Everybody’s a “foodie” these days — just ask them. Here are some terrific gifts suitable for their various palates and your various pocketbooks.
Meat and Greet
Excelling since the 1880s, masterful Thurn’s Specialty Meats will help you stuff stockings with kicky landjagers (think artisanal “Slim Jims”; $11/pound) or wow your lucky awardees with superior smoked turkeys ($4.25/pound), hams, pheasants and ducks. Also spectacular: smoked salmon and trout ($17-$18/pound) and party-perfect charcuterie treats like phenomenal homemade cold cuts and sausages.
Thurn’s Specialty Meats
530 Greenlawn Ave., Franklinton
Cut the Cheese
Wholly Craft sells charming Tom Roche-carved cutting boards ($24) hewn exactly like our groovy, heart-shaped state. They’re perfect for slicing up bold, locally made and award-winning raw milk cheeses such as Owl Creek Tomme from Kokoborrego and Charloe from Canal Junction (both available at Katzinger’s).
3169 N. High St., Clintonville
475 S. Third St., German Village
Tips to Cocktails
A long bar spoon like American Metalcraft’s twisted 11-inch red-capped swizzler ($2 at Wasserstrom) will help sophisticated tipplers convert holiday booze gifts into fancy cocktails with flair. Urge on further libation creations with they’ll-love-you splurges (available at Weiland’s) like Luxardo cherries ($20) and ritzy bitters like Campari-ish Scrappy’s Aromatic ($21) and licorice-y Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Aromatic ($15).
Wasserstrom restaurant supply
2777 Silver Dr., Clintonville
3600 Indianola Ave., Clintonville
Slouchy sacks and flimsy baggies will be things of the past for lunch-and-snack-toting recipients of eco-friendly Box Appetit from black and blum. Present this multi-chambered, microwavable and bento-riffing super-smart container ($24 in the Wexner Center Store) with lagniappe Krema goodies such as Gourmet Mixed Nuts ($12/pound) and Organic Dark Chocolate Cherries ($8/bag).
1871 N. High St., Campus
1000 Goodale Blvd., Grandview
Buy the Book
The breezy-to-peruse North Market Cookbook ($22.95) is not only packed with enticing vendor-favorite recipes (e.g. Nida’s beloved pad Thai and Pure Imagination’s great hot chocolate), it’s also equipped with cocktail ideas and market ingredient-driven chefs recipes from places like Basi Italia and Spagio. The icing on this 214-page, user-friendly cake? Personal stories of the market’s vendors and farmers.
59 Spruce St., Arena District
Photos by Meghan Ralston