Written by: Steve Stover
Date: December 15, 2017
Holy fruitcake! Just like that, the holidays are upon us, with cocktail parties, holiday dinners, family events, and the inevitable need to take or send- a food-related gift or host gift.
In the “olden” days, that gift might really have been a fruitcake. Of course, a bottle of wine is always popular, as are homemade food gifts – we like to give homemade fudge sauce or mustard – but let’s face it, there is scarcely enough time to do the shopping and the things we absolutely, positively must do. Just for you, we have scoured the city for an array of wonderful food-related gifts.
Let’s go shopping!
Dine Originals Columbus, the organization of more than 50 locally owned restaurants, is selling gift certificates from December 18 to 25. Spend $100 and you get a free $50 gift certificate for yourself!
Wine, Local Sprits and Craft Beer
Wine gifts continue to be very popular. We are giving bottles of wine, Wine Spectator magazine, wine openers, decanters, wine glasses, always the right size, and wine bags.
Go to your local wine store for advice: Twisted Vine, Spagio Cellars, Gentile’s in Grandview Heights, Hausfrau Haven in German Village, Barrel & Bottle in the North Market and House Wine in Worthington.
Don’t forget “holiday spirits” from Middle West Spirits and Watershed or the more than 30 local craft brewers, including Rockmill, Wolf’s Ridge, BrewDog, Platform, and others.
Gifts For CooksAnother favorite for cooks is Penzey’s Spices, an entire store dedicated to the highest quality spices. The store on Kenny Road, just south of Henderson, smells great. You can also shop online.
For cookware, consider Sur la Table, North Market Cookware, Williams Sonoma, Crate & Barrel and Bed, Bath & Beyond.
For cooking classes, join myself and Rich Terapak at Franklin Park Conservatory or try Sur la Table, Williams Sonoma, the Seasoned Farmhouse and Flowers & Bread in Clintonville.
Gifts of Coffee, Tea and Sweets
Specialty coffee and tea, and related gifts such as mugs, portable cups, even teapots are popular. Stauf’s is a local favorite, and David’s Tea is now open in Easton.
Some other food gifts or gift certificates favorites include Graeter’s and the popular Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams holiday four-pint gift box.
And did I mention Pistachia Vera, a spectacular dessert boutique – think hostess gifts.
Other Food Gifts With A Central Ohio Flavor
Thurn’s on Greenlawn Avenue has been in business 130 years. You’ll find cottage hams, smoked turkey, smoked trout and house made sausages.
Mom Wilson’s in Delaware County has a great selection of smoked hams and sausages. Tell Sue and Denny I said hello!
City Barbeque has several locations where they serve hams, turkeys, and smoked turkey breasts for the holidays. Their gift certificates also make a good gift.
Krema Nut Company in Grandview Heights sells very freshly roasted nuts of all kinds at good prices and in gift packs.
Anthony Thomas Candy Company is based on the west side. They have many holiday gift options available at their 13 retail stores throughout the region.
At The North Market you could do all of your foodie shopping here. Start with a beer or glass of wine at Barrel & Bottle, then cruise to Pistachia Vera, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Omega Artisan Bakery, Park Street Poultry & Game, Black Radish Creamery, North Market Spices, Little Eater for gift baskets are just some of the many options underone roof.
Check out Huffman’s Market in Upper Arlington, Hill’s Market in Worthington or Downtown or Weinland’s Market on Indianola Ave and their $9.99 beef tenderloins!
Holiday Dining Ideas
Be sure to make your reservations as soon as possible.
- G Michael’s
- The Refectory is serving lunch some days in December
- The Guild House
- Worthington Inn
- Basi Italia
- La Tavola
- Giusseppe’s Ritrovo
New and Notable Restaurants to Check Out
- Service Bar at Middle West Spirits
- Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse
- Veritas formarly in Delaware, now open in downtown Columbus