Quietly last November, a shop opened in Lodo that I think should have been accompanied by fireworks, bands playing, and lines of people. The name of the shop is EVOO Marketplace. Yes, EVOO, but this is beyond the stuff that Rachel Ray glugs over everything. Olive oil and Balsamic vinegar like you’ve never seen before. In all kinds of flavors, like Persian Lime and Wild Mushroom and Sage olive oils, a Honey-Ginger and a Dark Chocolate Balsamic. Mick and Carolyn Major, the creative minds behind this exciting venture will pair oils and vinegar together in combinations that will send you into a dream state just thinking of all things you’ll want to put it on. The store is a gem, with high ceiling and brick walls, and lots of room to walk around the banks of stainless steel “fusti” that the oils and vinegar are kept in.
When you enter the store, they’ll greet you and immediately start showing you how to get a sample from each fusti, show you where the tasting cups are, bread cubes to cleanse your palate between combinations, and set you off to create and taste on your own. They of course will help you with whatever you need, suggesting an oil, vinegar or combination to enhance your dinner that evening or just show their favorite combos.
Looking for something different to do with your friends, have a tasting party! Give them a call, and they’ll guide you in putting together a one of a kind event for you and your friends.
They also have a thoughtful selection of imported items to choose from, and an online shop, EVOOMarketplace.com, if you just can’t make it into the store. They’ll give you recipes, and if you dine out around town, you’ll find their oils and vinegar used in the best restaurant kitchens and bars in Denver. I think using them in cocktails is genius, and it’s going to be the next thing I try! Do yourself a favor, go and check them out. I promise you won’t be disappointed. I know I’ll be saying this to you, so, You’re Welcome!
In case you can’t get downtown, you can also find them at Cherry Creek Farmers Market, every other Saturday, and the Evergreen Farmers Market on Mondays.