The Lord blessed me and my cooking a few months ago when I found out about Olivia Olive Oil, a business in Franklin, TN that sells oils, vinegars, and other specialty foodie items you won’t find other places. Let me tell you, Olivia Olive Oil’s selection is limited to only the best, and when you taste that first oil you will understand that not all oils (and vinegars) are created equal.( Just like all the finer things in life: chocolate and our dearly beloved coffee.) I first went alone to do a tasting and scope out an oil for my family’s big Easter dinner. After doing the tasting, I couldn’t just buy the Rosemary Olive Oil I settled on for the Easter tenderloin; I was hooked on the Pineapple Balsamic Vinegar too. (We have salads made up at our house for a quick bite when we are in a hurry, and switching out the vinegars provides a healthy variety.) Before I left the store, I asked to do a tasting party so I could share with my foodie friends and you dedicated readers.OOO kindly obliged and brought the house down with oils, vinegars, and jams to sample.
I brought a house salad, angel food cake, and various fruits and cheeses to pair with the different offerings. Their main focus is on the extra virgin olive oils (EVOO), flavored EVOOs, vinegars, and flavored balsamic vinegars. Go in for a tasting (or party) and you will get to learn about and try everything from the Arbequina EVOO which has a buttery undertone to the Sicilian which is an Italian EVOO with a peppery kick. To make your taste buds dance, try the Lemon or Persian Lime on salads, pastas, or your favorite fish or meat. For savory EVOOs, I recommend the rosemary, basil or garlic on any kind of carb or meat. I was surprised to find that the Garlic EVOO was delicious with apple slices. If that sounds crazy, just try it! You will thank me later. If you’re a balsamic vinegar fan, their traditional vinegar is aged for 18 years in oak barrels and produced in the traditional Modena style. OOO offers several fruity vinegars from fig to their newest flavor, peach white balsamic. These vinegars go well atop your favorite fruit, cobbler, or ice cream. Yes, ICE CREAM! My absolute favorite of all was the champagne mimosa vinegar. It has a citrus champagne flavor that is perfect on fruit, seafood, and salads.
An array of unique jams was also prepared for sampling. My favorites were the strawberry jalapeno and blackberry mint. I was surprised at how yummy those combinations were together!
I think I speak for everyone when I say we had a blast and learned a ton about high quality oils and vinegars! The next party I go to, I’m mentioning the fact that I now know higher quality olive oils have a higher smoke point. (The smoke point is the temperature at which the oil breaks down and loses its health benefits.)
Be sure to stop by Olivia Olive Oils for a tasting if you are in Nashville. Even if you aren’t, shop online and get recipes at olivianashville.com. For the latest inventory and updates, check out their Twitter and Facebook pages.
Disclaimer:Opinions expressed are based on my experiences, tastes, and background. I have not received any compensation or financial incentive for this review.