Grill up a Healthier Memorial Day Spread

Memorial Day picnics are an American institution, but they can be a speed bump in your quest toward a healthy summer lifestyle.

We set out to give you some menu items that will fill your belly with delicious flavors without making you feel like you have to leave your party early to get a three mile in before bed.

So, without further ado …

Citrus Pesto Turkey Burgers

There is nothing like a good burger at a cook out, but let’s face it, traditional cheeseburgers are terrible for you. The answer? Our Citrus Pesto Turkey Burger is short on unhealthy fats without sacrificing taste. In fact, we practically guarantee that our citrus pesto spread will light up your mouth with so much flavor that you’ll be looking for other things to put it on.

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Pasolivo Yam Fries

Yam Fries are a great side to serve up at your cook out. They elevate the traditional french fry to something sweeter, more flavorful, and far healthier alternative. If you want to take them to even more memorable levels, put out a myriad of different dipping sauce—something to please every palate.

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Italian Basil Corn on the Cob

Nothing says the kick-off to summer like a juicy corn on the cob. What you might not have thought about changing the experience by changing up the seasoning. Sure, salt and pepper are classic and never go out of style, but do something different this Memorial Day and add a little Italian Basil Seasoning to the mix. You won’t regret it.

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Fresh Fruit and Lemon Curd Tart
with Shortbread Crust

Healthy doesn’t mean you can’t indulge your desire for some sweets this Memorial Day. Our Fresh Fruit and Lemon Curd Tart with a Shortbread Crust will satisfy that craving while throwing in a complex texture and flavor profile just for fun. But here’s a quick tip from us, you might want to grab a piece early on. It won’t last long.

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Pasolivo Continues to Garnish Recognition at Home and on International Stage

Pasolivo continues to rack up awards at local festivals and top international competitions alike.

Pasolivo Wins at NYIOOC

At the New York International Olive Oil Competition (NYIOOC) in April, 530 awards were bestowed on the 1000 entrants, and only 73 of those awards were given to American producers.

Pasolivo’s oils were well represented among those 73. Our Classic, Cucina, and Tuscan extra virgin olive oil varieties all took home the gold, and our California Blend took home silver.

 

 

Pasolivo Represents Well in California

The California Olive Oil Council recognized three of our olive oils last month when it released its 2018 winners.

Our California blend received a Gold rating while our Classic and Cucina oils brought home Silver.

Pasolivo recently racked up accolades at the 2018 Olive Festival in Paso Robles, California as well.

Its Tuscan Extra Virgin Olive Oil blend took home awards for being Best of Class and Best of Show. Pasolivo’s Citrus Olive Oil also took home a Gold while our Cucina, Garlic Lemon, and California oils took home Silver. Our Classic oil was awarded a Bronze.

 

 

An Easy Menu for a Fun Family Day

Tomorrow is a day set aside internationally to remember the importance that family plays in our personal lives, our communities, and the world. Social media will be overflowing with people posting pics and videos under the hashtag #FamilyDay.

For our part, we wanted to pass along a menu that wouldn’t keep you in the kitchen all day while still giving your family fun, substantial meals and snacks to accompany the memories and activities you’ll be creating.

Family Day Breakfast
Hash brown Waffles

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This statement is never more true than when there is a fun-filled day of activities lined up for your entire family.

Our hash brown waffles are not only fun to make and look at, but topped with eggs and your favorite protein, they provide hours of energy and only minutes of clean-up.

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Family Midday Snack
Granola Bites

Breakfast is over, and it’s onto the first activity. There’s only one problem. Less than 30 minutes in, and the kids are already talking about how hungry they are.

No problem, you’ll be prepared. Our granola bites are both filling and healthy, so you won’t mind giving them as many as they want to hold them over until lunch.

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Family Day Lunch
Turkey Salad Sandwiches

Whether you plan on coming home for lunch or packing a cooler, our turkey salad sandwiches offer a healthy and more cost-friendly alternative to stopping at the local fast food restaurant.

These sandwiches are lean and mean in the best possible way. Serve these up with some tortilla chips and some fresh veggies, and you’ll be ready for round #2 of activities.

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Family Day Evening Snack
Rosemary Popcorn

Your outside adventures have concluded, you’ve returned home, and everyone is getting cleaned up and ready to settle in for the evening. There’s only one problem, they’ve burned off their lunch running, swimming, and playing and there is still an hour or so before dinner.

