Calling all Washington, DC foodies getting married! We know there are many of you out there. Today, we want to introduce you to a new local resource for an alternative idea to a traditional gift registry and to favors. Adding to our recent post about buying local when searching for items to fill your welcome bags or favors, let’s include Sapore Oil and Vinegar. Opened just over a year ago by Renee and John Farr, veterans of the special events industry and food lovers, Sapore is a “purveyor of fresh, premium extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars” located in the Eastern Market section of Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. They also carry a variety of pastas (including some gluten free ones), sea salts, and spices. You can make your way around the store and sample everything. The friendly and knowledgeable staff will advise you on food pairings, and even mixing and matching the oils and vinegars. I took home the Lime EVOO (which I’ve already used several times with salads) and Cinnamon Pear Balsamic Vinegar (so good!).
OK so back to gifts. Sapore is introducing a wedding registry program. As more couples are getting married later in life and living together before marriage, who needs yet another blender or sheet set? Artisanal oils and vinegars would be a great alternative registry, especially since I don’t think the couple would necessarily buy those for themselves but certainly use at some point. This is even more so for those who love to cook. Their smaller size bottles are the perfect size as your favors, and simply adding a tag or custom label turning them into escort cards (great for food-inspired wedding). As a general gift idea, I love their gift box set where you can choose any four bottles of oil and vinegar. Happy gifting! — Vicky