Staff

Ann Sievers

Ann Sievers
Owner, Miller, Grower

Ann received her BS from Russell Sage College and her MA from The George Washington University in Washington DC. After a 30 year career in health care as an advanced practice nurse, researcher, author and lecturer, Ann’s goal now is to produce international award winning olive oil, provide healthy food from our olive farm, and care for over 2000 trees.

Ann’s favorite use of olive oil is single varietal Leccino on fresh, warm pasta with lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Simple, luxurious, and easy!

 

Mark Sievers

Mark Sievers
Owner, Miller, Grower

After graduating from the US Air Force Academy, completing a 20 year career as an US Air Force Officer and Instructor pilot, and a stint at the Pentagon, Mark attended UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and graduated with high honors. Having had his interest piqued by analytical finances, he founded Epsilon Financial. He now focuses his attention to managing individual’s financial affairs and the financial running of Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company.

Mark’s favorite use of olive oil is crusty bread drizzled with olive oil, chocolate, and sea salt.

 

Ron Daugherty

Ron Daugherty
Operations Manager

Ron comes to Il Fiorello with experience and credentials in multiple areas including operations management, aviation, agriculture, and wine. His background in wine appreciation is invaluable at Il Fiorello. He can be found doing a variety of tasks at Il Fiorello, anything from assisting guests in the tasting room to running the irrigation in the olive grove.

Ron’s favorite use of olive oil is anything that we are cooking in the kitchen! He also enjoys sharing the classic pairing of single varietal Frantoio drizzled over a luscious steak with a glass of Malbec.

 

Gloria Ciccarone-Nehls
Executive Chef & Culinary Curator

Chef Gloria was formally schooled in the culinary arts at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in New York,  and named “Chef of the Year” by the prestigious National Executive Chefs Association. She is widely recognized as a leader in the field of culinary arts and a mainstay in the world of award-winning San Francisco cuisine. Formerly of San Francisco’s Huntington Hotel, “The Big 4 Restaurant” and Hob Hill Spa for over 30 years and culinary consultant in food product development for over 20 years.

She brings endless energy to our Kitchen in the Grove Culinary Center.  Her recipe ideas are extensive and will expand our ability to present seasonal food, some of which is grown in our organic gardens.  She is excited to work with the great extra virgin olive oil made at IL Fiorello.  In the future, we look forward to developing a very special menu of wild game for which she is internationally known.

 

Colin Simonson
Chef

Chef Colin Simonson has many years of west coast restaurant experience in everything from dishwashing to bartending to cooking and everywhere from truck stops to 5-star dining experiences. As co-owner and Chef of the Crossroad Kitchen food trucks, Chef Colin has been deeply enaged in weekly changing menus of wood fired oven goodies, featuring local, seasonal and sustainably farmed ingredients on all of their menu items whenever possible.

Chef Colin continues his focus on the food and efforts to support local farms & communities here at Il Fiorello. His food, along with a delightful sense of humor, help make every food experience here an appetizing and entertaining one.

 

 

 

 

Jessica Brooks
Tasting Room Manager

Our Tasting Room Manager comes to Il Fiorello with a wide range of experience.. Her background includes different types of creative arts. Positions she’s held range from chef to make-up artist, from cheesemonger to retail manager. She was interested in cooking from a young age, starting with her grandmother teaching her to bake and make jams. She was named Student of the Year by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, completed an A.A. degree in Culinary Arts from Cabrillo College, and a B.S. in Hospitality from San Francisco State University. Among her favorite things are old cars, tacos, dogs, and tiki drinks.

 

Mary Taylor
Public Relations & Marketing Manager / Grove Club Coordinator

Mary graduated from the University of Notre Dame, where she majored in the sport of fencing while minoring in academics.  She has lost count of her years in Marketing and Public Relations, but she’s pretty sure it’s more than a lot. Used to the fast pace of the corporate world, being at IL Fiorello has made her slow down, and consider taking herself, and life, a lot less seriously.

Her favorite uses for our oils are: French Blend on lentils and Mandarin on chocolate ice cream.

 

To contact any of our staff members, call us at (707) 864-1529 or email us at [email protected]

 

Millicent, Hyacinth, Winifred, Henrietta

“The Girls”. They are escape artists in training, help with the compost, patrol the garden, keep bugs away… and of course provide us with eggs for our kitchen!

 

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Custom Milling

Bring us your olives to be crushed in our state of the art Italian mill.

