Gifts For The Top Chef
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 chef always in need of the freshest ingredients. Give them a garden in the their kitchen!
THE FOREST FEAST: GATHERINGS
Packed with vegetarian recipes and tips geared for entertaining, this book is a feast for the eyes and for your guests.
This food dehydrator makes healthy and natural snacks- with longer life spans- that can be enjoyed right away or used in soups and more. ExcaliburDehydrator.com.
POTTED CITRUS TREE
Four Winds Growers in Fremont and Watsonville offer over 50 varieties of premiere dwarf citrus trees that are perfect for indoor and outdoor growing and enjoying. These trees produce fragrant flowers, followed by full-sized citrus fruit. Available at most nursery and garden centers and FourWindsGrowers.com
LA VIE RUSTIC - POTAGER SEED SET
La Vie Rustic makes urban gardening easy with seed packets, garden maps and harvesting instructions for year-round produce and herbs. The set includes 12 vegetable seed packets plus one flower seed packet and three fold out maps (one each for spring, summer and fall). LaVie Rustic.com
HAPPY GIRL KITCHEN CO. TOMATOES
For never-ending access to summer sweetness, these lucious jars of tomatoes- from a family run business out of Pacific Grove-are a star ingredient in fresh tomato pasta sauces, winter soups and roasted chicken dishes. Available at Country Sun Natural Foods in Palo Alto or GoodEggs.com.
OLIVIER STACKING EVOO AND BARREL-AGED BALSAMIC SET
Salad lover on your list? Check that box with this set of stacking EVOO Arbequina Varietal Olive Oil and Barrel-Aged Balsamic Vinegar Set from Olivier in Napa. Also available at Williams-Sonoma.
URBAN AGRICULTURE CO. VEGETABLE AND HERB ORGANIC GROW KITS
Windowsill to table. Why not? Urban Agriculture Co. has come up with an easy, garden-anywhere solution for those of us with limited space-think balconies, windowsills. Countertops, stairs. The Vegetable and Herb Organic Grow Kits come with everything you need- a hip, burlap-styled container made from recycled tea bags, real organic soil and seeds. Just add water. 12 different vegetable and herb kits available at Davino's Florist in Los Altos.