HOME Restaurant is using our oil

There has been quite a bit of buzz in the local restaurant scene about Brad Briske. He has moved from the tuscan restaurant in Carmel, La Balena back to his former digs in Soquel and opened his own place. HOME is the former location of Theo's and later Main St. Garden Cafe where Briske worked as head chef before moving over to the Carmel scene. Prior to that he was at Cafe Gabriella in Santa Cruz.

I swung by the newly opened (Nov. 1) HOME and met Brad with a freshly milled bottle of our Nov. 2016 olio nuovo for him to test drive. I returned a couple of weeks later to see if he liked it. I can't tell you how gratifying it was to hear him say, "It was a wow, I haven't had anything like this oil in the US, it was like the stuff I had in Tuscany while traveling and eating there the last two Decembers. I used as a topper over a bunch of dishes, I want some."

We had a celebratory dinner there last night and it too was a wow. The goat chops were delectable (first time having them). Grilled Mackerel was also a big hit with my Dad and the Scallops with Chanterelle mushrooms just plain yummy.

 

Holiday Olive Oil Sale

               Dos Aguilas Holiday Sale
                  Dec. 10, 10am to 2pm
 
We harvested more than eight tons of olives on November 7 and 8 and milled them on site with the mobile Mill on Wheels. We ended up with 200 gallons of oil. Subsequent tests showed our 2016 oil to be .04 percent free fatty acidity. The standard for the California Olive Oil Council is .50, we are well below that. This measurement proves that our oil is the highest quality extra virgin.
 
In addition to producing this healthful product we have learned that for each 375 ml bottle of oil produced seven pounds of carbon is removed from the atmosphere and sequestered in the soil. In total 17,600 pounds or 8.8 tons of carbon was offset this year alone.
 
If you are looking for a locally produced food item that improves your overall health and benefits our climate then look no further.
 
At our online store www.dosaguilasoliveoil.com/store you can order our award winning oil at Holiday discounted prices. We also offer free delivery in Santa Cruz and mid county for the season.
On Saturday, December 10 we will be having an open house in the barn where we held the curing classes for those of you who wish to come out and pick up some gifts for the holiday season.
 
New for the holidays are 500 ml Miron Glass bottles which have special qualities that actually help preserve foods. No need to keep your oil in these out of the sunlight and they look elegant on the countertop.

So if you grow weary of malls and internet shopping come on out for some farm therapy. Roger will be there from 10am to 2 pm and he will be bringing samples of olive cures that weren’t ready for the curing classes; Kalamata style, Lacto-fermented and Tuscan Salt/Oil cured olives will be offered for tasting along with our finished oil that will have settled and clarified.
 
Regardless if we hear or see you this season we wish you all the happiest of holidays and a prosperous and healthful new year.

dos aguilas wins again

The results are in for the 2015 Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition. dos aguilas won a Bronze medal for medium North Coast Blends. For some strange reason they have determined we are in the appellation of Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino. We won a gold medal for Central Coast Medium blends in 2011 and then in 2014 we won Best In Class for North Coast Medium Blends.

Maybe because Santa Cruz is the second smallest county in the state (after SF) is why we keep getting lost in the shuffle. We take it as an honor as the competition for North Coast blends is hotter but we do wonder how we would have fared in our own appellation.