Olive Oil Event: Talk, Tasting & Dinner with Gaia Massai

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 6:30–10:00 PM | $65 + Taxes

Join us for a special event dedicated to all things olive oil – otherwise known as Italy’s liquid gold!

Your host for the evening will be Gaia Massai, an olive and wine producer from Chianti who is now based in Toronto. Gaia will talk about the history and health benefits of olive oil, as well as tips for buying and tasting it.

The talk will be followed by a structured tasting of three olive oils, and accompanied by a casual Tuscan meal prepared by guest chef Andrea Bolis.

See below for more details abut the menu, the agenda for the evening and subject of Gaia’s talk. If you’d like to learn more about Gaia and her work click here.



6:00 – 6:30 pm – Guests arrive, antipasto is served
6:30 – 7:30 pm – Talk by Gaia: the history of olive oil; its health benefits; tips for tasting & buying olive oil
7:30 – 7:45 pm – Structured olive oil tasting (three varieties)
8:00 – 9:30 pm – Second course served, followed by dessert


Tagliere toscano — a selection of typical meats and cheese
Focaccia con olio e rosmarino
Bruschetta con cavolo nero

Pollo al cacciatora
Fagioli all’uccelletta (Tuscan beans in tomato sauce and sage)
Insalata mista

Schiacciata fiorentina (olive oil cake) with gelato


In the 5th Century BC Thucydides wrote that “the peoples of the Mediterranean began to come forth from barbarism when they learned to cultivate the olive and the vine.” And it’s true: the story of the olive and the development of mediterranean culture go hand in hand.

In this informative talk by food expert and olive oil producer Gaia Massai, you’ll learn:

  • A brief history of olive oil, in Italy and around the world
  • The health benefits and nutritional facts of olive oil
  • How to buy, store and cook with olive oil
  • And most importantly — how to taste it!

And speaking of tasting — the talk will be followed by a structured tasting of three Italian olive oils and a discussion of their characteristics and difference.

Gaia Massai speaking at the St Lawrence Market Kitchen

Gaia (with Luciano Schipano) at the St Lawrence Market Kitchen

Farm in San Miniato Tuscany

Gaia’s farm in San Miniato, Tuscany


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