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We Olive celebrates 15 years!

2018 marks our 15th year in business and as with any major milestone, it has us looking back at where we’ve come from, around us at what we’ve accomplished and ahead to where we want to go next. We opened our first store in Paso Robles in 2003 as a place to showcase the fantastic olive oils that were being produced locally. Our passion for bringing true, fresh extra virgin olive oil to our guests and seeing them experiencing the real thing is what drove us.

We began franchising 3 years later, opening our second location in Fresno in 2006. Over the next 5 years, we opened retail stores around California making local EVOO more accessible to the state. The truth is that many Americans were consuming olive oil, but people were getting 90% of it from Italy or Spain.¹ Our mission was to show Californians, and anyone living in the U.S., that olive oil produced right at home was better than what they could get shipped in from Europe.  The simple reason that extra virgin olive oil produced in the U.S. is superior to imported olive oil? It’s fresher. It hasn’t been sitting on a cargo ship, then in storage for weeks or months before it reaches store shelves.

A commitment to real extra virgin olive oil

Real extra virgin olive oil is a fresh product that should be consumed within 12- 18 months of harvest and that means getting it locally ensures that you are getting a fresh product. Additionally, all of the EVOO that you find at We Olive is certified by the California Olive Oil Council (COOC), which uses stricter standards than international requirements for designating an olive oil extra virgin. Our commitment to educating consumers and making the best of what our country produces accessible to everyone is what drove us, and continues to drive us, to grow.

The next chapter

In 2011, we opened our first We Olive & Wine Bar in La Jolla, California. The idea had been brewing for some time as seasonal, fresh food made with extra virgin olive oil coupled with artisan wine made in the U.S. was a natural pairing and a big part of We Olive’s culture.

Over the next few years, we continued to open We Olive & Wine Bar locations in California and finally expanded to our first out of state location in 2013 in Bee Cave, Texas. 8 more We Olive & Wine Bar locations opened around the country in the next 4 years and in 2017, we joined the Texas Association of Olive Oil supporting Texas growers and producers.

Today, We Olive has 18 locations, an online shop and a custom gift program. We continue to be an industry leader, adhering to the highest standards for extra virgin olive oil and focusing on consumer education. Our 13 wine bar locations maintain a wine program that values small producers, exciting varietals and the best the region has to offer. We look forward to serving you for another 15 years!

We Olive Celebrates 15 Years

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¹ – https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-california-olive-oil/

Extra virgin olive oil is loaded with health benefits and incorporating it into your diet can help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer and more. Cooking with olive oil not only benefits your health, it adds fantastic flavor to all of your favorite dishes.

Check out our roundup of heart healthy recipes with olive oil below.

 

Celebrate American Heart Month by joining We Olive & Wine Bar for a Heart Healthy Cooking Demo.  We are proud to partner with Intermountain Healthcare to raise funds to fight heart disease.

Owner and Chef Josh Garcia will show guests how to prepare 5 different heart healthy dishes using heart healthy extra virgin olive oil. Everyone in attendance will be able to taste all 5 dishes, and will receive a 5 ounce bottle of olive oil to take home. Guests will have the option to purchase wine or beer throughout the evening. A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to Intermountain Healthcare and go towards cardiovascular research, along with a portion of retail purchases made that evening.

Cooking Demo will feature:

  • Zucchini carpaccio with goat cheese and herbs
  • Grilled fingerling potato salad with lemon garlic vinaigrette
  • Gingery carrot soup
  • Pasta pomodoro
  • Rosemary olive oil cake with fig and honey relish

Guests will receive:

  • Tasting of all the dishes
  • Recipes of all the dishes
  • 5 oz bottle of olive oil
  • 10% discount on all retail purchases

Buy tickets now!

February is American Heart Month and We Olive is proud to support heart health and the American Heart Association by raising awareness of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Olive oil and heart health go hand and hand. Extra virgin olive oil, paired with a healthy diet, can help reduce your risk of heart disease. In part because of the special way it’s produced, extra virgin olive oil, unlike seed oils and non-extra virgin oils, contains natural antioxidants, including polyphenols — a type of antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage. It’s also rich in monounsaturated fatty acids — a healthier dietary fat, compared to saturated and trans fats. Extensive studies over the last 50 years have concluded that all sorts of health benefits come from extra virgin olive oil.

Researchers have found that by consuming a Mediterranean diet rich in EVOO, you can:

• Significantly lower the risk of having a heart attack, suffering from a stroke, or dying of heart disease
• Better regulate insulin levels
• Strengthen your immune system
• Reduce the risk of certain cancers
• Improve digestive and brain health

WHY GETTING THE REAL THING MATTERS
“When companies taint the oil, consumers lose that wonderful cocktail of anti-inflammatories and antioxidants,” says journalist and industry expert, Tom Mueller.

Join us on Saturdays to sample some of our favorite culinary creations featuring We Olive products. Taste and learn new applications for your favorite olive oils, vinegars, and gourmet foods. See the monthly schedule below.

February 3rd

Salts & Seasonings for Super Bowl Snacks

Our line of Salts & Seasonings is your secret weapon for Super Bowl Sunday! Come in and sample all our flavors and learn quick tricks for creating tasty game time snacks.

