When Mindy Riley opened Olive Tree in Overland Park, Kansas, in 2011, she thought her business would center around talking to people about the benefits of olive oil and flavorful balsamic vinegars, which can elevate everything from cocktails to condiments. However, today her business has evolved into hosting cooking classes and developing recipes to showcase her products. This spring, she relocated her shop to add a full demo kitchen and student classroom space; Olive Tree hosts several cooking classes a month featuring both well-known local chefs and up-and-coming amateur cooks. Regular instructors include chef Jasper Mirabile of Jasper’s Italian Restaurant, celebrity baker and pastry chef JC Gregg and chef Jim Tinkham. In addition to classes, the new location includes an even larger selection of extra virgin, infused and flavored olive oils from around the world, plus aged balsamic vinegars from Modena, Italy. Customers can also shop for complementary products like sea salts, flavored pastas, sauces, tapenades, jarred olives and beautiful kitchen accessories.
Olive Tree, 7044 W. 105th St., Overland Park, Kansas, 913.338.2700, olivetreekc.com