Savour Opens in Ballard

Five items you must purchase at the new specialty food shop.

By Kaitlin Nunn December 21, 2009


What do you get when a 23-year-veteran of the corporate world returns to her first love, food and wine? Savour, the newest specialty shop to flank Ballard’s Market Street. Here owner Holly McLean highlights five must-try you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere in Seattle.

Lucero Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar
These lush oils and vinegars are produced in the Sacramento Valley by Dewey Lucero, a fourth-generation olive grower. Savour carries in bulk their traditional balsamic and Abequina olive. You can fill a glass bottle with the oil or vinegar of your choice and refill at your leisure for $9 (250L) or $16 (500L). Also available are pre-bottled, all-purpose blends for $9.99 to $12.99, great for cooking but flavorful enough for dipping breads or dressing salads.

Aliguer Cava
Just in time for the holidays is this Spanish sparkling wine, a fresh and fruity Brut Reserva aged two years ($14.99).

Island Trollers Albacore
Caught off the West Coast and packaged in Anacortes, this flavorful fish is dolphin-safe and sashimi grade. Try the albacore with capers for a Niçoise salad, or add minced red onion and just a dab of fresh mayo and garlic for a savory sandwich ($7.99).

Toss Olive Products
Garnish cocktails with the garlic martini olives ($6.99), or add flair to any appetizer or salad with the blue cheese stuffed olives, which are soaked in spices.

Artistan Northwest Cheeses
Choose from local mongers—Olsen’s Scandinavian Foods, Quillisascut Farm, Samish Bay, River Valley, Sally Jackson—as well as time-honored international favorites such as Spanish manchego, Italian pecorino, and French blues.

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