Living in the south, we know that we are supposed to use butter like it’s going out of style, but honestly for the most part we prefer using olive oil. We won’t mention that to our grandma. That’s why we were really excited when we noticed that there is a new olive oil store in town!
There are rows of infused olive oil and vinegar for sampling and a friendly employee to walk you through the process and give you recipe tips.
We spoke with the owner, Amy and her husband Ted about how Downtown Olive was conceived.
Amy’s father chose a military career that took the family from one small US town to the next. As a result, Amy was very familiar with the typical American downtown from a small age. She loved the small town feel of a downtown with several small scale locally owned specialty shops.
Her early encounters with small town stores left her with a strong desire to open her own gift shop someday. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, her dream of owning a shop got pushed to a back burner. She married, moved to Newnan and started a family.
The opportunity finally came for Amy to realize her dream around a year ago. Her love of cooking, healthy eating and fine foods came together into her unique shop.
The olive oil and vinegar available in Downtown Olive is Olivelle and is sourced from Italy, Greece and Spain. The oil is the same olive oil you would be served at a restaurant in Italy. Amy smiled as she told us stories of world travelers who came in skeptical that the oil was true European olive oil and leaving with several bottles after declaring that they never thought they would taste oil like that in Georgia.
In addition to the infused olive oils and vinegars, Downtown Olive also offers a range of functional and fun cooking accessories. Many of the kitchen gadgets feature bright colors and uniquely whimsical designs. The shop also has tea towels printed with witty graphics, charming dishware and pre-prepared specialty foods.
All of the merchandise in Downtown Olive has Amy’s stamp of approval. As a mom to a pre teen girl with a range of severe allergies, Amy has to be able to prepare dishes that the whole family can enjoy and also meet her daughter’s strict medical requirements. As a busy Mom and small business owner, Amy needs kitchen tools that will match her need for utility and quick clean up. You can be sure that anything you buy in Downtown Olive lives up to these standards.
Amy and Ted are always working to improve and expand the store. The latest additions to the shop are gorgeous pieces of kitchen furniture that have a rustic, hand crafted look and Big Green Egg barbecue cookers.
We loved browsing through the store and looking at all the fun kitchen supplies and accessories. We especially enjoyed getting to sample some of the oils and vinegars. Our favorites were the caramelized garlic and the Tahitian lime infused olive oils.
We are used to cooking with olive oil, but Amy gave us some great tips on new and interesting ways to use oil and vinegar. She suggests pouring it over your ice cream and adding a little salt on top, using olive oil to make popcorn from scratch, delicious marinades, yogurt and cottage cheese toppings and as a delicious addition to a fruit and cheese plate. We really can’t wait to try it on ice cream!
If you have not yet stopped by Downtown Olive, we strongly suggest it. It is a delightful experience for your taste buds and we’re sure you will come away with something you love! If you are out and about on one of Newnan’s Market Days, look for Amy and Ted walking around with treats made with their infused olive oils. Follow Downtown Olive on Facebook to get their latest updates, get sneak peeks of new products and an array of yummy recipes. Amy was kind enough to give us one of her favorite recipes. Please let us know if you tried it and how it tastes!
Pesto Chicken Grill Pouches
Caramelized Garlic Olive Oil or Primagoccia Olive Oil*
8 chicken tenderloins
salt and pepper
Pesto Alla Genovese by Genevese Specialties*
2 zucchini, thinly sliced
1 large Vidalia onion, thinly sliced
1 can garlic diced tomatoes, drained or 4 roma tomatoes, chopped
16oz. thin spaghetti
Pasta Salt Rocks*
*Available at Downtown Olive & Kitchen Supply Co.
Preheat grill to medium. Cut four 16" sheets of foil. Drizzle 1 tsp. olive oil into the bottom half of each piece of foil. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and lay 2 tenderloins on each piece of foil over the olive oil. Spread 1 T. pesto on top of chicken. Top with zucchini, onion and tomatoes. Top with 3 T. pesto. Bring the longer side of foil over the chicken and vegetables and fold the three open sides of foil together and pinch the edges to make a good seal. Cover and grill the packets over indirect heat for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil. Add a salt rock to the water for 2 minutes. Remove the salt rock, add the spaghetti to the boiling water and cook according to the package directions. Drain. Place pasta on plates and with a knife carefully cut an edge of each grill pouch and slide it onto the pasta. Serves 4.