Today was warm in all the senses. We left Nashville with the intent of coming back, but not before a stop at Jill Melton’s office to drop off some liquid gold. Jill is the editor of Edible Nashville, a local chapter of Edible magazine with a focus on local and sustainable foods. We sat down in her kitchen, I shared our story, she shared hers, and the southern warmth abounded. I left the house with peach cobbler and having left a little extra EVOO for her and her foodie friends to enjoy.
We arrived in St. Louis tired but eager to start our restaurant olive oil tasting. Ben Poremba, founder of Bengelina, a restaurant group based in St. Louis that encapsulates a few of the best spots in town, offered us the most exquisite moroccan food. After our tasting at Benevolent King he drove us through the city to his first restaurant, Olio. My innate passion for architecture and design flourished as he gave us a narrated tour of the gas station-turned mediterranean eatery. Together we walked to his Mexican restaurant Nixta, had mescal with flan layered with fresh peach, laden with so much insight on Ben’s part.
Tomorrow night we’ll be at Olio for olive oil tasting number two. Fitting given the olive tree in their patio!