Member News: Bono & James Beard Foundation Partnership
Bono Partners with James Beard Foundation as Exclusive House Purveyor of Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Prize-winning Sicilian Olive Oil to Serve as Sole EVOO Partner
FAIRFIELD, N.J. – January 8, 2019 – Bono, Sicily’s largest producer of extra virgin olive oil, is proud to announce it has become part of one of the country’s most prestigious pantries. The family-owned business is the new exclusive EVOO purveyor at the James Beard House in New York’s Greenwich Village.
The Beard House, established in 1985, is a fine-dining venue in culinary legend James Beard’s former home, that presents special dinners created by 200 visiting chefs from across the U.S. each year. It is part of the James Beard Foundation, known for its restaurant industry “Oscars,” The James Beard Awards and industry programs.
“We are proud to be partnering with such a prestigious institution that is all about excellence in food,” says Salvatore Russo-Tiesi, General Manager of Bono USA. “A great olive oil makes the meal, and we look forward to having our Sicilian extra virgin olive oil on hand for so many excellent chefs to use in their creations.”
“Bono’s olive oils are a great fit for our purveyor partnership, given their reputation for quality and taste,” says Kristopher Moon, Chief Operating Officer of the James Beard Foundation. “We have a stellar year ahead and we welcome Bono as part of our family of world class purveyors.”
Bono, founded in 1934 in Sciacca, Sicily, an area known for its excellent olive growing conditions, in the past year has made a big push into the U.S. Bono’s multi-award winning olive oils, and its line of organic marmalades and olives are now available in specialty stores and leading grocery chains in all 50 states. Bono’s products are available at Wegmans, King’s, Balducci’s, Central Market, Stop & Shop, AJ’s Fine Foods and Bristol Farms, among many others, and online at Vitacost.com and Amazon.
In its 30 years, globally iconic chefs have prepared meals at the James Beard House that have attracted discerning diners from across the U.S. This past year alone included dinners created by Chefs such as Massimo Bottura, Carla Hall, Paul Kahan, Lorena Garcia, and Marcus Samuelsson. For the upcoming lineup of dinners at the James Beard House, click here.
Established in 1934, Bono is the largest producer of extra virgin olive oil in Sicily. The family-owned company is based in Sciacca, Sicily, in the Val di Mazara region. This Region is coveted for its terroir, considered one of the world’s best for the production of high-quality extra virgin olive oil. Bono’s U.S. division is based in Fairfield, N.J.
The company boasts 50 awards in the past ten years including two 2018 sofi Awards from the Specialty Food Association, and two awards from the New York International Olive Oil Competition (NYIOOC).Bono’s PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) and PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) extra virgin olive oils receive unique serial numbers, which are traceable to the exact groves that supply olives for production. The brand also produces organic and conventional Sicilian Blood Orange, Orange, and Lemon marmalades, made with fresh, organic fruit, as well as Nocellara Del Belice olives, which are cultivated exclusively in their native environment in Castelvetrano, Sicily.
About James Beard Foundation
For more than 30 years, the James Beard Foundation has championed chefs and other culinary professionals while highlighting the centrality of food culture in our daily lives. Through the James Beard Awards, unique dining experiences at the James Beard House and around the country, scholarships, hands-on learning, and a variety of industry programs that educate and empower leaders in our community, the Foundation has built a platform for chefs and asserted the power of gastronomy to drive behavior, culture, and policy change around food. To that end the Foundation has also created signature impact-oriented initiatives that include our Women’s Leadership Programs aimed at addressing the gender imbalance in the culinary industry; advocacy training through our Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change; and the James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards that shine a spotlight on successful change makers. The organization is committed to giving chefs and their colleagues a voice and the tools they need to make the world more sustainable, equitable, and delicious for everyone. For more information, visit jamesbeard.org; subscribe to the digital newsletter Beard Bites; and follow @beardfoundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.