Have we mentioned that the Harvard Square Business Association really knows how to throw a party -- like a Chili Cook-off? Shout outs to Denise Jillson, Bill Manley, Grafton Street Pub & Grill, Russell House Tavern, FIRE + ICE, kudos to chili cook-off winner Beat Hotel, and cheers to all the participants. Special thanks to Will Eiffler for this fun video and to everyone who braved the cold, sampled the chili (and a few select olive oils and aged balsamics), and celebrated the community! Get a glimpse here.
We were thrilled to learn that The Boston Globe Magazine included Salt & Olive on its “Best of the New” list — a roundup of “140 awesome restaurants, shops, people, ideas, and diversions” that hit the area in 2014.
We’re honored to be in the company of some of our favorite spots such as Alden & Harlow, State Park, and La Brasa, and we’re freshly inspired to create a space, both at 1160 Mass Ave in Cambridge and online, that offers just what you're looking for — as well as some exciting discoveries.
Noting that salt, olive oil, and vinegar are the cornerstone flavors of Mediterranean cuisine, the magazine’s special issue states that that’s “exactly what Mary Taylor, a certified technical olive oil taster, sells at her chic boutique ….” (We’re going to ride that “chic” bit for a while!)
Our hitting the "Best of the New" list would not have been possible if you didn't come out to play — and then stay home to cook!
The Improper Bostonian had this to say about Salt & Olive:
Purveyors: Drizzled Delights
"With two dozen extra-virgin olive oils on tap at her store and certifications from some of the most prestigious tasting institutes in the world, Mary Taylor sounds like a sommelier who has been living and breathing high-octane oil for years. But the owner of Harvard Square's recently launched Salt & Olive is relatively new to the biz, a quick study who gave up her longtime job at Puma to pursue the best olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars, spices and teas she can find. Stop in to taste her latest crushes from around the globe—particularly the spicy Spanish Picual, the fennel-sweet Tunisian Chemlali and the Australian Coratina that starts smooth and finishes with a grassy punch. — Elizabeth Bomze
OIL THRILL: The new Harvard Square shop boasts carefully curated olive oils, spices and more.
Owls Brew is one of the only products on the market that is fresh-brewed, and is bottled in Vermont. It is all natural, brewed from whole tea leaves, fruits, spices and herbs, with no added or artificial flavors. Tasting by 21+ only! Costumes encouraged by all!!