Welcome to the holidays. Yes, I know that Thanksgiving is next week, and I had sort of promised myself that I would not say Christmas until November 26th, but then I got to thinking. Shouldn’t I launch my annual 12 Days of Local Christmas in time for readers to actually seek out some of these ideas? Last year, I did it right before Christmas, and I think that might have been too late for many of you (I know it left me scrambling) so this year I thought I would launch the series well in advance of Black Friday (and our other favorite holiday, Cyber Monday) so we could all take advantage of these tasty treats with time to spare.
As I did last year, I will attempt to highlight local food items that are perfect for gift giving. I have tasted these all myself, and met many of the creators in person, so it feels almost like connecting friends with friends.
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The first one up is Foodzie, which in my mind is Etsy for small-batch, artisan food creators. Through Foodzie, you can discover and buy food directly from small passionate food producers and growers (I took that right off their site!). I met Foodzie again this year at Foodbuzz (annual conference for those who love food) in San Francisco, and was reminded about their greatness. Looking for toffee like grandma used to make, or better yet, with New Mexico Chili & Pumpkin Seeds? How about an old-fashioned ketchup, made right on the Peninsula. Or how about micro-brewed Bhakti Chai for the hard-to-shop for relatives in Boulder, Colorado? Look no further than the vast network of Foodzie.
For the holidays, Foodzie offers a couple different gift options, that IMHO would be outstanding for several folks on my list:
- The ever popular Foodzie gift card, which allows the recipient to chose their own
- Regional-gift baskets – did you see the Los Angeles Local Artisan Sweets Tin?
- The New Foodzie Tasting Box, which brings a new box of tasty treats to the recipient each month
No matter what you decide, I am pretty sure you can find something outstanding for everyone on your list at Foodzie. Wouldn’t it be cool to show up to Christmas dinner with a whole host of local food treasures? I think so.
Foodzie logo courtesy of Foodzie.