There's big news (and a party) on the olive-oil front: The 113-year-old Star Fine Foods in Fresno - formerly of San Francisco - is celebrating its first extra-virgin olive oil made from California-grown olives. Until now, its products have been imported from Mediterranean countries.
The main event of Star's "Taste of the Good Life Tour" will be an olive oil-tasting and food- and wine-pairing at 6 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Greek Village Inn, 65 University Ave., Sacramento; (916) 922-6334, www.greekvillage.com.
The point is to demonstrate the differences between imported extra-virgin olive oil and Star California-produced extra-virgin olive oil.
"The tasting will (feature) six Greek specialty dishes, including roasted lamb shank," said restaurant owner Cathy Tsakopoulos. Note that seating is limited. The cost is $62.50 per person.
The new Star oil is a blend of first cold-pressed Arbequina, Arbosana and Koroneiki olives grown in the Central Valley. Find it in supermarkets and specialty-foods stores for $9.45 (16 ounces) and $12.98 (24 ounces). Information: www.starfinefoods.com.