Shasta Fase

New store offers tastes of Tuscany

December 10, 2009 // 0 Comments

Rockford keeps tasting better and better. Find out for yourself at Old World Olive Press, which opened for business Black Friday, November 27 at 65 Bridge Street. The old-world European flair of the store is like stepping into a shop in Italy, and the walls are lined with bottles of olive oil and Balsamic vinegars, but it is the taste of the products mixed together that star in this venture. Business partners and Rockford residents Shasta Fase and Cory DeLong are great fans of the flavor and health benefits of olive oils and Balsamic vinegars. Their store offers over 30 different olive oils and 15 to 20 different Balsamic vinegars, as well as a variety of rubs and sea salts. By pairing the oils with the vinegars, however, the variety of flavors for salads, marinades, dipping mixes and drizzles are nearly endless. You can even pour a blueberry oil over ice cream for a delicious and unexpected dessert. According to the pair, everyone should have a well-stocked kitchen with oils and vinegar on hand to give a European flavor to everyday meals. “We love the concept and wanted to bring it to Rockford, “said Fase, whose dream is to go to a cooking school in Italy. Shoppers can tour the world right here through the labels on Old World Olive Press products—Australia, Italy, Chile, Spain and even the United States with oils from California. “We came up with this concept through our travels,” Fase explained. ‘With the new restaurants in Rockford, we feel a store like this is a good fit.” The two love the town and want to open their business right here where they live. The Old World part of the name is a homage to the long history of Rockford, founded in the 1800s. The decor is in deference to the origins of the products. The price, $15.95 for a 375 ml bottle of either oil or vinegar, is not just simple, but affordable. The fun is in the multiple uses and tastes that can come from the pairings, which have recommendations on cards throughout the store. Cantaloupe and watermelon are good with a drizzle of the vanilla bean oil from Modena. White truffle oil is good in pasta or as a finishing oil for steak. The blood […]