Balsamic Vinegar & Olive Oil Tasting

How refined is your palate? Can you taste the difference between an olive oil produced by the Greek Koroneiki Tree and that of the aromatic, dark brown fruit of the Arbequina cultivar? Our Balsamic Vinegar & Olive Oil Tasting gives you the chance to find out.

You’ll discover the complexity of an 18‐year balsamic and the nuances between single‐varietal olive oils with Olive & Well, a gourmet olive oil and balsamic vinegar store in Oak Park, IL. Accompany owner of Olive & Well, Kay Kuhlman, at her tasting table and learn about the life of balsamic vinegars and olive oils, or simply enjoy the flavors and mingle with the other guests throughout the evening.

Amata’s very own Ron Bockstahler will be making the homemade artisan breads that will accompany the tasting!

Olive & Well oils come fresh from small‐batch groves and producers throughout the world. They hand‐select their olives and follow them from pick to press, with just hours passing between the two for their premium varietals. Their emphasis is not only on taste, but on health. Their oils are high in antioxidant polyphenols, and their balsamics are all natural, with no added sugars or colors.

Join your fellow tenants for a guided tasting of 10 balsamic vinegars and oils. Our tasting table will be available for you and your coworkers to mix and match. We will be voting on our favorites throughout the night, and breads will be served with an 18-year aged balsamic and an assortment of infused and Single Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oils. Accompanying snacks such as olives, cured meats, and cheeses will also be offered.

When: Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Where: 150 N Michigan Ave, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60601

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Ownership and management of Olive & Well is Kay’s second “career.” She served for almost 30 years as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of Commerce, at U.S. Embassies in Germany, Belgium, Romania, Switzerland and Canada, assisting U.S. companies in promoting and exporting their products and services to foreign markets.

Retiring in 2007 with her husband, also a career diplomat, they settled in Oak Park. Walking to the library one day, she passed by Olive & Well and read the sign on the door: “Looking for part‐ time help. Must be a foodie, must love to cook, and must have retail experience.” Check, check, and check.

For five years, this part‐time work was her “fun retirement job.” When, in 2014, the original owner tired of Chicago winters and moved to Florida, Kay bought the store, introducing new products and marketing strategies. She has made Olive & Well not just a retail operation but also an experience in healthy eating. Her motto for the store is: “Where healthy tastes great.”

Check out all the photos from this fun-filled and informative event!