Our rosemary popcorn is perfect for a pre-dinner snack. It’s not heavy enough to ruin their appetite, but it does take off the edge and prevent a family full of hanger. Put a bowl of our popcorn out on the counter and you’ll be parent of the year.

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Family Day Dinner
Philly Cheesesteak with Lemon Aioli

You’ve had a long day, but while the kids settle in and relax, you still have dinner to make. We’ve got you covered.

Our Philly cheesesteak sandwiches are second-to-none and don’t require a lot of hassle. Best of all, you can have the kids cue up a movie and serve dinner in the living room because these sandwiches don’t make much of a mess.

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Let Us Know About Your Day

Don’t forget to let us know how your day went. Send us pictures of your adventures by tagging us and using the hashtag #MyPasolivo. We love to keep up with our Pasolivo family.

It’s Time for Cinco de Mayo, Pasolivo Style

Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching, and we don’t ever want you to feel like you are headed to a fiesta hosting opportunity without some menu suggestions from us.

Here are three menu that items that are can’t miss options for you and your guests no matter who is coming over. Don’t forget to send us pictures on social media by tagging us and using the hashtag #MyPasolivo.

Lime Black Bean Salsa

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Chicken Fajitas

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Cucumber and Sriracha Blended Margarita

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Here Is the One Simple Fix to Making Your Client Gifting More Effective

The task of client gifting is often relegated to executive assistants or office managers, but in reality, their jobs are the most hectic in your organization. The best person to manage your client gifting is probably not in your office at all.

There is perhaps no harder decision in business than to know what to own and what to delegate. Knowing which tasks to outsource might be just as challenging.

Partnering with a third-party vendor to manage and execute your client gifting strategy ensures that your gifts are strategically thought out, timely, and above all, given the proper attention to make them unique and memorable experiences.

Here are some of the questions you should ask a potential vendor when choosing a client gifting concierge to help you develop and execute a more effective gifting strategy.

3 Questions to Ask a Potential Client Gifting Vendor

What is your process for working with your partners’ client list?

This is probably the most important aspect of figuring out if a particular vendor is going to make your life a lot easier. Ideally, try to find a partner who will take your client list and organize data like purchasing anniversaries, implemented buying cycle reminders, birthdays, and other important dates into segments that inform a strategy at several price points and creative gift options that takes your unique brand, process, and industry regulatory constraints into account. You want to be able to sign off and step away to grow your business. If you can’t, why use them?

Will you handle all the shipping and provide tracking links?

This question is about how hands-off you’ll be able to be through the process. If you provide addresses, will your corporate gifting concierge take care of the rest including links with all the tracking codes in case something goes wrong? It’s the execution after the gifts are chosen that take the most time-sucking attention to detail. You need to be able to trust that your partner has the ability to not only plan a strategy but also consistently execute that strategy without the need for constant guidance and hand-holding while still being available for updates and reporting.

What levels of customization do you offer?

Levels of customization does not mean the amount of products available to choose from, nor does it necessarily mean the ability to make each gift customized to individual clients. However, it is good to know whether the client gifting concierge service is willing to place additional inserts into the package for you. Will they write small personal notes using your letterhead or stationary? What is their willingness to truly become a partner with your business instead of treating your business transactionally?

Going Above and Beyond

Finding the right client gifting service offered by a company that shares your insistence on excellence might seem challenging. Finding a client gifting service that you trust to take care of your clients might seem impossible.

It doesn’t have to be.

Here at Pasolivo, we work especially hard to be whatever our corporate partners need us to be. We have some clients who call in with their specific one-time gifting needs. For others, we are a dedicated partner they trust to develop a yearly gifting strategy for all of their clients or a specific segment of clients while abiding to an annual budget.

We’re happy to serve and go above and beyond to exceed the expectations of both.

If you’re looking for a client gifting partner, or you’re just looking for options to streamline your gifting process, please click below to talk to someone from our corporate concierge team. We’re confident that we can find a quality solution that is both effective and efficient while providing your treasured clients with gifts that they will remember long after the day they land on their front porch.

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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.

Entrée

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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.

Sides

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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.

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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.

Dessert

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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

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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!