Frasca Food and Wine welcomes Steve Lewis, owner of Giuliana Imports and Giuliana Direct Olive Oil, for a special Istituto di Olio dinner at 6 p.m. this evening.
Founded in 1996, Giuliana Direct Olive Oil was created to make it simple and affordable to buy fresh, real extra-virgin olive oil directly from some of the best producers in Spain, Italy and France — a task that wasn't as easy as it sounds. As 60 Minutes reported in January, the Mafia is making billions off olive oil and agriculture scams. As a result of the so-called "Agromafia," it's estimated that as much as 75 to 80 percent of the oil sold here in the States does not meet the legal standards for extra-virgin oil. Many "olive" oils are cut and diluted, and some bottles labeled "extra-virgin olive oil" may not be olive oil at all, but sunflower or other seed oils made to look and smell like olive oil.
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You won't have to worry about diluted products at Frasca tonight: Guiliana Direct Olive Oil strives to be a source for pure, unadulterated olive oil. At the event, you can taste estate-produced olive oils from northern, central and southern Italy; find out how each highlights certain dishes, and learn what pairs well with them. The dinner is $230 per person, which includes the tasting menu, wine flight, tax and gratuities. Call Erin Pommer at 303-442-0608 to reserve your seat.
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