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Windy Dec 6, 2011 04:24 PM

Ruth and I were talking the other night about ways to support local merchants by buying holiday gifts--certificates, foods, classes--from them.

What are your favorite local food gifts, to give or receive?

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    rubadubgdub Dec 7, 2011 10:52 AM

    in my emailbox today a list from samin nosrat of her faves:
    http://www.ciaosamin.com/2011/11/loca...
    love the pasta csa idea

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    1. re: rubadubgdub
      Windy Dec 7, 2011 11:06 AM

      Not your run of the mill pastas. It's the first I've heard of the seafood CSA too. Has anyone tried it? http://csa.farmigo.com/join/sirenseas...

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      salmon Dec 7, 2011 10:40 AM

      I like Cowgirl Creamery's special cheese collections for the holidays. They also have cheese clubs. http://www.cowgirlcreamery.com/holida...

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        betterbeheaven Dec 6, 2011 10:17 PM

        Somewhat on topic, this Friday is La Cocina's Gift Bazaar in the Mission:
        http://www.giftbazaarsf.com/home.html

        1. wolfe Dec 6, 2011 07:47 PM

          Sour Flour Bread or Bagel workshop. Have your friends make their so they can stop complaining about the lack of quality of both in the Bay Area.
          http://www.sourflour.org/workshops/

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          1. re: wolfe
            Windy Dec 6, 2011 08:00 PM

            Have you tried the bagels? (And would you bake me a few? :)

            They're selling Sour Flour sourdough loaves now at La Victoria, but I think you still have to make your own bagels.

            1. re: Windy
              wolfe Dec 7, 2011 08:46 AM

              Letter to Sour Flour.
              Well it worked. Finished shaping when I got home. Left overnight. Up at 6 and started water with couple TBS soda bicarb. Dropped what I felt were leaden rings and boiled for about 4 minutes. Dried on rack. Set large convection oven to 475 and placed bagels on parchment on sheet pan and finished in about 15-17 minutes. Served warm with Sierra Nevada Cream Cheese. Success
              Thank you Danny and Jessica.
              Check out Bagel Monday.
              http://www.sourflour.org/2011/11/bage...
              Sic transit gloria bagel mundi

              1. re: wolfe
                Windy Dec 7, 2011 10:17 AM

                Makes me appreciate why there are so few good bagels.

          2. r
            rubadubgdub Dec 6, 2011 07:36 PM

            blue bottle, recchiutti, 4505 chicharrones, framani salametto, boccalone salumi society, cafe rouge dry aged steaks, ici certificates, meatpaper or imbibe subscriptions, la bedaine boil in a bag meals, frog hollow fruitcake, tierra vegetables chile kits and any of their giant vegetables, homemade crab boil using sfgate frogmore stew recipe and spices from rainbow+chinese spiders (tool), prather ranch "praise the lard" tshirts, ferry bldg farmer's market: barhi dates, olsen organic oranges, apple farm quince chutney, etrog citrons, buddha's hands

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            1. re: rubadubgdub
              Windy Dec 6, 2011 09:39 PM

              Great list. We should do a Chowhound secret Santa.

            2. scarmoza Dec 6, 2011 07:08 PM

              Coffees from Ritual, ECCO, Sightglass, and Barefoot
              Hooker's Salted Caramels

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                jsaimd Dec 6, 2011 04:55 PM

                I would adore:
                CSA shares or partial shares - I have really enjoyed Mariquita's CSA after being a two small farms subscriber for 8 years.
                In my dream someone will give me a gift card to Benu or Commis

                Food gifts:
                Frog Hollow meyer lemon marmalade. I prefer their version to all others (their other jams are good, but not stand out IMO).
                Frog Hollow warren pears. I love these things - but they are a bit late in the season, so maybe better Thanksgiving gift : )
                Poco Dolce tiles - variety packs because I can't chooses just one
                Rechuitti burnt hazelnuts if they have them - don't have them often I believe.
                I like cc Made caramel corn - the spicey version
                gift card to somewhere like Bi-rite that carries a lot of yummy things
                Gift card to Mr. Mrs. Miscellaneous or anything from there
                Rancho gordo beans, unique cornmeal from La Tierra (sp?)
                La Palma nopales tortillas

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                1. re: jsaimd
                  Windy Dec 6, 2011 05:07 PM

                  I hope Santa gets you dinner at Benu or Commis.

                  What's unique about the cornmeal from La Tierra?

                  Mariquita is offering 4 weeks for $99 as a gift intro to the CSA. But I'd like to see coupons for mystery boxes ($25) as an intro to organic veggies. I'll definitely keep my eye out for hazelnuts at Rechiutti; just finishing hazelnut butter I brought back from Portland.

                  1. re: Windy
                    j
                    jsaimd Dec 6, 2011 07:34 PM

                    It is Tierra vegetables that does heirloom corn - pink hopi blue hopi a green corn, and they also have dried chilis and other beans. I got some atole there as well.

                    Santa already got me a rowing machine, so not much hope for Benu, but at least I'll be able to work off that meal : ).

                    1. re: jsaimd
                      Windy Dec 6, 2011 09:32 PM

                      Wow, these corns look fantastic. http://www.tierravegetables.com/CornM...

                      Putting them on my wish list.

                  2. re: jsaimd
                    Caitlin McGrath Dec 6, 2011 07:47 PM

                    I actually do find Frog Hollow's apricot conserve outstanding, and had very good reactions when I've given it as a gift, ditto for the Meyer lemon marmalade.

                    Marshall Farms honey - especially the nifty varietals or neighborhood honeys, depending on recipient.

                  3. Windy Dec 6, 2011 04:26 PM

                    A few of mine:

                    Swanton Berry Farm's jam (sold at Rainbow or from the farm)
                    red walnuts and pistachios from the farmer's market
                    La Cocina baskets from them directly or shipped from Foodzie.com
                    classes: best so far was a butchering classes from 4505 meats, but I also enjoyed a DIY infusions workshop at workshopsf.org
                    gift card from Delfina, good at the restaurant, pizzeria, and Locanda
                    gift card for Mitchell's ice cream
                    Evolution Catering gift certificate (home food delivery)

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                    Swanton Berry Farm
                    25 Swanton Rd, Davenport, CA 95017

                    4505 Meats
                    1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111, CA

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