International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) and the Southern Tablelands’ renowned ALTO Olives have partnered to create an exclusive blend of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) which will be served restaurant style as the dipping oil to accompany the range of breads offered at gala dinners and luncheons and in menus across the premier integrated convention, exhibition and entertainment venue and be available for purchase onsite.
Part of the venue’s commitment to supporting small and large producers from across New South Wales, ICC Sydney Executive Chef, Tony Panetta, worked with ALTO Olives founder, Robert Armstrong, to blend the olives, grown in the rich countryside at the foot of the Great Dividing Range using a sustainable production and processing philosophy – something which first attracted Panetta to ALTO Olives.
With a shared passion for supporting sustainable produce, the partnership highlights how venues as large as ICC Sydney can embed their menus with tasty seasonal products, while sourcing locally and ethically.
According to Panetta, the specially crafted EVOO blend is the perfect way to start every lunch and dinner experience at the venue, and features a herbaceous buttery profile to suit all tastes.
“This blend is the perfect accompaniment to the beautiful breads we use from Sonoma, alongside the option of Pepe Saya artisan butter.
“The custom EVOO also features in a range of dishes including broccoli and walnut agnolotti, olive tapenade, roasted capsicum, preserved lemon, basil and parmesan cheese small grazing dish, the smoked duck breast, du puy lentils, white balsamic, hazelnuts and rosella flower gastrique entrée, and the artisan buffalo mozzarella, soy sauce, yuzu and shiso leaves amuse bouche.”
Panetta noted that nutrition, as well as the variety, seasonality and freshness of food, plays a role in creating the best possible environment for collaboration, learning and innovation.
“It’s a hand-crafted product that provides a wealth of health benefits to our diners. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is rich in antioxidants and essential vitamins, helping to boost your immune system, prevent heart disease, and reduce the risk of diabetes. We’re extremely proud to offer delegates and guests this blend at ICC Sydney and want to encourage a focus on healthy eating.
“Partnerships like this feed into the venue’s Feeding Your Performance ideology and showcase our dedication to regional producers and communities,” Panetta said.
ICC Sydney has purchased 400 bottles of the unique blend, and committed to 1,750 litres, so visitors and delegates alike are encouraged to dip their bread in some of ALTO’s EVOO and sit a little longer to enjoy its taste.