Since the holidays are in full session, I figured I’d join the plethora of Portland bloggers making holiday gift guides and curate one myself. All five gifts I selected are from Portland based purveyors and are guaranteed to be a unique present to that special foodie in your life. So nix the Sur La Table gift card and instead order one of these online (or better yet head to one of the retailers yourself).
1. Jacobsen Salt Co. Tasting Vials Gift Set
Jacobsen Salt is no doubt a staple ingredient amongst Portland’s finest restaurants and has gained fame for it’s delicious and unique infused versions so that you can add a tinge of salt to just about any dish whether it be a beverage, dessert, or a grass-fed filet. This gift set even made the Smithsonian’s Gift Guide this year! For $29.95 you’ll get the signature Pure Flake Salt, Lemon Zest Salt, Vanilla Bean Salt, Stumptown Coffee Salt, Smoked Salt, and Smoked Cherrywood Salt.
2. Station Knives “The Byron” Chef’s Knife
Otherwise known as The Bachelor, or The Chicken Eater, this small 6 inch knife with a wide blade is designed to be an all around kitchen knife for people that find larger knives unwieldily, or just too much of a commitment to clean. Station Knives are all handcrafted out of the finest materials right here in Portland, Oregon by Adam Sigal in his knife shop located across the street from White Owl Social Club. Join the legions of notable Portland chefs and bartenders such as Angel Teta (of Ataula), Jeff Seymour (of Interurban), and Anthony Cafiero (of Racion) who use Adam’s beautifully made knives.
Price: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing details/customizations
3. Fossil & Fawn 2013 Pinot Noir
What sets Fossil & Fawn apart from your typical wine label? Jim Fischer and Jenny Mosbacher, self-proclaimed “itinerant winemakers,” set up shop wherever they can around Portland make their delicious wines from grapes grown at Crowley Station Vineyards. In fact, their most recent batch was made in the broom closet at SE Wine Collective and Enso Winery. Their 2013 Pinot is described as ‘A tightrope-walk balance of intense fruit and floral tones with nervy acidity, spicy herbal notes that evoke flavors of Italian amari, and what we think of as site-specific wet gravel earthiness. In short, it’s a kickass wine that is delicious now but will reward anyone who wants to age it for a few years.’ Plus, at an affordable $24 you can both enjoy the fruits of labor from a distinctly Portland label.
4. Nuvrei Mac Bar 12-Piece Macaron Set
Looking for a chic, delicious and gorgeous edible treat for the hostess with the mostest? Just because Portland doesn’t have a Laduree outpost, it doesn’t mean you still can’t get an equally delectable and beautifully crafted set of macarons. With flavors such as hazelnut, passionfruit, chai and salted caramel you might as well add one of each for a colorful and sure to please 12-piece set.
Price: $34 for 12-Piece Macaron Set, $18 for 6-Piece
Where to Buy: Nuvrei Patisserie & Cafe
5. Tickets to Chef’s Week PDX 2015 Dinner Series
About to embark on it’s second year running, Chef’s Week PDX is a weeklong ode to community, collaboration and creativity. This ‘Dinner and party series pairs the talents of local culinary stars with peers from up and down the west coast. Chefs and makers collaborate on various themes highlighting their creativity and camaraderie while exploring the purveyors and artisans that showcase the best of Oregon.” Tickets to one (or all) of the dinners is the perfect gift for that special someone in your life who has an appreciation for innovative dining, supporting local talent and bounty and all in all loves a beautiful soiree.
Price: $125-$250 depending on event (for more information on events, check out this link)
Where to Buy: Chef’s Week Website