SUISUN VALLEY — It was an afternoon of showing that olives and holiday sweets do go quite well together.
The Sunday class was put on by the Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company with Executive Chef Marvin Martin showing the dozen participants how to create olive oil-related holiday treats such as almond and minneola tangelo olive oil cake, Eureka lemon cloud fritters and chocolate and olive oil fondue.
“We are doing this because it is holiday time and everyone loves sweets,” said Il Fiorello owner Ann Sievers.
The three-hour cooking class is part of a program of monthly cooking classes called Kitchen in the Groves that center on unique and tasty ways to use olive oil that has included in the past subjects such as harvest side dishes and grilling with olive oil and mushrooms.
Sievers said she likes to keep the classes to a dozen or less “because that allows everyone to participate.”
Most of those who were there were familiar faces who had participated in previous classes, according to Martin.
Karen Waller of Fairfield, one of the participants, said she had wanted to take one of the classes ever since she and her husband had brought several pounds of olives to Il Fiorello earlier this year to be milled.
“My favorite was the fritters,” Waller said of the several recipes that Martin demonstrated and explained. “I will be making these for Christmas.”
Diane Brown, another oparticipant, had brought four of her friends from their dental office who had come previously for one of the olive oil tastings, heard about the class and signed up.
“We have been able to pick up a lot of hints that we would not have otherwise thought of,” said Dawn Roland of what she learned that evening.
For more information about Il Fiorello and its classes, go to www.ilfiorello.com.
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