July 2012 Welcome to the D'Avolio eNewsletter Edition 2012.6

Kitchen News

Music on MainThe time has finally come to celebrate the official opening of D'Avolio Kitchen! Gather some friends and head over to our Williamsville store on Saturday, June 30th around 5 pm for an evening of food, fun, and live music.

With the kitchen finally open for business, we've had a wonderful lunch crowd. Favorites seem to be our sandwiches and Roman style pizzas, all made with our fresh, homemade bread prepared daily. Expect a deli style experience, where you can customize every item that goes into your meal. Pizza, salad, sandwiches, and antipasto are all made to order based on your preferences. You can even create your own salad dressing using any of our oils, vinegars and spices!

Another exciting update on our kitchen is that we're participating in "Music On Main-Thursdays in the Village". Starting June 21st, bands will play at various businesses within the village of Williamsville from 6 pm – 9 pm on Thursdays. Bands will be in the parking lot of D'Avolio Kitchen on the following dates:

- June 28th Sean Elliott
- August 9th Don Roth
- August 16th Pro Bono
- August 23rd Sara Elizabeth

Our Williamsville store will stay open later on those nights so you may wander and browse about at your leisure.

 

History of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

History of Olive OilThe olive has a rich history, with mention of its uses dating back over 6,000 years. Used for food, medicine, and ceremonial rituals, the olive and its oil have played a special role in many religions and cultures. Greek mythology suggests that it was because of the olive that Athens has its name. The story goes that Zeus had promised to give Attica to the god or goddess who made the most useful invention.

The goddess Athena brought an olive seed which grew into a tree, a gift useful for food, firewood, medicine and perfume. Zeus liked this gift best and in turn named the city Athens. It’s only been over the past couple hundred years that the olive has spread to North and South America, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. Before that, olives could be found in the Mediterranean countries. While you may be familiar with the idea of using olive oil for food and ritual, you may be surprised to know that olive oil has become quite a scandalous industry.

Indeed, the history of this highly regarded fruit also includes fraud and crime. With many successful efforts at adulteration and selling outright bogus oil as olive oil, many a criminal has made a handsome dollar at the consumer’s expense. It’s for this reason that D’Avolio is so proud of their source for olive oil, Veronica Foods. Many measures have been taken to assure us that the oil Veronica provides D’Avolio is pure and of the highest quality. Every batch of oil is tested with the highest standards of freshness and purity

For more insight into the scandalous side of olive oil, check out these articles:
Slippery Business
Truth in Olive Oil

 

Safe Storing of Olive Oil

Storing Olive OilThe oil you purchase at D’Avolio is some of the freshest around, so you’ll want to store it properly at home to keep it that way. Light, heat, and air are the three main culprits that deteriorate your oil, so the following tips are to help minimize exposure to them. Firstly, keep your oil in the dark bottle it came in to prevent light exposure. Those classy dark bottles serve a bigger purpose than just to look pretty.

Secondly, you should keep your oil at room temperature and away from direct sunlight. Storing it too close to a heat source, such as your stove or near a window that absorbs the hot afternoon sun may contribute to rancidity. Thirdly, keep your oil tightly sealed. Using the original caps or TAPI pourer on your bottle will help prevent exposure to air.

Lastly, and we don’t think any of you will have a problem with this one, but make sure to use your oil within a year. Most of you probably go through your bottles within a month, so this likely isn’t an issue! Just follow these tips and your D’Avolio oil will stay delicious to the last drop.

 

July Is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

For those of you living with any type of arthritis you know how painful it can be, and to think of a child having to endure such discomfort is saddening. Juvenile arthritis (JA), a term that refers to any form of arthritis or arthritis-related condition in kids under 18, affects approximately 294,000 children and teens.

Much research is being done in efforts to find cures and treatments for the varying types of JA. The Arthritis Foundation has many recommendations regarding nutrition to fight inflammation associated with arthritis such as including foods with antioxidants, omega-3s, and healthy oils like olive oil. Studies have revealed that a compound in olive oil called oleocanthal prevents the production of certain pro-inflammatory enzymes, just like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs do (NSAIDs).

