MAPLE GROVE, Minn -- The newly opened Oilerie in Maple Grove sells its oils and vinegars in a fashion developed by the Wisconsin-based founders, Amy Jo and Curt Campbell.
The store's oils and vinegars are arranged in a "bar" consisting of rows of gleaming stainless steel tanks. The careful storage in stainless steel tanks protects the products from light, heat and air - the enemies of olive oil.
In addition, the Oilerie's oils and vinegars come directly from the producers in Italy ensuring they're fresher and more flavorful than what is typically found in a supermarket.
Purchasing direct also allows The Oilerie to offer more than competitive prices for comparable quality olive oils and vinegars. Prices for a 12.7 oz bottle range from $14.50 for Oilerie® Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil to $18.50 for Oilerie® 25-year Balsamic Vinegar.
All of the Oilerie's oils and vinegars are "on tap" and available for tasting prior to purchase - and tasting is highly encouraged. When customers find something they like, their selection is then hand bottled, corked, sealed and dated. Each oil or vinegar also comes with an Owner's Manual complete with ideas and suggestions for using the new product.
Owner, Terri Chaffer also stocks a variety of specialty and gourmet items, including 21 varieties of Oilerie stuffed olives, eight different flavored Oilerie pastas, a complete line of Oilerie sea salts, lentils, beans, dried mushrooms, and more than 200 certified organic, all-natural spices.
A Minnesota-native, Chaffer came across the original Oilerie olive oil bar store while on vacation with her husband in Door County, Wisc., and knew immediately this was something she wanted to bring to Minnesota.
"I fell in love with the concept immediately and when we walked out of the shop I told Ron (her husband) that this is what I wanted to do" said Chaffer. "I literally called Curt the next day to see about opening my own shop."
Chaffer notes that the most popular olive oil is garlic, but the star of the shop may be the 25-year aged balsamic vinegar, a dark, rich, incredibly flavorful selection.
Chaffer's other offerings include: Lemon, Truffle, Sun-Dried Tomato, Rosemary, Basil and five distinctively different natural olive oils, such as the very hard to find Fior Fiore, a naturally very buttery olive oil.
The Oilerie Maple Grove is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The shop is located at 13551 Grove Drive, Maple Grove, Minn. 55369. For more information call (763) 657-0857 or visit the Oilerie website.
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