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A Dinner Menu for the Olive-Oil-Obsessed

Written by: the Editors of goop


Published on: February 16, 2023


Photos courtesy of Nastassia Bruckin, © Le Marké

Photographer and stylist Karen Mordechai first made her splash in the culinary world as the host of Sunday Suppers, a Brooklyn-based community dinner series that soon became global. It spawned a blog and a cookbook of the same name. And over the years, Mordechai found herself fussing less about small details—and instead, focusing on the beauty in connection. “As both a person and a host, I learned to let go quite a bit,” Mordechai says. “If you looked back to some of the earlier dinners, they were probably much more produced, much more detailed, very perfectionist.”

Here, Mordechai shares an unfussy yet impressive menu that relies on one important centerpiece: great olive oil. You can use what you have on hand, but she cooks with hand-harvested organic EVOO from a small family farm in Sicily. It’s the first product her brand Le Marké perfected in late 2022—the reusable glass bottles are beautiful enough to admire on a dinner table, but what we really love are the refillable pouches, which are recyclable and designed for easy decanting.

  1. Organic Olive Oil Le Marké
    Le Marké Organic Olive Oil Le Marké, $37

An Olive Oil Dinner

by Karen Mordechai and Le Marké

  • Olive Oil Shots

    Olive Oil Shots

    “We love serving our single-origin organic olive oil in beautiful shot glasses at the table. It’s a great conversation piece. Guests can taste as a little amuse-bouche or sip throughout the meal.”


  • Le Grand Aioli

    Le Grand Aioli

    “This platter revolves around the sauce: the aioli, in this case, which we’ve made with our rich and fruity olive oil for an extra layer of flavor. You can use a myriad of market vegetables and bright colors.”


  • Green Pesto Pasta

    Green Pesto Pasta

    “This is a classic, which you can make on a weeknight or for guests at a weekend dinner. When you cook simply, focus on the quality of ingredients—they will really stand out. Use a beautiful oil, a great salt, and a fragrant bunch of basil. For a neat trick, you can blanch your basil and the pesto will stay quite green.”


  • Gluten-Free Olive Oil Cake

    Gluten-Free Olive Oil Cake

    “This cake uses gluten-free flour and coconut sugar. The result is moist and delightful—not overly sweet—and goes well with a warm cup of tea.”