Usher in the Spring with This Multi-Course Easter Feast

Whether you’re celebrating Easter with your family, or you just want to usher in spring with a feast for your closest friends, this menu provides the perfect blend of the savory flavors associated with colder weather and the subtle zing and freshness that come with warmer temperatures.

Hors d’Oeuvres

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A dipping blend served with bread or crostinies is a great way to encourage conversation while opening your guests palates for the main dishes being prepared in the kitchen.

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This hors d’oeuvre is a great compliment to the Tuscan Dipping blend. This dip has a clean, fresh finish and is perfect when served with a veggie plate and can also be served up as a dip for the entree.


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This is your centerpiece and the foundation of your feast. While everyone else goes for the Easter ham, you’re going to switch it up by serving up a healthier alternative that packs more taste into every mouthful.


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Serve these separate or as a garnish to your moist, golden-brown chicken. These mushrooms will make even your pickiest eaters rave by adding a complimenting texture to your other dishes.

roasted_vegetables_with_maple_fig_and_caper_vinaigrette_lrgRoasted Vegetables with Maple, Fig, and Caper Vinaigrette

Lots of tables will have a plate of roasted vegetables, but few will have a flavor profile highlighted by the subtle sweetness of Pasolivo Maple, Fig and Caper Vinaigrette. Deliciousness is in the details.

roasted_lavender_potatoes_lrgRoasted Potatoes with Herbs de Provence

Our roasted potatoes will tie the meal together by using the same Herbs de Provence as the Italian Chicken. They will not only tie the flavors and colors of the meal together, but will add a great texture, flavor, and hearty substance to each plate.


625x625tuscancakeTuscan Tangerine Cake

We can think of no greater way to finish off your meal than with our Tuscan Tangerine Cake. The fresh, subtle sweetness is an excellent finish to the complex tastes of your spring feast. Serve it with after-dinner coffee or tea for the perfect culinary closing ceremonies.

Luck Has Nothing to Do with This Pasolivo St. Patrick’s Day Menu

St. Patrick’s Day Appetizer – Potato Pancakes with Spiced Applesauce

Blog Body Sub Photo - Potato PancakeThe Irish eat Boxty en mass. Potato pancakes actually have cultural variations all over the world with each region putting its own spin on the dish. In Germany, they are Kartoffelpuffer. The British eat Tattie Fish. The Jewish celebrate with Latke during Hanukkah.

St. Patrick’s Day Side – Crunchy Cabbage Salad

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There are few foods that feel as Irish as cabbage. In this case, we’re going to use it as our salad and side. Cabbage is great to add texture and crunch to your meal. It’s one of our favorite food textures.

St. Patrick’s Day Entree – Rosemary Pork Loin with Boozy Cran-Cherry Chutney

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There are few meals on a rainy March evening like a savory rosemary pork loin. Add the words “boozy cran-cherry cutney” and you’ve just made it a party. This entree will be the star of the evening and all those good feelings are sure to pave the way to stories, laughs, and more than a few memories.

St. Patrick’s Day Dessert – Citrus Carrot Cake


Okay, maybe carrot cake isn’t the most exciting dessert choice for most, but it’s subtle savory-sweet finish will finish off your St. Patrick’s Day meal with just the right amount of energy and appetite for adventure.

The rest of the evening is up to you to create. Slàinte!

Lemon Madeleines | Bebe Black Carminito

This recipe was submitted by one of our brand ambassadors, Bebe Black Carminito. You can find her work at Champagne and Cookies. Connect with her on Instagram and Facebook.


1/2 c All-Purpose Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Pasolivo Pacific Blue Kosher Sea Salt
2 Eggs at Room Temperature
1/4 c Sugar
5 T Melted and Cooled butter (extra butter to grease pan)
2 tsp Brown Sugar
1 1/4 tsp Pasolivo Orange Blossom Honey
1/2 teaspoon Pasolivo Lemon Olive Oil
Zest from 1 Lemon
Powdered Sugar to decorate


