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Nov 8, 2009 07:05 PM


We live in Seattle and are heading to the Napa Valley to meet with a customer who is a foodie/wine expert. Really great people, not pretentious or anything, but they "have everything" and are hosting us for a weekend with the itinerary already planned for every meal, every waking hour. I would like to bring them a gift from Seattle (they have been here many times). I want the gift to have a local flavor, but I obviously don't want it to be obvious or gimmicky. Does anyone have any ideas for me? Ideally it would be something that is unique, local, and understated but classy. THANK YOU!!!

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  1. Is a couple of whole salamis and some Guanciale from Salumi too obvious?

    309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

    1. Locally made/noted for food to consider in addition to Salumi: salmon (the good markets will ship). Theo's chocolate--they make their own chocolate from the beans, which the other seattle chocolatiers do not (per their tour); the local apples are good now, in heirloom varieties; local cheeses would be nice to compare to local Sonoma cheese. Wine of course, but that may be more intimidating.

      309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

      1. I think Estrella Creamery sells cheese out of Pike Place Market, and she's been recognized internationally. I was thinking Theo's too. My local coop carries it.

        1. This is not a "food" gift….but the company is from Seattle and local.

          These are fabulous gifts and come in every color of the rainbow. Super classy for the dinner table and you will find them on the tables of a number of well known restaurants in the area.

          1. You could take local jams/jellies like huckleberry, etc. There are some good ones to be found at farmer's markets or Pike Market. Or smoked or candied salmon?