Food Gift Guide: Kitchen and Pantry Items
For all your food enthusiast friends out there who enjoy cooking as much as they do eating, consider getting them something for their kitchen or pantry this holiday season. That's a gift that's sure to make any cook happy.
Specialty Pantry Items
Flour City Pasta in Macedon: A batch of handmade dried noodles is a lovely gift in itself, or spring for a small or large gift box that mixes bags of pastas with bottles of oils and sauces. flourcitypasta.com
F. Oliver’s in Rochester, Canandaigua, Skaneateles, Ithaca: F. Oliver’s offers specialty gift boxes of olive oils and vinegars tailored to specific tastes, including the Grill Master box, the Pasta Lover’s box and the Italian Kitchen box. Each contains one 375-ml. bottle of extra virgin olive oil and one-375 ml. bottle of balsamic vinegar, along with three 2-ounce jars of herb and/or spice blends. folivers.com
State Fair Winner Seaway Trail Honey in Rochester: Try a bit of sticky sweetness, including a sampler box of “honey through the seasons,” which progresses from a light and dulcet spring through several shades of summer and settles into a complex, dark amber “fall honey.” seawaytrailhoney.com
Salt City Syrup in Syracuse: Local maple syrup, sure, but Salt City Syrup also offers nuanced syrups from local tapped walnut and butternut trees. A sampler pack ($20) from Salt City Syrup will let you compare four. facebook.com/saltcitysyrup
Give the gift of that satisfyingly smooth jolt with coffee gift boxes.
Salt City Coffee in Syracuse: The “Locals Only” subscription service is $23.50 per month to have two pounds of their whole beans delivered right to your door (as long as your door is in Syracuse, that is). saltcitycoffee.com
Gimme Coffee in Ithaca and Trumansburg: The “Blend and Brew” gift box contains two blends and a brewing instructions guide for $32. gimmecoffee.com
Joe Bean Roasters in Rochester: The Roasters Choice Box features two seasonal blends selected by the roasters for $26. joebeanroasters.com
Their French country patterned and checked tableware has been a classic for decades, but now Mackenzie-Childs has a pattern that celebrates the Finger Lakes. If you can’t commit to 12 table settings, a platter or serving bowl of their “Aurora” pattern will make an excellent gift on its own. mackenzie-childs.com
Anyone can use a bottle or bar of homemade soap scented with pine, lavender or mint, next to the kitchen sink.
Syracuse Soapworks: Vegan and environmentally friendly liquid and bar soap. syracusesoapworks.com
Far Mountain Soap in Ithaca: Uses local goats’ milk, local maple syrup and Ithaca Beer hops in their craft soaps. farmountainfarm.blogspot.com
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