I am one lucky girl.
Not only do I live in Florence Italy,
everyday I work with some of the best foodies in the world.
But last week was special.
I organize a week working with the Masters of Tuscan Chocolate for my friend Pam’s students from Ecole Chocolat.
The Tuscan Experience is inspiring to see how people express their creativity.
Shop after shop, we were intrduced to new and creative ideas.
Must be something in the air!
He is the Father of Tuscan chocolate making.
Of course, a woman does not live by chocolate alone, bring on the salt!
It takes me a week to recuperate from all this goodness.
We were lucky enough to also be present at the first crushing of the new oil at the villa we stayed in in Prato, Villa Rucellai.
Each of the farmers had “reserved” a time to bring in their olives for the crush.
Waiting with anxious eyes, spying on their neighbors olives, protecting their own.
When you see the work it takes to harvest the olives and how little of this precious oil one gets from a tree, you will know why they call it “liquid gold”.
Several of the local chocolate makers have olive oil in truffles or chocolate spreads.
I am a fan!
Luca Mannori’s chocolate spread has olive oil and sea salt.
Try it you’ll LOVE IT!
Eat your heart out- I am one lucky girl!