February 10th

Valentine’s Day Mocktail

Our White Balsamic Vinegars are tangy and sweet and make a perfect addition to sparkling water or a cocktail. Sample our Valentine’s Day mocktail and learn more ways to use vinegar in your favorite drinks.

February 17th

Salts & Seasonings on EVOO Popcorn

Popcorn popped in extra virgin olive oil is a great choice for a heart-healthy snack! Add in some extra kick with our line of Salts & Seasonings and you have a perfect movie night snack.

February 24th

Winter Mocktail Mimosas

Our White Balsamic Vinegars are tangy and sweet and make a perfect addition to sparkling water or a cocktail. Try our favorite alternatives to a classic mimosa (non-alcoholic) using We Olive Olive Oils and Vinegars!

 

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all chocolate and roses! Suprise your sweetheart with something unexpected and delicious.  Check out our picks for Valentine’s Day gifts that are sure to please.

Gift Boxes & Baskets

We Olive gift boxes and baskets are the perfect way to say I love you. Create your own custom gift basket in one of our stores or choose from our gift collection online. Our pick for Valentine Day’s? Go with the Sweet & Tangy Gift Box which features a trio of our most popular balsamic vinegars: Aged Balsamic, Peach White Balsamic and Pineapple Balsamic. These versatile vinegars add sweet and tangy flavor to any dish and can be used in both sweet and savory applications. Try them in cocktails or over ice cream for an unexpected treat!

Olive Oil – The Gift of Heart Health

Extra virgin olive oil is one of the world’s healthiest foods with the studies showing that it can do everything from reduce the risk of cancer and type 2 diabetes, lower the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and mood disorders like depression and anxiety, and it can protect your heart from coronary artery disease and reduce the risk of stroke. Give the gift of good health to your Valentine with certified EVOO! Choose your favorite varietal and style, from buttery and mild to robust and grassy, there is an olive oil for every palate. Shop varietals here or pick up a gift box with a variety to sample.

Something Sweet

Our olive oils pair beautifully with our sweet balsamic vinegars! Pair a heart-healthy EVOO with a sweet and tangy balsamic for the perfect duo. You’ll also find sweet spreads, sauces and snacks in the Sweeter Side section of our online shop.

Something Savory

If your sweetie doesn’t have a sweet tooth, try pairing your favorite Extra Virgin Olive Oil with one of our bread mixes for a deliciously simple gift. The Tuscan Herb Bread Mix works beautifully with our Organic Tuscan EVOO and the Garlic & Cheese Bread Mix is fantastic with our Fresh Garlic Olive Oil.

If you’ve ever been to a We Olive event, you know we love olive oil on everything, including, and especially, ice cream. If you’ve tried this winning combination, you’re nodding your head. If you haven’t, put your preconceived notions aside and give it a shot. We’ve done the dirty work for you and tasted dozens of different combos to come up with the following favorites.

Best for Vanilla Gelato or Ice Cream – Robust Olive Oil

With creamy, sweet vanilla, we like an olive oil that has strong fruit flavor and a bit of grassy and peppery notes. Try We Olive Organic Tuscan Olive Oil.

 Upgrade:  A sprinkling of coarse sea salt really makes the pairing sing!

Chocolate Ice Cream or Gelato – Citrus-Infused Olive Oil or Medium, Grassy Olive Oil

Rich chocolate ice cream needs strong flavors that won’t be overpowered by the chocolates deep flavor, which is why we like We Olive Blood Orange Olive Oil to add a sweet citrus hit for balance. A medium-bodied, grassy olive oil like We Olive Koroneiki Extra Virgin Olive Oil is also delicious.

Upgrade: Try adding We Olive Blood Orange Balsamic with the olive oil for a concentrated kick of tangy sweetness!

Vanilla Frozen Yogurt – Peach White Balsamic Vinegar

While a standard EVOO worked really nicely on fro-yo, we loved the tart and tangy We Olive Peach White Balsamic Vinegar as a topping for this treat. We Olive’s Pineapple White Balsamic Vinegar works just a well.

Upgrade: Try adding a drizzle of We Olive Basil Olive Oil for an herbal upgrade!

Strawberry Sorbet – Lemon Olive Oil

The tart, refreshing sorbet was natural match for We Olive’s Lemon Olive Oil, which is both bright and sweet. The combination has summer written all over it.

Upgrade : Add a dash of We Olive Aged Balsamic for a decadent twist!

If you’ve visited one of our Wine Bars, you’ve probably tried our popular Peach Basil Mimosa made with Peach White Balsamic Vinegar and Fresh Basil Olive Oil. We’ve adapted the recipe with some of our favorite seasonal flavors for cooler months. Check out three variations for winter weather mimosas below.

To make 1 mimosa, you’ll need

1 1/2 tablespoons We Olive White Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 teaspoon We Olive Olive Oil
6 oz sparkling wine

Add vinegar and oil to a champagne flute and then top with sparkling wine. Enjoy!

Variations:

Orange-Pomegranate Mimosa

We Olive Pomegranate White Balsamic Vinegar + We Olive Blood Orange Olive Oil

Citrus Spice Mimosa 

We Olive Citrus Spice Balsamic Vinegar + Blood Orange Olive Oil

Meyer Lemon-Pear Mimosa

We Olive D’Anjou Pear White Balsamic Vinegar + Meyer Lemon Olive Oil