We wanted to share our top epicurean gift picks for the holiday season. Perfect for friends or family who like to cook or those who just love good food. We are highlighting locally owned stores and hope this helps you find everything you need to wrap up your list. (Cathy & Gina)
SFC Farmer's Market - This is a great place to start your holiday shopping since you can give these items as gifts or bring them home to share with friends and family who come to visit. These vendors are found at the Republic Square SFC Market on Saturdays as well as some others. Most of these items are available online as well. Dai Due has wonderful Fireman's 4 Mustard and Butcher's Links which would make a marvelous savory snack at a holiday party. If you have been reading recent posts, you already know how much we love Confituras Jams and other goodies. One jar or a gift set will be greatly appreciated. Kala's Kuisine has some of the most marvelous hot sauces and salsas (many are award winning). A great gift for those who like to add spice to their meals. Pâté Letelier has wonderful locally made pâté. We tried the Classic Chicken Liver Pâté made with Dewberry Farms chicken livers, Goodflow Honey and Hill Country lavender. Even the novice pâté eater was impressed. Finally, Springfield Farms has skin salves in lovely scents like Pomegranate Sweet Orange and Rosemary Mint to soothe those dry, kitchen hands.
Spartan - We cannot say enough about the uber cool, minimalist and finely designed products available at this well edited store. Bottle openers, trivets, ceramic bowls and trays, honey jars, knives, cutting boards, Way too many items to discuss here. You must go and see for yourself. A few favorites are listed in pictures above.
JM Dry Goods - They have some great divided trays, large wooden serving spoons and molinillos, used in frothing Mexican hot chocolate.
Bookpeople - Found this cute tote on the main level of the best independent bookstore in the land. March will be here soon enough (along with the ban on plastic bags), so now is a good time to stock up on reusable totes. The most obvious gifts to purchase at Bookpeople--cookbooks. We recommend Afield by Jesse Griffiths and Smitten Kitchen by Deb Perelman.
austinNuts - We can not get enough of their Chili Lime Cashews (available at Central Market bulk section). Their website and Anderson Lane store have tons of gift baskets and general gift options.
Teo's - Give the gift of caffeine. Teo's will print custom labels to place on 1lb. bags of espresso beans or coffee beans. Find the details for this here. And there is always their award winning gelato.
Foodie Kids - This children's kitchen gift store, locally owned by Barbara Beery, is located on Far West Blvd. Choose from bento boxes, sandwich cutters and cooking accessories or gift cards for attending a cooking class.
Berry Austin - Locally owned and operated by Kathy Steele, Berry Austin has two locations--one downtown on 2nd Street and one on Balcones Drive. Gift cards are available and make great stocking stuffers. With ten yogurt flavors and over 50 toppings, there is something for everyone here.
The love of food and how it can bring people together led to the creation of this blog. As a mother of two grown boys, who have left the nest and occasionally return, I noticed a common occurrence-- there is usually someone at home who is hungry.
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