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New Debuts in Taylor this Weekend

5 May

If you’ve been craving a drive out to Taylor, this coming weekend is the weekend to go!

In addition to the Taylor’s Farmer Market holding its first sale day of the summer on Saturday, the new Olivia’s Corner Market, which officially opens for business on Thursday in the former location of Emileigh’s Table, will also be serving a full breakfast and lunch for all of you hungry shoppers on Saturday.

For those familiar with Olivia’s Food Emporium on the Square, owner Mary Catherine Guest is now bringing her love of Italian cooking to the Plein Air neighborhood of Taylor, where she’ll be serving up authentic Italian food, buffet style. Dishes you can look forward to include lasagna, stuffed artichokes, veal parmesan, meatballs, stuffed rolled meat, eggplant parmesan and more. Mary Catherine also plans to offer what she says is one of the best burgers around as well as many of the dips and spreads that are currently found at Olivia’s Food Emporium.

The upper floor of Olivia’s Corner Market will be transformed into an event space with a ballroom, and there are plans for events to be held both inside and outside of the restaurant in the near future. A brown-bag option is also in the works.

Hours for Olivia’s Corner Market are: Thursday/Friday (lunch), Saturday (breakfast/lunch), Sunday (lunch).

The Taylor Farmer’s Market will be held 8:00 a.m. until noon on Saturday with more than two dozen vendors selling produce and plants, a performance by Chauncey and The Beast, and Kidfest hosted by Plein Air Montessori.

Bring On The Food Emporium!

13 Apr

There’s a proliferation of food venues popping up all over town lately. It could have something to do with spring renewal, warm weather or the coming football season. Or, maybe we’re all just really hungry! Whatever it is, I’m loving it!

We can add Olivia’s Food Emporium to the list, which will open April 21st and is located in the little blue and white house across the street from Abner’s on South Lamar (415 S. Lamar Blvd.) that used to house a law firm. You have to admit, the thought of an “emporium” of food gets you a little excited, right?

The original Olivia’s Food Emporium, started by Olivia and J.W. King, is based in Madison, Mississippi. When the Kings saw a need in Oxford for their take-home family- and individual-sized ready-to-eat meals and catering services, Olivia decided to open a second store here, asking her mother, Mary Catherine Guest, to run the operation. “In addition to a variety of homemade dishes such as lasagna, eggplant Parmesan, and spaghetti and meatballs, we’ll have Delta-style hot tamales, a full range of specialty foods, assorted gourmet desserts and grab-and-go cheese plates packaged on their own cutting boards,” says Olivia. “We also have plans to use three-wheeled bikes to deliver game-day orders to The Grove and around The Square.”

In addition, if you’ve walked past the store during construction in the past couple of weeks, you’ve probably noticed cement being poured out front. This is not for a parking lot; the area is designated for sitting back and enjoying specialty sodas, snow cones, gelatos and sorbets that can be purchased from a walk-up side window. A perfect summertime treat.

Hours will be Monday through Saturday 10-6; be sure to stop in for a free sample! For more information visit Olivia’s website.

UPDATE 5/4/10: Starting next week, Olivia’s will remain open late Thursday-Saturday nights, when they’ll serve three-tamale plates with garlic cheese grits and corn salsa. For those dining in, imported beer and Mexican soft drinks will also be available.

Photo: Olivia's Food Emporium

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