olive oil

  • Q&A Monday: Foster Fine Foods

    Foster Fine Foods LLC is an Atlanta company dedicated to collecting and sharing unique, authentic and delicious gourmet foods from around the world. We here at Bella Cucina share their philosophy, "Life is too short to eat mediocre food" and we carry their decadent and delectable olive oils, jams and chutneys from Chile in our Atlanta retail store. Foster Fine Foods founder Dawn loves to explore the globe, discovering new cultures and sampling local foods, finding inspiration and new goods to bring into her own kitchen and share with you. Her zeal and passion for finding and sharing good quality food from around the globe is infectious and we're excited to share some of Dawn's insight and inspiration today.

    Foster Fine Foods founder Dawn at the Las Doscientas olive harvest in Chile
    1. What is your most indispensable kitchen utensil? A chef's knife! 2. What is your fondest memory of a meal? I have had a passion for food since a very young age. I have such vivid childhood memories of food like the chocolate with coconut frosting bunny cake my mom got me for my 7th birthday (my birthday is around Easter), Saturday night steak dinners with my family with Shaft playing in the background, Thanksgiving meals with my large extended family, my first taste of escargot in my early teens. I still have my childhood diary and I would write what we had for dinner each night. Food was obviously very important to me and still is! 3. Where do you go to feel inspired? Traveling to new places is always very inspirational for me. 4. What one piece of advice would you offer to an aspiring small-business owner? Do what you love. 5. Fill in the blank: When I am in my kitchen (or sitting down to a good meal), I feel _______. Happy!
    Chilean olive oils from Foster Fine Foods
    Grazie Mille Dawn!

  • Bella's Pantry Essentials: California Arbequina Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

    California Olive Oil paired with Calendula & Chive savory salt and a good hunk of fresh ciabatta bread
    Olive Oil. God's gift to cooking and eating. Don't skimp on good quality extra-virgin olive oil, either. The best premium olive oil is not for cooking, but rather for flavoring salads or drizzling over a finished dish. A good olive oil is one of the best investments you can make in your cooking, since a little drizzle will go a long way. Remember, olive oil loses its flavor when heated, so keep a less expensive oil on hand for sautéing, roasting and grilling.
    Bella's California Olive Oil on display at Porta Via in Atlanta
    Bella's California Olive Oil is made from northern California Arbequina olives that are harvested and pressed early in the season -- usually in November. Early harvest olives produce richer, fruitier oils with a peppery finish.The Arbequina olive is highly aromatic and yields a more delicate olive oil that is dark green in color. Our California Olive Oil has a smooth texture, excellent fruit aroma and an intense fruit and peppery flavor. This olive oil has a very approachable flavor, perfect for even the novice cook. It pairs beautifully with our Aromatic Savory Salts, especially the Porcini & Parsley or Wild Oregano & Sage salts, making an excellent antipasti dip for soft bread. This Olive Oil is truly an excellent and essential pantry addition. Use it sparingly at the end of cooking. Whisk into a vinagrette, brush onto a few sheets of Pane Rustico, drizzle atop soups, pasta or pizza to add a delightful finishing flavor. Though this olive oil is not currently available on our website, don't fret! You can pick up a bottle, or two, in person in our Porta Via retail store in Atlanta, GA or give us a call at (404) 815-1826 to place an order by phone. Grazie!

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