10 Grand Gift Baskets for the Foodie In Your Life
These guaranteed-to-please ideas are all that and a bag of chips! (Chips optional.)
Does your special someone spend more time in the kitchen than the living room? Can they pair every dish with the perfect wine? Do they (rightly) add bacon to everything?
Odds are good, then, that you love a foodie. This year, if you’re feeling like their wish list might be a little above your ken, consider picking up a gift basket of local goodies tailor-made (“butcher-cut”?) for your finicky dearest.
For the Carnivore
Let’s get the bacon-lovers out of the way first. And what better way to do that than with Jacüterie, the handcrafted charcuterie from right here in the Hudson Valley? Based out of Ancramdale, you can find Jacüterie at some of out favorite winter farmers’ markets like Pleasantville Farmers’ Market and Cold Spring Farmers’ Market. Their bacon is cured with flavors like maple syrup and wildflower honey, and both their dry cured and regular sausages are out of this world. Just in time for the holidays, Jecüterie has officially opened their online store to ship their salami right to your door! Try a 2-pack for $30 or a sampler of all five varieties for only $50.
If for some reason you want to add some non-meat to your gift bag this year, you can’t go wrong tapping Beacon Pantry for some ideas. Not only does their market offer a fabulous charcuterie selection (including cheeses and non-meat snackables), but their friendly staff will work with you to craft the perfect pairing. They’ll even hand deliver your gift for free within Beacon proper, or for an extra $10 within a ten-mile radius. Unless you live in Beacon, get your orders in by December 19 to guarantee holiday delivery.
For the One Who Adds Spice to Your Life
For the home chef, nothing beats trying out a new recipe. Give the gift that keeps on giving in a grab bag of spices and seasonings from Twisted Branch in Valhalla. With more than sixty hand-blended spices, sea salts, and cane sugars – plus a bevy of extra-virgin and infused olive oils and vinegar on tap — you can craft a Grade-A gift basket that will please both your partner and your palates.
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Alternately, you can head to Little Spice Bazaar in Mount Kisco. They’ve got everything to start your own pantry, and are one of the best places around to get your Mediterranean flavor fix. And yes, Virginia, they do sell gift cards.
For the Party Animal
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There’s one at every family holiday and you know exactly whom I mean: the boisterous party animal who just lives for social engagement. If this was the person you drew in secret Santa, fret not, you can get them a glorious bounty of highly pop-able snacks and finger foods with a traditional Stew Leondard’s gift basket. The “Holiday Party Basket” includes smoked Gouda and Vermont cheddar cheeses, crackers, salami, nuts, cookies, chocolate, nuts, and of course enough coffee to keep talking into the wee early hours.
For the health-conscious loved ones of said party animal, you can even get veggie- and vegan-friendly fruit baskets with and without cheese!
For the Local Liquor Lover
One of my family’s favorite holiday traditions is getting all the kids together along with one “cool” aunt to go drinking after all the old folks fall asleep. But the rest of your clan can’t stay mad if you show up the next morning, with a ribbon-wrapped bottle from Still the One Distillery. Handcrafted and locally-made from start to finish, these spirits are available in money local liquor shops (and restaurants, if you’re looking to try some for yourself first). They’re a Best of Westchester winner and one of our local favorites, and we’re betting they’ll be one of yours too as long as you throw a couple lowball glasses in this basket.
Speaking of local favorites, just a ways North in Beacon sits the Dennings Point Distillery. Not only are they making some of the most award-winning spirits around here (Best of Hudson Valley winners three years running, San Fransisco World Spirit Competition, etc.), but they are also some of the best bourbons and brandies period. Rightfully, they are available at a plethora of local wine and spirit shops.
For the Loco-Oenophile
Don’t think we forgot about the wine lovers on your list. For those of us looking to go red-and-white for the holidays, consider a lovely gift set from Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, just a ways North. The Hudson Valley’s unique terroir leads to some delicious Pinot Noirs, Chradonnays, Reislings, Cabernets, and even an Italian-style Tocai Friulano!
If you really want to stick close to home, however, head to South Salem Winery for small batches of wines made right here in Westchester County. You can pick up a few bottles any day of the week at Gossett Brothers Nursery, or visit the winery itself to take in the full breadth of a “micro winery.” With no batch or vintage exceeding around 300 bottles, every sip is guaranteed to be a unique gift.