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Minding Your Business - Gustare Gourmet

Minding Your Business – Gustare Gourmet

Originally published in The Cape Cod Chronicle, May 2, 2024

Gustare Gourmet

Cape Cod’s purveyor of the finest extra virgin olive oils and traditionally aged balsamic vinegar

400 Main St. Chatham

Open Daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Open 7 Days in Season

When I first moved to Chatham, brides-to-be got a shower present from Samantha’s and expectant mothers got baby shower gifts from The Children’s Shop, and you knew those gifts by their distinctive gift wrap. Those shops are gone, but today you’ll know your guest went to the best shop for your hostess gift by the distinctive gift wrap from Gustare. And you’ll smile just as broad as you did then because you know it’s something good!

Gustare has been a mainstay on Chatham’s Main Street for 15 years and has established itself as the go-to destination for chefs, cooks and gift-giving. Gustare Oils and Vinegars, as it was originally named, is not only in a new Main Street location but has a new name, Gustare Gourmet. The oils and vinegars that you are so fond of are still here, but now Catherine and David Ferraresi, owners of the business, have expanded into even more “adjacencies to oils and vinegars,” said David.

“We’ve got more gourmet pantry items,” said Catherine. They carry maple syrups, cranberry lime hot sauce, organic pasta, black fig jam and other fruit jams, fine mustards, dipping oil starter bases, honey, a variety of stuffed olives, coffee blends, blend seasonings, nut crumbs and so much more. All these products are very tempting but I still find it myself drawn to the oils and vinegars. I use the bourbon-maple vinegar on pork roast and the fruit vinegars are fabulous for spritzers or smoothies. But this is just the tip of the iceberg of possibilities. There are a myriad of recipes on their website. “Flavored olive oil enhances all your dishes!”

Catherine and David visit European olive farms once a year for the harvest. They told me olives are actually a fruit, and though the pits are always the same size, climate affects the size of the outside, around the pit. They follow the olive from the farm to the importer, they said.

“We’ve also embarked into partnerships with Cape Abilities, the Chatham Cheese Company and Truro Vineyards. You can find our oils and vinegars in their stores, too,” said Catherine.

David explained that the timeline their business has taken: “The first five years we worked on getting established, the next five we made ourselves accessible through foot traffic in the shopping village of Chatham and now we are a destination at 400 Main. People trust our brand.”

As for the new location, “Everyone who has come in remarks on the parking!” smiled Catherine. “New and existing customers are so happy about that. We started curbside pickup during the pandemic and continue that. You can place your order online and then pick it up at a designated pickup area.

“Please come down to the East End and shop at Gustare, and our neighboring businesses too! There’s plenty of parking!”

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