Now that we finally feel a hint of fall, we?re thinking about the harvest--specifically, the bounty of our local olive oils. After all, they?re tasty (Consumer Reports just gave them a rave review), they?re healthful and they support our local economy.
For starters, we love Malibu Olive Company?s elegantly labeled California Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil ($25), which has a fruity scent and peppery finish. It?s ideal on crusty bread or drizzled over hot veggies. Available at Malibu Fish and Seafood, 25653 PCH, Malibu; 310-456-3052 or malibuolivecompany.com
We?re also excited about offerings from Robinson Road Olive Ranch, which is based in a Topanga backyard. Investment advisor Joyce Lukon planted 950 olive trees in 2007; since then, she?s produced a nutty, herbaceous EVOO that was awarded a silver medal by the California Olive Oil Council. Available at Canyon Gourmet, 120 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., #110, Topanga; 310-480-1400 or robinsonroadoliveranch.com
There?s even a harvest for process-oriented types--from November 2 to 4, Newport Beach?s Resort at Pelican Hill is celebrating its third annual Festa dell? Autunno. Guests observe picking and cold-pressing of fruit from 750 mature olive trees, stroll glorious ocean-view grounds and enjoy plein air dinners. Rates start at $445 a night per couple and include evening meals and a bottle of the resort?s own pleasant green oil. At 22701 Pelican Hill Rd. S., Newport Coast; 949-467-6800 or pelicanhill.com