Summer is finally upon us, a season which provides an opportune time for entertaining guests along Long Island’s north shore. But before we open our homes to host guests during these warmed weathered months, we must first prepare for our alfresco soirees with something sweet and savory for our guests to enjoy! Today, we dip into summer with the flavor of gourmet olive oils and vinegars from the local specialty shops of The Crushed Olive and Vine & Branches.
A recent addition to the neighborhood storefronts, The Crushed Olive, adds newfound flavor to the quaint Main Street of Huntington, NY. This gourmet grocer currently offers a selection of the finest olive oils and balsamic vinegars, which are imported globally but specialize in 100% pure extra virgin olive oils along with white and black truffle olive oil. Other oils are infused with natural flavors such as whole fruit while each offers beneficial health properties including antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Their naturally aged balsamic vinegars are imported from Modena, Italy. The combination of natural flavors and seasonings found within each vinegar range from simple to complex in taste. Located in the heart of Huntington Village, visiting patrons can spend a leisurely afternoon tasting their way through the selection oils and vinegars before making their final decision, all of which are then freshly poured and bottled at the time of order.
Vines & Branches may be a more fitting solution for those located towards the eastern end of the gold coast this season. Located in the historic village of Greenport, NY, Vines & Branches offers an equally expansive selection of extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Their naturally infused oils provide an alternative replacement to ordinary cooking ingredients throughout the year but may further enhance the art grilling. The balsamic vinegars found at Vines & Branches, range from white to dark balsamic, which serve as the perfect complement on any portion of the meal as either a dressing, marinade or dessert drizzle. Vine & Branches offers to pair suggestions of their oils and vinegars to ease the process of meal preparation. Their Palette Party may provide a private tasting experience for guests to enjoy throughout your event. Smaller bottles are available for each of their products for an ideal hostess gift or guest favor. A perfect token to capture your alfresco event long after that summer sunrise.
The Crushed Olive
278 Main St, Huntington, NY 11743
Vines & Branches
477 Main Street, Greenport Village, NY