"Con' Olio, Oil and Vinegar Nerds" by Jeff Conarko

As we've proven at Nerd Nite before, one marketable obsession in Austin is food. Before the convenience (and homogenization) of supermarkets dominated food retail, families would shop for specific foods at specialty stores. Jeff Conarko will explain why the fascinating history, chemistry and health benefits of olive oil and balsamic vinegar justify an entire store devoted to the same.

Jeff Conarko is co-founder with his wife Tabatha of Con’ Olio, Austin’s first locally owned olive oil and balsamic vinegar retail store and tasting bar. Conarko worked for Dell for 12 years before he left to follow his passion, which grew from his frequent trips to Europe.

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