We’re Hiring!

The Blue Door team is growing!

Do you love chatting with friends about food and cooking , sharing one of grandma’s recipes or the latest awesome recipes you found on Pinterest? If the answer is yes, send us your resume and we’ll pay you to do what you love! If you have retail experience and are social media savvy – even better!

Blue Door Oil and Vinegar carries a huge selection of the world’s best olive oils and balsamic vinegars. We offer a unique tasting-room experience and have two locations – one in West Springs and one in Marda Loop. You can read more about us here bluedoorcalgary.com.

If you are interested please send us your resume – bruce@bluedoorcalgary.com

Blue Door’s Top Stocking Stuffers List

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We’ve put together our list of perfect stocking stuffers that are sure to please everyone. If you’re shopping for a family member, close friend, teacher, party host or a staff gift exchange, these gifts are unique, thoughtful and work within almost any budget.

 

 

10 – Gourmet Sea Salt

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Gourmet salts are perfect for just about anyone. Quality sea salt is a healthy salt option that works great for everyday cooking or just as an occasional treat for finishing a special meal. We carry everything from Black Truffle Sea Salt to Fleur de Sel to our infused salts including Lime Fresco, Vintage Merlot, Applewood Smoked, even Sriracha!

$5.00-$20.00

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9 – Smoking Gun Cowboy & Steak Spice Rub

 

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Crafted in Princeton, British Columbia, these rubs are made with care and quality ingredients. Possibly the best steak spice on the market, use it not only on steaks but literally anything else. The Cowboy rub is unique and one of our personal favourites. Made with ground dark roast coffee, brown sugar and spices, the rub with caramelize on your steaks as you grill for an awesome result!

$8.00

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8 – Teardrop Oil & Vinegar Drizzler

 

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Beautifully hand crafted, the teardrop drizzler is cleverly designed with two compartments for oil and vinegar. It looks great in any kitchen AND it also won Best New Product in the Gourmet Accessories category at the NY Now show! Make sure you grab a little something special to fill it up with too!

$25.00

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7 – Dave’s Hot Pepper Jelly

 

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Made by our friends Dave & Kathy Sutherland in Invermere, British Columbia Dave’s Hot Pepper Jellies are perfect if you want to add a kick to a cheesy appetizer, sandwiches, burgers, etc. With lots of flavours to choose from, pick your favourite or go with our best sellers – Roasted Garlic Jalapeño Jelly, Pomegranate Jalapeño Jelly or try our personal favourite – Blueberry Jalapeño Jelly.

$8.00

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6 – Paleokruch Bars

 

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With all the treats and snacks around the holidays, everyone will appreciate a stocking treat that is delicious and healthy! Steve’s Paleogoods is committed to healthy snacks with no junk added. These grain-free, gluten free snacks are the perfect treat for anyone who either can’t have traditional holiday snacks or just prefer a healthier option.

$4.50-$6.00

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5 – Mason Jar Cocktail Kit

 

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The modern rustic style makes this a perfect gift for the home mixologist. Kit includes a mason jar shaker, two sided jogger and muddler. Top it off with some Bittered Sling bitters for an extra touch.

$22.00

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4 – Metropolitan Chef Spice Rubs

 

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Made in Port Albery, British Columbia, Metropolitan Chef Rubs have been a great addition to our shop since we started carrying them a couple of years ago. These rubs are the perfect pairing for one of our infused olive oils to help you create simple and delicious marinades. Think Met Chef Salmon Rub with Lemon Fused Olive Oil or Met Chef steak & Rib Rub with Chipotle Infused Olive Oil.

$4.25

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3 – Vintage Kitchen Utensils

 

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A little classic touch for the kitchen aficionado’s stocking. The German made Westmark cheese slicer and vintage swivel peeler are very well crafted with a classic look and the Mason Cash classic style measuring spoons are classic and cozy.

$8.00-$30.00

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2 – Gourmet Spices

 

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Stuff a stocking with some of the flavours from around the world. We carry a wide range of individual spices including saffron, Espellette chilli, smoked paprika, star anise as well a variety of gourmet spice and herb blends including herbes de Provence, Togarashi, chipotle, ancho and Pizza herb blend, etc.

$3.00-$30.00

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1 – Six Pack Oil & Vinegar Sampler

 

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Always our most popular gift at Christmas time. These six pack sample sets are the best way to give someone a taste of what Blue Door is all about. We have sets pre-made for convenience or you are free to taste your way around the shop and choose six oils and vinegars of your choice. These sets are also the perfect gift for teachers and caregivers.

$35.00

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Blue Door’s Top 10 Holiday Gift List

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Just like that, the holiday season is upon us. Christmas shopping can be a daunting task and wandering the mall searching for that perfect gift is no fun. This year we want to help you avoid the hassle and rush that goes along with holiday shopping, so we’ve put together a list of our favourites. Enjoy and we hope to see you this season!

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10 – Vintage Measuring Cups 

 

These adorable vintage style measuring cups are fun and practical. Perfect for the home baker on your list. Their neutral colours and classic style will work great in any kitchen.