Researchers say that 50 milliliters, or about 3 ½ tablespoons of olive oil is equal to a 200 mg tablet of ibuprofen. The stronger the olive varietal, the higher the oleocanthal level, so if you or a loved one suffers from arthritis pain, then stock up on our robust olive oils like the California Frantoio Verde, Cobrancosa from Portugal, or the Hojiblanca from Spain. Just ask one of our helpful D’Avolio family members for assistance in picking out a strong one.

 

Cooking Basics

Grilling with Olive OilsSummer is a time for some barbeque, so grab your grill gear and turn up the heat. Not everyone is a grill master, however, so here are some basic tips to help you impress your guests at your next outdoor gathering.

Make sure you preheat your grill with all the burners on high for about 10-15 minutes. Just before placing your meat or veggies on the grill, try lightly coating the grates with some olive oil to prevent sticking. Use a heat resistant brush, paper towel, or piece of cloth held in place with long grill tongs to apply the oil.

Be careful to not use too much, you don’t want it to catch fire. Once the grill is preheated, place your food on the cooking grate and then adjust the burners to the temperature suggested in your recipe. Put the lid of the grill down and only lift it to turn food or check for doneness at the end of the cooking time. Direct Method of cooking: This means you’re cooking food directly over the heat source for foods that take less than 25 minutes. You’d use this for foods like steaks, chops, kabobs, and vegetables.

This method is good for searing meats too. Indirect Method of cooking: This is when the heat is on either side of the food, not directly beneath it. Use this method for foods that require 25 minutes or more of grilling time or if direct heat would dry out or scorch the food. Use this method for roasts, ribs, whole chickens, turkeys, and delicate fish fillets.

Remember, NO PEEKING with this method. Heat escapes each time you lift the lid and will increase cooking time. Note: Certain recipes may require you to use both methods. You can sear the meat with direct heat then move it over to finish cooking with indirect heat.

Grilled meats and fresh salads are the perfect summer meal. See our recipe section for ideas on dressings and marinades. Visit here for other Cooking Basic information including conversion tables and Reduction Recipes

 
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Important Dates in July

4 - Independence Day

In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On this holiday we encourage you to bring the family around the grill and make some of your favorite foods. We recommend checking out our recipe of the month to spice up your holiday this year.

14 - Bastille Day

Bastille Day is celebrated on July 14th of each year to commemorate the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, starting the French Revolution in 1789 and the uprising of the modern French nation.

This year we would like to recommend an appetizer for you to try. Warm up some nice bread in the oven and spread Brie Cheese on top. Drizzle with D'Avolio Extra Virgin Olive Oil all over and that's it. Try not to overly melt the cheese in the oven. Remove from heat, slice bread, and enjoy.

25 - Wines in the Wild

Held on the grounds at the Buffalo Zoo. A variety of food and dessert items, wines and beers, and services from specialty vendors including D'Avolio sampling Olive Oils and Vinegars. There also will be a basket auction, silent auction and appearances by zoo animals.

 
Perfect Pairings

July is for Grilling in WNY

D'Avolio has chosen two recipes this month to accent the month of July. Here is a vinaigrette and a marinade recipe using the pairings selections.

Grilled Lamb Chops with Garlic and Olive OilTry Drizzling over a fresh bed of garden salad and greens our Grapefruit Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Decadent Chocolate & Aged Espresso Balsamic FudgeAlso, you can take the same recipe above and make it "Sweet-n-Savory Chicken Marinade" only difference is using the D'Avolio Tuscan Herb Infused Oil, Sweet-n-Savory Vinaigrette.

 
Perfect Pairings

New to Olive Oils and Vinegars? The most number one question is what to do with these exquisite flavors. Visit our Perfect Pairings suggestions and enjoy new taste combinations.

The Provincial Grape

Savory thyme and bay leaf, accented by the tart flavors of grapefruit vinegar Herbs de Provence Infused Oil and Grapefruit Balsamic Vinegar.

 
Perfect Pairings

Ladies of the Vine
7/10/2012, TBA

Ladies Invitational
7/12/2012, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Catholic Charities Health and Wellness Fair
7/19/2012 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Wines in the Wild
7/25/2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Wine & Culinary Festival
7/28-29/2012 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Check out our complete list of D'Avolio Events for dates and locations

 
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