• Happy May Long!

    Happy Victoria Day everyone! To celebrate the long weekend, our main store will be closed on Monday, May 22, 2017 – we’ll be open for…

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  • Olive Oil Archaeology – 2,000 Year Old Olive Press Found In Turkey!

    We were reading a pretty cool article over at The Olive Oil Times today about an archaeological dig over in Turkey – they’ve found a…

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  • Coming next week – NEW Infused Olive Oil AND Balsamic!?

    Big News! We have a new infused olive oil and a new infused white balsamic vinegar coming in with our next shipment – which should…

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  • Where are you buying your olive oil?

    We were just reading an article over at The Olive Oil Times about olive oil quality in Canada – and some of it is not…

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  • Melgarejo Hojiblanca Olive Oil wins!

    Big news – a monumental win! One of our Spanish olive oil producers, Melgarejo, won first prize in the Mario Solinas Competition in the Intense…

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  • What’s in our Infused Olive Oils?

    There are no chemicals, artificial or synthetic ingredients used in any of the artisan infused products that we bring in from Veronica Foods. They infuse…

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  • Easter Weekend Hours

    Happy Easter everyone! We’re closing down the main store on Friday, April 14 for Good Friday – but we’ll be back for our regular Saturday…

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  • Happy Family Day!

    The main store will be closed Monday, February 20, 2017, for family day. We’ll be back open for regular hours on Tuesday, February 21, 2017….

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  • New Northern Hemisphere Olive Oils NOW HERE!

    The wait is over! We received a HUGE shipment of olive oils yesterday, all from the Northern Hemisphere November 2016 crush. They are all Ultra…

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  • That’s Amore! At the Calgary Farmer’s Market

    Made plans for Valentine’s Day yet? Well, on Saturday, February 11, the Calgary Farmer’s Market will have roaming live acts and duelling pianos to celebrate…

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  • Agricultural Drones and the Olive Oil Industry

    Did you know that it is possible to get day to day progress reports, irrigation reports, and even pest infestation reports…just by flying a drone…

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  • Update on the Filippo Berio Lawsuit!

    We posted a couple of years ago about a lawsuit that was ongoing between consumers and Bertoli/Filippo Berio. The main points of the lawsuit were…

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  • What IS Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

    Our favourite news blog, Olive Oil Times has written yet another fantastic article, and we think you should check it out! Extra Virgin Olive Oil…

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  • Happy Holidays!

    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year from everyone at Soffritto. We hope you have a fabulous and safe season!

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  • Holiday Hours For All Locations!

    Happy Holidays everyone! Today marks the beginning of the Calgary Farmer’s Market being open for 9 DAYS STRAIGHT! Our booth will be open from this…

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  • Olive Oil from Uruguay has arrived!

    With our delivery yesterday we received two olive oils from somewhere we’ve never received olive oils from before…Uruguay! Fresh off the truck, you should see…

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  • What is Saba?

    We recently brought Saba in to the store – and we’ve had a few people ask: “well, what is it?” Saba is balsamic vinegar, before…

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  • Take a break…eat more chocolate!

    We found another great post on our favourite website Olive Oil Times, 5 reasons to eat more chocolate! Taking a quick break from olive oil…

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  • Come visit us at the Calgary Farmer’s Market Friday, November 18!

    The Calgary Farmer’s Market is kicking off their Christmas Market this Friday, November 18 and for one day only, the market will be open from…

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  • Main Store Closed for Remembrance Day

    Our main store will be closed on Friday, November 11, 2016 for Remembrance Day. The Calgary Farmer’s Market booth will be open for regular hours…

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  • Substitute Olive Oil for Butter in Desserts!

    We found a great article over at food52.com last week about substituting olive oil for butter in baking! While you definitely can’t just do a…

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  • A Great Article about “EVOO” Misinformation

    A few days ago one of our favourite blogs, Olive Oil Times, wrote an article about celebrities and TV chefs who spread misinformation about how…

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  • Squid Ink Pasta – Coming Next week for Halloween!

    We will have squid ink pasta once again at the Calgary Farmer’s Market this weekend (Oct. 28 – 30) and at the main store on…

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  • Coconut Oil – Not A Cure-All!

