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Dec 6, 2011 04:24 PM

local holiday food gifts

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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  1. 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
    classes: best so far was a butchering classes from 4505 meats, but I also enjoyed a DIY infusions workshop at
    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)

    Swanton Berry Farm
    25 Swanton Rd, Davenport, CA 95017

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

    1. 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

      4 Replies
      1. re: jsaimd

        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

          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

            Wow, these corns look fantastic.

            Putting them on my wish list.

        2. re: jsaimd

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

          1. 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

              Great list. We should do a Chowhound secret Santa.

            2. 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.

              3 Replies
              1. re: wolfe

                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

                  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.
                  Sic transit gloria bagel mundi

                  1. re: wolfe

                    Makes me appreciate why there are so few good bagels.