- About Us
Our Mission and Vision
Our name says it all, An Olive Ovation. At the heart of what we do is the celebration of the olive. Why? Not because martinis are hot or because extra virgin olive oils are trendy, but because olives and olive oil have sustained us for 5000 years.
We present this rich world history in a charming shopping destination evoking an old world market. Our tasting bar and knowledgeable staff provide a relaxed atmosphere to taste, learn and select the best delicious, healthy food and traditionally produced artisan made products. Of course we include fine balsamic and other vinegars as a natural complement to the olive oils. The experience is completed with exquisite products for the kitchen, bath, and home that naturally accompany our specialty food and wine selections.
While preparing to open St. Louis' first olive oil market we considered the various franchises and single distributor companies that operate the bulk only olive oil shops across the country. Although these options are an easy way to get a store started we decided that they were too limiting for our customers. Several of our best selling olive oils and vinegars are available "on tap", but we are proud to offer St. Louis' best selection of artisan produced and estate bottled oils and vinegars. Our focus is quality and customer service.
I am a retired physician (pathologist) who has studied the health benefits of a diet rich in olives and olive oil. That, plus my love of cooking led me to start An Olive Ovation to share my knowledge and love of all things olive and to provide a means for you to share your culinary experiences.
Prior to medical school at the University of Illinois I earned a bachelors degree in Nutrition and Food Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I raised my family in St. Louis while working for the nation’s largest reference laboratory for over 18 years. I retired in 2007 as the Medical Director of the St. Louis laboratory to start this exciting and fulfilling project.
I want to thank the excellent faculty at U.C. Davis for their Sensory Evaluation of Olive Oil class which gave me the technical foundation for this venture. The class covered the anatomy of taste; the scientific approach to tasting; food pairing; agricultural aspects; methods for pressing olives, and an historical perspective of the olive industry, in addition to tasting 50 olive oils. I met the producer of our private label olive oil during this class and toured my first olive grove!
I look forward to meeting you and sharing this wonderful gift from nature.
Easy to find, we are excited to be among the shops at Colonial Marketplace in Ladue (former site of Wild Oats and Lammert's Furniture). We are just east of I-170 on the north side of Ladue Road. Turn north onto Gay Ave from Ladue Rd, then left into our parking lot, or turn straight into the parking lot from Ladue Rd. between Hunter and Gay avenues. Our store is just to your left (west) when using the driveway off Ladue Rd.
From our best area chefs:
Love going to Extra Virgin an Olive Ovation. I want to have everything there in my pantry.
- Ben Poremba, Olio, Elaia
Marianne Prey is a wealth of knowledge. Every time I go in there, I learn something new about olive oil.
- Gerard Craft, Niche, Brasserie, Taste, Pastaria
I like Extra Virgin An Olive Ovation for imported mustards, vinegars and olive oils. Incorporating these ingredients into a dish can change it significantly. For instance, a Zinfandel vinegar over a dessert is divine, and mustard in a soup is quite amazing.
- Natasha Kwan, Frida's Deli