Entertain | July 2015
Exploring Olive Oils
The perfect Olive Oil Tasting Party makes for delicious, educational foodie fun
Story by Michelle Hope | Photography by Grace Photography
Looking for a new way to entertain your friends or celebrate a birthday? Throw an Olive Oil Tasting! It’s similar to a wine tasting only with fine olive oils and balsamic vinegars in lieu of Merlot and Malbec. Olive Oil tasting is on the rise everywhere, so you can easily find a store in most major cities to host your party. We chose Pass Christian Olive Oils and Vinegar’s in Pass Christian, Mississippi and hope you find inspiration from our party to throw your own.
During the tasting, you are learning about the oils and vinegars and all the aspects to explore and enjoy. There are also many ways to use olive oils other than the ordinary uses that would surprise you — Using it on your skin is just one.
Our Olive Oil Tasting was a birthday party, so we added several other festive touches. In choosing a menu, we wanted to compliment the olive oils and vinegars and even decided to use some of them in our recipes. We marinated and grilled chicken breast and had guests build their own salad. Then they got to choose their dressing from one of the many combinations of olive oil and vinegar’s in the store. Breads, fruit and cheese were also a part of the buffet to enhance the tasting experience. To top it all off, we had a birthday cake that was served with ice cream — topped with balsamic vinegar.
That’s a Wrap!
After the party, guests were able to shop and take home olive oils and vinegars that they loved, with a new found appreciation and recipes to go with them. You can easily host your own party at your home if you don’t have a local store. It’s affordable and fun and just one more thing to share with those you love.
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Other Local Olive Oil Stores
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Pass Christian Olive Oils and Vinegar’s