A good quality extra virgin olive oil or balsamic vinegar contain many health benefits, can enrich the flavor of food, and have the necessary cooking versatility to make a sumptuous meal. Finesse your summer menu with Louianna Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Certified Organic Balsamic Vinegar – two pantry staples that were utilized in many of the recipes created by the competing chefs on season three of Food Network Canada’s Top Chef Canada. Recipes featured on the show can be found on the Food Network Canada website.
“Be it a simple dinner for two or large family gathering, using high quality, fine ingredients such as Louianna Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar, will elevate the flavour and experience every time,” commented Mark McEwan, celebrity chef, restaurateur (One Restaurant, North 44, Bymark, Fabbrica) and head judge on Top Chef Canada. “What I love about experimenting in the kitchen is that you can take something as simple as everyday comfort foods and demonstrate inventiveness and vitality with a simple drizzle of a fine oil, balsamic, or even a sprinkle of fresh herbs.” McEwan has chosen to sell the Louianna Certified PDO Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and PDO Organic Balsamic Vinegar at his McEwan gourmet marketplace at The Shops at Don Mills in Toronto, ON.
For an even more unusual pick-me-up for a family meal, look for the Stoger Seed Oils, a line of four finishing oils that are new to the American market. Brought the the U.S. by Marietta DeAngelo of Culinary Imports from the Austrian family farm where she spent time as an exchange student when she was 15 years old, these seed oils are cold-pressed from pumpkin, chile, tomato, and cherry seeds. The cherry seed oil won a sofi Award from the Specialty Food Association this year. The sofi Award recognizes outstanding innovation and quality and is essentially the equivalent of an Academy Award for the gourmet food industry. Thousands of products are nominated for the awards each year, and only a couple dozen or so go home with the sofi Gold Awards that represent the best of the best. These oils are just coming onto the American market, so don’t expect them to be easy to find on your local supermarket shelves yet, but keep an eye out. Then when you get your hands on them, they can be drizzled across a wide variety of foods, made into salad dressings or used as dipping oils for bread to add an extra layer of flavor and a dazzling change of pace.