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© 2011 Taste the World | 193 West 1st Street, Oswego NY 13126 | 315-216-4625 |
About Us
Anne Backer, Owner

My friend Kathy and I used to dream of opening a small, homey café that served great desserts and coffee--the kind of place where the walls Anne Backer portraitare lined with books and a piano is tucked away in the corner. However, as the years passed we had families instead of careers and our dream started to fade. While attending the Fancy Food Show in NYC in June 2010, this vision took a turn. Aisle after aisle of imported cheese, olives, spreads, jams, nuts, and coffees kept me in awe. At one point my friend Amy turned to me and said, "Can't you imagine a specialty food store in Oswego?" At that moment I realized that my vision of a café could easily be converted to a specialty food store. That was all it took!

I began to search for a place to locate the store and settled upon a storefront location in the popular Canal Commons shopping center. The Canal Commons store location is ideal for shoppers because Taste the World provides a perfect complement to the existing businesses. Shoppers in need of party supplies can visit Andrew's Wine Cellar, located at the front of the building, and then head to the back of the shopping center where Taste the World holds a selection of fine cheeses, dips, cocktail mixers, pastas, spices, and in-house fresh roasted coffee that is sure to delight any palette. Finally, shoppers can stop at Man in the Moon Candies on the way out to pick up a sweet treat.

Taste the World has items that are not on the shelves in the average small town grocery store. We offer many options for the cook who wants to add some pizazz to their meals. Shoppers can purchase items like fine oils and vinegars from Greece, French artisan cheese, and good old American Tex Mex BBQ sauces and spice rubs. My sister Carol and I also began sampling coffees and were able to develop blends that we named after our local area. The addition of a coffee roaster in the store assures that patrons can purchase truly fresh roasted coffee.


Mon. - Wed.: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thurs. - Fri.: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 7 pm
Sunday: Noon - 5 pm

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