Mini Growl Review: Dressed by an Olive, and Joie Catering

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This Mini Growl experience features reviews from the perspectives of two different Growlers – Lisa L. and Lynne R. – who both attended the event. (Not sure what a “Mini Growl” might be? Check out our “Glossary” link at the top of the page!)

Lisa L.

Dressed by an Olive,
and Joie Catering

Review #1 by Lisa L.

Four members of Windsor Girls Growl™ attended an event at Dressed by an Olive on January 17, 2013. Dressed by an Olive is an independently owned olive oil and balsamic vinegar store in Tecumseh.

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This retail outlet, located at 13566 Tecumseh Road East, houses dozens of flavoured and plain olive oils and white and dark balsamic vinegars available for tasting and purchasing.

From sampling a selection of extra virgin olive oils as young as eight weeks old, to a number of fused and infused olive oils with such flavours as butter, herb, mushroom, and white and dark truffles, to a personal favourite – lemon fused, where the lemons are crushed with the olives – it was an experience to make any non-cooker want to dust the cobwebs out of her oven and roast up some chicken PDQ!

oilandvinegarFollowing the olive oils, we sampled a range of premium white and dark balsamic vinegars, fused with such flavours as dark chocolate, espresso, blueberry, cinnamon-pear, raspberry, and red apple. It was enough to cause several foodgasms amongst the ladies present as we all oohed and aahed over the explosion of flavours in our mouths.

The store owners, Dan and Merja, helped us pair up the oils and vinegars to create masterpieces of flavour such as butter olive oil with maple balsamic vinegar to create a taste fusion better than any maple syrup to pour over pancakes and crêpes.

oliveoilOur night was a flurry of tasting and buying, but also a delicious four course dinner using Dressed by an Olive products, cooked on location by local chef Johnny Oran of Joie Catering who fed us such delicacies as pork belly with arugula and watermelon radishes; poached halibut on mascarpone cheese with fennel and whipped pineapple juice; fresh cooked spaghetti flavoured with black truffle olive oil; finished off with a delicious cake with walnut crumble that left us licking our plates clean.

Along with the food experience, the olive oils and balsamic vinegars had us all licking the inside of our sample cups and clamoring for more. We literally sampled ourselves thirsty!

A must try for foodies of any sort – a Five Paw experience! GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-Whole

Image (Lisa L.‘s user pic) courtesy of dusky /


Lynne R.

Dressed by an Olive,
and Joie Catering

Review #2 by Lynne R.

I would like to say thank you to Dan and Merja for warmly welcoming us to their fabulous store, Dressed by an Olive, for an informative, fun, and delicious experience.

olivebranchWe began our adventure by learning and tasting really, really fresh, high end olive oil. If you haven’t experienced this yet, you don’t know what you’re missing.

Next, we sampled the world of “fused” and “infused” oils. The flavours were unbelievable, and at this point the guests were starting to hum with happiness. We were then introduced to Johnny, a classically trained chef who began the dance of “Foodie Love”!

Our next foray was into the intriguing world of balsamic vinegars. Reds, whites – again infused with a dizzying array of flavours. Ladies were sipping it like wine! Chef Johnny kept up the “dance,” and we were having a blast.

Just when you thought there could be no more, we were introduced to the art of marrying olive oils with balsamic vinegars in overwhelming combinations and tastes. Chef Johnny of Joie Catering continued to amaze us with treats using the wonderful products and combinations we were learning about.

olivesDressed by an Olive is first class, the products are very reasonably priced, and Dan and Merja are passionate about what they do.

You can book a tasting party like we did, or stop in and have a warm and informative chat.

Whichever you choose, be ready to be impressed! GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-Whole

Image (Lynne R.‘s user pic) courtesy of Piyachok Thawornmat /



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  • Laurel R.
    January 26, 2013, 8:16 am

    I am REALLY sorry I couldn’t attend this event – it all sounds divine! Maybe we’ll have to schedule a second tasting party for those of us who missed out!

    • Lisa January 27, 2013, 10:30 am

      I would highly recommend that Laurel, and it was so much fun I would do it again!

  • Micky G January 27, 2013, 1:41 pm

    Excellent reviews. If there is a second event like this I would love to attend.

  • Julie B. January 27, 2013, 5:22 pm

    Great reviews. I am really enjoying my infused oils and vinegars and having fun experimenting with them….in fact I’m going back for a few more!


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