Monthly Archives: April 2012

  • Lucero Olive Oil’s 2nd Annual Spring Bloom Event

    April 29, 2012

    Saturday, May 12 – 12:00-5:00pm

    Lucero Olive Oil’s Second Annual Spring Bloom Event

    Grab your picnic baskets and join the Lucero Team for a day at the Mill.

    Lucero Olive Oil proudly announces our Second Annual Spring Bloom Event on Saturday, May 12th; from 12:00-5:00pm. Come and celebrate the olive bloom with a picnic and a tour of the groves. Visit with friends and family and learn more about the olive bloom.

    In addition to tours of a century old olive grove there will be wine tasting, guided olive oil tastings and mill tours, a kid zone and the picnic. The grove tours will begin at the mill, travel down to the grove then return to the Lucero Mill at the end of the tour. Local artisan food vendors will be there offering their wares to supplement your picnic baskets’ spread to share with friends and family. A local live band will fill the air with music throughout the day.

    Please join us to celebrate the bloom and our rich community history in olives.

    2nd Annual Spring Bloom Event 2012

    Spring Bloom Event Schedule
    Saturday, May 12th, 2011

    Day Timeline:
    12pm – Spring Bloom Open
    12-4pm – Mill tours running (every 20mins)
    12-4:30pm – Wine Tasting (additional fee)
    12:30pm – Ancient Grove Tour #1 (reservations required)
    1:15pm – Lucero Family Welcome to the picnic with Dewey Lucero
    1:15pm – Super High Density Grove Tour – Off-site and bus departs from Lucero Mill (reservation required)
    1:30pm – Ancient Grove Tour #2 (reservations required)
    1:30pm – Live Music – Tom Drinnon & Dueces Wild (1hr. set)
    1:45pm – Olive Oil Panel - discussion/tasting
    2:30pm – Ancient Grove Tour #3 (reservations required)
    2:45pm – Super High Density Grove Tour – Off-site and bus departs from Lucero Mill (reservation required)
    3:00pm – Live Music – Tom Drinnon & Dueces Wild (1hr. set)
    3:15pm – Olive Oil Panel - discussion/tasting
    3:30pm – Ancient Grove Tour #4 (reservations required)
    4:30pm – Wine closes
    4:30pm – Food closes
    4:30pm – “Lucero Thank You” for celebrating the olive bloom
    4:30pm- Ancient Grove Tour #5 (tentative)
    5:00pm – Event concludes

    Tour times - reserve your spot now!


    1) Ancient Grove Tour:

    Tour of century old olive grove, which will include an explanation of the bloom and answer questions about the olive culture. These tours will depart from the mill on a trailer and return following the tour.

    12:30pm – Ancient Grove Tour #1
    1:30pm – Ancient Grove Tour #2
    2:30pm – Ancient Grove Tour #3
    3:30pm – Ancient Grove Tour #4
    4:30pm- Ancient Grove Tour #5 (tentative)

    2) Super High Density Grove Tour:

    These tours will depart from the mill on a bus and travel to our grove outside of Corning (10mins north of Corning) where you will tour and learn about the grove with Brian Crane. The super high density grove is the new variety that is planted like grapevines and our mechanical harvester will be on display. The tours will return to the mill and will take about 1hr. 15mins.

    1:15pm – Super High Density Grove Tour
    2:45pm – Super High Density Grove Tour


    List of vendors and wineries

    Food Vendors:

    Turri Family Farms

    Blush Catering

    Lucero Mill Pizzas


    Local Artisan Food Vendors:

    Bianchi Orchards – Los Molinos, Ca

    Droga Chocolate Confections – Southern California

    From the Hearth Bakery & Café – Redding, Ca

    Lucero Organic Strawberries – Lodi, Ca

    Skylake Ranch Pomegranates – Chico, Ca

    Turri Family Farms – Flournoy, Ca

    Lucero Olive Oil Ice Cream Parlor


    Local Wineries:

    Algers Vineyards – Manton, Ca

    Alpen Cellars – Trinity Center, Ca

    Bertagna – Chico, Ca

    Cedar Crest Vineyards – Manton, Ca

    Dakaro Cellars – Whitmore, Ca

    Gale Vineyards – Durham, Ca

    Indian Peak – Manton, Ca

    Matson Vineyards – Redding, Ca

    Mount Tehama Winery – Manton, Ca

    New Clairvaux Vineyard – Vina, Ca

    Event parking:

    Event Parking will be available off-site at the Love’s Travel Stop at 2120 South Avenue and Linnet’s Tire Shop at 1090 99W with shuttle bus service to and from Lucero Olive Oil. The shuttle service will begin at Noon from each location at designated Lucero shuttle pick-up locations. The shuttle service will conclude at 5:30pm.


    April 25, 2012

    DATE: Wednesday, April 25, 2012


    Corning, CA – Last week 140 extra virgin olive oils from 16 countries competed in the first international EVOO competition held in Japan.

