Sue Z. Says

Purchasing international olive oils and vinegars from shiny metal vats makes you feel closer to the source. I discovered three local spots that are making that experience possible.

At Vinaigrette (5006 Xerxes Ave. S., Mpls., 612-922-9192,, owners Sarah and Richard Piepenburg have filled their storefront space with an intriguing collection of olive oils and balsamic-flavored vinegars—from fig to pear—on tap.

Natalie Jaeger has her Olive Grove Olive Oil Company (720 Main St., Mendota Heights, 651-686-4710) staged with a half dozen rows of infused 100-percent extra-virgin olive oils, great-priced black-and-white truffle oil, and gourmet vinegar.

Jean Raricks’s Annona Gourmet (2907 Pentagon Dr., Mpls., 612-354-2927, offers exotic olive oils from Australia—including blood orange and infused pomegranate—cherry vinegars, sea salts (yes, even Hawaiian red salt), and pastas, including flavored lasagna noodles, with recipes to boot.

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Sue Zelickson is host of WCCO Radio’s Food for Thought.

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Sue Zelickson (Sue Z.) is a James Beard Award-winning food media personality, philanthropist, and longtime contributor to Minnesota Monthly and WCCO radio. She has founded the Charlie Awards, the Women Who Really Cook networking organization for women in the local food industry, and the Kids Cafe at Perspectives, Inc., which improves access to nutritious meals for families in need. You can find her buzzing around from event to event throughout the Twin Cities, helping to raise funds for charitable organizations, including some she has had a hand in building.