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Chicago Conference Scores Well

The inaugural Spend Wisely on Olive Oil Conference in Chicago was scored an average of at least 4.5 out of 5 on the three main issues of location (4.9), timing (4.5) and program quality (4.5). This came from 33% of the participants who responded to the post-conference survey.

The conference was co-organised by the North American Olive Oil Association and International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes.

Attendees represented all interests in the North American Olive Oil sector – oil and vinegar franchise owners, large scale importers and distributors, foodservice, chefs, food media, and testing laboratories.

Planning is already underway for the 2016 Olive Oil Conference.

For a pictorial tour if the 2015 Conference see the Spend Wisely On Olive Oil Facebook Page

The First Taster’s Championship

The inaugural North American Extra Virgin Olive Oil Taster’s Championship was won by Hayley Stevens Miller of Saratoga Olive Oil Company. Hayley is an Associate Savante. The runner-up was Tomas Almeida from Sovena USA.

The Championship was based on the skills test used in the Savantes programme and includes; defect and intensity ranking, varietal identification, defect identification and triangle tests.

For more information go here

Melbourne Savantes 26-28 November 2015

26-28 November is the next Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes Programme in Melbourne at the Vibe Hotel in Carlton.

Amongst many others, the top two ranked extra virgin olive oils in the world, Venta del Baron and Rincon de la Subbetica, will be available for tasting as well as the overall winner of the Los Angeles Fair Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition, Dievole.

The programme and registration information is available on the Savantes Website – Click Here

Modena Savantes, Italy – 24-26 February 2016

The dates for the Savantes Programme in Modena have been changed to the 24-26 February 2016. In the heart Italy’s fine food region, Modena is an ideal setting to taste the finest extra virgin olive oils. Visitors can also indulge in fine traditional balsamic vinegar, the best parmigiano reggiano and prosciutto, fast cars and motorcycles and the timeless singing of Pavarotti. That’s Modena.

Join us in Modena – Click Here

New York Savantes, June 22-24, 2016

We will be returning to New York for the fifth year to hold the Savantes Programme at the Tryp Times Square South Hotel in Manhattan.

The dates have been selected to coincide with the Summer Fancy Food Show which starts at the Jarvitz Centre on Sunday June 26. The Center is a 10 minute walk from the Savantes venue.

Join us in New York – Click Here

Congratulations to Associate Savantes

We welcome three new Associate Savantes from the Chicago programme. Rick Cummisford from Illinois, Brie Thompson from Montana and Eryn Balch from New York all achieved Associate status in the Savantes Testing Your Skill as a Taster. We now have 15 Associate Savantes, eight from the USA.

Two Associates, Sue Witeof and Hayley Stevens Miller, have achieved the status twice – in consecutive skills tests.

We are still searching for our first full Savante who must achieve 80% in the skills test. The closest to date is 73% achieved by 3 Associates.

For Associate profiles go to associate.savantes.com

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