Believe it or not, there are people who actually cook. Heck, YOU might even be one of those people (so when’s dinner?). If not, let’s take a second to gawk at the people who actually cook… Ok, now that we got that out of the way we can focus on gifts for those burgeoning chefs (and those established chefs).
ITK's 2018 Holiday Gift Guide:
For The Foodie
Chefn’ 4-1 Avocado Tool
Let’s be honest, avocados are in. People love these hearty fruits. Whether on toast or as a tasty bowl of guacamole, we can’t get enough avocado. The AvoquadoTM, available at The Cook’s Station in Greenville, is your go-to tool for Avocado. The Cook’s Station is also the perfect spot to find all of your food-related gifts.
This entry is not for those gluten-free individuals on your list. Located in the Village of West Greenville, Naked Pasta sells some of the most sumptuous handmade pasta you can get your hands on. From their lasagna that deliver layers of flavor to their heavenly ravioli, this pasta will make your culinary-inclined loved ones squeal with delight.
Unique Cutting Board
Combining form and function, these cutting/cheese boards combine the best of both worlds (Hannah Montana knew what she was talking about). Made by Farquhar and Sons Woodworking, these boards can be customized to the shape of a state or with the insignia of your alma mater. They can also be customized with varying panels of woods for differing colors and effects.
Split Creek Farm Gift Baskets
Have a lover of gift baskets on your list? (hint: if you are a family member of mine, you do!) Split Creek Farm in Anderson, SC have your answer. With 3 sizes to choose from and fully customizable, you can create the perfect gift basket to please that special person. Choose from marinated feta cheese, fromage, cheese balls, and 4 varieties of goat’s milk fudge. The link above takes you directly to the gift basket page, so check it out and swing by for a visit.
A Subscription to edible Upcountry
Are you shopping for a foodie who also loves to read? Consider getting them a subscription to edible Upcountry. The magazine is packed with recipes and stories about local food and farmers. Things even get a little meta, there is a section in the magazine about food-related books. You can get your foodie friend who loves to read something to read that has recommendations on what to read while they are reading it. Was that too hard to follow?
A Basket From Swamp Rabbit Cafe
The quickest way to a man’s heart (or anyone’s really) is through their stomach. That being said, food is a phenomenal gift, because people have to eat. Swamp Rabbit Cafe offers a wide selection of gift baskets filled with local foods that are sure to delight. Cheese? Yes, please. Sauce? That’s boss. (I’ll stop rhyming now). If food isn’t their forte, Swamp Rabbit Cafe also offers gift baskets filled with local spirits, and not the haunting kind.
Olive and Then Some
Every good recipe starts with the finest of ingredients (put down the microwaveable dinner). Let Olive and Then Some help you from the very start. With so many choices, you may find yourself crossing some things off of YOUR wish list. Olive and Then Some carries traditional olive oil as well as dark Balsamic and white vinegars, but they don’t stop there. Dare to be different and choose from the 12+ flavored oils (blood orange to chipotle) and from the 16+ dark or 12+ white flavored vinegars (dark cherry to espresso). With three locations in the upstate, you are certain to find the perfect gift for that trendy Foodie in your life.
Blue Moon Specialty Foods
What do you get for that proud Spartanburg resident who truly loves to support local businesses? Blue Moon Specialty Foods in Spartanburg has done all of the hard work for you. Grab the “Handcrafted in Hub City” gift box. Local goodies from Dottie’s Toffee, Little River Roasting, Those Pickle Ladies and, of course, Blue Moon all in one easy to wrap box. We’ve taken the ease up a notch, click the link above to view and order, then sit back and relax, knowing that you found the perfect gift while keeping your money in the right place.
Carolina Olive Oil
Have you discovered the power of oil and vinegar? If you haven’t, then let the folks at Carolina Olive Oil open your eyes. Carrying a wide array of Olive Oil and specialty vinegars, your culinary companion can add flavor to any dish. With flavors like white lemon, espresso infusion, and chocolate jalapeno you’ll have fun finding all new flavor combinations.
Typically a gift card is a big no-no in our opinion, but we are willing to make exceptions. Groceries can be expensive and sometimes giving a practical gift is more appropriate. Not only that, but Lowes Foods offers a wide array of local products that are going to help you love life locally. Lowes has two convenient Upstate locations, one on Woodruff Road and one near Riverside High School. Plus, if you haven’t heard, you can totally drink while you shop. Mimosas and groceries? Yes, please!
Know someone who wants to learn HOW to cook? Then check out all of the classes available at Plate 108 in Greer. From chocolate to pasta (mmmm, chocolate and pasta), to seafood and everything in between. You’ll find their class schedule online. Now, get a class for someone you love and have them cook dinner for you!
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