The Deli Dish

August 18, 2022

Melies Olive Oil from Greece

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Delicate, delicious, and ready to eat! One of the great things about artisan olive oil is that, as with wine, each region and each producer yields its own distinctive style. And as with wine, there is a place for each style—food pairings and personal taste can lead one’s palate from big, […]

July 9, 2022

Podere Forte Olive Oil

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Beautiful biodynamic offering from southern Tuscany Podere Forte, founded by Pasquale Forte in 1997, is one of many models on our very long vendor list who does sustainable work well; the Podere has been farmed biodynamically pretty much since the beginning. South of Sienna, east and a bit north of Grosseto, […]

July 8, 2022

Morgenster Olive Oil from South Africa

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews An exceptional single-estate extra virgin oil from the southern tip of Africa Here’s an olive oil story you’re not likely to have heard! Its origins, as is true of many of our favorite olive oils, are rooted in Italy. In this case it was in Piemonte, in northwestern Italy. Giulio Bertrand […]

July 7, 2022

Goutis “Bitter Gray” Olive Oil

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews A rare olive varietal and some really fine flavor One of the most delectable, exceptional new olive oils to arrive at the Deli in a long while. The Goutis “Bitter Gray” oil is truly something special. Having just tasted a bit more of it on toast to prepare myself to do […]

June 23, 2022

2021 Harvest Olive Oil from the Marqués de Valdueza

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Amazing harvest olive oil from a 1000-year-old family business in western Spain It’s not every day you get to buy a craft product from a family business in Spain that started up a thousand years ago. If you’re looking for a wonderful, world-class olive oil, you should buy a bottle of […]

April 27, 2022

Meet the Deli Detail: Wendy Bauer

We’re introducing you to our passionate team of experts. Today’s featured deli crew member is Olive Oil Sommelier, Wendy Bauer   Meet Wendy Wendy Bauer is a townie (local lingo for someone originally from Ann Arbor) with an artistic bent—holding degrees in illustration from the Center for Creative Studies and scientific illustration and botany from […]

April 2, 2022

Castello di Paneretta from the Chianti region

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews New Harvest 2021 Oil from Tuscany I visited Castello di Paneretta for the first time nearly 30 years ago. Back in an era when fax machines were the height of technological efficiency and international phone rates were uncomfortably expensive, working out the details of bringing it to Ann Arbor was […]

March 31, 2022

Zing Sampler: New Harvest Olive Oils

An introduction to the new year of Northern Hemisphere olive oils! The olives for these oils are harvested in the fall and the oils that are pressed from them are released in the early winter. Join our Deli Olive Oil Sommelier Wendy (yes, that’s an actual job!) to taste 4 oils that landed at the […]

March 3, 2022

Recipe: Ari’s Mashed Cauliflower with Olive Oil

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews An easy dish to make at home Here’s an easy dish you can make for dinner in under 20 minutes–it’s great in the winter or any time of the year. It tastes terrific and is versatile enough to serve as a side, or a main course (in our vegetable-focused house, […]

February 18, 2022

Il Molino Rose Limited Edition Olive Oil

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Terrifically tasty new harvest oil arrives at the Deli The new crop 2021 olive oils, harvested a few months ago in the fall of 2021, are starting to arrive! The new crop of Il Molino oil from central Italy is super tasty—seriously, it’s another of those particularly delightful, so good that I […]

January 5, 2022

First Day Pressing from Castillo de Canena

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews New Spanish Olive Oils from the very first day of the 2021 harvest In these winter months, we can all probably use something to brighten up our days. And if you love big, green, peppery oils, we have two special oils from Castillo de Canena’s 2021 harvest could be just […]

October 8, 2021

Introducing Philosophy Foods

Artisanal food purveyors of some of our favorite Spanish brands We love to stock our shelves with small producers who are creating superior products, but it’s not always easy to find them, since they don’t always have the resources to promote themselves. That’s where Philosophy Foods comes in. Specialty food industry veterans David Yourd and […]