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Food-related Gifts With a Local Twist

giftpack11.jpgThis Christmas, why not give a fellow food- or wine-lover a gift with a local twist? Here are a few ideas:

  • Blackjack Gardens greenhouse tomatoes. For the first time, these popular local tomatoes will be packaged for giving or for mailing as holiday gifts. www.blackjacktomatoes.com or 836-2933 (ask for Mary Jo Byrd or Sandy Hager).
  • Morgan Creek Vineyards has its new Vulcan Red wine available in a gift package that includes a bottle of the wine, a Vulcan wine stopper, two wine glasses with Morgan Creek etchings in a handsome box. You can buy the wine at most stores in the area; the gift package is available at the winery in Harpersville. Call 966-1421.
  • Ozan Winery in Calera is offering 15 percent off specials during December, and offers two- and three-bottle boxed wine gifts. If you can't get to the winery before Christmas, they can ship to Alabama residents -- e-mail shipping@ozanwine.com. Call 668-6926.
  • Local barbecue sauces, salad dressings and marinades are available at a number of area stores, including Ollie's, Mike Wilson's Saw Sauce, George's Old Time Barbecue Sauce, Mr. P's, Demitri's, Dale's Seasoning, John's Slaw dressing, Sneaky Pete's hot dog sauce, Daddy-Natty's Barbecue Sauce, Big Bob Gibson's white barbecue sauce, etc. Put together a gift box of several.
  • Susan Wimberly's new line of dinnerware is embellished with drawings of more than a dozen Birmingham landmarks, from Sloss Furnaces and Rickwood Field to the Alabama Theatre and the Civil Rights Institute. They are available at Harmony Landing in Homewood; Smith Variety in Mountain Brook and Homewood; Lamb's Ears in Cahaba Heights; Annabelle's in Vestavia Hills; an Swoozie's at The Summit. A Christmas ornament features the Birmingham skyline, and the collection also includes tea towels. 
  • Gift cards for cooking classes at Viva The Chef, available for adults or children. www.vivathechef.com, 205-967-VIVA.
  • Hot and Hot Fish Club offers its signature pottery, signature coffee, as well as hats and T-shirts, available for ordering online. Signature gift pack is pictured here.
  • O'Henry's Coffee offers shopping for its locally roasted coffees as well as gift packages online at www.ohenryscoffees.com.
  • And, of course, don't forget about the option of giving someone a gift certificate to a local restaurant they'd enjoy. Just because the restaurant doesn't advertise this option (Hot and Hot offers them online) doesn't mean they won't be happy to sell you one.
Posted on Friday, November 30, 2007 at 11:02AM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments1 Comment

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Which area stores sell these local BBQ sauces, marinades, etc? I recently moved to Birmingham from Pennsylvania, and was hoping to bring some Southern treats for my family when I visit at Christmas, but am not sure where to purchase them. Thanks so much!

December 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

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