I am very fortunate to collaborate with some of the best academic organizations in the Country on research projects for quality standards and labeling system. I consult with the University of California (Davis), The Olive Center (U.C. Davis), The Honey and Pollination Center (U.C. Davis), the Mars-UC Davis Chocolate Taste Panel and the California Olive Oil Council.
I am a member of the California Olive Oil Council Taste Panel (where we certify extra virginity of olive oil), and their education team, traveling the Country to educate consumers. I have also helped shape some interesting education program with the California State Fair, the Italian Trade Commission, the Istituto di Cultura Italiana (San Francisco, Los Angeles). I have judged in many competitions for wine, olive oil, honey and chocolate internationally.
I am honored to have helped some fantastic producers create high quality and award winning products, and some inspiring Chefs developed their recipes with olive oil, honey and chocolate. Among many I would like to mention the Napa Valley Reserve, Darioush Winery, Whole Foods Markets, Mars Chocolate, Boundary Bend, Experience Italy, Vasadonna Olive Oil, Vernera Olive Oil (Sicily), Papagna Honey (Puglia), Apicoltura Finocchio (Abbruzzo).
I am honored to work for such acclaimed academic organizations and inspiring producers, but what I am most passionate about is consumer education. I lead sensory evaluation classes, tastings and speaking engagements around the Country and internationally for adults and children. I educate consumers (of every age) on quality standards and labeling system. Most of all, I show consumers how easy it is to taste looking for quality. My goal is to inspire people to look at food like a taster does: with love, curiosity, appreciation and fun.
Learning how to taste will allow consumers to detect low quality ingredients that have no health benefits. Every Sensory Evaluation Experience starts with an entertaining and educational session that includes practical information about production and labeling. The second section, includes a guided and interactive tasting, empowering consumers to assess quality standards while looking, smelling and tasting. Because I believe that we need to start our healthy relationship with food at a young age, I wrote a couple of children’s books, and I like to lead book readings and tasting open to children.
My Sensory Evaluation Experiences can be on a different variety of subjects. Mostly I lead classes on: Wine, Wine Pairing, Olive Oil, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, Honey, Chocolate, Cheese. All classes have reference to quality standards, labeling system and health benefits. My speaking engagements are based on quality standards, labeling system and health benefits of high quality ingredients and the joy of the conviviality around the table. I also enjoy reading my books for a adults and children. Just go to the "Contact Us" page and send me an email. We will shape your event in the best way possible!