    We saw a great article in The Washington Post last week about coconut oil – specifically, about how coconut oil isn’t the fabulous health cure…

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  • New Olive Oils are here!

    We’ve received a few more robust, ultra premium olive oils from Chile – and they are amazing! You can read a quick blurb about them…

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  • Closed for Thanksgiving

    Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you stocked up at the local markets for your various feasts this weekend. Our main store is closed this Monday, October…

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  • An Interesting Medical Study – Olive Oil vs. Coconut & Corn Oil

    We just finished reading a pretty interesting article on medicalexpress.com – researchers have been testing high-fat diets and the role they play in the development…

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  • Happy September Long Weekend!

    Get out there and do some camping before it gets cold again! Our main location will be closed on Monday, September 5 for the holiday…

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  • The Oil of Champions

    Re-posted from the Veronica Foods blog. For the second consecutive Olympic Games, we are proud to announce that the olive oils and vinegar from our supplier…

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  • Happy Heritage Day!

    We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful August long weekend! Our main store will be closed on Monday, August 1, 2016 for the long…

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  • May Long Weekend Hours

    Happy May Long everyone! The Soffritto Main Store and BOTH Market Locations (Calgary Farmer’s Market and Crossroads Market) will be closed on Monday, May 23,…

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  • Soffritto Balsamic Vinegar & Fiasco Gelato!

    Our 18 year aged Traditional Balsamic Vinegar has made it to Fiasco Gelato and is featured in their summer gelato flavour: Strawberry Balsamic! So far…

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  • March Holiday Hours!

    Happy Easter Everyone! Our main store will be closed this Friday, March 25, 2016, however we will be open at both the Calgary Farmer’s Market…

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  • Soffritto: Now at Crossroads Market!

    Good news: we’ve opened a booth at the Crossroads Market! We’ve got a selection of 35 oils and vinegars, and we’ll be selling a selection…

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  • Olive Oil and Agromafia on 60 Minutes

    On Sunday, 60 minutes aired a segment about the Agromafia in Italy. Of specific interest to us was all the information they discovered about adulterated…

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  • Northern Hemisphere Olive Oils are HERE!

    Just last week we received a shipment of October and November harvest olive oils – some of them are barely a month old! Lots of…

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  • Happy Holidays from Soffritto!

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! We hope you all have a safe and wonderful weekend – whatever your plans may be! Our store will be…

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  • Olive Oil Label Breakdown – Organoleptic Taste Panel Assessment

    An organoleptic taste panel assessment means a team of 10 people have taste-tested the olive oil. For an olive oil to be labeled extra virgin,…

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  • Olive Oil Label Breakdown – Pyropheophytins (PPP)

    PPP (pyropheophytins) are the end result of chlorophyll pigments breaking down in olive oil.  When chlorophyll pigments are exposed to heat, they break down in…

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  • Olive Oil Label Breakdown – Diacylglycerols (DAGs)

    DAGs (diacylglycerols) are fatty acids in olive oil.  DAGs exist in two forms in olive oil – 1,2 chain diacylglycerols and 1,3 chain diacylglycerols. DAGs…

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  • Olive Oil Label Breakdown – Peroxide

    Peroxides are formed naturally when oil is exposed to oxygen – oxidation happens, and the higher levels of peroxide, the more you’ll find defective flavours…

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  • Olive Oil Label Breakdown – Oleic Acid

    Oleic acid is the main fatty acid in olive oil – 55%-85% of olive oil is made up of triacylglycerols, which are made up of…

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  • Remembrance Day 2015

    Soffritto will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 in observance of Remembrance Day. Please visit the Avenue Calgary website for a list of Remembrance…

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  • Olive Oil Label Breakdown – Polyphenols

    Polyphenols are antioxidants! Antioxidants are very good for you, and also help slow down the oxidation process in olive oil. Phenols die off over time,…

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  • Olive Oil Label Breakdown – Free Fatty Acids (FFA)

    Free fatty acids form as unsaturated fat in olive oil breaks down.  Some free fatty acids will always be formed during the olive oil extraction…

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  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Soffritto will be closed on Monday, October 12, 2015 for the Thanksgiving long weekend. The main store will re-open on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, and…

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  • Soffritto will be closed for the September long weekend!