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9 – Salt & Pepper Mills 

 

Give your gourmet salts and peppers a home in one of our unique salt & pepper mills. We have pairs of mini mills to keep table-side and some larger mills to keep close to the kitchen for everyday cooking. All of our mills are adjustable with ceramic grinders.

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8 – Cocktail Bitters

 

If you have a cocktail enthusiast on your list they’ll love to see a bottle of bitters on Christmas morning. Or if you’re planning to host a holiday get together that may include a few fancy drinks, stock up on bitters for your home bar. We have everything from old fashioned bitters to cardamom to British Columbia’s Bittered Sling – Moondog blend.

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7 – Paleo Goodies

 

These are the perfect stocking stuffer or gift basket theme for anyone who eats a no junk added diet, or enjoys clean and healthy food. We have a wide range of products including sauces, wraps, cereals, granola, snack bars, pancake and pizza mixes, snacks and more. All of these are gluten-free and paleo-friendly.

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6 – Locally Handcrafted End-Grain Cutting Boards

 

It does not get any more local than this. These incredible boards are hand made in the West end of Calgary. Maple, Walnut and White Oak are just some of the premium hardwoods that go into these boards. The solution to Calgary’s dry climate is owning a cutting board that is made in the same climate by someone who knows our weather and definitely knows his woods.

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5 – Japanese Knives

 

Art, elegance and functionality. Once you’ve cut with a sharp blade, there is no going back. Made from high quality stainless steel, each blade comes with a lifetime warranty. Five different styles and sizes available.

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4 – Top Shelf Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale

The best of the best from Modena, Italy. If you know a balsamic connoisseur who’s been a very good girl or boy this year, this might be right up their alley. Sealed and serial numbered by Italy’s tasting consortium, this 25 year aged balsamico tradizionale is rich, thick, sweet and delicious. What remains in the smallest barrel after 25 years of aging is a true delicacy.

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3 – Pepe Chilli Mill

 

Who doesn’t love an extra spicy kick on their pasta, steak, stir fry, or any dish for that matter! Freshly ground dried chillies add a burst of flavour to any dish. We brought in more of these grinders this year because last year they sold so fast. Perfect for the kitchen aficionado who has (almost) everything.

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2 – Olive Wood

 

The amazing quality and durability of olive wood make anything from our Bérard Olive Wood collection a gift anyone on your list will appreciate. Since 1892, Bérard, located in the mountains of Royans, which border the northern edge of Provence, has specialized in creating true French hand-crafted artisan items for the kitchen. The beautiful grains in the olive wood make each piece unique. Choose either a single utensil like the Berard Spaghetti Spoon for a stocking or pick up a Berard Fruit Bowl carved from a single piece of Olive wood.

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1 – Premium Oil & Vinegar 

 

Our favourite gift to give is our premium extra virgin oils and balsamic vinegars. The freshness and quality of our oils set them apart from anything else you will find and make them the perfect holiday gift for friends, family, party hosts, staff or customers. You can also skip the wrapping and deliver oil and vinegar pairings in our locally crafted wooden gift boxes made by our friends at Rocky Mountain Vintage. With over 75 oils and vinegars in store, the possibilities are endless.

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Beat the Heat – Blueberry Agrumato Lemon Paletas

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Creamy, smooth, healthy, refreshing, interesting, delicious.

2 cups fresh whole blueberries, washed
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon agrumato (fused) olive oil
1 cup whole milk yogurt
1/2 cup honey

Place the blueberries in a medium sauce pan over medium heat along with 2 tablespoons of water, the lemon zest, and honey.  Heat until the blueberries until simmering for approximately 2 minutes.  Allow the mixture to cool slightly, and then add the yogurt and olive oil, whisking until blended.  When the mixture is at room temperature, portion into 12 popsicle (or paleta)  molds and freeze.

Cooking for health with olive oil – Nutritional Seminar

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Luka Symons, Certified Holisitc Nutritionist

 

Date: June 26, 2015 

Time: 7 pm

Location: Blue Door Oil and Vinegar (8561 8a Ave SW)

Cost: $50

 

To register, email us at bruce@bluedoorcalgary.com or visit our shop in West Springs.

 

For centuries, home cooks from around the Mediterranean have prepared healthy meals using locally sourced olive oils. This was all before the ‘locally sourced’ movement we know today. Cooking with this fat not only made their foods taste great, but imparted health-giving properties as well.

 

We need fats for the formation of each and every cell in our body! By choosing olive oil as one of the fats in our kitchen, we ensure the stability of all cells and tissues in our body, further protecting us against the outside world. Olive oil lowers the incidence of heart disease, has anti-inflammatory properties, supports the liver, and digestive and immune systems.

 

Join us for a cooking class as we explore the health-giving properties of olive oil. We will cook and sample mouthwatering, easy-to-prepare side dishes for every meal from breakfast to supper. Owners Bruce and Courtney will lead the discussion along with local Holistic Nutritionist Luka Symons. Arm yourself with the knowledge of how to eat for overall health, and have a tasty time doing it!