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Slow Food SF’s Favorite Local Food Gifts for Everyone on your List

12/14/16 | by Jenna Zimmerman | Gift Guides, Holiday Gift Ideas

For the Techie: Locally Made Kitchen Gadget

Anova Precision Cooker or Nomiku:
Anova’s Bluetooth-enabled model is going for $149 on Amazon, while the Bluetooth and WI-FI-equipped model are $199 on the company’s site. Nomiku’s new wifi-enabled model is priced at $249 on their site, but they are currently offering $50 off of that model. The Classic model is priced at $199 (no discount), and without Bluetooth or WI-FI, is not able to be controlled by through an app on your phone. (Also note: at the time of writing, the Wi-fi Nomiku is on pre-order and the product page currently states, “Due to high demand, there is no current ship date for new orders.”)

Need more ideas? Check out Food Tech Connect‘s Guide

For the friend with empty cupboards: Gift Basket 2.0

Bored with the typical gift basket options? This one’s for you! I have been recently gifted a surprise box of groceries from Good Eggs, and everything was so beautiful that I thought of giving my busiest friends a gift certificate to Good Eggs. Then, I thought – if anyone knows local food, it’s these folks, who work with the best of the best food producers in the Bay. Luckily for us, they were willing to share the items in their holiday Gift Box, and as a holiday bonus, Good Eggs is offering Slow Food SF members 15% off your first order with code HOLIDAY15. Order the whole bundle, or pick and choose your favorites!

THE BEST OF GOOD EGGS GIFT BOX – The best of the Bay, snug in a single box. We’re obsessed with these giftable goods from our friends and food-makers, and here’s why:


Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Seka Hills)
The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation is passionate about sustainable farming and preservation, and we’re proud to source from them. They only cultivate crops naturally suited to Capay Valley soil, like the Arbequina olives pressed to make this tart, peppery extra virgin olive oil that we always keep on hand.
Fleur de Sel Chocolate Box (Recchiuti Confections)
Our Dogpatch neighbor, Recchiuti, is a confection powerhouse. We love anything with their signature Burnt Caramel, but especially can’t get enough of these smoky, salty-sweet candies (and neither can the New York Times).
Gluten-Free Spiced Nuts (Nana Joes Granola)
For Michelle at Nana Joes Granola, good food is about wholesome and sustainably-sourced ingredients prepared with care. We love these nuts for their satisfying crunch, subtle spice, and ability to keep holiday hunger at bay.
Quince Jam (INNA Jam)
Dafna and the team at INNA use pure, local fruit in their jams and we taste the difference every morning on our toast! With a honey-like aroma and beautiful vermilion color, this quince jam is the perfect addition to any breakfast or charcuterie board.
Organic Mandarins (Side Hill Citrus)
Grown in Lincoln, CA, organic Satsumas from Side Hill Citrus are the juiciest, most delicious mandarins we’ve tasted (thanks to the unique climate of the Sierra foothills). Better yet? They’re also the easiest to peel.

Good Eggs also shared gift picks from local writer and cookbook author Julia Turshen (check out her new book, Small Victories, which would also make a great gift itself!). All these products are available on the Good Eggs website, and are eligible for the same 15% discount!

JULIA TURSHEN’S FAVORITE GIFTABLE GOODS
Maia Organic “Organic Jarred Chickpeas”
I use these to make any of the items on my list of “7 Things To Do with a Can of Chickpeas.”
Guittard Chocolate Company “Cocoa Rouge Cocoa Powder”
A must-have for chocolate cake, especially Happy Wife, Happy Life Cake.
INNA “Flavor King Pluot Jam”
I love INNA jams and would use any of them (especially this pluot one!) to make a fun version of my Raspberry Jam Buns.
Happy Girl Kitchen “Crushed Dry Farm Tomatoes”
These would be great in any tomato sauce, like the one that hugs my Turkey + Ricotta Meatballs.
Other Brother Co. “Fresh 2016 New Olive Oil”
If anyone is wondering what to get me for the holidays this year…!

For the Carnivore – Black Pig Meat Co Bacon 
This one is kind of a cheat since it’s technically from Sonoma, but that’s local enough, right?! I hope so because this bacon is incredible. From chefs Duskie Estes and John Stewart from Zazu Kitchen + Farm, it is made from pigs sustainably raised on family farms that respect the land and the animals in their care. The pigs are a heritage breed, raised without antibiotics and hormones, and are allowed to roam free.

Unlike most bacon you find on the market which is wet cured, injected with liquid smoke in a process that takes less than a day, Black Pig’s bacon is dry cured with brown sugar for up to 21 days and then finished with applewood smoking for about 12 hours. The focus is on quality, not quantity, and it shows in the end product that is perfectly balanced in salt, sweet, and smoke; and you can taste the quality of the pork. Bacon fans will be impressed!

