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Green Liquid Gold: The Best Olive Oil

With over 1,000 years of history in Tuscany, the Frescobaldi family is known the world over for fine wine and exquisite olive oil. Originally bankers, they turned to farming after the Renaissance. Today they own 741 acres of olive groves in addition to several wine estates. Their name is synonymous with quality and Tuscan culture. They strive for excellence.

Matteo Frescobaldi Catherine Fallis Chef Staffan Terje Rolando BeramendiIn 1986, a year after a devasting freeze that destroyed 90% of Tuscany’s olive trees, the family spearheaded the formation of the Laudemio consortium to encourage member producers to focus on best plots, best agricultural practices, and best production methods. Laudemio, a historical term, refers to the best part of the harvest that was reserved for the feudal lord, or landlord.

Laudemio Frescobaldi Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2018 celebrates its 30th anniversary with custom gold painted bottles, so its signature emerald green color is not visible until it is poured into a saucer or onto a plate. It is exquisitely rich and elegant with delicate flavors and silky texture.

Matteo Frescobaldi, representing the family’s 30th generation, is the Brand Manager. Matteo compared Laudemio to wine, noting they both express their origin, or terroir. He and Rolando Beramendi, a talented chef and cookbook author and owner of Manicaretti Italian Food Imports presided over a luncheon prepared by Chef Staffan Terje at Perbacco in San Francisco to showcase the green liquid gold.

Perbacco Ristorante and Bar

First Course

Ribollita

Ribollita

Pinzimonio – seasonal vegetables with olive oil

Pinzimonio

Second Course

Pappardelle – wide pasta ribbons – peposo beef ragu

Pappardelle

Main Course

Maiale al Latte – milk braised pork shoulder with caramelized fennel
Seared Flatiron Steak Tagliata with arugula

Flatiron Steak and Maiale

Dessert

Chocolate Gelato with sea salt and olive oil

We were encouraged to drizzle the Laudemio Frescobaldi olive oil over everything, which we did, enjoying the decadence of the gold bottles, and their green gold contents.

Laudemio Frescobaldi Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2018 is available now in limited supply at select Whole Foods Markets and gourmet markets nationwide.

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