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Mar 14, 2010 09:49 PM

Kickass sympathy food baskets?

My good friend's mother died today a year after being diagnosed with brain cancer. Rather than send flowers, about 20 of our friends were thinking of chipping in for a really fantastic food basket. I figure we could easily spend between $100-200.

Does anyone have any suggestions about where I might look?

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  1. Ben and Jerry's doesn't ship anymore, but found this site that has a pretty spiffy option: 19 pints of ice cream, one of each of every flavor they make. Nothing wrong with a little whimsy in a sympathy gift.

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    1. re: GJWhite

      i like this idea in theory, but make sure your friend has enough freezer space to store all that ice cream! if someone sent it to me i'd have to give most of it away because i don't have room for it.

      your choice sort of depends on what type of food you want to send or what your friend really loves, and where he or she lives. there are soooo many possibilities:
      - chocolate
      - goodies from their hometown if they now live far away (e.g. a basket of delicacies from Zabar's for a NY expat)
      - snack foods
      - assorted custom rice krispy treats
      - cookies, brownies or blondies
      - cupcakes
      - gourmet condiments
      - coffee & tea
      - wine
      - steak
      - smoked meats

      i wasn't kidding, there are a zillion options :)

      any preferences?

    2. I am so sorry for your friends loss. My mom passed away from the same.

      Here is a very good site that I have used before.

      1. Agree with GHG about tailoring it toward the recipients' favorites, but one good source is (Dorothy Lane Market here in Dayton makes wonderful European style breads; all of their baked goods are extraordinary, and they carry a wide variety of meats, cheeses, etc.). I always send friends and family food from DL, and they are always thrilled to receive it. Another good source for mail order is Zingermann's in Ann Arbor MI.

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        1. re: Niki in Dayton

          Second Zingerman's. The have a lot of options that are non-perishable, and delicious.