About F. Oliver’s
Our mission is simple:
We have always, and will always, source the highest quality products available.
We value doing business with people! Our products are sourced from quality-focused, family owned businesses. Wherever possible, we source our products locally.
We are hospitality driven. We value cultivating connections with our customers and serving as an information resource. From the moment you walk through our door, our warm and knowledgeable staff are happy to guide and assist you throughout your tasting visit.
Whether you’re cooking a meal, traveling the world, or looking for a special gift, we invite you to experience F. Oliver’s and taste the difference.
F. Oliver’s is firmly rooted in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, with stores in Canandaigua, Ithaca, and Rochester. Though many of our premium culinary ingredients are imported from around the world, all remaining aspects of the business happen right at our stores. Our fine oils, vinegars, and spices are bottled on site, with an emphasis on constant and regular rotation. This ensures the freshest supply of products and centralizes much of the operational work in our own stores.
Beyond that, we work with other local professionals to fulfill all the major and support functions required by any business: local marketing, design, advertising, bookkeeping, and much more. Although similar stores may exist, F. Oliver’s is truly one of a kind. Our product line, design, branding, management, staffing, culture, and passion are 100% ours. We’re here to share all that with the wonderful residents and visitors that adore the Finger Lakes area as much as we do.
At first glance, it’s easy to see F. Oliver’s as a specialty shop exclusively for gourmet cooks. We feel such a classification, however, is too narrow. Sure, our oils, vinegars, and other ingredients are excellent contributions to a classic Beef Bourguignon. But, perhaps more often, we see them shine in the simplest of recipes and uses–accessible and enjoyable for all types of cooks. A drizzle of our Fresh Bright Basil EVOO & Felix Oliver’s 18-Year-Old Special Reserve balsamic vinegar takes a tomato, basil, and mozzarella salad from tasty to tantalizing. Better yet, it only requires a bit of slicing and a few quick drizzles! So whether you’re a new cook, an experienced home chef, a classically trained culinarian, or anywhere in between, our many products are sure to delight.
Someone from our staff is always on hand to conduct a tasting tour or offer suggestions, specifically suited to your culinary needs. Each member of our staff is selected for their strong culinary sensibilities (both trained and self-nurtured), friendly and hospitable demeanor, eagerness to learn, and drive to work hard. And if our shared passion for food and cooking group us together, our diversity in interests make us each distinct and unique. We think that allows for a professional, informative, and fun store experience.
F. Oliver’s first opened in Canandaigua, NY, where the close proximity to the reputable New York Wine & Culinary Center was a clear advantage. Shortly after, we expanded onto one of Rochester‘s trendiest and most beloved shopping streets: Park Avenue. After strong interest in our quality products was demonstrated in both areas, F. Oliver’s opened on The Commons in Ithaca. Visit our store pages for more specific information, such as store hours, contact information, addresses, and directions.