Olive oil has long been lauded for its healthy fat content, hunger-healing properties, and ability to convert family rooms into roller rinks with a strategic spill and the aid of a mop. Discover the lesser-known uses of this party in a bottle with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $30 worth of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and other gourmet market products at Kalamazoo Olive Company, located on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg.
Kalamazoo Olive Company supplies a venerable variety of gourmet goods ranging from luxuriously smooth olive oils to tangy tapenades and gastronome-gratifying dips. As you jauntily peruse the open storefront, stop at each tasting station to sample one of Kalamazoo’s opulent oils. A mildly fruity yet peppery Chilean arbequina olive oil ($14.95 for a 375 ml bottle) tastes heavenly atop fresh, warm bread, while the basil-infused Tunisian chemlali olive oil ($15.95 for a 375 ml bottle) adds a nice zip to homemade hummus and pasta dishes. The roasted garlic oil ($15.95 for 375 ml) will help you determine which guests at your next dinner party are secretly vampire gourmands, and the small-batch pressed walnut olive oil ($12.95 for 200 ml) adds a nutty decadence to the dull sanity of everyday dishes. Decadent dips include the sesame-honey-mustard dip, the champagne-garlic-mustard dip, and the roasted-pineapple-and-habanero dip (all $9.95), the latter of which packs the sweet-and-spicy balance of a mama's-boy punk rocker. Otherwise, splash a taste of tart with a traditional 18-year aged balsamic vinegar ($19.95 for 375 ml) or attempt one of the fruit-fused white balsamic varieties such as peach, coconut, or pineapple (all $11.95 for 375 ml). Pasta sauces and cheese balls are also available to try on a daily basis.
Kalamazoo opened its brightly lit, cleanly laid-out storefront earlier this year to satisfy Tampa-area foodies and to tempt pre-foodies with the taste of high-quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you pick out an acidity-adding or smoothness-supporting elixir for your own home. The staff members can also arrange food choices into a gift basket and ship them to a friend's home anywhere in the nation, or show you how to throw a jar of olives into the air and swallow them all in one graceful swoop.
Not valid toward alcohol; in-store purchases only.
Kalamazoo Olive Company
With more than 30 sweet and savory olive oils and vinegars to choose from, Kalamazoo Olive Company may overwhelm the shrewdest gourmand. That’s why the shop’s expert staff members happily lead customers on tasting tours, pouring small samples from the gleaming fustis that line wooden shelves. Customers can taste oils infused with exotic ingredients such as chipotle peppers or persian limes and lap up sweet, syrupy dessert vinegars. Oil experts are also happy to recommend complementary food pairings from their shop’s selection of Italian pastas, antipasti, and stuffed olives. Once customers have honed in on their ideal oil or vinegar, staff will bottle and seal them onsite to ensure they stay fresh and free of genies.
Downtown St. Petersburg
449 Central Ave.
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701Get Directions