When Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Wed Balsamic Vinegar, the rest was History

Presented by
Rick Petrocelly
Founder and Owner, The Olive Tap, Long Grove, IL

Podcast courtesy of WBEZ’s Chicago Amplified

culinary dynamic duo with ancient origins is titillating contemporary palates like never before. Join us as the well-oiled Rick Petrocelly leads us through the history of olive oils and balsamic vinegars from their ancient origins to modern times. Rick will also share his passion by detailing the radical changes that have occurred in the past 20 years regarding availability, varietals, and use. And, he will show us how to expand our culinary horizon with the products and give us a tasting as well. (Rick’s recipes are available on http://www.theolivetap.com)


BIOGRAPHY: A certified olive oil consultant Rick Petrocelly is the founder and owner of the Olive Tap in Long Grove, which is among a handful of stores in the U.S. carrying extra-virgin olive oils from small batch producers worldwide. Rick is currently advocating legislation for Illinois, similar to laws passed in Connecticut and California, to stop fraudulent labeling of olive oil and establish consistent standards for terms such as “extra-virgin,” “virgin” “first cold pressed,” and “packed in Italy.” He is also writing a series of articles to inform the public about deceptively labeled olive oil.

Program hosted at the Chicago History Museum.