Instead of slyly sneaking samples of kalamatas from the olive bar at Whole Foods, why not make your own at home?
As part of the Sonoma Valley Olive Festival, Glen Ellen's B.R. Cohn Winery offers an olive-curing workshop this week with olive guru Don Landis. Landis, long a fixture at the annual festival, speaks about the history of olives in California, diving headlong into the Greek style of curing olives with salt instead of lye. Weather permitting, a stroll around the 125-year-old olive orchard follows.
Landis is a popular fellow, and reservations for this week's workshop are already sold-out. But never fear: a second workshop has been added in March, so act fast. The Home Olive Curing Seminar with Don Landis gets underway on Sunday, March 11, at B.R. Cohn Winery, 15000 Hwy. 12, Glen Ellen. 11am–1pm. $20 includes wine and olive oil tasting; reservations required at 800.330.4064, ext. 124.