Twas the weekend before Christmas and all through DC, people were rushing around for gifts for their foodie. Getting a gift card to Williams & Sonoma was out, "We want something local!" was said in a shout. So out to the local shops they headed in a tizzy, but there were so many choices, it made their head dizzy. But don't give up hope, don't you dare fret, a list of local store options is your safest bet!
Co Co. Sala, which opened its doors back in June of this year, has become a favorite chocolate destination in Penn Quarter. Known for their chocolate experiences and fabulous signature cocktails, Co Co. Sala also sells artisanal chocolates in an assortment of flavors made right on the premises. For the chocolate lover on your list, Co Co. Sala offers gift boxes in 4, 8, 16 and (for the extreme chocoholic) 48 piece increments. Mix and match flavors or allow Co Co. Sala to create the perfect gift box for you. With flavors ranging from banana ginger to chipotle, there is sure to be something to satisfy even the most adventurous chocolate fan on your list. Gift box prices start at $10 for a four piece box.
So chocolate isn't your foodies cup of tea? How about cheese (who can say no to cheese)? Cheesetique in Alexandria is one of the premiere local cheese shops in the DC metro area. The brain child of Jill Erber, Cheesetique has expanded to now include a cheese and wine bar. Offering a wide variety of cheeses from all over the world, Cheesetique is known for its stock of artisan cheeses. Instead of a boring gift basket of pre-selected cheeses, Cheesetique offers a unique spin on gift giving: the gift bucket. A fire engine red enamel bucket is filled with cheeses, crackers, wines or whatever else tickles your fancy. The custom gift buckets are priced based on the items you choose to fill it.
Still not finding something for the (obviously picky) foodie in your life? Do they love to cook up fine Italian meals? Get thee to A.Litteri in Northeast DC! Offering everything from fresh Italian pastas to aged Modena balsamic vinegars, A.Litteri has a huge selection of the finest ingredients from all regions of Italy. A full deli counter sells choice meats and cheeses, including Mortadella and Parma prosciutto. Gift certificates to A.Litteri will allow your favorite foodie to choose the truffles, pasta, olive oil or whatever other ingredients inspire them.
Why are you still looking? Do you mean to tell me your foodie wouldn't be happy with any of those gifts above? Seriously? Well do they at least like coffee? If so, head over to the Bloomingdale neighborhood of DC for Big Bear Cafe's wonderful selection of holiday gift baskets featuring Counter Culture coffees. Locally owned, Big Bear Cafe has become a staple in Bloomingdale. Owners Lana Labermeier and Stuart Davenport opened the cafe after lamenting about the lack of a quality coffee shop in their neighborhood. Since its opening in the Summer of 2007, Big Bear Cafe has created a loyal following of fellow Bloomingdale residents. Wrapped in cellophane and tied with festive red bows, the gift baskets also come with an assortment of baked goodies and start at $20.
Armed with this list and in a jolly good mood, their last minute shopping could all be solved with food!