This vacation season, it is extra important than ever to take the store native ethos critically. Native eating places and companies are wanting down the barrel of a troublesome month — after eight already extremely powerful months — with the state’s new stay-at-home order quickly banning outside eating and requiring residents to remain at house as a lot as attainable.
Listed here are 18 concepts for domestically made food-and-drink presents, from handmade pasta and Filipino sweets to digital cooking courses and a cocktail ebook authored by a neighborhood beverage director, proceeds of which might be donated to bar employees impacted by the shutdown.
All of those presents kill two birds with one stone: deal with somebody you care about whereas supporting a neighborhood enterprise.
And when you’re at a loss, a present card to your favourite restaurant, or a donation to the 86Fund for struggling Bay Space eateries — or a subscription to your native newspaper! — will all the time make for a superb present with significant affect.
The Midwife and the Baker panettone
Mountain View’s The Midwife and the Baker is making its personal, naturally leavened model of panettone, the Italian vacation staple. It is flavored with orange zest, candied orange and lemon peel, candied lemon peel and raisins. Preorder on-line by Dec. 19 for pickup on Dec. 22-24, or search for panettone and different vacation specials on the bakery’s native farmers markets stands all through December. (Panettone bonus: This one is not on the Peninsula, however you will get it delivered right here and it is simply too good to not share: a gelato-filled panettone from Gio Gelati in San Francisco.)
El Merkat paella equipment
Ship a liked one to Spain (sorta) through a paella equipment from Telefèric Barcelona’s next-door market, El Merkat, in Palo Alto. The kits include a paella pan, further virgin olive oil, Santo Tomas bomba rice, selfmade sofrito and paella seasoning. There are two sizes accessible, one for 2 folks and one other for 4. When you’re at it, deal with your self with some imported jamón ibérico, tinned fishes and anchovy-stuffed olives for a vacation tapas platter. Order on-line or go to El Market at 855 El Camino Actual #130, Palo Alto. Open Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. telefericbarcelona.sq..website
Give the present of small-batch roasted espresso beans, jarred chilly brew or double espresso pictures from Fenn Espresso, based by native triathlete and occasional obsessive Max Fennell. He sources beans from truthful commerce, and when attainable, natural and women-owned, farms around the globe. Order on-line or search for Fenn Espresso at native grocery shops together with The Willows Market in Menlo Park, Bianchini’s Market in Portola Valley, Delucchi’s Market in Redwood Metropolis, The Market at Edgewood in Palo Alto and Burlingame Market in Burlingame.
The Prolific Oven cake kits
Palo Alto’s beloved The Prolific Oven has revived its cake kits for the vacations: all of the elements to make the bakery’s widespread chocolate cake, poppyseed cake and rum cream cheese frosting can be found for native pickup and supply.
BackAYard Caribbean Grill jerk sauces
BackAYard sells bottles of its jerk sauces, which are available unique, sizzling mango, “hell hearth” and candy BBQ flavors. The sauces can be found for buy at BackAYard eating places in Menlo Park, San Jose and Campbell; name your most popular location on to buy.
Vina Mercato recent pasta and sauces
Vina Enoteca’s new Italian market, Vina Mercato, is stocked with edible present potentialities, from imported olive oil to wine, however the recent, handmade pastas and sauces — tortellini stuffed with prosciutto, parmigiana, mortadella and pork loin, anybody? — could be essentially the most alluring. You may also go for pre-selected present packing containers stuffed with wine, Baiocchi cookies, Bomba calabrese unfold and different Italian goodies. Order on-line or go to the market at 700 Welch Highway #110, Palo Alto. Open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to three p.m.
Look to the Peninsula’s small, impartial wineries for bottles, wine membership memberships and digital tastings as presents. Here is a listing to get you began.
Or, help a neighborhood wine store with a present card — our favorites embrace Vin Vino Wine and Salvaje in Palo Alto, Winery Gate in Millbrae and Desk Wine Service provider in Pacifica.
There are quite a few choices for domestically made honey, together with NFO Bee Co. and Allied Arts Apiaries in Menlo Park, State Avenue Honey in Redwood Metropolis, Dave’s Yard Bees in Palo Alto and Los Altos Hills and Bay Space Bees in San Mateo.
Donato Enoteca cooking class
For those who give a good friend or member of the family one among Redwood Metropolis Italian favourite Donato Enoteca’s digital cooking courses, take into account getting one for your self so you may cook dinner collectively, however aside. Discover ways to make agnolotti del plin, pasta carbonara, cacio e pepe and zuppa di pesce in upcoming courses (which additionally occur to be on sale proper now). Place order for choose up by the day earlier than the category or for delivery by at the very least three days earlier than.
