Our Team

Matthieu Kohlmeyer

My French grandfather passion was his garden: he spent the last 30 years of his life cultivating his vegetable garden full time. For my family, good food was synonymous with slow food. I can still remember the “true” taste of the tomatoes or strawberries that we were picking in our family garden. This is very much at the center of French gastronomy: ingredient matters- terroir matters- season matters.
As a cook today, I like cuisine that lets amazing ingredients shine.
When it comes to daily life, I wake up every morning having to cook for my 2 kids lunch! No time for fancy food; I stick to the basics, with quality ingredients and plenty of greens.

Favorite oils?
Walnut Oil- I make vinaigrettes every day. I love using our walnut oil- it makes my salad taste so much better. It is simple and gratifying: 4 Tbsp. of La Tourangelle walnut oil, 1 Tbsp. of vinegar, 1 tbsp. of real Dijon mustard, a dash of salt. Done.

Organic Olive Oil- I love our organic EVOO: for having it sourced myself, I know the love that came into making it and every time I open a can, I can smell the freshness of the product. EVOO remains a basic of our cooking and I wouldn’t trade our EVOO for any other ones.

Favorite place in California?
I live and work in Berkeley and I love it. Right on the Bay, in front of the Golden Gate Bridge, we enjoy the most gorgeous views while living in a vibrant multicultural community. The food culture is awesome and true artisan foods are celebrated everyday by restaurants and home Chef alike!

Matthieu KohlmeyerPresident and CEO
Gwenn Goffin

My wife being a trained chef, I am the “optional” cook at home. What pleases me the most is to take care of the salad dressing. We do not have any pre-made dressings in the fridge and our kids love having a new “papa sauce” to taste each time. Usually, I would mix a few different oils from La Tourangelle to create a unique vinaigrette with any type of vinegar available in the pantry, adding mustard and whatever inspiring spices that are at my reach.

Favorite oils?
Pistachio oil: this is the most delicious oil I have ever tasted! Full of flavor, rich, it enhances just about anything you cook in the kitchen.
Sesame oil: great to add on fried rice and in my vinaigrette’s.

Famous recipe?
A fresh tomato salad with avocado and mozzarella cheese. I typically add a little bit of basil oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and cilantro.

Favorite place in California?
Lake Tahoe is my favorite destination all year round. From the cold snowy mountains in winter for skiing to the nice beaches in summer for paddle boarding, this place is just beautiful and relaxing! Let’s keep Lake Tahoe blue!

Gwenn GoffinVP and CFO
Hanh Nguyen

I love to cook – for friends and family; I will try everything, Asian, American, Mexican, French, giving it a new twist every time based on experience and/or gut feeling. Using the large variety of oils that La Tourangelle has to offer is a great plus for an amateur cook. If I have time and in town on the weekend, I will whip up something fancy like a roast, canard a l’orange (I believe I do have the best recipe), beef Bourgignon… Sit down, candles lit…

Favorite oils?
Coconut Oil, especially the Fair Trade Virgin Coconut Oil. Cooking, hair, skin care. You can use for everything.
Flavored oils – all of them are good, Thai Wok, Stir fry, Basil, Garlic and Herbes de Provence. I always used them in salad dressings and to dress my steamed veggies. They are also delicious just dipping bread in.

Favorite place in California?
Southern California, where I came from – especially Huntington Beach, because of family, nice weather and relaxed atmosphere.

Hanh NguyenVP of Operations
Mike Johns

What kind of cook are you?
A horrible one to say the least! Most of the time it is something quick like pastas or breakfast burritos. When the weather is nice I will fire up the barbecue and cook some mean Rib Eye steaks!

Favorite oils?
Walnut oil – I use the walnut oil the most in my kitchen. I use it as a base to a marinade for my Rib Eye steaks.
Pistachio Oil – I use this as a salad dressing and also drizzle some over vanilla ice cream as a substitute for chocolate syrup.

Famous recipes?
Since I am not a very good cook, it would have to be the marinade I use for steaks. Every time I have friends and family over, this is usually what is one the menu. I don’t use exact measurements but it consists of: Walnut oil, Garlic Salt, Black Pepper, Onion powder, Coriander, Dill and a very small amount of red pepper flakes.

