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Ask Me Anything (Office Hours)

Char Nolan - Ask Me Anything (Office Hours)

This event was on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at 11:00 am Pacific, 2:00 pm Eastern

Join Chef Char Nolan in her virtual office as she welcomes all of your questions. This event was created for you and we encourage you to ask anything – from cooking techniques to cou… Read More.



Where does one start if they are unfamiliar with good quality olive oils. Any recommendations?

— Sylvia Edwards


You know, I worked at Whole Foods Market for many years and had the joyous experience of going to many in services. So I remembered being visited by a representative from the McAvoy Olive Oil Company. It's a California based olive oil what you specifically want to look for are two very important things you wanted to be either first pressed virgin. or cold pressed and the reason for that is you're going to get the best tasting olive oil that you will get there are other types of olive oil that are not extra virgin olive oil and they've been heated and processed so that you might have a different colored looking olive oil the one interesting thing that I remembered about the macavoy visit was that Olive trees will take on some of the sense or Aromas or what is growing around them. So it might be avocados. It might be grass or whatever and that that can help to impact the color. The other thing Sylvia is that you want to look for olive oil that is in a dark colored bodies or green or black or blue or whatever and there are many many stores that are specific to olive oil and vinegar and you might want to go and visit one and they'll let you do a tasting for free and you can find something that you like McAvoy can start at a price point of 15 dollars for 300 liter 300 cc's in a bottle and go all the way up to 350 dollars. So I think that if I were taking this course, I would look for a first-pressed or extra virgin olive oil cold pressed and the other thing I wanted to say is one of the best kept secrets in the olive oil world is one of the best products at Whole Foods Market is there extra virgin olive oil and it's not priced, you know out of the ball park so First Press cold pressed dark bottle look at your price point and visit an olive oil store where you can taste some different olive oils and get some pointers from the person who would be helping you make your selection. So I hope that that helps and yes, I did include an article from Bon Appetit magazine about how to select so olive oil and the article actually brings up a lot of really good talking points Sylvia and I do hope that you find that helpful, so I guess Bon appetit.
Char Nolan

Char Nolan

Chef Instructor