We’re proud to have local legend Mary Ann Nelson leading the Happy Olive Kitchen, putting our oils, balsamics, spice rubs and mustard to work!

Mary Ann is the namesake of Fairhope’s iconic Mary Ann’s Deli, which she and husband John opened in 1983.  In those days, the tiny cottage deli/café on De La Mare was one of a handful of restaurants anywhere in Fairhope – and grew a devoted following.  Mary Ann’s culinary DNA is steeped in the traditions of her Sicilian grandmother and family roots from Long Island, NY.  Mary Ann’s introduced Fairhope to European favorites like Nutella, imported olive oils and pastas.  Signature dishes like the Nelson’s chicken salad, the “Shirley” and the “Fairhope” sandwiches remain favorites on the menu they sold along with the restaurant in 2005.

Back in the kitchen again at the Happy Olive, Mary Ann hosts cooking demonstrations every other Saturday.  Come join us for nibbles, priceless tips and recipes – and now Mary Ann’s own “Bop Bop” cookies!

Mary Ann Nelson - The Happy Olive
Mary Ann Nelson - The Happy Olive Kitchen

Captain Rodney’s Cheese Bake

Posted August 20th, 2018

Captain Rodney’s Coffee Barbecue Pork Tenderloin

Posted August 20th, 2018

Blood Orange Cookies

Posted August 20th, 2018

Blood Orange & Cranberry Pear Fruit Pizza

Posted August 20th, 2018

Romaine & Orange Salad

Posted August 20th, 2018

Olive Oil Rice Krispie Treats

Posted August 20th, 2018

The Best Grilled Chicken

Posted August 20th, 2018

Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Posted August 20th, 2018

Baked Brie with Caramelized Onions

Posted August 20th, 2018

Avocado Cream

Posted August 20th, 2018

Asparagus Wrapped in Phyllo with “The Truffleist Honey”

Posted August 20th, 2018

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Bacon

Posted August 20th, 2018

Abby’s Cookie Recipe

Posted June 15th, 2018

Blood Orange Linguini

Posted June 15th, 2018

The Best Grilled Chicken

Posted June 15th, 2018

A Happy Olive Chopped Salad

Posted June 15th, 2018

Blenheim Apricot & Olive Oil Cake

Posted May 15th, 2018
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