We are Kathryn Tomajan and Robin Sloan. We live in Oakland, California, up in the corner where it bumps into Emeryville and Berkeley, near the railroad tracks.
Kathryn is an olive miller, taster, and educator. In 2012, she graduated with a master’s degree in food culture from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy. Her master’s thesis research, focused on the opportunities and challenges for New World oil, took her from Italy to Australia and back to her home state of California.
In 2015, she was elected to the California Olive Oil Council’s Board of Directors with a special focus on marketing and outreach. She also serves on the California Olive Oil Council Sensory Panel to taste, grade, and certify extra virgin olive oils. She regularly develops and lead training seminars for the olive oil industry, food professionals, and regular folks alike.
Previously, she spent two seasons milling with Camilo Olives in Victoria, Australia, and one of the oils she produced there won Best of Show at Olive Japan. She’s currently working with Enzo Olive Oil Company in California’s San Joaquin Valley.
Robin is the author of the novels Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, a New York Times Best Seller published in 2012, and Sourdough, just published in 2017.
Between 2002 and 2012, he worked at the Poynter Institute, Current TV, and Twitter, always with a job near the intersection of media and technology.
He can, it turns out, rebuild a Cub Cadet zero-turn lawnmower.
Edible East Bay wrote a lovely feature about Fat Gold in its Winter 2017 edition.
Berkeleyside wrote about our launch back in the spring of 2017.