New Olive Oil Specialist at The Olive Tap!

We are proud to announce the addition of Jennifer Thornton, Olive Oil Specialist, to The Olive Tap’s team of olive oil and vinegar industry experts. Jennifer will be a significant contributor to The Olive Tap’s ongoing Consumer Education Programs. Please watch out for Jennifer’s insight and contributions to our Blog, Facebook and Twitter. Rick Petrocelly… read more

No Bread with Olive Oil When You Test for the Oil’s True Flavor is the Best!

Jennifer Thornton Olive Oil Specialist The Olive Tap  One of my fondest olive oil milling season memories took place when I was invited to lunch at the most prestigious and awarded Organic Sicilian EVOO producers after helping out in their mill one evening. The father, the patriarch, invited me back for lunch the next day… read more

Pastry Chefs Exploit the Sweet Characteristics of Select Olive Oils in Decadent Treats

  Many of our customers, home chefs, olive oil aficionados and foodies go to great lengths to find a freshly-pressed, robust flavored olive oil with a spicy, intense finish.  Many of these favored characteristics are often considered attributes to define a high quality olive oil.  Many customers, however, also know of many high-quality, freshly-pressed olive… read more

It’s Tomato and Basil Time!

It’s Tomato and Basil Time Let’s have some fun making quick and easy summertime favorites like Caprese Salad, Tomato-Onion Salad and Pesto Genovese.  Like most home gardeners here in Illinois Zone 5, I just go foodie-crazy when the Heirloom and other varieties of tomatoes hit their stride.  Every day now there are 1 to 3… read more

Selection and Storage Tips for Fresh Tomatoes and Basil

Fresh tomatoes, sun-kissed and sweetly ripened on the vines are in full harvest right now!  Of course,  with fresh tomatoes, our next “flavor thought” is sweet basil.  We thought we would share a few basic tips on selection and storage of  these two classic summer ingredients! TOMATOES Selecting Use your nose!  Smell the blossom end… read more

The Olive Tap Announces a New, 100% USDA Certified Organic Truffle Oil!

Made with Real White Truffles. By Rick Petrocelly © The Olive Tap 2013  Would you prefer this…  or this…  in your dinner? The unmistakable flavor of White Truffle (Tuber magnatum) is something very special and unique in the culinary world. True Italian White Truffles are indeed rare, and as a result they have been ranked… read more

The Olive Tap Jalapeño & Fajita Seasoned Chicken Thighs

So fast and so easy to make, this is a must try recipe your family will enjoy year round.  Like so many of you that have probably had this happen, I set out to make one dish, and ended up with quite different.  Our Long Grove store Assistant Manager Melanie came up with pulled chicken… read more

Hot Food Trends for 2013

2013 Hot Trend…Chicken Chicken dishes are getting a lot of play in food magazines.  Like a blank canvas to an artist, for a foodie, Chicken can be prepared so many different ways, and with an incredible number of spices, seasonings and flavors.   An almost universally available product all over the planet, you can find the… read more

Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar Usage Ideas

Try it with our Sorrento Orange Olive Oil as a vinaigrette…a quick salad of arugula, orange segments, thinly sliced Vidalia or red onion and ribbons of prosciutto….and you will have a delicious salad. Add some dried cocoa nibs for added crunch! Delicious on fruits.  Strawberries and bananas are the most obvious, but also as a… read more