Olive oil can be a delicious dietary staple for humans looking for a heart-healthy alternative to butter or for cars looking to drop an unsightly spare tire. Taste the fruits of this universal emollient with today’s Groupon: for $99, you get a gift box of artisanal olive oils and spices from The Artisanal Kitchen (a $260 value). The gift box includes:
- One 500-mL bottle of Three Olives olive oil
- One 500-mL bottle of Aceto Balsamico vinegar de modena
- One 18-ounce variety of Artisanal rice (either red rice, bamboo rice, or mixed lentils)
- One 2-ounce variety of Artisanal chilean spice
- One 4.5-ounce variety of Artisanal salt
- One 0.5-ounce variety of Artisanal organic spice
- One 2-ounce variety of Artisanal salt-free spice
- One 7.5-ounce organic mixed-berry jam
- One 7.5-ounce organic apricot jam<p>
The Artisanal Kitchen’s digital pantry is hand-stocked by proprietor Anna Zoitas, a judge for the International Fancy Food Show who has examined more than 2,000 specialty foods and beverages. Three Olives is an unfiltered, cold-pressed, 100% extra-virgin fusion that blends distinct flavors from a trio of olives raised in California’s central valleys. The fruity arbequina olive imparts a soft texture usually found only in patchwork quilts made from cashmere, silk, and crushed velvet. Palates detect a nuttier taste from the arbosana olive, whose high polyphenol level may reduce the risk of heart disease, and the Kalamatan koroneiki olive bears a fruitier aroma. Three Olives’ mellow taste renders it ideal for cooking, dipping, and making dressings, although its low acidity—less than 0.5%—renders it useless as battery fuel.
The full-bodied Aceto Balsamico vinegar de modena arrives imported from Modena, Italy, ready to warm up marinara sauces or enhance cheeses and fruits with a soft drizzle. Artisanal seasonings spice up recipes, grains add healthy substance to meals, and organic fruit jams delectably spread over toast and double as war paint during food fights.
The Artisanal Kitchen
Spending summers on her grandparents' farm in Greece whetted Anna Zoitas's appetite for globetrotting and healthy, handcrafted cuisine. After refining her palate on further travels through Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean, she became a judge for the prestigious International Fancy Food Show. There, she examined more than 2,000 specialty foods and beverages, many of which she now stocks in The Artisanal Kitchen's online pantry.
Carefully crafted in small batches, all of Anna's handpicked products come from all-natural organic ingredients, from extra-virgin olive oils and jams to kosher, gluten-free coffee made from arabica beans grown 4,000–6,000 feet above sea level—roughly the height of the Jolly Green Giant’s top hat. Anna provides quick, healthy recipes on the shop's website, many of which incorporate products—such as arbosana olive oil—that can help boost health and reduce the risk of heart disease.