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Season’s Eatings: Gift These Specialty Items from Bay Area Purveyors

Dec 05, 2022 02:02PM ● By Fran Miller

Each of these delicious items from Bay Area purveyors makes a wonderful gift. But no one will fault you for keeping one or more for yourself. Go ahead. Indulge. ‘Tis the season. 

TCHO Origins & Parings Gift Box


For all of the chocolate lovers out there, Berkeley-based TCHO gift boxes and seasonal bars are perfect for stocking stuffers or conversation starters. The Origins and Pairings gift box ($35.99) includes all six of TCHO’s new plant-based bars (Holy Fudge, Born Fruity, Dark Duo, Toffee Time, Choco Latté, and Aww Nuts!) Limited-edition seasonal bars include  Pumpkin Up and Karl the Nog. Available at Whole Foods, Safeway and specialty retailers in the Bay Area.

alley & vine California White Sturgeon

alley & vine

Alameda's alley & vine is selling its freshly harvested California white sturgeon caviar in one ounce jars, paired with chive crème fraîche, preserved onion, challah toast, lightly pickled cucumbers, and a mother-of-pearl spoon. Orders are available for pickup. 

Mr. Espresso Caffè Festivo Holiday Blend 

Mr. Espresso

Oakland-based coffee roaster Mr. Espresso has introduced its first-ever holiday blend, Caffè Festivo. Pair it with Mr. Espresso’s insulated camp mug or MiiR insulated tumbler for the coffee lover on your list.  Or check out the Holiday Shop for more inspired gifts for the coffee aficionado. 

Gott's Roadside Craveable Condiments

Gott’s Roadside

Whether your gift recipient is near or far, Gott’s has just the thing. Share your love of Gott’s with Cheeseburger Kit though Goldbelly. Packaged fresh and shipped overnight, kits contain Niman Ranch beef patties, Panorama Bakery’s classic egg buns, American cheese slices, Gott’s Secret Sauce, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and a mix of kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Or stop by any Gott’s location to pick up a gift card, hat, t-shirt, or jar of craveable condiments. 

Pomella Italian Rainbow Cookies


Chef Mica Talmor's colorful (and very popular) Italian rainbow cookies are back for the holiday, made with layers of almond cake, apricot and raspberry jams, and bittersweet chocolate. A great gift choice for friends, neighbors, and colleagues.  Pomella  also sells Anne's Toum, a locally made Lebanese garlic sauce, by the jar. 

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