Bite and Sip

Bite and Sip Blog, October 11

2013-10-10T10:00:00Z 2013-10-10T17:22:12Z Bite and Sip Blog, October 11By Kathleen Dorsey nwitimes.com
October 10, 2013 10:00 am  • 

I just love olives, don't you?

The briny little berries have been a cornerstone of cuisine for most of human history, be it as olive oil or the olives themselves. No fully-stocked kitchen is complete without olive oil—extra virgin, first pressed or infused varieties. To me, there's nothing better than white truffle-infused olive oil.

And along with many other cocktail aficionados, I love a well-made dirty martini—extra dirty.

The experts at Tasty Olive Company, based in Highland, certainly know their stuff about this gourmet staple. Their products come from far-flung locales such as Chile, Italy, Spain, Tunisia, Greece and others, while their gourmet marinades and recipes are homemade.

Tasty Olive is pairing up with the Gourmet Goddess to offer a fall tasting in their Highland store, located at Porte D'Leau plaza. The tasting will take place this Saturday, Oct. 12, from 11am-2:30pm.

The event will feature easy recipes for party-friendly appetizers made with the star ingredient—olive oil.

Going along with the Mediterranean theme, Ciao Bella is going to be more lively than ever this coming Saturday, with musician Blake Alexander performing classic and modern favorites.

Our very own Eloise Valadez is going to be judging The El Popular-Ivy Tech Chorizo Contest tonight. The contest will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at Ivy Tech Community College's East Chicago campus. Chorizo innovators can compete to win cash prizes of $250, $150 and $75.

Eloise tells me there are even such things as desserts that showcase chorizo. It certainly sounds interesting!

Tickets to taste the chorizo creations are $2. Tickets can be purchased at the campus' finance office. No tickets can be purchased at the door.

For more information, call (219) 392-3600, ext. 245

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