    Our main store will be closed from September 5, 2015 – September 7, 2015 for the Labour Day long weekend – we will re-open on…

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  • We’re closed for Heritage Day!

    Our main store will be closed on Monday, August 3 for the August long weekend! We’ll be open again at 11:00am for lunch on Tuesday,…

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  • Galimax Farm Tour Adventures

    Anastasia, Chef Chris and Chef Heather all attended the Galimax Farm Tour this year!  Galimax is the distributor for many of the local farms in…

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  • Coming Soon: Southern Hemisphere Olive Oil & NEW Balsamic Vinegars!

    Southern Hemisphere is here! We will have 4 new olive oils from Australia in the next week or two, along with 2 completely new balsamic…

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  • We’re closed for Canada Day!

    Soffritto will be closed on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 for Canada Day!  We’ll see you back on Thursday at the main store as well as…

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  • New Northern Hemisphere Olive Oils are HERE!

    Our huge shipment of olive oil has arrived and we’re super excited to tell you we’ve got TONS of fresh Northern hemisphere olive oils in…

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  • Holiday Hours

    Happy Easter to all of our fantastic customers, and Happy Spring! Please note that both the store and the market will be open this Friday,…

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  • Coming Soon: More New Olive Oils!

    Good news! We’ve got some more new olive oils coming in from Spain, Portugal, Tunisia, and California in the next couple of weeks! Some highlights…

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  • New Olive Oils are IN!

    The Fall 2014 Harvest has arrived! We’ve got an exciting line up of new olive oils for you, keep an eye out for them at…

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  • Main Store Closed on Family Day!

    Hey Everyone! We’ll be closed this Monday, February 16 to celebrate Family Day! Come see us to stock up before the long weekend – we’ll…

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  • Some Things You May Not Know About Grocery Store Olive Oil

    Or, why Bertoli isn’t the best. Two class-action lawsuits were filed last year against Bertoli and Filippo Berio – two very popular olive oil brands…

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  • Fat in Olive Oil Repairs Failing Hearts? A Pretty Cool Study

    Check out this awesome article in Time Magazine about how the fat in olive oil can actually help a failing heart – pretty cool! Click…

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  • NEW at the store: Ultra Premium Sauces, Tapenades, and Roasted Peppers

    Basil Pesto: Absolutely the best jarred basil pesto we’ve ever tasted. Made with the finest ingredients including fresh basil, toasted pine nuts, Pecorino cheese, and of…

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  • Holiday Hours

    Main Store: December 24, 2014 – 11:00am – 3:00pm December 25-28, 2014 – closed December 29-30, 2014 – 11:00am – 7:00pm December 31, 2014 –…

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  • NEW – Olive Oil Skin Care Products

    We are now carrying a variety of Olive Oil Skin Care Products from The Olive Oil Skin Care Company based out of Australia – they…

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  • Studies Suggest Oleocanthal May Help Prevent and Treat Alzheimer’s

    Oleocanthal, a compound found in olive oil, alters the structure of brain plaques that cause Alzheimer’s disease, suggesting possible new therapies. Alzheimer’s disease (AD), which…

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  • How Olive Oil Reduces Inflammation

    Re-posted from the Veronica Foods blog.  While tasting extra-virgin olive oils in Sicily, Gary Beauchamp, PhD, director of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia,…

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  • Dr. Mary Flynn on The role of Extra Virgin Olive oil in a healthy diet

    In case you missed it – here’s a great video from Dr. Mary Flynn on Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

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  • Happy Halloween!

    Happy Halloween everyone!  Our spooky pasta theme continues this week with squid ink ravioli!  Available at the Calgary Farmer’s Market for a limited time only!

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  • Squid Ink Pasta Is Back!

    Back at the Calgary Farmer’s Market this weekend – Squid Ink Pasta! No artifical colouring is used, this is our regular durum semolina pasta with…

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  • Olive Oil & The Mediterranean Diet

    A BBC News Story.  The combination of olive oil and leafy salad or vegetables is what gives the Mediterranean diet its healthy edge, say scientists….

