The owners of Fat Gold farm a couple of acres of olives in Sunol, California, about forty minutes south of San Francisco. They usually sell their oil in a subscription model, like an olive oil CSA, but we were lucky enough to snag their last few cases of oil from last season's harvest.
Why we love it: We're all about that direct from the farm goodness. Kathryn Tomajan and Robin Sloan co-own and operate Fat Gold. Kathryn is an olive oil maker, taster, and educator, as well as co-founder and majority owner of Fat Gold.
Kathryn earned a master’s degree in food culture from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy. Her thesis explored the opportunities and challenges of New World olive oil. Since then, she has made award-winning olive oil in Australia, New Zealand, and California.
Kathryn is a trained olive oil taster and serves on the California Olive Oil Council Sensory Panel. In addition to her work on Fat Gold, Kathryn is developing a collaborative model for olive oil production with her eyes set on creating a women-led cooperative.
With all the talk of fake olive oil floating around, it's so good to know your source. The packaging is awesome, and the oil is (obviously) insanely good because it's real, fresh, and of quality. It is bright and herbaceous with notes of artichoke and green almond.