I recently sat down with my 4 year old daughter Giada Coldani to discuss the olive oil business and why she likes olive oil. Forced to be immersed into the world of olive oil, both of my children have become fans at a very young age. Both of them have been dipping bread into this gold goodness since before they were a year old and it has gotten to the point where Giada will ask for oil if she doesn’t see it present at dinner (embarrassingly enough; even at other peoples’ houses) The interview with my son Gino will have to be postponed since he is just over one year of age and his vocabulary consists of about ten words.
Mike: What is your favorite food to enjoy Calivirgin olive oil on?
Giada: Ummm? Bread!
Mike: What is your favorite food to enjoy our Calivinegar balsamic vinegar on?
Giada: On sliced avocados!
Mike: What did you teach your friend Dylan when you went to the olive mill?
Giada: I taught him how to eat the oil and to play with Vito.
Mike: Which of our Calivirgin flavored olive oils is your favorite? We have Basil, Lemon, Rosemary, Jalapeno, Garlic, Buddha’s Hand Citron, and Jalapeno-Garlic.
Giada: I like the Rosemary!
Mike: I’m pretty sure you haven’t had the rosemary. Why do you like that one?
Giada: I’m not sure.
Mike: What is your favorite part about the olive mill where daddy works?
Giada: The praying mantises in the box where you dump the olives.
(The olives get dumped into a hopper and then conveyed into a washing system. There
are often many praying mantises picked up by the harvester that use this opportunity to get to safety. Giada has a blast collecting them and letting them crawl on her arms before setting them back into a tree)
Mike: If you worked for Calivirgin what job would you want to have?
Giada: I want to make the olive oil like you!
(As far as punctuation; it isn’t so much as an overuse of the exclamation point as it is Giada yelling her answers at me like she is on a television game show)
Mike: What are Polyphenols?
Giada: What do you think it is?
Mike: I’m asking you what you think.
Giada: But where did you hear about it?
Mike: Someone once told me but I forget, what do you think it is?
Giada: But where did you learn about polyphenols?
Mike: You know I’m supposed to be the one asking the questions.
Giada: Daddy, maybe when I’m older I’ll know what polyphenols mean.
Mike: Why is our Calivirgin olive oil Extra Virgin?
Giada: I don’t know.
Mike: Ok, you are getting tired, how about this; who is your favorite princess and why?
Giada: I like Cinderella, Ariel and Snow White.
Mike: Why do you like those ones?
Giada: I like Cinderella because she’s pretty and I like her dancing. I like Ariel because she is magical under water and she marries Prince Eric, and I like Snow White because she has a lot of tiaras.
Mike: Would you rather work for Calivirgin when you grow up or be a Princess?
Giada: I want to be a princess!
Mike: I knew you were going to say that.
Giada: Then why did you ask me?
Mike: Ok, your interview is over.
Giada: Now can I have a treat?
Mike: Ha Ha! Ok, I did promise didn’t I !