Native Girl Larder
Peruse As Kneaded Bakery’s on-line Native Girl Larder for present concepts from native, women-owned meals companies, like truffles and milk tea brittle from NeoCocoa in Belmont, slow-roasted honey-sesame cashews from Nuts+Nuts in San Mateo and raspberry meringues from Délice Glacé in Redwood Metropolis. As Kneaded is run by Palo Alto native Iliana Berkowitz; her bread is obtainable at grocery shops all through the Peninsula and would additionally make for a terrific edible present.
‘Cocktails for Dwelling: Sheltered in Place’
Eusebio Pozos-Reyes, beverage director at San Agus Cocina Urbana & Cocktails in Palo Alto, authored this ebook to information the house mixologist with concepts and recipes. A portion of the proceeds might be donated again to native trade bar employees impacted by the COVID-19 closures. “Cocktails for Dwelling” is obtainable at native bookstores, together with Books Inc and Kepler’s Books.
Iacopi Farms heirloom beans
The native reply to cult-bean-favorite Rancho Gordo: Iacopi Farms. The Half Moon Bay farm makes a few of the highest high quality heirloom legumes, from Italian butter beans to Prim Manteca, a spread from Chile. Order on-line or choose up a pair luggage of dried beans from Iacopi’s stands at native farmers markets (together with Mountain View and Burlingame on Sundays and Faculty of San Mateo on Saturdays).
Taverna vacation bag
Palo Alto’s Taverna has put collectively vacation luggage filled with Greek items, from Vlahotiri farmer’s sheep milk cheese and wild oregano to the restaurant’s housemade olive oil. You may also buy particular person gadgets from Taverna’s on-line to-go market.
Noodle in a Haystack mala sauce
In the course of the shutdown, Clint and Yoko Tan, the masterminds behind Daly Metropolis ramen pop-up Noodle in a Haystack, began promoting their splendidly spicy mala sauce, which they like to explain as a hybrid of chili oil and Chinese language XO sauce that can be utilized like a sizzling sauce or for cooking. It is a mix of a number of sorts of chile, Szechuan pepper, kelp, hemp, tamari smoked fish, garlic, scallion and sesame. The mala sauce, in addition to their “vejigrette” (a vegan and gluten-free salad dressing created from carrots, candy peppers, onions, olives, soy sauce and rice wine vinegar) can be found via Fishmonger Don’s web site. Do additionally observe Noodle in a Haystack on Instagram, the place the couple posts after they’re promoting Yoko’s pillowy Japanese milk bread and different selfmade items.
Gourmand Haus Staudt imported German items
Gourmand Haus Staudt’s Redwood Metropolis market is stuffed with gift-friendly German and European items, from spätzle mixes, bratwurst and Milka chocolate bars to rum stollen. Plus, in fact, a wonderful imported and native beer choice. The shop is at 2615 Broadway St., Redwood Metropolis. Open Monday midday to six p.m., Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to eight p.m. and Sunday midday to five p.m.
Romolo’s cannoli equipment
Romolo’s has been making stellar cannoli in San Mateo since 1968 utilizing a secret household recipe. Sigona’s is partnering with the family-owned enterprise to supply cannoli kits for the vacations. It comes with three plain and three chocolate cannoli shells, garnishes (chocolate chips, chopped pistachios and glazed cherries) and cream to fill the cannoli. The equipment has a couple of two-week shelf life. You’ll be able to ship it to somebody via Sigona’s house supply platform; order right here. Or, name the shop to select one up in particular person.
Binka Bites bibingka
I might gladly get up to a field of Binka Bites’ bibingka on my doorstep any day. The South San Francisco bakery’s coconut and rice flour cupcakes are impressed by Filipino bibingka, a baked rice cake, and are available flavors like ube flan (topped with ube cream cheese frosting and leche flan) and mango cream (stuffed with mango and topped with vanilla whipped cream frosting and graham cracker crumbs). Order on-line for pickup or supply. For pickup, orders have to be positioned at the very least three days previous to your requested date.
An area CSA field subscription
Give a good friend the present of recent produce — and help a neighborhood farm — with a neighborhood supported agriculture (CSA) field subscription. Oya Natural Farm, which is predicated in Hollister however run by a Palo Alto resident, presents packing containers with seven to 9 totally different forms of natural produce accessible for native pickup on a weekly or month-to-month foundation. Or, present your total neighborhood by teaming up for a CSA field pickup — in case you have at the very least 5 folks focused on choosing up at your own home or office, attain out to the farm.
Or, try Luna Vez Farm, whose CSA packing containers characteristic rotating, seasonal produce from the Los Altos Hills farm in addition to lesser identified farms run by folks of colour. For the vacations, Luna Vez can also be making chili wreaths and preserves baskets with domestically made jam, salsa, marinara, canned tomatoes and honey. Supply is obtainable for Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents; others can choose up packing containers on the farm on Wednesdays. Folks focused on buying the CSA packing containers or different gadgets can e mail [email protected]
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