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Sandy Oaks: A 2013 EVOO Tasting; Dinner in Tuscany

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Olives in hopper 1 resizedSandy Oaks Olive Orchard will be pouring its 2013 Olio Nuovo this Friday — extra virgin olive oil from fruit that was handpicked from their 2013 harvest and carefully pressed earlier this fall.

As the oil was processed, each batch was tested for acidic levels. According to Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard owner Saundra Winokur, each batch tested under .05, which is far below the international as well as California standards to be certified as extra virgin olive oil.

So, come and have a taste of this delicious Texas product at the olive ranch, just a 25-30-minute drive south of downtown San Antonio near Elmendorf.

The tasting party will be from 3-5 p.m. on this coming Friday, Nov. 22, at the ranch’s beautiful grounds and facilities. (See address and link to directions below.)


A Family Farm in TuscanyAn Evening in Tuscany

Experience panoramic fall landscapes, rolling hills and more as you drive out to Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard.

Then, stay for dinner as Sarah Fioroni, chef and sommelier, shares stories from her family farm in Tuscany. She’ll also prepare some of her favorite recipes at this dinner Saturday.

Learn about Fioroni’s family’s journey as sharecroppers to land owners in her latest book, “A Family Farm in Tuscany.”

Dinner begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23. Afterward, have your book signed. ”A Family Farm in Tuscany” is the winner of the 2012 Living Now Gold Book Award, and will be available for sale the Sandy Oaks gift shop.

Menu for An Evening in Tuscany

Appetizer – Fried Polenta with Wild Boar Sauce
First Course – Pasta with Leeks and Sausage
Second Course – Beef Tenderloin with Herbs, Roasted Potatoes, Florentine Green Beans
Dessert – Tiramisu

Wine (2 glasses) will be provided with the meal

To reserve seats, call Sandy Oaks at 210.621.0044. The price is $75 per person.  For more information and directions to Sandy Oaks, which is at 25195 Mathis Rd, Elmendorf, TX 78112, go to their website here.


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