When we wrote our first blog post of 2020, we never expected the turbulent year we had ahead of us. Within a few months, Covid-19 Pandemic had disrupted our lives in ways we couldn’t have imagined. Many of us lost loved ones, spent months in social isolation, all as the world around us seemed more unstable than ever.
During these challenging times we felt very humbled to be able to support each other. Throughout the year, our team has been working tirelessly, sending food boxes of Oliveology essentials around the world, and we are very grateful to them all for their incredibly hard work. We also received a lot of love from all of you, and felt honoured to be part of your lives during these times of crisis. Your support filled us with courage for the years ahead.
Despite the challenges of 2020, it was also a year of generosity. We were overwhelmed with orders for gifts for your loved ones with messages of kindness and care. As 2020 was ending, Marianna and Ben’s son Harry turned one. A reminder to all of us that no matter how gloomy life may seem, joy can be found just by our side.
2020 was also the year in which we redefined our relationship with our kitchens. We learned to appreciate many things we took for granted; to treasure time spent in peace, alone or with loved ones. Many of us started cooking more, while others embraced the freedom of breaking all rules -breakfast for dinner anyone? Regardless of how much or how little time you’ve spent in your kitchen, we hope you had as much fun as we did, cooking wonderful wholesome recipes.
This year we were also very honoured to receive the news for the Great Taste Awards. Five of our favourite products received GTA stars: Our 18°C Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Ginger, Lime & Basil Olive Oil, 21°C Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil with walnuts, purslane, and wild aromatic herbs, our Plain Kalamata Olives and our Kalamata Olives with Ouzo all made us really proud! These awards are shared with all of our producers in Greece, who share our passion for foods made with love and care. Thank you!
Although we postponed all of our workshops and events at our Railway Arch in Bermondsey, we have started organising delicious online experiences and tastings. We hope that within the next few months we will be able to offer you again the wonderful gastronomic experiences, Oliveology holidays, and exciting events that we enjoyed hosting so much.
With this year is coming to an end, we are all eager to make new plans for the year ahead. We have started working on some fascinating new projects, which we will announce soon. Those of you who’ve popped by our shop at Borough Market or Spa Terminus have already gotten a taste of our fava dip, made in our kitchen in Bermondsey. Yes, our future includes many more dips!
As we reflect on the year we leave behind, we realise that we somehow feel stronger. So let us welcome this new year with a smile on our faces. We have managed to survive 2020. 2021 will be nothing but glorious! Or you know, just normal.