Olive Oil, Spices, and Wine…Oh My!

by Brooke on February 7, 2012

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Last Wednesday, I co-hosted a foodie networking tour with Anne Milling.  The tour was held in Old Town, which is one of Chicago’s cutest neighborhoods.  It was called, “Olive Oil, Spices, and Wine…Oh My!”  The foodie tour started off at Old Town Oil, where we had an amazing food demonstration by Chef Ranelle Kirchner with tasting.  Guests got to sample low-sodium recipes featuring various oils and spices including:  Chickpea Hummus, Roasted Eggplant Spread, Squash Bran Muffins, and a Basic Vinaigrette.

The staff at Old Town Oil also gave our foodie group a wonderful presentation on different types of olive oil and balsamic vinegars, as well as, how to pair them together to make numerous combinations.

Guests had time to sample different combinations of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, while networking.

Our next stop of the tour was The Spice House.  Owners, Tom and Patty Erd, are second generation spice merchants. They gave our foodies a fabulous and funny presentation on the world of spices with a focus on cinnamon.  We got to sample Ceylon cinnamon from Sri Lanka and Saigon cinnamon, which is also known as Vietnamese cinnamon.

The last stop on the tour was at O’Brien’s Restaurant & Bar for some fresh fruit, cookies, brownies, and drinks.  There we drew names for door prizes and had more time for networking.

Thank you to all those that attended the “Olive Oil, Spices, and Wine…Oh My!” tour!  Special thanks to Alex Hamel for all her help!

Want to read more about this delicious tour?

Check out Dietitian and Foodie blogs:

~ WOW your eggs with SPICES and More | Nutrition Unscrambled

~ Olive Oil, Spices & WineOh My! | Indulgent Wellness



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Anne Milling February 8, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Excellent summary of the evening!


Brooke February 9, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Thanks Anne!


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