Visits with Sicilian and Tuscan Producers

June was jam-packed with a visit by Natalia Ravida of the famous Ravida olive oil in Sicily — she had special events in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia!

Later in the month we made our annual trip to the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York. This is the summer gathering point for food buyers and sellers. It’s always great to see our producers and to meet the folks we’ve spent time with in Italy.

Highlights and New Products at the Fancy Food Show
With Salvatore Cutrera of the famed Frantoi Cutrera and Segreti di Sicilia in Sicily
With Giorgio Franci of Frantoio Franci — again tasting his wonderful olive oils and choosing our favorite flavor profiles
With my friend Roberta. We were introduced at Tutto Food in Milan. It was a wonderful surprise to see her in New York!
Emanuela Stucchi Prinetti oversees the olive oil production at Badia a Coltibuono, where they are famous for both wine and olive oil
With Andrea Paternoster (in his beekeeping jacket), tasting the wonders of his nomadic honey

Touring Ravida in Menfi, Sicily