Top 5 Gourmet Food Picks for Holiday Gift Giving

Source: Baltimore Post-Examiner

Everyone has that friend or family member whose life centers around food and what their next bite might be or they are waiting for their bread to rise made from a 20 year old starter.

They eat, they drink and they Instagram every morsel that goes in their mouth. It is with that in mind this curated list of new edible choices from the Natural Products Expo East show has been created for holiday gifting, entertaining or if you are that gourmand, epicure who wants a superlative taste treat, for you as well.

Number one and top-of-our-list is Le Bon Magot, amazing flavors and pairings of spices, vegetables, fruits sourced from local farms wherever possible, produced in small batches the likes of caponata, chutney, murabba, and marmalata. The Le Bon Magot family only produces what they like to eat and guess what; make me a family member because every item tasted in their product line at the Natural Products Expo East was outstanding. Their family’s journeys from Africa throughout the Middle East and South Asia resonate with punches of flavors and textures in each and every jar of their products.

December’s issue of Food & Wine chose Le Bon Magot’s Tomato and White Sultana Chutney with ginger and garam masala as a “best holiday gift for under $20” but you won’t go wrong with the White Pumpkin and Almond Murabba with cardamom and vanilla or the Brinjal Caponata with purple aubergine with cumin and curry leaves. One can purchase online at their website and they do have retail distribution in the New York City, northern New Jersey and Philadelpia area.

Le Bon Magot ™

“Hidden Treasures – Off Eaten Paths”
www.lebonmagot.com – order online
Facebook, Twitter & Instagram: @lebonmagot

Eat Your Bourbon™ – From the rolling hills of Kentucky, where Bourbon is legendary, the king of libations comes bourbon edibles. The bourbon aging barrels are recycled for new flavor profiles the likes of Bourbon Barrel Foods Bluegrass Soy Sauce, the only micro brewed soy sauce made in the United States and as Bourbon Barrel Foods website states, “The ONLY soy sauce in the world fermented in aged bourbon barrels.” Each barrel of Bluegrass Soy Sauce ages for a year in the recycled barrels, then pressed and bottled in hand-numbered batched bottles.

The Bluegrass Soy Sauce was the beginning for Bourbon Barrel Foods and their unique “bourbon” product line has grown with barrel aged sauces, vanilla extract, and bourbon barrel smoked spices, sugar and other Kentucky-Bourbon inspired items. A recent partnership with the well-known Woodford Reserve® Bourbon producer has developed a cocktail and culinary line with Bourbon Barrel Aged cocktail bitters, bourbon cherries and Woodford Reserve® smoked spice blends.  One can purchase online or find a retail location.