Extra Virgin Olive Oil Giveaway

by Lael Hazan on March 1, 2011

Recently there has been a lot of contoversary about Extra Virgin Olive Oil.   Much has been made about the health benefits of polyphenols and the marvelous aroma.  Food Scientist, Harold McGee wrote in the NYTimes, about how many people can’t taste the difference between oils.    To which my mother-in-law, Marcella Hazan replied:

What has escaped Mr. McGee’s attention is that what a good olive oil transfers to the food that is cooked in it – whether it be a single vegetable, or a sauce or a soup – is something that only a good olive oil can bestow: aroma and depth of flavor. It obviously can no longer be the oil that it was before cooking because in the process it has surrendered its qualities to the food for which it provided its sacrificial bath. If Mr. Mr. McGee wants to perform a comparison that has culinary value, it should be between something, spinach say, that is cooked in a good olive oil and samples of spinach cooked in different industrial seed oils.

When Italians use olive oil in cooking it is for the flavor it gives a dish.  It is not just a cooking oil, therefore, the highest grade or extra virgin is always used.  True extra virgin olive oil is made with olives that were picked just at the ideal degree of ripeness and then immediately taken to the mill for processing.  It is a labor-intensive product that is expensive to produce.  Please don’t compromise; good olive oil is critical to good cooking.

Giuliano and I are often asked, “How do you choose an olive oil”?  Which ones do you like best?  What does “extra” mean?  How can you be a very virgin?  Extra virgin refers to olive oil that has no more than aa 0.8% acidity level and comes from the first cold pressing of the olives. Giuliano and I import our own line of extra virgin olive oil from Apulia, where the spur and heel of Italy’s boot is.  It is made from 100% Ogliarola olives, Apulia’s most prized varietal.  It can be purchased online at Cybercucina, a great online Mediterranean gourmet food shop.

We are pleased to offer as a giveaway 6 half liter bottles of  our A & H Selections olive oil.  To be eligible to receive 6 bottles of our extra virgin olive oil, please read our official rules below then leave a comment.  On March 15, we will announce the lucky winner here.


Retail Value:            $165

Giveaway dates: Our giveaway will be from March 1st – March 14th. This giveaway is now CLOSED!

We are pleased to announce that Barbara from Vino Luci Style has won this giveaway.  We thank everyone who participated!

Official rules and methods to enter:


This is where we get to put in all of those lovely legal disclaimers.  Our intent with this give-a-way is pure enjoyment.  Fruit of the Boot Distribution is responsible for the shipping and product and we assume no liability.  We aren’t lawyers and we think it is sad that we need to put in disclaimers; however, it is our intent to conform with all U.S. rules and to only offer the possibility of the product to people who will personally enjoy it.  Basically, if something “bad” happens, we are sorry but don’t hold us liable, we enjoyed the product and are trying to give you an opportunity to do so too!  If you are out to “get” us, please stop and think of what kind of world you are creating.

No purchase necessary to enter or win. The selected winner will be notified by e-mail. Entrants can enter 1 x comment per e-mail address per day. Extra entries can be obtained once a day per social media outlet (tweeting (please put @educatedpalate in your tweets so we will know), facebooking, or “sharing”) with a trackback to this post. Give-a-way is open only to those who are 18 years of age at time of entry. Educated Palate and Hazan Enterprises assumes no responsibility for late or misdirected entries due to SPAM, technological, or e-mail filtering issues or for lost prizes. The use of any system, robot, agent, or software to automatically submit entries in connection with this Giveaway is prohibited.  Educated Palate’s decisions concerning all matters related to this sweepstakes are final. Odds of winning depend upon the number of entries received. Hazan Enterprises employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to win.  No cash substitutions, transfer, or assignment of prizes allowed. Winner must claim prize within 1 week after notification or the prize will be forfeited. Prize can only go to a physical addresses in the US, no PO Boxes. Winner grants to Educated Palate the right to use his/her name and biographical information in advertising and promotion without compensation or permission. We would appreciate a photo of you and your “olive oil” with which we could update our post.  Fruit of the Boot Distributors will pay for shipping and postage. Any tax, is the sole responsibility of the winner. By entering the giveaway through this website you are releasing Educated Palate, Fruit of the Boot, and Hazan Enterprises from any liability arising out of participation in this Giveaway or the acceptance, use, or misuse of the prize. Void where prohibited by law.

This giveaway is now CLOSED!

We are pleased to announce that Barbara from Vino Luci Style has won this giveaway.  We thank everyone who participated!


Comments on this entry are closed.

tracy davis March 15, 2011 at 4:42 am

We always use extra Virgin Olive oil while cooking

Anonymous March 15, 2011 at 4:10 am

I can live on olive oil :)

Dawn March 15, 2011 at 4:05 am

I wish I could use olive oil in everything I make :)
Thanks Stephen Rabow for this link to win some olive oil

Kim Miller March 15, 2011 at 4:01 am

Please count me in! I love olive oil and Marcella Hazan’s recipes!!