  1. In a medium sized bowl whisk flour/ Baking Powder and Salt – Set Aside
  2. Whisk the Eggs and granulated Sugar in electric stand mixer. Mix on medium-high speed for 1 – 2 minutes. For 2 more minutes whisk on high and until the pale & doubles in volume approximately for 4 minutes.
  3. Melt Butter with Brown Sugar, Honey and Lemon Olive Oil in a small saucepan over medium till Sugar is dissolved and is homogeneous then remove from heat.
  4. Add warmed Butter mixture into batter then fold in dry ingredients in two batches into batter until everything is completely blended.
  5. Cover Batter with plastic wrap and and refrigerate overnight.
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Brush the Madeleine pan with butter. Freeze the pan to harden the butter.
  7. Pipe or spoon the batter into the Madeleine molds.
  8. Bake 8-9 minutes… After 5 minutes remove Madeleines from the pan and cool completely on a cooling rack.
  9. Decorate with powdered sugar
  10. Madeleines are best the day they are baked, but can be stored in a covered container for up to 1 day.


Pasolivo Olive Oils Receive High Praise at 2018 Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition

Pasolivo is proud to announce that we’ve recently received the results from the 2018 Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition, the top extra virgin olive oil competition in the United States and recently ranked 5th most prestigious in the world.

658 oils were entered, and only 395 walked away with any awards. Pasolivo oils represented over 2% of all awarded oils this year.

Without further ado, here are the 2018 Pasolivo Olive Oil winners.



Pasolivo Classic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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625x625cucinaPasolivo Cucina Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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Pasolivo Lemon Blend


Pasolivo California Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Pasolivo Tuscan Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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Here Are Four Things Realtors Can Do to Make Sure Their Closing Gift Is Remarkable

The papers are signed. Keys have been exchanged. The room is overflowing with handshakes and grateful goodbyes.

Seasoned agents will tell you there is one more step if you’re looking to make a lasting impression and improve your referral and repeat business—the closing gift.

Rock star agents will tell you that this is one of the most underutilized opportunities to break through the noise and separate yourself from the competition.

Here are some of the key components to make sure that you’re a real estate agent that seizes this important moment.

Make It Matter

Real Estate agents have fewer opportunities for client gifting programs that nurture relationships, so they need to make the most each one, particularly on purchase anniversaries and closing day. Make it remarkable, and you’re almost certain to get referrals. Make it ordinary, and they might be just as likely to refer the agent that their neighbor was telling them about who went the extra mile.

What makes a closing gift remarkable? Keep reading.

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Make It About The Client

You would think this would go without saying, but you wouldn’t believe how many of our customers tell us that, in the past, they’ve given gifts that included some sort of their branding. We’ve heard about clocks with brokerage branding in the middle and cutting boards with the agents initials or logo burned into the corner as a much more subtle example.

Either way, that type of closing gift says that you’re more interested in marketing and promotion than you are in enriching their life. Skip the branding and promotion. Let the experience of working with you do the talking.

Make It Useful

The best kind of closing gift is a gift that they will use. Decorative pieces are dangerous because style trends change and unless you’ve had a chance to really get to know a client through your process, it can be difficult to pick out something they will truly display.

Instead, choose closing gifts that enhance a particular experience in the home. That leads us to our last suggestion.

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Make It About the Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of almost every home. As I’m sure you’ve found in your own business, people will pay more for a house with a great kitchen and pass on a house they absolutely love otherwise if the kitchen doesn’t meet their expectations.

A good set of knives, an artisan cutting board (without branding), or dare we suggest, a luxury set of Olive Oils with pour spouts says that you care about making their new house a home that they love living their life in, that you’re invested in their family, and that you understand what people want to feel when it’s all said and done.

That last part, that’s what leads to referrals and repeat business.

We all know that closing gifts make a difference, but when everyone starts to invest in those gifts, you have to be smarter and more remarkable than your competition. Being good is no longer good enough.



5 Things You Need from Pasolivo If You’re a Young Professional and You Love Good Food

Setting up your first house or apartment is an exciting time. It’s also a time when you quickly realize how much you don’t know and how smart your parents actually are. You may even—gasp—find yourself asking them for advice almost daily.

Maybe you’re a family member or friend who knows how hard it is to step out into the world on your own for the first time and want to encourage your young professional to eat more than microwaved meat pockets and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Either way, we have a few items that should be a part of setting up the kitchen of anyone who loves to cook, eat, or serve up a good meal.