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  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month & Dr. Mary Flynn’s Presentation

    Re-posted from the Veronica Foods blog. Mary M. Flynn, PhD, RD, LDN. Associate Professor of Medicine, Clinical, Brown University Research Dietitian, The Miriam Hospital. Founder…

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  • Cereal for Breakfast? Pass the Olive Oil!

    re-posted from The Olive Oil Times. Food writer, Jim Dixon, writing on the health benefits of olive oil, commented “we put it on almost everything…

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  • Soffritto goes Ultra-Premium

    We’re extremely excited to announce that we recently received our Ultra-Premium (UP) certification from Veronica Foods! What does Ultra-Premium mean? It’s a completely new standard…

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  • Southern Hemisphere Has Arrived!

    Great news! Our Southern Hemisphere olive oils have arrived – way ahead of schedule compared to last year! Read about them below, you can always…

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  • Special discounts at our Farmers’ Market booth TOMORROW

    The Calgary Farmers’ Market is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary (or ‘Farmiversary’) on Saturday, June 28, 2014, and we’re celebrating with them by offering 10% off…

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  • Smoke Point (in Celsius) vs. Free Fatty Acid level – Or, why cooking with Extra Virgin Olive Oil is better for you!

    Re-posted from the Veronica Foods Blog Below, you will find a handy dandy chart relating specific free fatty acid levels of extra virgin olive oil…

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  • The ‘Fridge Test’ – and why it’s not a 100% valid way of testing olive oil authenticity

    I’ve had a few people come to the market and tell me that they have found a foolproof way of testing their olive oil to…

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  • Coming Soon…Tarragon White Balsamic Vinegar

    Arriving with our next order (hopefully next week!) we will have French Tarragon White Balsamic Vinegar! A popular and versatile herb, tarragon has an intense…

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  • Coming Soon…Wild Fernleaf Dill Infused Olive Oil

    Great news!  We’re about to bring in another new flavoured olive oil – Dill!  It should be arriving in our next big shipment, hopefully coming…

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  • Italian Olive Oils have arrived!

    The long wait is over – the Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oils are finally here! We received two spectacular Coratina Olive Oils, both of which…

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  • Exciting new Olive Oils now in stock!

    We’re happy to announce that our shipment of olive oil has arrived!  Now in stock at the store and at the Calgary Farmers Market, we…

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  • New fused olive oils coming next week!

    Our delivery of new product was delayed a week! But, there’s lots on that truck to look forward to, including 4 brand new flavoured olive…

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  • Coming Next Week: Spanish and Portugese Olive Oils!

    Currently on it’s way from California is a big shipment of NEW olive oils. We have 5 new Spanish Olive Oils coming, 3 new Portugese…

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  • Oro Bailen Has Arrived!

    Oro Bailen Picual Olive Oil is now in stock and ready for you to sample at the store and at the Calgary Farmer’s Market. We…

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  • Calgary Farmers’ Market Food Drive was a huge success!

    Thanks to everyone who bought pasta on Saturday.  With your help, we donated 30 kilograms of pasta to the Calgary Food Bank.  That’s almost 200…

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  • Farmers’ Market Fresh Food Drive at CFM – We’re donating pasta!

    On December 7, 2013 from 11:30am to 3:30pm, the Calgary Farmers’ Market is holding a fresh food drive for the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank.  We…

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  • Now Available at the Store and Farmer’s Market – Gluten Free Pasta

    We are now selling More Gluten Free pasta at the store and Calgary Farmer’s Market.  The pasta is made in Calgary by NOtaBLE restaurant’s executive chef Justin Labossier….

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  • Now Open: Soffritto at the Calgary Farmers Market

    We’ve been really busy lately getting ready for our second location at the Calgary Farmers Market (on Blackfoot and Heritage, click here for a google…

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  • Southern Hemisphere Oils are here!

    We’ve received our first shipment of the Southern Hemisphere olive oil harvest, and it is outstanding!  Definite proof that olive oil doesn’t have to come…

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