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Olive Oil from Proyecto Los Aires: Staff Tasting at the Source

by Nikki Crugnale

Touring the Olive Grove at Proyecto Los Aires

Nikki meets the owners of Proyecto Los Aires olive oil

Formaggio Kitchen staffer Nikki meets Guillermo and Laura of Proyecto Los Aires

On a recent trip to Spain, I visited Proyecto Los Aires, a small olive oil producer based in Arcicollar, Spain. Husband-and-wife Guillermo and Laura operate this picturesque olive grove, about 1 hour from Madrid. Interestingly, both were biologists who changed career paths to pursue family traditions, teaching themselves the art of olive oil production.

It was an early Sunday morning as we began our journey by bus from Madrid to Arcicollar. When we arrived, Guillermo picked us up at the bus stop in the town of only 800 residents.  He took us to their oldest grove, with trees dating back at least 200 years.  Much to our surprise, this was the beginning of an informative yet exciting morning. Continue Reading »

Formaggio South End’s Honey Buyer Fosters Beekeeping Abroad

I am back in rural western Uganda, just outside the boundaries of Kibale National Park.  I travel here for several weeks each summer to volunteer with the Kasiisi Project (  The Kasiisi Project, among other things, provides conservation and health education in 15 public primary schools.  The Kasiisi Project also runs its own small farm. Continue Reading »

Kyra James on the 2017 Cheesemonger Invitational

In June, our very own Kyra James (cheesemonger and chocolate buyer for our South End location and event coordinator) placed third in the annual Cheesemonger Invitational in NYC – a two-day competition for 40 cheesemongers from across the country, testing their knowledge of and skill with cheese. Day one of the competition includes a written Continue Reading »

Introducing Parmigiano-Reggiano Agrinascente

Learn more about Parmigiano-Reggiano; it’s history, production, and tips on buying, storing, and serving straight from Ihsan in Wine Enthusiast Magazine! Years ago, Ihsan began developing relationships with producers in Europe and started the Formaggio Kitchen direct import program. The goal was to develop direct connections to artisans so that they can learn our tastes Continue Reading »

A Brine Time was had by All: Choosing the Right Wine for Seafood

Judging from the questions I field every day in the wine corner here at Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge, food and wine pairing continues to be a major cause of uncertainty and, frankly, anxiety. My sense is that a significant part of the problem is a too-fussy approach to the topic in general. Your home is not Continue Reading »

Wine Weekenders: Wine to Grab & Go & Give

Headed for the Cape, Islands, mountains or beach house this weekend? We’ve got just the thing to bring along: a Wine Weekender “suitcase” from Formaggio Kitchen. This sturdy, lightweight, reusable and recyclable tote packs three bottles of wine from our renowned value shelves. Your pre-packed suitcase comes with either three dry, crisp white wines or Continue Reading »