Ganin Lovell March 15, 2011 at 3:52 am

As a young girl my mother packed my sister and I up, put us on a plane and away we went to travel throughout Europe for a year. What I remember most about our trip was the wonderful way in which she helped introduce new foods to us. My love of good, healthy, life giving food can be attributed to her love of adventure and food….including olive oil. This is a wonderful idea…good luck everyone! Thank you for this opportunity! How fun!

Angie Nibert March 15, 2011 at 3:49 am

Ho bisogno questo extra PREGO olio vergine d’oliva

betsy nelson March 15, 2011 at 3:44 am

I like Harold McGee — but he’s a Luddite in this regard!

JML March 15, 2011 at 3:43 am

In my house, there’s never enough olive oil!

Glenna Foreman March 15, 2011 at 3:36 am

I use EVOO daily as well, and would love to try this wonderful-sounding oil! Thanks for the opportunity to try, I just learned of this! :D

Jonpartridge March 15, 2011 at 3:36 am


Harlock69 March 15, 2011 at 3:34 am

My wife and I are hardcore ‘foodies’ who consider olive oil as much a staple in the kitchen as salt and pepper. To win this prize would be like a ‘Chef’s Christmas’ for us!

Elaine March 15, 2011 at 3:28 am

J’adore fine olive oil and go to PFI here in Seattle to get good oil. Right now the bottle is less than half full so we need more NOW! been using CONTADINO Monte Pollino Italiano. I love to cook and have been following a near vegan diet. The best olive oil is important cause—it tastes so good and is more than just an oil it is food. @educated palate via S. Rabow. I want to win!

Annie Russini March 15, 2011 at 3:28 am

I use olive oil almost daily; would love to try this exotic culinary treat.

Deirdreishere March 15, 2011 at 3:26 am

I would be so excited to share this amazing gift with my foodie friends. Please let us be some who spread the good word about your product.

Tomdiane March 15, 2011 at 3:21 am

thanks to my fb friends for sharing this site!

MJourdan March 15, 2011 at 3:19 am

In the past couple years, I’ve been re-creating my relationship with food, moving away from the fried foods of my southern youth and into fresher, healthier, tastier options. Now, I grow my own veggies and keep chickens for eggs, but I still haven’t had the chance to taste good olive oil! I’d love the opportunity. I am megan dot jourdan at gmail dot com. Thank you!

Lily March 15, 2011 at 3:18 am

So excited to try it! I hope I win! Thanks!

Nikki Kostyun March 15, 2011 at 3:18 am

Here is my official comment & entry. Premium olive oil is a true luxury!

Srqrainbarrels March 15, 2011 at 3:13 am

Never had top shelf olive oil… Is it worth it?

Woodwindwendy March 15, 2011 at 3:12 am

would love to try olive oil that costs more than a spa treatment ;-)

Srabow March 15, 2011 at 2:41 am

Isn’t this the stuff Cleopatra dipped her toes in before…uh, before…um…well…I think the scribe was asked to leave at that point…

Jmorganoh March 15, 2011 at 2:35 am

Took your calamari class in Aspen. So anxious to try your oils!

Vivianbl March 15, 2011 at 2:25 am

love olive oil ty.

Cathy @ What Would Cathy Eat? March 15, 2011 at 1:56 am

Count me in! cathy.elton [at] gmail [dot] com

Brian E. March 15, 2011 at 1:38 am

Thanks for the giveaway…would love to cook with this olive oil in our kitchen !

senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

Pamelashockley March 15, 2011 at 12:50 am

I’d love to try this wonderful olive oil. Thanks so much!!

Anonymous March 15, 2011 at 12:47 am

I’d love to win.
lafittelady at gmail dot com

Denise Morse March 15, 2011 at 12:44 am

this sounds sooo good
uclangel422 at yahoo dot com

leslie March 15, 2011 at 12:44 am

oh me! pick me!! :)

Anonymous March 15, 2011 at 12:30 am

i would love to win this, i love olive oil
susansmoaks at gmail dot com

Rob Gardiner March 15, 2011 at 12:03 am

Last chance!!

Veronica Garrett March 14, 2011 at 11:55 pm

I would love to try this olive oil. It sounds great garrettsambo@aol.com

theyyyguy March 14, 2011 at 10:56 pm

I love trying out new ( for me ) food products!


Cindy March 14, 2011 at 8:40 pm
Mir March 14, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Thank you for an amazing giveaway!

janeh March 14, 2011 at 7:28 pm

This is a most wonderful giveaway!!

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