The Oilerie Brookfield offers a wide selection of extra-virgin olive oil, aged balsamic vinegar, and specialty foodstuffs, as well as a variety of cooking classes. Beef up your roasting repertoire on a weekday night or Saturday afternoon with a step-by-step guided tour through the culinary process. Learn how to make marinara, béchamel, and arrabbiata sauces to dress up naked bowls of pasta, or explore the mysteries of paella, an authentic Spanish melting pot of shrimp and rice. Mastering tuna, green bean, and orzo salads, prosciutto ravioli, and beef-and-arugula penne will help avert future dinner-party disasters. After your lesson, you'll receive a complimentary bottle of extra-virgin olive oil, hand-bottled straight from one of the shop's stainless-steel tanks. With olive oils from Greece and Italy and nut oils from California and Japan, as well as a variety of flavors such as truffle and basil, there's an oil for every occasion from Sunday-school potlucks to dinner with Aerosmith.
With one look at Oro di Oliva's selection of oils and vinegars, it's evident that they know that good food comes from high-quality ingredients. All of Oro di Oliva's oils and vinegars, which hail from across the globe, are bottled upon order to preserve their flavors. Their extensive selection comprises 11 types of extra virgin olive oils from locales including Chile and Sicily. For an added taste bud kick, they press some of the oils with ingredients such as whole fruit, garlic, persian lime, jalapeno, and basil for flavored variants. Their 16 balsamic vinegars are made from grapes and blended with black cherries, pomegranate, and Vermont maple. White balsamic vinegars bear flavors including honey ginger, white peach, and alfoos mango souls. In addition to oil and vinegar sampler packs, the shop stocks goods including cork spouts and black truffled sea salt to complement bottles.
Borrowing its name from the eponymous double-peaked mountain, Maroon Bells whips up its own fresh, premium ice cream, sundaes, shakes, ice-cream cakes, and more. Dairy diners can lick a chilly swirl of ice cream ($1.95–$2.95) in flavors such as Bell's banana pudding, blueberry cheesecake, and rocky road before selecting a free topping to layer the creamy hill with goodies such as gummy bears and M&Ms. Savor every sugary morsel of a sundae ($4.45+), or cool esophageal flare-ups with an espresso-flavored shake ($4.35+) or a Georgia-peach smoothie ($4.35+). A warm cup of premium-roast coffee ($1.45–$3.95) blankets shivering stomach lining, and a take-home quart of Maroon Bells' ice cream ($6.95) can accompany midnight viewings of homecoming cows.
Health Hut founder Kurt Boehm doesn't think that eating healthy should have to be so expensive—he aims for competitive pricing in his stores, where sugar- and preservative-laden junk food is replaced by healthful foods and organic produce. The stores lay claim to the most complete selection of supplements and natural foods in southeastern Wisconsin, an inventory that's rounded out by homeopathic remedies, herbal extracts, and fitness-minded foodstuffs such as protein shakes. Beyond their brick-and-mortar outposts, Health Hut is also an online database for current or curious shoppers. Their website includes online shopping, healthy recipes, and a glossary that enumerates the nutritional benefits and uses for various foods and ingredients found in the store.
Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.