Taste fresh olive oil in Dayton, Ore., limited-edition chocolates in San Francisco, or lavender truffles in Missoula, Mont.
You might be surprised to spy olive groves rising amid the grapes in the Willamette Valley town of Dayton. The Oregon Olive Mill grows the Mediterranean fruit, pressing it into culinary delights such as peppery Koroneiki Extra Virgin Olive Oil ($19), made from a small-fruited Greek cultivar. Find tour and tasting information at redridgefarms.com/oregon-olive-mill.
Renowned chocolatier Recchiuti Confections pairs with Creativity Explored, a nonprofit group that supports artists with developmental disabilities, to offer limited-edition San Francisco Landmarks chocolates. Each burnt-caramel truffle is printed with an image of Coit Tower, a trolley, Sutro Tower, or the Conservatory of Flowers. Available through June. $21 for eight. recchiuti.com.
Among the offerings at Posh Chocolat in Missoula, Mont., is the lavender honey comb truffle, filled and sprinkled with the harvest of a local farmer known as Lavender Lori. Find the sweets online or in the lobby of downtown’s historic Florence Hotel.($11.50 for a box of five.) poshchocolat.com.
Photography by Kris Rapp
This article was first published in Spring 2015. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.