Mother's Day is only a few days away and even if you don't celebrate, it's likely that there are other occasions where you'll need to get a gift. As I always say, the bests gifts are local gifts -and by that I mean local food.
In support of The Oakland Food Policy Council, I won East Bay Dish's auction for $75 worth of treats from Little Shop Artisan Box. Little Shop is owned and operated by Maricela Yee, who handpicks and features small batch food artisans from the San Francisco Bay Area.
Maricela personally dropped off the gift basket at my office in San Francisco. I probably had the biggest smile on my face when I approached her and said, "Wow!". I mean, who wouldn't be happy seeing a gift basket full of delicious goodies? She added in two additional sets inside my basket to check out, so lucky me - I get the Little Shop Gift Basket with Spring Tea Time and Oaktown Pride.
The Spring Tea Time Gourmet Foodie Box
The Spring Tea Time Gourmet Foodie Box (Large) features the following:
- DragonWell Green Tea from Fox & Moon (San Francisco) - Zo works with tea producers and farmers to source quality single-origin teas from around the world. This tea is meant to be paired with all the sweets in the Spring Tea Time box.
- Raw Wildcrafted Honey from Hive 707 (Palo Alto) - Greg and Hive 707's first rooftop hive in Potrero Hill migrated. This small batch came from Palo Alto's wildflowers.
- Lemon Almond Poppy Seed Bundt Cake from The Bread Project (Emeryville) - The Bread Project provides job skills training and placement for people with low income. Their staff are graduates of the Bakery Bootcamp and take care of the wholesale and co-packing production.
- Dark Chocolate Covered Marzipan Bar from Nuttyness (Oakland) - Kristian Salvesen missed his hometown favorite sweet, so he made this treat in California with unique flavors and twists like Lemon Ginger.
- Coconut Vegan Caramel from Sweetdragon Baking Co. (San Jose) - Hway-Ling Hsu learned to make her batch of sweets from YouTube. She's so good at what she does that she won a Good Foods Award.
The Oaktown Pride Box
The Oaktown Pride Box features artisans from, of course, Oakland:
- Candied Bacon Caramel Corn from Chunky Pig (Oakland) - Gina Conedera brings her favorite sweet savory and porky flavors together.
- Beef Jerky from Oaktown Jerk (Oakland) - Randall Huges uses hormone free and grass fed beef in small batches with unique flavors.
- Hot Almond Hearts from Oakland Chocolate Co. (Oakland) - Nancy Nadel, former city councilwoman turned chocolatier, use natural Jamaican chocolate.
- Karinto Krisps (Oakland) - Lyhn Quan caramelizes sesame crackers to make this addictive snack.
Little Shop Gift Basket
- Greek Yogurt Coated Coconut Chips from Dang Foods (San Francisco) - Vincent Kitirattragarn has a passion for coconut chips. The product line has five flavors: original, caramel sea salt, lightly salted unsweetened, Greek yogurt covered and fair trade dark chocolate covered.
- Alfajores Narciso (San Francisco) - Patricia relocated to San Francisco after being born and raised in Peru until the age of 24. Alfajores Narciso has been up and running creating handmade delicious alfajores in San Francisco since 2012. She loves experimenting with unique flavors like mango, ube, coconut, nutella, almonds, peanut butter dipped in chocolate, coconut and dulce de leche and dulce de leche dipped in chocolate.
- Peguero Pistachios (Merced) - The Peguero Family has been farming for over 50 years and has been growing pistachios for over 23 years in the central valley.
- Lucky Dog Hot Sauce (Hayward) - Scott Zalkind has been passionately making his hot sauce line for over 8 years and has won distinguishing awards like the Golden Chile Winner, Fiery Food Challenge and The Hot Pepper Award. Scott is adamant about hot sauces having both flavor and heat, so he uses sweet carrot juice and slow roasts his peppers. Lucky Dog Hot Sauces are all natural and are made with high quality ingredients in Sonoma.
It's definitely a gift that will show appreciation to the foodie in your life. You can browse through more options on: Little Shop Artisan Box.