The holidays are almost here and many of us are still doing some last minute shopping. As time runs out, there’s more pressure to find that perfect gift, but have you considered giving the gift of food this year?
If you have a foodie in your life or need something to bring the holiday dinner host, local food products make a unique and wonderful gift. There are many places around Queens that have great local food products. Here are some gift ideas for the foodie in your life.
Beer and Cheese Gift Basket
Where to get it: Astoria Bier and Cheese, 34-14 Broadway, Astoria and 35-11 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria
Forget wine and cheese. Beer and cheese is where it’s at! Astoria Bier and Cheese has two pre-made baskets ready to take home; the “Secret Santa,” which has two seasonal beers and one kind of cheese and toasts, or the “American,” which has three American beers, three cheeses, salami and chips. You can also ditch the pre-made baskets and make a custom one.
Where to get it: Cipollina Gourmet Italian Market, 116-09 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills
Cipollina Gourmet Italian Market has a variety of authentic Italian foods and products that make the perfect gift for someone who loves to cook. Browse through the sauces, oils and pastas and create an awesome basket. Be sure to take a look around for some Italian candies for those who have a sweet tooth!
Ready to Make Cookie Recipes
Where to get it: The Brass Owl, 36-19 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria
With all of the ingredients in one jar, this is baking made incredibly easy! Choose between brown sugar, applesauce or gingerbread cookies (or get all three!). The recipes come from Aloria Cakes & Gourmet Sweets, so you know they’ll be delicious!
Where to get it: Made In Queens Pop-Up Shop, 27-24 Queens Plaza South, Long Island City
If you taste this delicious treat, you’ll want to keep it for yourself. Using the best local products available, this addictive toffee has no preservatives and is made right here in Long Island City!
Where to get it: Mr. Vino’s Cucina, 71-03 Austin St., Forest Hills
For your craft beer lovers, Mr. Vino’s Cucina can hook you up with some great craft beer, including many hard to find labels such as Callipygian, Avery Brewing Co. and Allagash Brewing Co. Mr. Vino’s Cucina also has a bunch of other food gift options that can pair well with the beer, including cured meats and cheeses.