Kalamata olives are an important part of Greek cuisine and Greek culture. The olive is also found throughout Greek mythology. Legend has it that Athena, goddess of wisdom, gave the olive tree to the people. This not only gave nourishment, but oil for fuel and wood for building. This meaty and tangy variety of olives has been made into a spread that is similar to Italian vegetable pates. The tangy flavor of olives and a fresh loaf of foccacia bread have been natural partners for centuries. Serve this spread as a dip with flat breads, crostini, pitas, or any type of crusty bread. Try it spread on fish before grilling. This could soon become a staple in your pantry!