Favorite Place in California?
Right in the heart of the El Dorado National forest on the Rubicon Trail. Taking my Jeep out camping with my brothers and friends is where I love to be the most. Away from technology and sleeping under the stars.

Mike JohnsMill Manager
Christine Polycarpe

I am a rushing daily cook. Always looking for quick, easy and healthy meals to share with husband and kids after work. Some week, we can go with frozen pizza/salad, pasta/vegetables. On those weeks, La Tourangelle oils are great partners to give taste to casual dishes. Other weeks I cook more fine meals keeping alive the traditional French idea of a “real meal” (potage, proteins, grains and vegetables, plate of cheese, fruit, chocolate and of course… a glass of wine).

Favorite oils?
Hazelnut oil
I love hazelnut oil on everything pasta, quinoa, beef, cake…. I don’t use anymore butter on those dishes
Extra-Virgin Coconut oil
I use it daily to clean my face
Arnica oil
I use it weekly to heal the numerous bruises of my kids!

Famous recipe?
My friends always ask me to bring a salad to complement a BBQ (because they know I have access to all kind of oils that jazz up the salads). The last one was the sesame/miso vinaigrette: 2 tsp red miso, 1tsp Dijon mustard, 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar, 2 tbsp sesame oil, 1/3 cup grapeseed oil.

Favorite place in California?
The bay area on the waves. My favorite place is on a boat sailing from Berkeley to San Francisco or Sausalito, enjoying the sea lions, sometimes whales or sharks, and go for a quick trip on a kayak.

Christine PolycarpeMarketing Manager
Melinda Bruskrud

Currently mastering the art of casually elegant dining at home.  Since I travel quite a bit for work, love to be home and in the kitchen.  Some nights it might be just me, other nights it’s a sit down with 10 friends.  Always with fresh and organic ingredients, our oils add the extra touch to make the meal a success.  Be it the Avocado oil to complement grilled vegetables (one of my favorites, you can actually TASTE the vegetables), or Hazelnut Vinaigrette on a Spring Salad, my dinner guests think I’m the best chef, no idea it’s really the oils.

Favorite Oils?
Hands down, my favorite oil is Hazelnut.  Have been making my own salad dressings for years with EVOO.  Once made with Hazelnut and haven’t looked back at EVOO since.  Also use it to make brownies, another great secret.  The French Infused Basil Oil and Garlic Oils are quickly becoming staples in my kitchen.

Famous Recipe?
Spring Salad with Hazelnut Vinaigrette – Salad ingredients:  Spring Salad mix (or other greens of your choice), red onion, tomato (or kiwi if tomatoes aren’t in season), hothouse cucumber, fresh dill, roasted hazelnuts and goat cheese.  Vinaigrette recipe:  Hazelnut oil, Champagne Vinegar, good quality Dijon mustard.  Amount depends on the size of salad.

Favorite place in California?
Anyplace with a view of the water, be it going over the bridge on the way to work, sitting in a nice restaurant with a great glass of Sauvignon Blanc looking at the bay, or the view from a beach house.  Love my water views, bonus if it includes a sunrise or sunset.  Extra bonus if my dog, Kipper is by my side.

Melinda BruskrudWestern Regional Sales Manager
Lalaina Rideout

Cooking and good cuisine are among my favorite things, no doubt influenced by my years living in France. These days, one of my favorite things to cook are delicious hors d’oeuvres and appetizers for dinner parties – I love seeing what tasty combinations I can maximize onto one little bite.

Favorite oils?
The La Tourangelle Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil non-aerosol spray is my go-to for making crostini appetizers –I spray each bread slice on both sides before toasting in the oven.Other oils I love to use are the La Tourangelle Avocado oil for salads, and Roasted Pistachio oil on top of pasta.

Famous recipe?
For one of my favorite crostinis, I top the toasted bread with Gorgonzola, a slice of pear, walnut crumbs, and a drizzle of our Roasted Walnut Oil.

Favorite place in California?
California has so many wonderful sites and cities, but one of my favorites is definitely the Big Basin Redwoods.

Lalaina RideoutSenior Business Manager - Team Leader
Jim Peterson

I’m an outside cook. Everything is on the BBQ or in the smoker. La Tourangelle oils make the difference. Tri-tip infused in Walnut oil is one of my favorites. BBQ’d vegetables with coconut oil is our families substitute for butter.

