Gifts For The Gastronome
For our 2016 gift guide, we curated some of the favorites from our contributors and staff. All the items are from Northern California, and we encourage our readers to support their local businesses with these purchases. We've detailed where to find them near you below!
For the fanciful eater gourmet friends and family, here are some treats that are sure to delight.
This spice-salt mix with fennel is all you need in a rub or finishing salt. One-stop shop. Available at Belcampo, Whole Foods Markets and Omnivore.us.
PALO ALTO FIRE FIGHTERS PEPPER SAUCE
Your friends will get a kick out of this spicy sauce made from peppers grown in back of the Palo Alto firehouse. Pick up the award-winning original or the new ghost pepper sauce. Proceeds go to the Palo Alto Firefighters Fund. Available at Whole Foods Markets, Andronico's and Piazza's Fine Foods.
A TRIO OF FRIEND IN CHEESES JAMS
These jams from Santa Cruz artisans, Friend in Cheeses, make for easy and delicious ingredients or a complement to cheeses, hors d'oeuvres, drinks and main dishes. FriendinCheeses.com.
KENDAL SAGER'S CINNAMON VANILLA INFUSED HONEY
Los Altos beekeeper Kendal Sager offers up her ultra-local Cinnamon Vanilla Infused Honey. Available in mini and medium sizes, they are perfect in a gift basket for that baking whiz in your life. Kendalsbees.com
RODIN FARMS ALMOND BUTTER
A family operated farm that grows nuts and fruits, their almond butters break the mold for varieties and fresh flavor. Try the chunky salted almond butter with just two ingredients-almonds and sea salt. Honey, toffee and maple go beyond the usual health food flavor and feel like straight up indulgence. Available at Bay Area Farmers Markets.
HEY BOO COCONUT JAM
This silky smooth coconut jam conjures up images of a tropical island vacation. A spoonful after a long day does the trick. HeyBooJams.com.
ENDORFIN CACAO CHOCOLATE BARS
Made with absinthe and pink salt. these euphoric chocolates are free of dairy, soy and refined sugar. A crowd favorite is the dark coconut with pink salt and pink peppercom. EndorfinFoods.com.
Picked fresh from heritage orchards at Filoli and made into jam by Hurley Farms in Napa Valley. Peach Jam and Pink Pearl Apple Butter are a sweet addition to any foodie's wish list. Spread the love. Available at Filoli in Woodside.