    Awards were determined by 12 judges from Spain, Italy, Turkey, Israel, Australia, the United States and Japan.

    Lucero Olive Oil received one of only five Premier Awards, for the 2011 Arbequina.  The Premier Award was bestowed on the top five gold medalists of the 32 gold medals awarded in the competition.  Lucero also took home three Silver Medals for Ascolano, Sevillano and Miller’s Blend.

    Dewey Lucero received the Gold and Premier awards in person at the Olive Japan Marché at Futako Tamagawa Rise in Tokyo by the event organizer, Chairman Toshiya Tada of the Olive Oil Sommelier Association of Japan and Mr. Junichi Ishida, a famous actor, who is the 2012 Olive Ambassador for Olive Japan.

    Lucero Arbequina - Awarded "Premier" in Japan

    This is the latest in several big wins for Lucero.  Earlier this month Lucero took home four gold medals, including two best of class along with four silver medals at the Yolo County Fair.  Lucero was also awarded a gold medal at the LA County Fair.

    The Lucero family has cultivated olives in Corning, California since 1946, sharing good olive oil with friends and family everyday.  Today, Lucero is sold on line, from their catalogs, and in their store next to the mill in Corning.  Their oils and vinegars are also available via over 1,000 of the top specialty stores in the United States and Canada, and for discerning customers in Japan.

    □ OLIVE JAPAN organizer = The Olive Oil Sommelier Association of Japan (OSAJ)

    Association: Founded: Capital: Headquarters:

    The Olive Oil Sommelier Association of Japan July 9th, 2009
    Trust Fund pooled by Founders and Associates 3-4-1, Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0031, JAPAN

    Chairman of the Board: Association Members: Website: OSAJ -

    Tel. 03-3271-0808 Fax: 03-3272-8755 Toshiya Tada
    approx. 500 members as of April 1st, 2012

    Contact: [email protected]


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    Lucero Olive Oil, LLC
    [email protected]

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  • Japanese Eggplant

    April 25, 2012


    • 1/2 cup olive oil plus more for pan
    • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced lengthwise
    • 1 1/2 pounds red barley miso
    • 2 Japanese eggplants (12 inches each), trimmed
    • 4 limes
    • 2 shiso leaves, chopped


    1. Place olive oil and garlic in a medium saucepan. Place over medium-high heat and cook, swirling pan occasionally, until garlic is evenly browned. Remove from heat and transfer garlic to a large bowl. Add red barley miso and whisk until combined; set aside.
    2. Cube eggplants;
    3. Heat oil over medium-high heat and add eggplant. Sauté Eggplant until outside is crispy and center is soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
    4. Squeeze limes over eggplant and transfer to a large bowl. Add 3 tablespoons miso mixture and shiso leaves, toss to combine. Serve immediately.

  • Yolo County Fair Olive Oil Competition April 9th, 2012 - Results

    April 14, 2012

    Woohoo...Results are in!

    Yolo County Fair Olive Oil Competition: 4 X GOLD!

    Ascolano – Gold & Best in Class
    Meyer Lemon Crushed – Gold & Best in Class
    Miller's Blend – Gold
    Sevillano – Gold

    Koroneiki – Silver
    Arbequina 3 Start Blend – Silver
    Anthony's Blend – Silver
    Arbosana – Silver
    Mandarin Crushed - Bronze

  • Black Butte Triathlon 2012 - Sponsored By Lucero Olive Oil

    April 2, 2012

    Win your weight in Lucero olive oil, by racing in your favorite 80's gear.  Yep, that's right, dig out those "oldies" and bring them back to life on the course.  Best costume will win their weight in olive oil!

    The Black Butte Triathlon Series is one of the best weekends for outdoor enthusiasts on all of the West Coast. Situated right on the border of Tehama and Glenn County, Black Butte Lake is one of the most scenic of lakes scattered around Northern California. Hosted annually on the second weekend of June, it provides a great race for long time tri-geeks or for first time-newbies to test their legs for the triathlon season.



    The weekend is split up into two separate races between a Mountain Bike Triathlon (Saturday) and a Road Triathlon (Sunday). Both MTB and Road triathlons will have a Sprint and Olympic distance race. There will be a health and fitness expo to see the latest and greatest gadgets as well as local vendors from the surrounding area showcasing their all natural goods. Northern California boasts some of the widest array of produce from fruit to nuts, olives and olive oil to their up and coming wine country.

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  • Roasted Garlic Cauliflower

    April 2, 2012


    • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
    • 3 tablespoons  Lucero Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    • 1 large head cauliflower, separated into florets
    • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley



    1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Grease a large Casserole Dish.
    2. Place the Lucero Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil and garlic in a large plastic resealable bag. Add cauliflower, and shake to mix. Pour into the prepared casserole dish, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
    3. Bake for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through. Top with Parmesan cheese and parsley, and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, until golden brown.


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