In our humble opinion, there is no better gift during the holidays than the gift of food. And with the giving season suddenly upon us, it's pretty much all we can think about.
For those of you with plenty of food-obsessed friends and family to shop for this season, here is our official Holiday Foodie Gift Guide for the gourmands in your life. We've pulled great suggestions from some of our favorite partners who support HRN throughout the year to make great food radio possible!
For the California-based Foodie
Give the meat-loving Californian in your life the gift of free-range, sustainably-raised, grass-fed Hereford or Angus beef from Hearst Ranch. Sourced from San Simeon, CA, Hearst's 150-year old ranch raises cattle that is completely free of antibiotics and added hormones. Hearst Ranch Beef can be found at any of these participating California Whole Foods Markets.
For the Italophile
For the person who loves all things Italian, a box of authentic Italian ingredients from Gustiamo, which imports its products directly from Italy, is the perfect gift. With prices starting at $40, gift box options range from ingredients for a single dish (such as pasta al pomodoro) to a deluxe collection of oils, vinegars, grains and spreads. Don't forget to use GustiCode thefoodseen for free shipping! Buon Appetito!
For the Doting Pet Parent
If you know someone who, like us, strives to feed their animals food of the same level of quality and conscientiousness as they feed themselves, gift them with goodies from Castor & Pollux. As the #1 line of organic pet food in the U.S., Castor & Pollux uses only ingredients that are responsibly grown, caught, and sourced. Our dogs especially loved the PRISTINE Grain Free Grass-Fed Chicken Sausages.
For the New York-based Foodie
Even if your New Yorker friend has already accomplished all there is to see and do in the city, there is still one fail-safe and unique gift you can give—a membership to the Museum of Food and Drink. With their ever-changing exhibits and events, your friend will never tire of their unlimited admission to the museum, as well as discounts to neighborhood restaurants and more.
For the Cheese-Lover
Any cheese devotee will rejoice at a selection of real, Wisconsin cheese. Get creative with the over 600 varieties of Wisconsin cheeses to choose from and create a tailored assortment of nutty, creamy, and pungent for the curd enthusiast in your life. For the melty-cheese lovers of fondue and raclette, check out the amazing line of Emmi Kaltbach cheeses from Switzerland- aged in a 22 million year old cave!
For the Baker
For that person who seems to be perennially in the kitchen, gift them high-quality, whole grain oats and flours from Bob's Red Mill. For over 30 years, Bob's Red Mill has taken an "honest-to-goodness" approach to everything, from their business to the quality of their grain products, and offers just about every type of flour you can think of—from nut-based to grain. Get gift basket and recipe ideas from their website, and as an added bonus, HRN listeners can save 25% off their order from BobsRedMill.com using code: HERITAGE.
For the Mis En Place Obsessed
For the person who always cooks and prepares with careful precision, gift them with an elegant, handmade knife from Korin or a handcrafted steel spatula from Eating Tools. With a wide variety of high-quality knives, stones, and tools, you can't go wrong with a gift card from either.
For the Whiskey/Whisky Lover
Impress that family member who only focuses on the question of neat or on the rocks with a chic bottle of Suntory Whisky. This Japanese distillery has made headlines recently with its Hibiki winning the title of "Supreme Champion Spirit" at the UK-hosted International Spirits Challenge this summer. Needless to say, your whiskey connoisseur will be impressed.
For the Foodie Who Has it All
If you really want to impress family and friends this year, we have eight unique food experiences that are available only through our online CharityBuzz auction. You'll be able to give a truly one-of-a-kind gift if you're the highest bidder! Bidding on these experiences closes on Thursday, December 7th:
- Tour The Modernist Cuisine Cooking Lab in Bellevue, Washington, Plus Take Home a Signed Copy of The Photography of Modernist Cuisine
- Farmers Market Tour & Cooking Class with Chef Steven Satterfield in Atlanta
- Meet Food Network Star Maneet Chauhan on a Personal Tour of Mantra Artisan Ales in Nashville
- Accompany Katie Button on Alan Muskat's No Taste Like Home Foraging Tour Plus Dinner for 2 at Nightbell
- 2 VIP Tickets to the Annual Food Book Fair in May 2018 & Hotel Accommodations
- Day in the Life of Food Stylist Mariana Velasquez
- VIP Experience at the Charleston Wine & Food Festival
- Lunch & Life Lesson with Food World Guru, Dana Cowin