Favorite oils?

Coconut oil is my substitute for butter. It’s fantastic on steam vegetables even in coffee!

Famous recipe?

My favorite recipe is coconut oil used in pancakes! However, La Tourangelle oils offer a variety of amazing products that add value to all of our meals.

Favorite place in California?

My favorite place is Lake Tahoe. It is a home away from home. The simple way of life of getting back to nature is very important to me whether it be kayaking on a pristine lake or cycling 72 miles around it does it for me.

Jim PetersonPurchasing Manager
Marcia Derwin

Favorite oils?
I love the Amazonian Nutriblend oil earthy taste with the added benefits of the sacha inchi Peruvian oil.   It is a perfect addition to my daily banana and cacao smoothie giving it, or any smoothie, a great antioxidant boost.

Another favorite is the garlic infused oil!   This works great in the cauliflower and roasted pepper salad I enjoy making. Add cauliflower to dressing mix (vinegar and La Tourangelle garlic infused oil, salt, pepper) and cover with plastic wrap and marinate at room temperature. Just before serving, toss cauliflower with roasted peppers and parsley.

Famous recipe?
Shake:
1 large ripe banana, peeled, sliced, frozen
1 Tbsp cacao powder
2 Tbsp salted natural peanut butter
1-2 dates, pitted
1 cup almond milk
1 Tbsp Organic Amazonian Nutriblend

Coconut Whipped cream:
Chill coconut cream overnight in refrigerator
Next day, chill a large mixing bowl 10 minutes before mixing
Remove coconut cream from the fridge scraping out the top thickened cream (leave liquid behind for smoothies)
Place hardened cream in mixing bowl and beat for 30 seconds with a mixer until creamy
Add ¼- ¾ cups powdered sugar mixed with 1 TBSP of cacao nibs
Use immediately on top of smoothie or refrigerate.

 

Favorite place?
My favorite places are in Costa Rica and being at one with nature.  Samasati Retreat and Rainforest Sanctuary and the Pacuare River are at the top of my list. The Pacuare River has incredible river rafting and amazing scenery along the way.    Samasati retreat is bustling with tropical wildlife and offers amazing views and daily yoga.

 

 

 

Marcia DerwinEastern Regional Sales Manager
Lori Yando

I am a 5(+) time-a-week cook. I love to use fresh ingredients and therefore am stopping at the local butcher for fresh meat and seafood several times a week. I also stock up on fresh produce at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday’s.

Favorite oils?
Sesame oil: I make a really good stir-fry and use the sesame oil in the sauce and also to sauté the veggie in.
Garlic and Basil Infused oils: I love to entertain and these are perfect to have out as appetizers with a baguette or veggies.

Favorite place in Indiana?
My favorite place in Indiana is Lake Monroe. Whether it is relaxing on the boat, or tubing and water skiing with my kids, it doesn’t matter…I could stay out there all day long!

Lori YandoCentral Regional Sales Manager
Nicole Silva

I am a student cook. I’ve been to a few hands on gourmet classes and have recently signed up for a home delivery box. I’ve picked up some tips and tricks and integrated them into my everyday cooking. I’m also the type that will pick a recipe based on reviews online. I am easily persuaded by others. If I have no other choice or feeling of creativity, I tend to eat my signature kale salad… that’s my go-to lunch.

Favorite oils?
My favorite oil is garlic. This infused oil will turn a mac and cheese into a master chef dish. Garnish with breadcrumbs and parsley… your guests wouldn’t suspect a thing.

Famous recipe?
I have to be honest, this is not a Nico original but I love this recipe (obviously, a recipe found online).
Thai Yellow Chicken Curry
Ingredients:
• 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
• 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
• ⅓ cup yellow curry paste
• 10 baby golden yukon potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
• 1 14-ounce can coconut milk
• ½ cup water
• 2 teaspoons fish sauce (optional)
• 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar (optional)
• cilantro and rice for serving

Instructions:
1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium low heat. Add the onions and sauté for a few minutes until the onions are fragrant and softened. Add the chicken and curry paste; sauté for 3-5 minutes. Add the potatoes and stir to coat with the curry paste.
2. Add the coconut cream and ½ cup water to the pot – simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the chicken and potatoes are fully cooked, adding more water depending on the consistency you want for the sauce.
3. Stir in the fish sauce and brown sugar to really take it up a notch. Seriously – so good. Serve over rice.
Favorite place in California?
San Francisco: Vallejo & Kearny. The gym I went to ran up and down the stairs and hills of the city. That intersection was worth waking up at 5am to catch the Bart train, walking to my 7am class and complaining about not wanting to run.

