For many of us, we’ve put off buying holiday gifts until the very last minute. You may be feeling overwhelmed by all the decisions, or perhaps you’d like something more meaningful but you’re not sure where to start.
For the cocktail-obsessed to aspiring home cooks, we’ve rounded up a collection of one-of-a-kind gifts for the self-proclaimed foodie in your life. These foods, beverages and kitchen products are produced by companies owned by either women, people of color, or both. Whether you’re celebrating Christmas lavishly or shopping for a low-key yet thoughtful Kwanzaa gift or anything in between, the products below are sure to please:
The Libations Lover
Berkshire Farms and Berkshire Farms Winery
Dallas-based farmers and brothers, Jonathan and Jason Jackson, are serious about their wines. They are so serious, in fact, that they created a winery from a desire to pair their exceptional meats with drinks. Berkshire Farms launched in 2011 and specializes in free-range, local pork. With everything from thick-sliced and savory bacon to breakfast sausage, the farm fresh meats have become a butcher shop essential across the metroplex. For wines, they offer sweet sangria, fun adult wine pops, or robust mulled wines for your holiday cheer. Find them every Saturday and Sunday at the Dallas Farmers Market. They also deliver. Email them [email protected]. berkshirefarmswinery.com.
Ashtin Berry Party-Line
For the hard-to-shop-for foodie, here’s a unique idea: Party-Line by awarded New Orleans-based hospitality activist Ashtin Berry is a bi-monthly subscription box that aims to pair wine lovers with rich musical experiences. But don’t think of this as just another wine subscription box. Her website touts it as a “total curated experience that gives subscribers access to playlists, art and other visual assets to evolve the wine drinking experience at home.” Shop here: Party Line by 1-800-Ash, partylinehotline.com.
Cardi B Whip Shots
Rapper and actress Cardi B has been riding a wave of successful ventures lately, and this is one the foodie in your life will be very excited to try: new Whip Shots! luscious whipped cream mixed with premium distilled vodka. Hurry! Three flavors are often sold-out, but you can place your name on the company’s wait list if you’re unable to order. Whipshots, whipshots.com.
The Sweet Tooth Foodie
This proudly Mexican American-owned Bishop Arts casita is a Dallas favorite with accolades almost as long as co-owner and chef Andrea Pedraza’s nearly 40-year history as a premier artisan chocolatier. The mother-daughter duo at CocoAndre enjoys combining traditional European techniques with contemporary flavors from Mexico, with a vast selection of handmade chocolates, a café with peanut candy marzipan blended with creamy horchata lattes, or icy cold hibiscus tea and merchandise. Co-founder Cindy Pedraza Puente was also recently honored in D Magazine’s “Women Who Make Dallas Great” issue. We recommend the hot chocolate bombs or peppermint bark. CocoAndré Chocolatier, 508 W. 7th Street, Dallas. cocoandre.com.
Haute Sweets Patisserie
This time last year, chef-owner Tida Pichakron and her staff were recuperating after a freak accident at the Lake Highlands shop. This year, Pichakron is feeling better than ever and baking up some incredible sweets beyond her usual scratch-made fine desserts, pastries, cakes, cookies, French macarons, and gluten-free sweets. She’s added some delightful assorted gift boxes filled with chewy, decadent goodness and rows of decorative holiday cookies like chocolate chip, gingersnap and chocolate peppermint. These are excellent gifts for teachers or hostesses. Also available are her adorable snowman macarons and Christmas tree stacked cookies. Shop online or at either of her two locations: Lake Highlands: 10230 E. Northwest Hwy.; Hillcrest Village: 6959 Arapaho Road, Suite 106. hautesweetspatisserie.com.
The Style Icon Foodie
This apparel merchandiser celebrates Black food and beverage culture and offers a distinctive line of clothing, home goods and journals that celebrates Black foodways. Sign up for their email subscription to receive 15% off your first order. soulphoodie.com.
The Lavish Foodie
This Black-owned line of utensils, kitchenware, cookware and dinnerware is located in New Jersey and is inspired by the African and Caribbean cultures. Their site also offers recipes inspired by the diaspora as well. karibecompany.com.
Natalie Manima is the design maven and creator of this successful UK-based home décor line of African waxprint home goods ranging from aprons to oven mitts. Sign up for an email subscription to receive 15% off your first order. bespokebinny.com.
Middleton Made Knives
For the more sophisticated foodie who takes their cooking game seriously, consider a gift of custom-made knife sets. Quinton Middleton has earned a reputation as the South’s premier culinary bladesmith since 2010. His line of hand-crafted high carbon steel knives is not only sleek and beautiful, but designed to last. The artist has made knives for many of the nation’s top chefs. middletonmadeknives.com.
The Health-Conscious Foodie
After owner Deborah Torres’ father was diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes, she and her husband began experimenting with plant foods that mimicked animal meat textures and flavors. This Black woman-owned startup’s mock meat must be convincing: They’ve won “best chicken” at a New Orleans fried chicken festival, beating out 35 real fried chicken vendors. The San Diego-based company promises vegan food that is “vibrant and utterly delicious.” Once best known for walking away from a $1 million investment offer on Shark Tank, today the company is valued at a cool $7 million and set to become the largest manufacturer of plant-based fried chicken. atlasmonroe.com. You can also find Atlas Monroe products at Birdguesa restaurant in Dallas.
Newcomer and healthy-foodie mama Kim Daly of Argyle is a magazine editor turned nutritional coach who now offers protein powders and recipes for expectant and nursing moms or foodies with a penchant for healthy living. Mama Love uses all-natural ingredients sourced from reputable suppliers, and they test and verify purity and quality with third-party laboratories. mamalove.us.
The Ethical Foodie
This Atlanta-based coffee company is on a mission to bridge the worlds of coffee, hip-hop and culture. Their coffees are sourced from East Africa, and flavors are inspired by “the taste buds of Black culture and brewed with culinary science.” realdope.coffee.
Chef Reyna Duong is leading the way as a Dallas changemaker at her highly acclaimed Vietnamese restaurant. She leads a small but dynamic team of people who are differently abled, including those with Down syndrome. In addition to her outstanding sandwiches, curries and spring rolls, Sandwich Hag has also added Japanese and Taiwanese fruit beers and coffee from Nguyen Coffee Supply, plus a provisions line of housemade specialty items like roasted garlic aioli, roasted coconut peanut sauce and nước chấm vinaigrette, all of which make great fits. 1902 Botham Jean Blvd. sandwichhag.com.
The Flavor God Foodie
Chef Chris Hayes is a Food Network star, culinary consultant and an entrepreneur with a heart for the community. A Louisiana native, Hayes was born in Shreveport and fell in love with cooking by watching his elders lovingly prepare food at family gatherings. Hayes’ newest venture involves a line of seasoning mixes and blends sold under the name The Smoking Oyster. If you’re unable to find his seasoning blends at local Walmart stores, you may order online and have them shipped directly to you. thesmokingoyster.com.