'Tis the season to discover that perfect something for the food-lover in your life. This year, find something for every type of foodie, from the chocoholic to the cocktail connoisseur — and you can keep it all local. Put a smile on someone's face this season with these 10 unique and delicious gifts made right here in Colorado by the vendors and partners of the Boulder County Farmers Markets.
For the oenophile
Bookclifff Vineyards 2015 Boulder Star Red Wine
Bookcliff Vineyards recently released its newest edition of the Boulder Star wine. The Boulder Chamber of Commerce commissioned local artist Gayle Crites to create the artwork that is featured on the label. For every bottle of wine sold, Bookcliff will donate a dollar to the chamber to keep the "Boulder Star" lit on Flagstaff Mountain during the holiday season. The wine is available at most local wine and liquor stores or by visiting the winery/tasting room at 1501 Lee Hill Road, Boulder.
For the adventurous cook
Savory Spice Shop Spice Club
We all know that person who loves to try new flavors and recipes. A six- or 12-month membership to the Savory Spice Club is the perfect gift to keep their creative culinary juices flowing. Each month, your friend will receive two tasty new spices and an illustrated recipe card that uses those spices in a delectable main course for four people. They also get access to additional spices members-only perks and a free bonus month. For details and to discover all the member benefits, visit savoryspiceshop.com.
For the health conscious cook
Picaflor Live Culture Hot Sauces and Pepper Flakes
If you know someone obsessed with fermented foods and kombucha, they will love the Picaflor live-culture hot sauces, made from organic peppers grown at McCauley Family Farm. The hot sauces come in three varieties — Srirawcha, Vida Verde and Boulder Sol — and contain live cultures that produce immune-boosting probiotics. Marcus McCauley also makes live culture pepper flakes that can add a little healthy kick to any recipe. Available at Whole Foods, Lucky's Markets and select Natural grocers as well as at picaflor.co.
For the spirits aficionado
Vapor Distillery hand-crafted Boulder-born spirits
Stock someone's entire bar with local spirits from Vapor Distillery made right here in Boulder, Colorado. The smooth and fruity, limited release Boulder Bourbon is made in an imported Scottish copper pot still which imparts considerably more flavor than a traditional American column still. Their gins run the gamut from the two-year barrel-aged Boulder Ginskey to the botanical-infused New Western Style Gin, and finally the 114-proof Navy Strength Gin. Rounding out their collection is a clean, soft, super-smooth vodka, Arrosta, a bourbon-vanilla-coffee liqueur, and Pumpkin King, a gin-pumpkin and spice cordial. Available at most local liquor stores and visit www.vapordistillery.com for cocktail inspirations.
For the budding mixologist
Cocktail Punk Bitters
A favorite of local bartenders, Cocktail Punk Bitters are handmade in small batches in Boulder. They do not include any sugar, caramel or added sweetener of any kind, nor is there any coloring, artificial or otherwise. According to the Cocktail Punk website, "a great cocktail incorporates spirits with sweet, sour, and bitter components to achieve a harmonious balance, and Cocktail Punk bitters are designed to do their part with great accuracy." Buy them at Boulder Wine Merchant, Cured Wines, Hazel's Beverage World, North Boulder Liquor, Peppercorn, Rebecca's Herbal Apothecary and Savory Spice Shop.
For the Market-minded home cook
Farmers Market Meals Cookbook
The Boulder County Farmers Markets released a new cookbook featuring recipes from chef Matt Collier of Seeds Library Café along with other local chefs who get recipe inspirations by visiting the farmers' markets. In addition to 60 seasonal recipes, the book contains guides for cooking, preparing and storing market sourced fruits and vegetable. To reserve your book, email email@example.com to arrange for delivery or pickup of your book.
For the chocoholic
Truffles in Paradise 9-piece Holiday Collection
Marisa Baxter, a lawyer-turned-chocolatier, established Truffles in Paradise in Santa Cruz, Calif., in 2007, and the business is now based in Longmont. She has been named Grand Master Chocolatier and awarded the 6-Star Best Chocolatiers and Confectioners in America by the International Chocolate Salon. Truffles in Paradise does not use any preservatives or artificial flavors; instead it uses local, sustainable, organic, ingredients whenever possible. Their 9-piece Holiday Collection includes an assortment of some of their favorite truffle flavors, including Heart of Gold, Red Velvet, Pumpkin Pie, Eggnog, Boyer's Rocky Mountain Thunder, and Bubbly. All truffle gift collections can be purchased at trufflesinparadise.com.
For the world-traveling coffee addict
Silver Canyon Coffee
Silver Canyon Coffee has been roasting beans in Colorado for over 34 years and today boasts one of the widest selections of specialty coffee found anywhere in the world. Travel the world of coffee with the Holiday Four Package Sampler, which includes one 12-ounce package of each of the following; Kenya Baragwi Karumandi AA, Costa Rica CoopePalmares Honey Process Berlina Microlot, Honduras Catracha Project Single Farm Microlot, and Historically Authentic Mocca Java. Flavor profiles run from light and sweet to dark and exotic and can all be purchased at silvercanyon.com. They are currently offering one dollar off every package ordered between now and Dec. 31.
For the gluten-free pasta junkie
Pappardelle's fresh and dried pasta
Pappardelle's has been rolling and shaping pasta dough in Colorado since 1984 and now offers over 150 varieties of gourmet pasta, ravioli, gnocchi, sauces and pestos. Anyone trying to restrict their gluten intake knows how hard it is to find good gluten-free pasta. The Pappardelle's team spent years trying to crack the gluten-free code and now offers 15 different flavors of gluten-free pasta, which are loved by restaurants and consumers alike. Visit pappardellespasta.com to find where to purchase their pasta.
For your favorite cheesehead
Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese
Since 1989, Haystack Mountain has been creating a range of award-winning goat's milk cheese, from the surface-ripened Snowdrop to the Applewood Smoked Chevre. Haystack Mountain cheesemaker Jackie Chang creates clean, fresh goat cheeses that reflect the flavors of the landscapes the goats feed on in Custer County. The company has been winning awards and competitions since it first started selling cheese in 1992. Try the bloomy rind Snowdrop with a grassy finish and mild lactic tang, or go bold with the barnyard aromas and nutty flavors of the Red Cloud. Haystack Mountain Cheeses can be found at Alfalfa's, Whole Foods, Ideal Market and King Soopers.