It’s no secret that we’re pretty food focused at the Local Palate: Most of our conversations revolve around what we cooked last night, what restaurant we’re visiting this week, how long do collards REALLY take to cook, where to get lunch…you get the idea. The holidays are no exception. When this time of year rolls around, we reflect on the snacks, specialty ingredients, cooking tools, and host accessories that excited us throughout the year—the ones that remind us of the friends and family who love food almost as much as we do. Here, the TLP team shares the food gifts they’re giving loved ones this season. And, of course, the ones they hope to receive themselves.
At my house, this year has been all about the backyard—collecting patio furniture, planting flower beds, stringing up an absurd amount of globe lights, etc. The final piece of the puzzle? An outdoor pizza oven, of course. I love this one because it’s lightweight, so I can make wood-fired pizza anywhere. Mmmm.
This year, I am surprising my boyfriend with an Aarke Carbonator (basically a fancy Soda Stream). We’re both major seltzer drinkers, and we love the idea of helping the planet out and saving money on canned seltzers.
Wishlist: Gorgeous Glassware
I’d love to receive these Rialto Old Fashioned Glasses. I think they are so chic and the perfect gift for anyone hosting. The saffron color is my favorite.
More people need to know about Proper Sake, which is one of just a few US sake brewers that’s based in Nashville. This year, I plan to hand out bottles of The Diplomat Junmai sake as I make my holiday party rounds.
We’re big fans of all things Yeti in our house, so this past summer when my sister showed up at the beach with Yeti’s M20 Soft Backpack Cooler, I immediately put one on my wish list. (Hope you’re reading this, Santa.)
My family lives in eastern North Carolina, right on the edge of Virginia peanut country. That means a tin of locally grown peanuts is a prized item during the holidays (and, honestly, every time of year). I’ll be gifting this collection which offers crunchy, jumbo nuts to accompany cocktail hour or premium desk snacking.
It’s only two years old, but Claire Saffitz’s Dessert Personis my most used and trusted cookbook—I find flour dusting the pages whenever I crack it open. Her newest book just came out, and I can’t wait to try my hand at batches of cocoa-chestnut brownies, strawberry ricotta cheesecake, and caramel peanut popcorn balls.