier Leonardo Romanelli. The “winner” though was Meyer paediatric hospital in Florence, one of the oldest institutions dedicated to children, where other than the hospital stays and treatment for children, many scientific projects are carried out, to which the organizers have devolved 15thousand euro. In the meantime Tom Mueller next week continues his tour around Italy, a guest in Liguria, where excellent extra virgin olive oil is made, for a conference in an olive mill looking over the port of Imperia, from where in the 19th century the ships full of oil departed for New York! As long as it’s talked about, who cares?!