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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 »

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 »

Tim’s Travel to Cibus: A Tour of Prosciutto Supplier Pio Tosini

First of all, what is Cibus? Pronounced ‘chee-buhs,’ this international food show exhibition held in Italy is a key event on Formaggio Kitchen’s calendar. Typically, the full scale Cibus fair takes place every other year and can fill up to eight warehouses with producers from a variety of food industries. These include everything from meats to Continue Reading »

A Visit to the World’s Oldest Known Winery

The cave complex at Areni, Armenia houses the world’s oldest known winery. ARENI, ARMENIA.  As caves go it isn’t the sort to attract attention. There are no souvenir shops on the approach and no dramatic lighting within intended to highlight the kind of fantastic calcified structures that are so beloved of spelunker-wannabe tourists. There is Continue Reading »

Thoughtful Appreciation: A Visit to Darjeeling, India, Part 3

Tea enthusiasts Tim and Mary of Formaggio Kitchen recently traveled to Darjeeling, India, to visit tea plantations. This account, the second of three parts, was written by Tim. After the factory tour, we met up with Mr. Banerjee in his office. The walls were covered with a variety of letters of praise and appreciation from Continue Reading »