Domestic Olive Oil Production and Evaluation.
Kit Lee, Fran Gage & Jim Roberts
Saturday November 23, 2013
Call or email firstname.lastname@example.org 707.895.2955
10:00am- 3:00pm. We will
meet @ The Madrones for a workshop and lunch. The day will continue with a tour of Old Chatham Ranch.
Attendees will have a first hand experience of a small production
olive oil operation as well as instruction by one of the states foremost
tasters and judges of domestic olive oil.
The day will begin at the The Madrones with author and olive oil aficionado Fran Gage
leading a tasting and evaluation course with local and state produced
oils. Lunch will be provided by Chef Patrick Meany demonstrating some of the uses of olive oils. Madrones owner
Jim Roberts will share some of his food preservation techniques in curing
olives and storing them. Then you will depart to Old Chatham Ranch where Kit Lee will lead a
tour and first hand experience of the workings of a ranch producing Olive
*For those traveling from outside the area, please check our guest quarters calendar for available accommodations.
Fran Gage owned and operated Pâtisserie Française for ten
years and in 1995 turned to writing about food. Her food focus took another
turn when she signed up for an Olive Oil Sensory Evaluation course given by the
University of California Extension Service as part of her research for her first
book, Bread and Chocolate. Five years
later she passed the sensory qualification test to become a member of the taste
panel for the California Olive Oil Council. She is on the taste panels for the
University of California Extension and the UC Davis Olive Oil Center, and judges olive oil at competitions. Fran
resides in San Francisco, but also has a home in Navarro @ the deep end of the
Kit Lee and Old Chatham Ranch
In the spring of 1979, George and Kit Lee purchased this
historic property that dates back to 1856. The property begins at Mile Marker
47.19 along Highway 128 at an elevation of 1,200 feet. Old apple orchards, planted in
the1890s by the stagecoach road leading to the then village of Hermitage, are
now planted with 1,000 olives trees that produce our estate "Old Chatham Ranch”
extra virgin olive oil. Climbing the gorgeous ridge past the olive trees, you
approach the beautifully renovated historic home at 1,500 feet with spectacular
views of the rugged Yorkville Highland forests, hills and pastureland that rise
above the headwaters of Dry Creek.
Cost $130, lunch included
*Locals residents and COOC members $95