Catherine and Dave Ferraresi established Gustare Oils & Vinegars with the dream of bringing the highest quality artisanal extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and other regional gourmet food products to Cape Cod. The Italian word Gustare translates into English as, “to taste, to enjoy, to savor” and those sensations are a guarantee for guests as they discover their favorite selections in the European-style tasting rooms.
While living in Europe for more than a decade, Catherine and Dave were intrigued by the broad range of olive oils and balsamics available in quaint village markets. In that spirit, Gustare opened its flagship shop at the east end of Chatham’s historic Main Street in the summer of 2009, and the Mashpee Commons shop one year later.
Gustare makes for a pleasant stop on a casual shopping trip or brisk walk through the village-like atmosphere of Main Street Chatham and Mashpee Commons. Stop in for tasty and healthful samples, local foodie insights, and endless tips on how to best use Gustare products at home. Enjoy!
Catherine developed her own creative expertise over years of dedicated craftsmanship in the family kitchen. That passion for food inspired the Gustare Test Kitchen and has led to her volunteerism in a range of culinary related efforts in various Cape Cod towns and nonprofit organizations. Catherine still remembers thumbing through Marcella Hazan’s “Classic Italian Cookbook,” a gift from Dave, for the first time in 1979. She also had the pleasure of meeting Marcella, the “godmother of Italian cooking,” while attending Chef Giuliano Hazan’s cooking school at Verona, Italy.
After nearly 30 years in international sales and marketing, rising from a entry-level position at 3M to executive vice president at Imation Corp. In 2005, Dave relocated permanently to Cape Cod and founded Gustare with Catherine. As past president, Dave’s leadership was instrumental in Chatham Shark Center merger with the nonprofit Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. His civic involvement also includes numerous working committees and regional entrepreneurial, economic development, municipal, and nonprofit organizations. As a result of Dave’s inventiveness, Gustare was recognized with Cape Cod SCORE’s “Build a Better Mousetrap” award given to local businesses “that survive the critical first five years and appear to be headed for long-term success.”
Chatham Shop Manager
After her undergraduate degree at Vassar College, Kelly went on to earn a degree in Baking and Pastry Arts at The Culinary Institute of America in New York. While at CIA, Kelly established Cookies & Cream, her bakery cafe, which she owned for eight years. Prior to Gustare, she worked as a pastry chef at Wequassett Resort and Golf Club and the Chatham Bars Inn, where she rose from pastry cook to executive pastry chef. Since joining Gustare, Kelly’s endless creativity and dedication have been key to the Test Kitchen’s growth. Be sure to pick Kelly’s brain about recipes and the chemistry of cooking if you see her in Chatham.
Mashpee Shop Senior Sales Associate
Kim was the personality and spirit behind the former Kim’s Cafe in East Orleans, a longtime neighborhood favorite near Nauset Beach. The muffins at Kim’s were among the Ferraresi family’s favorites. With her strong sense of entrepreneurship and a deep knowledge of Cape Cod culture and communities, Kim’s a great person to chat with in the Mashpee shop.
While he’s no Test Kitchen maven, Michael, is no slouch with a wooden spoon, thanks to mom Catherine’s tutelage over the years. But he’s more comfortable with a smartphone and notepad. Michael joined the family business in 2015 after living and working as a journalist and communications writer/editor/multimedia producer in Phoenix, Arizona since 2001. He has coordinated Gustare’s website redesign, social media development, marketing materials, and other non-edible wares of the family brand.