11/12/2012 12:00:00 PM

Liquid Gold: Spanish Olive Oil Restaurant Week Touches Down in SF

Sure Italy gets all the love but Spain is actually the world’s largest producer of high-quality extra virgin olive oil in the world yet most consumers don’t much about its different varietals. If you can’t tell the difference between an arbequina and a cornicabra (let alone a hojiblanca – note, you should get familiar with it), Spanish Olive Oil Restaurant Week is for you. This week, from November 12 -18, three San Francisco restaurants ranging from the approachable neighborhood Castro eatery Canela, to Noe Valley’s Catalan-inspired Contigo, to Dominque Crenn’s high-concept culinary lair Atelier Crenn will be creating special a la carte dishes that showcase the four different single varietal extra virgin olive oils from Spain on their menus.

At Contigo, chef Brett Emerson employs the oils in sundry ways. Cornicabra oil is the staple of a vinaigrette in a chicory salad, shrimp a la plancha gets a dose of arbequina, local cod gets poached in picual and vanilla gelato gets drizzled with hojiblanca and sea salt (1320 Castro St; 415-285-0250).

Canela’s chef Matt Schuster will be featuring the various olive oils in dishes such a la carte dishes as Spanish tortilla, mushrooms and anchovies and grilled steak with poached quince (2272 Market St, 415-552-3000).

Meanwhile, at Atelier Crenn, Dominique Crenn is crafting her (not so) usual menu this week but exclusively using extra virgin Spanish olives oils for all of her preparations. In a sneak preview dinner last week, that included poaching hamachi in cornicabra olive oil and a spectacular shadow box dessert featuring whole olive branches (3127 Fillmore St, 415-440-0460).

Reservations for the dinners should be made directly with the individual restaurants.

1 comment :

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