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2014 Holiday Gift Guide!

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!

 

Raclette de Verbier and Bayley Hazen Blue: Award Winning Cheeses of 2014Award-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

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

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!

 

World Preserves Sampler

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.

 

Perbellini Panettone

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!

 

Saladini Mezzaluna Knife

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.

 

Sirvent Turrón

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.

 

“Locals Only”

Formaggio Food Community Share - June, 2012

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.

 

Rosé Wine Tasting in Progress

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!

Myers and Chang Dumpling Class

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.

Formaggio Kitchen Gift Card

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.

 

Check out our Gift Guides from 2013 and 2012 for more ideas, and visit our online shop to search our full range of products!

 

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A Representative Selection from our Holiday Gift Guide

Do you have a food lover, budding chef, charcuterie aficionado or chocolate fiend in your life? Short on gift ideas? Not to worry – we’ve got you covered! Our staffers thought long and hard to come up with their top picks for what they would give to food-loving friends, family members and loved ones – here are the results: (more…)

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Ihsan and Valerie Gurdal

Ihsan and Valerie own and run the Formaggio Kitchen family of stores. As is true of any folks passionate about their jobs, work intertwines throughout all aspects of their lives. Their travels – frequent and far-flung – are largely dictated by the food producers they want to meet or to revisit, by rumors of new and exciting foodstuffs and/or food conferences such as “Cheese,” the biennial Slow Food festival held in Bra, Italy. Their larder and wine cellar are stocked with favorite items they have imported or new items they are testing out. Even when on holiday, they are in direct communication with all three stores, coordinating deliveries from Europe and generally checking to make sure everything is on track. (more…)

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Julia

Julia is affectionately known in the shop as “Little Red” because of her lovely red hair. She has worked at Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge for 5 years and wears many hats – from cheesemonger, to classroom instructor, to buyer of chocolate, jam, honey, spices and tea.

Julia’s interest in food began early, as a young girl growing up on a small farm in eastern Oregon. It was on the farm that she learned about food in its most basic forms – between picking blackberries and making jam with her mom and sister, fishing for trout in the backyard, caring for their 30 bantam hens, or tending her own small vegetable garden next to her mother’s much larger one. In the evenings, her parents would cook everything from braised elk, to grilled whole salmon, to freshly baked bread. (more…)

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Still Life with Bread, Ham, Cheese, and Vegetables - Luis Egidio Meléndez

We know that shopping for friends and family isn’t always easy. So, we put our thinking caps on, brainstormed, debated and created some exciting new bundles of goodies! We think there’s something for most every kind of foodie on your list:

Truffle Kerfuffle – Many customers come to us for all manner of truffle products, so this bundle was a no-brainer. While we don’t include an actual fresh truffle, this selection of products delivers the gorgeous, earthy truffle flavor in a variety of ways. (more…)

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