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Tastings

Taste extra virgin and co-milled flavored olive oils.

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Il Fiorello Blog

Keeping you up to date on all things olive and olive oil.

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Google Reviews

Zack Gallinger-Long
Zack Gallinger-Long
23:44 07 Jul 19
We learned so much about olive oil! The tasting flight was very eye opening and a lot of fun to do with friends. We were on vacation and had a great time when we stopped in here. I wish we had a place like this where we live.
Sharman Bruni
Sharman Bruni
16:22 02 Jun 19
First, I want to say that they have amazing employees, they are so warm and informative! I'm very glad I came here for my first olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting. The food pairing was a wonderful surprise and the gelato was delicious, unexpectedly with the olive oil on top. Seeing the plants and nature in the back was very therapeutic. I can't wait to come here again.
Caitlin Dinn
Caitlin Dinn
00:45 28 Apr 19
You definitely don't want to miss this hidden gem!!! My friends and I were lucky enough to receive a tour of the grounds from Mary, who is extremely knowledgeable of the entire olive oil industry and organic farming. It's absolutely incredible, everything served to us is made directly from their farm. Nothing goes to waste, from the skin of the olives to the food they feed to their chickens. It's truly something you don't see anymore!! Next, we had an unbelievable tasting with Gabe, who made the tasting a blast! Even if you've done an olive tasting before, this is a completely new experience. Come to find out, I have never bought REAL extra virgin olive oil!! From the minute you step in, you feel welcomed by the entire staff. You could spend the entire relaxing and playing games in the back terrace enjoying a glass or wine or beer (YES, THEY HAVE BEER!!) Truly not to be missed and is a great get away from the typical wine tour. Thanks again for welcoming us in!!
Joni Howell
Joni Howell
23:13 01 Mar 19
Had a wonderful time and was extremely informative! Their little shop let's you bring some goodies home with you.
Dmitriy
Dmitriy
21:44 31 Dec 18
We neglected to book in advance, but they were able to accommodate us for a tour and tasting on short notice. It was a delightful tour, with two hours of personal service for our group of three -- a great value for the price. I think they lose money on the tours and make it back at the gift shop.
Next Reviews

Custom Milling

Bring us your olives to be crushed in our state of the art Italian mill.

read more...

Tastings

Taste extra virgin and co-milled flavored olive oils.

read more...

Il Fiorello Blog

Keeping you up to date on all things olive and olive oil.

read more...

Google Reviews

Zack Gallinger-Long
Zack Gallinger-Long
23:44 07 Jul 19
We learned so much about olive oil! The tasting flight was very eye opening and a lot of fun to do with friends. We were on vacation and had a great time when we stopped in here. I wish we had a place like this where we live.
Sharman Bruni
Sharman Bruni
16:22 02 Jun 19
First, I want to say that they have amazing employees, they are so warm and informative! I'm very glad I came here for my first olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting. The food pairing was a wonderful surprise and the gelato was delicious, unexpectedly with the olive oil on top. Seeing the plants and nature in the back was very therapeutic. I can't wait to come here again.
Caitlin Dinn
Caitlin Dinn
00:45 28 Apr 19
You definitely don't want to miss this hidden gem!!! My friends and I were lucky enough to receive a tour of the grounds from Mary, who is extremely knowledgeable of the entire olive oil industry and organic farming. It's absolutely incredible, everything served to us is made directly from their farm. Nothing goes to waste, from the skin of the olives to the food they feed to their chickens. It's truly something you don't see anymore!! Next, we had an unbelievable tasting with Gabe, who made the tasting a blast! Even if you've done an olive tasting before, this is a completely new experience. Come to find out, I have never bought REAL extra virgin olive oil!! From the minute you step in, you feel welcomed by the entire staff. You could spend the entire relaxing and playing games in the back terrace enjoying a glass or wine or beer (YES, THEY HAVE BEER!!) Truly not to be missed and is a great get away from the typical wine tour. Thanks again for welcoming us in!!
Joni Howell
Joni Howell
23:13 01 Mar 19
Had a wonderful time and was extremely informative! Their little shop let's you bring some goodies home with you.
Dmitriy
Dmitriy
21:44 31 Dec 18
We neglected to book in advance, but they were able to accommodate us for a tour and tasting on short notice. It was a delightful tour, with two hours of personal service for our group of three -- a great value for the price. I think they lose money on the tours and make it back at the gift shop.
Next Reviews