Every year we look forward to the holidays and the excuse to share our favorite foods and kitchen accessories with friends and family. If you’re shopping for a food lover, tyrophile (cheese lover), budding chef, or seasoned culinarian this year, check out our list of top gift ideas that will please any palate! And if you’re giving in the greater Boston area, check out our “Locals Only” gift guide for special treats at our Cambridge shop!
Award-Winning Cheese – Before any awards were given, these two cheeses were already staff and customer favorites. Bayley Hazen Blue won the title of World’s Best Unpasteurized cheese at the 2014 World Cheese Awards. Similarly, the Raclette we import exclusively from Verbier, Switzerland won the award for the best Raclette in Switzerland. Now is your chance to share these two exceptional cheeses with friends and family!
World Mustard Sampler – Shake off winter’s chill with six of our favorite mustards! Perfect for adding to recipes, spreading on sandwiches, or pairing with charcuterie, each of these sensational mustards packs its own unique flavor. From classic whole grain to herbaceous tarragon, spicy sweet maple, and Piment d’Espelette, these mustards are the perfect gift to wake up your taste buds.
Housemade Charcuterie Sampler – Our housemade charcuterie has long been a favorite of customers here in Cambridge, and now you can enjoy it too – whether you live in Boise or Baton Rouge! Winner of three Good Food Awards, our charcutier Julie puts together a package including rillettes, pâté, boudin and bacon accompanied by a jar of our favorite mustard and some crunchy cornichons!
Preserves of the World – Every year we travel throughout Europe and the US in search of the best producers and their products. This winter we’ve pulled together a unique selection of our favorite jams and preserves, the perfect taste of summer fruit to accent this season’s holiday feasts. Perfect spooned into your favorite yogurt, baked into a sumptuous dessert or served alongside your favorite cheeses.
Italy’s Finest Panettone – Of all the panettone we’ve sampled, the finest comes from Pasticceria Perbellini. Based in Bovolone, Italy, Perbellini has been using the same family recipe since they began baking panettone back in 1900. Made with hand-selected fruits, nuts, sugars and flours, all-natural yeast and a 36-hour rise, the exceptionally airy texture with just the right amount of chew has an addictive bready sweetness punctuated by chunks of delicious candied fruit and sultanas. The ultimate holiday treat!
Functional Kitchen Art – For food-lover gifts that last for years to come, we turn to the truly exceptional Italian knife maker Coltelleria Saladini. These handmade stainless steel blades range from this stunning Mezzaluna to traditional folding knives as well as an assortment of cheese knives to make any cheese plate shine. Equal parts beautiful form and practical function, Saladini’s knives will make your friends and family wonder how they ever lived without them.
Traditional Spanish Turrón – Whether it is torrone from Italy, turrón from Spain or nougat from here in the US, we can’t get enough of this traditional, almond-studded sweet. If we had to choose one, it would be from Turronería Sirvent based in Alicante, Spain. This crunchy, traditional hard nougat is loaded with dry-roasted Marcona almonds for a balanced sweet and nutty flavor that pairs perfectly with a glass of Amontillado sherry.
Giving close to Boston this year? Share the gift of local foods with a membership in the Formaggio Food Community! We offer year-round monthly shares of our favorite local cheeses and our in-house charcutier’s award winning charcuterie. Choose either the Cheese or Charcuterie share (or both!) sign up for three or six months at a time for pick up at our Cambridge or South End store.
You can also give the gift of vin and vino education with our Take Home Wine Class. A membership for a one, three or six months gives three bottles of wine per month, each with detailed tasting notes and producer profiles. Each “class” focuses on a single theme, from grape varietals and soil types to production methodology and pairing styles!
In the spirit of food education, we also offer several formal classes each month, from our extremely popular “Cheese 101” and an inside peak at our aging facilities in “Brave the Caves” to the chance to judge competitors in elaborate food pairings, evenings centered around a specific region and behind-the-scenes classes with the area’s top chefs. Give the gift of a class you know they’ll love, or let your favorite foodies find their perfect gustatory experience with a classroom gift certificate.
Last but not least, we love giving and receiving the gift of choice! Our gift cards can be used in all three of our locations and online. They’re the perfect way to make sure your oenophile gets her favorite vintage, the family’s sweet-tooth finds his perfect chocolate bar, and your aspiring-chefs can pick that perfect finishing oil for their latest dish.