For the Chocoholic – Parliament Chocolate
I LOVE chocolate. The only thing that makes it taste better is to know you are supporting good, sustainable values as you gift it and eat it – err, give it to your loved ones. The company website explains it better than I can, so I won’t try to paraphrase:
“We at Parliament know how beautiful, flavorful, sweet and delicious great chocolate can be. Yet, the process of making great chocolate has to start in one place, and that is with the farmers. We strive to treat our producers and small co-op farmers with the utmost respect and gratitude for the product they provide us. We also make sure these producers are using good environmental practices throughout the entire process. To achieve this we go directly to the farmers and their families and pay them above market value for their hard work and commitment to environmental stewardship. By creating these direct relationships we can also be sure the farmers are striving to provide the most up to date processes in growing, fermentation, and drying. The moral of the story; Good social, agricultural, and economic values = Amazing Chocolate!” Agreed!

For the Coffee Lover – Equator Coffee 
Their website explains why this is a company worthy of your favorite coffee mug, and those of your loved ones: “We support projects around the world that improve the quality of life and food security in coffee-growing regions. In 2011, Equator was the first coffee roaster in the U.S. to become a certified B Corp., solidifying its role as a company that is part of a global movement redefining impact and success in business, while valuing everyone in the supply chain.” I challenge you to show me a bag of coffee beans with more goodwill behind it!

For The Friend Who Appreciates The Finer Things – two ideas for this one!
1. Caviar you can feel good about from Tsar Nicoulai Caviar. Their white sturgeon caviar is carefully produced and selected without the use of antibiotics, growth hormones, GMOs or synthetic preservatives. From $40/0.5oz.

2. Drew Hash Knives – Designed by a chef, for chefs, in San Francisco, these handcrafted stunners are perfect for the cook or chef with an appreciation for the fine and beautiful. As creator Drew Hash notes, “If a problem from the construction of one of my knives arises (which has never happened), I’ll fix it or replace it for free.” Pretty sharp. // Drew Hash Knives, $200 – $450 (photo via Drew Hash Knives)

For The World Traveler – Habanero Turmeric Kimchi
For the friend who has been there, tried that, this kimchi will delight and impress. Loaded with fresh garlic, ginger, dried habanero peppers, and turmeric, this is a jar of exotic flavors and local ingredients.

For the Mixologist – Fernet Francisco
Made here in San Francisco with 12 semi-secret, locally-sourced ingredients, including rhubarb, bay leaf, cinnamon and orange peel, this Fernet has noticeably lower viscosity and sugar content compared to the standard Fernet-Branca. The label riffs on a Barbary Coast icon and all the ingredients are non-GMO, making this the most San Francisco-appropriate Fernet out there. $39.99.


For the One with all the DIY Projects – Microbrew Kit
Located in the lower Haight, brewery and restaurant Black Sands is offering three varieties of its at-home beer brewing kit for the holidays: French Saison, smash nelson IPA, and chocolate stout. Depending which kit you choose, you’ll get the exact recipe for the brews, which are regularly on Black Sands’ tap rotation. Each kit equals about 12 glass bottles worth of beer – all the bragging rights and $70; purchase at Black Sands.

For the Food Insider – Avital Unger’s Food Tours
Avital Unger’s Food Tours are designed for San Franciscans, not tourists! Give one to the friend who is always up on the latest food news, and help them to rediscover the city through insider secrets and samples from the most popular dining neighborhoods. Did you know that Alice Waters modeled Chez Panisse’s pizza oven after the one at Tommaso’s in North Beach? Each tour is built around a four-stop progressive dining experience, so no one goes home hungry. Purchase a gift certificate before December 25th, and you’ll get free cocktails, beer, and/or wine with your tour if it’s booked and redeemed in January or February. $84/person; purchase here.


EDITORS NOTE: Join the Groundwork Party at Stemple Creek Ranch, sponsored by CUESA, Slow Food SF, and The Perennial!

Your efforts will be rewarded with a great meal prepared by Chris Kiyuna and Anthony Myint of The Perennial, along with drinks and stimulating conversation. 

After we plant the trees, we’ll take a walking tour with fourth-generation Stemple Creek rancher Loren Poncia, and learn how animals are a crucial part of regenerative agriculture: improving the soil, drawing down greenhouse gasses, and making the pasture more resilient to drought. Then we’ll enjoy food, drinks, and conversation in Stemple Creek’s barn. The Perennial is bringing their beloved Kernza bread (made from a perennial grain whose deep roots also fight climate change), as part of a delicious lunch featuring Stemple Creek’s meat, produce from some of our favorite farms, and tasty adult beverages! 

Tickets include round-trip transportation from The Perennial in San Francisco in a comfortable bus and a delicious lunch featuring Stemple Creek Ranch beef and seasonal produce. Your ticket price also includes the cost of the willow or redwood saplings and compost – an investment in the ranch and in our climate future. The event will take place rain or shine!

Please note: Tickets are nonrefundable but are transferable to another guest for this tour.

A note about price: CUESA is committed to providing accessible food system education to all. If you are interested in a scholarship for one of our farm tours, please email Carrie Sullivan (carrie@cuesa.org) for a scholarship application.