Nicole SilvaBusiness Manager
Rebecca Wilson

 

I am a social cook.  I love entertaining and trying out new recipes when my friends and family come over and we can enjoy dishes together.  Although cooking for large groups is time consuming and an art that I have yet to entirely master, I like the challenge and find it extremely satisfying to finally sit down at the table after hours in the kitchen and share the fruit of my labor over great conversation and laughter with friends.

Favorite oils?
Our French Infused Basil Oil is divine!  Even on the drizzliest and chilliest day of the year, the aroma and flavor take me back to a sunny summer morning buying fresh basil at my local farmer’s market.  I like to drizzle it over angel hair pasta with lightly sautéed cherry tomatoes and a touch of Romano cheese. I’ve always been a huge fan of pistachios, so our Toasted Pistachio Oil makes a great oil base for salad vinaigrettes.

Favorite place in California?
Two magical places and experiences to go along with them come to my mind.  The first would be driving south on Highway 89 at Emerald Bay in Tahoe where the road peaks and you are completely surrounded by royal blue colored lakes and pine trees below.  The second would be splashing in the waves and people watching at picturesque Coronado Beach in San Diego during the summertime.

Rebecca WilsonInside Sales Team Leader
Amy Nieto

I am an adventurous yet traditional cook. I love foreign cuisines and try new recipes, but I also have my standard recipes that I know my family will enjoy. I love baking with different nut oils to add a bit of subtle nutty flavor and added nutrition.

Favorite Oils?

My favorite oil is Virgin Avocado for mine and my kids’ skin, and Roasted Pistachio oil on salads and fish. I use Liquid Coconut Oil in veggie smoothies for the added MCT’s without the solidifying of regular coconut oil. My kids devour these not knowing they are full of hidden veggies and spinach.

Favorite Place in California?

My favorite place in California is the Northern California coast, with the tall Redwood tree hiking paths and gorgeous coastline to explore. It’s so calm and serene. The tide pools up North have some very exciting finds where my kids discover so much about the ocean.

Amy NietoQA Manager
Rolando Pelayo

Myself I don’t cook much but when I do I try to enjoy it as much as I can, I like to use the grill and the oven experimenting new dishes and trying new recipes, that’s when La Tourangelle oils come into play, when I need to marinate meets or give some flavor to good salad. I got to be honest I wasn’t a healthy eater but been encouraged more and more by family and the healthy oil of La Tourangelle.

Favorite oils?

My very first favorite oil was Walnut Oil, I like it very much on a salad it’s very unique roasted walnut taste what I like the most, without mentioning all the healthy properties of it. After that it is very hard to pick one as a favorite, with so many good oils is hard to pick one and I just like them all.

Favorite place in California?

One of my top favorite places in California is Pismo Beach, there is lots of fun stuff to do my favorite is riding dirt bikes on the sand dunes it’s so much fun, after that I just like to enjoy the ocean camping on the beach. If I lived close to Pismo Beach I would probably do this every weekend!

Rolando PelayoWarehouse Manager
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Mark Saldana, Armando Gomez, Adriana Figueroa, Gabriel GuevaraLogistics Manager, Shipping & Logistics Team
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The best team to prepare and ship packages to all of our customers.

 

 

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The dream team that masters the roasting, the extraction, and the production of our artisan oils.

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Without them we wouldn’t have bottles, packaging, and the ability to dispense our oils. The bottling teams are the essential inner workings of the process.

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The Production Team

Without them we wouldn’t have bottles, packaging, and the ability to dispense our oils. The bottling teams are the essential inner workings of the process.

The Production TeamThe Production Team
The Production Team

Without them we wouldn’t have bottles, packaging, and the ability to dispense our oils. The bottling teams are the essential inner workings of the process.

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