Press Club Membership

The best kind of purchase is the one that keeps your kitchen stocked with everything you need AND gives you a discount for all the things in between.

Let’s face it, you’re going to spend $20 a pop on avocado toast. We’re not judging you, but we are saying we could help you do a lot more with a lot less money.

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Our Baking Basics set includes our Lemon Zest Olive Oil (500 ml), a spice and salt of your choice, and a really great looking olive wood spoon which will be a conversation piece next time you have people over on the weekend.

If you love to bake, this is a must have on your counter or in your cupboard.


625x625pasolivoclassicsPasolivo Classics Collection

If you’re looking to set yourself up with the foodie basics but want to be versatile and watch your pennies, we suggest the Pasolivo Classics Collection that includes our Classic Olive Oil (500 ml), Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar, Pacific Blue Kosher Sea Salt, and Lemon Pepper Blend Spice.

There is a lot of dishes that can be made from those combinations, so you’ll always have something good to eat.

625x625savory_1Savory Oil Collection

The Savory Oil Collections is our personal favorite outside of the Press Club Membership. This collection is going to give you four 500 ml bottles of our savory, herb, and EVOO olive oils.

Not only are your meats, potatoes, and salads going to taste amazing, but the bottles are going to be the centerpiece of your counter.

625x625saltsspicesSpice and Salt Favorites

Our Spice and Salt Favorites Collection gives you exactly what it says. You’re going to be able to rub and sprinkle these onto all sorts of things to take your food to the next level.

Purchase this along with the Savory Oil Collection to create a dipping experience at your next party that is out of this world.


It is important to set good habits early, and we can think of no better habits to set than to make delicious, healthy meals from the very start.

Take a moment and leave comments below on what some of your early meals or mishaps when you struck out on your own for the first time. Feel free to leave some tips as well.

The ABCs of Client Gift Giving for Financial Services

Sending a gift is a great way to stay front-of-mind whether you are courting a new client or letting a long-time client know that they are still an important part of your practice.

It’s our clients that keep us in business. It’s their trust, their belief, and their referrals that build our reputation and our portfolio.

If a client accounts for 60% of your managed funds through direct assets and referred business, a $25 Starbucks card is simply not enough to adequately nurture that relationship.

Financial services is a highly regulated and competitive industry, but we have found that you can find success breaking through the noise and being memorable simply by remembering your ABCs.

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(A)void Marketing and Promotional Items

The number one mistake we see from well-meaning financial professionals who give gifts is that they have their name or the name of their institutions emblazoned on the side. Once you put your name on something, it ceases to be a gift and crosses over into marketing and promotion.

You probably ask your best clients for increased investments or referrals on a semi-regular basis. Make your gift giving completely about the client. Leave your promotional items for the next business after-hours or sponsorship opportunity.

(B)e Timely and Appropriate

The best time for your clients who have served in the military to receive a special remembrance is NOT the day after Veteran’s Day. That might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many requests we get for client gifts a day or two before the holiday, birthday, or other hard deadline. If managing a gift-giving schedule is too taxing on you or your staff, consider partnering with a company like Pasolivo. Partnering with a company allows you to leverage their expertise, experience, and infrastructure to execute a strategy much more efficiently and effectively.

Consistency is also a key attribute of corporate giving. Everyone sends gifts at Christmas, but it shows more care and thought if you send gifts that correspond to something about the receiver. Are they Irish? Why not send something on St. Patrick’s Day? Courting your local carpenter’s union? Why not send over a memorable gift on Labor Day thanking them for their work? The key is to segment your client list and send thoughtful gifts throughout the year, not just on birthdays and Christmas.

(C)ustomize the Gift Experience

The last part of breaking through the noise and adding maximum value to the experience is to find ways to personalize the gift.

Things like personalized, handwritten notes and monogramming are great ways to let your client know that you’re thinking specifically of them. The key is to get creative so that your client knows that the gift is for them specifically and isn’t just one more address in a mass shipment.

A good corporate gift partner should be able to handle your gifting schedule, even if it is with an entire database, and should be willing to participate and accommodate this custom experience to ensure that they help you provide the best experience possible.

And, for the record, we’d really like to be that partner.

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