04 Oct

Spanish Olive Oil Expert Partners with Top Los Angeles Chef for an Exclusive Tasting

Olive Oil From Spain announces today plans to host an exclusive tasting and dinner with olive oil expert, Alfonso J. Fernandez and restaurant owner, John Rivera Sedlar, at Sedlar’s Los Angeles restaurant, Playa. Fernandez, a fifth generation olive farmer and olive oil producer, will travel to Los Angeles from Spain to treat key city influencers and media on a culinary journey through the Spanish countryside. The tasting will be followed by small plates and cocktails created by Sedlar, all which have been inspired by the bold flavors present in the four olive oil varietals.

“What I love more than working with olive oil, is working to educate people on olive oil,” said Alfonso J. Fernandez. “Partnering with local talented chefs to create specialty dishes influenced by olive oils from Spain allows us to share our passion of exciting the palate and introducing people to unique flavors.”
Fernandez will guide guests on how to taste like an expert four distinct varietals from Spain: arbequina, cornicabra, hojiblanca and picual. Through examining the tastes and aromas, proper tasting techniques, learning the language and education on the history of olive oil, guests will have a better understanding of one of Spain’s main exports.
Chef Sedlar spent several years living in Spain, travels there frequently and was just in Spain tasting olive oils with Mr. Fernandez. Chef Sedlar loves cooking with Spanish olive oils and also serves them as a finishing oil at his restaurants.

Spain is the #1 producer of olive oil in the world, producing an average of 1 million tons olive oil a year. Originating from seven regions in Spain, the country exports olive oil to more than 100 countries on five different continents. Olive oil is a monounsaturated oil of high nutritional value, mostly from the benefits of the oleic acid. It is heart healthy helping to balance and reduce “bad” cholesterol, and to increase “good” cholesterol.
About Olive Oil from Spain
Olive Oil from Spain is a promotional campaign funded by Spain’s Olive Oil Industry Association (Organización Interprofesional del Aceite de Oliva Español), The Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX) represented by Foods from Spain in New York, the Spanish Olive Oil Exporters Association (ASOLIVA) and The Trade Promotion Agency of Andalusia (EXTENDA) and Castilla-La Mancha (IPEX).
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