Our Favorite Gourmet FoodsThe best part of giving a gourmet gift—stocking your pantry at the same time. All items can be found at specialty grocers unless otherwise noted.
Counter Culture CoffeeCounter Culture's amazingly smooth coffees are the next best thing to locally grown; each variety includes details about the exact farm where the coffee was cultivated. Check online, and you can even Google Map your selection.
Price: $11 to $14/12-oz.
Shop: Counter Culture Coffee
Crofter's Pomegranate and Black Currant Fruit SpreadSlather on the sweetness with Crofter's intriguing Pomegranate and Black Currant Fruit Spread.
Sal de Ibiza Fleur de SelMediterranean fleur de sel brings out the bright flavors of tomatoes, and we just love the summery jar—no matter what the time of year.
Price: $24/4.4-ounce ceramic jar
Shop: The French Farm
Grove 45 Olive OilGrove 45’s olive trees are Italian imports. But the olives they produce are grown, harvested, and pressed into spicy extra-virgin oil in the Napa Valley.
Price: $45/18.5-ounce bottle
Shop: Grove 45
Fee Brothers Old-Fashioned Aromatic BittersRochester, NY-based Fee Brothers produce intense, flavorful bitters—classics as well as unusual versions like rhubarb and chocolate.
The Meadow Salt Starter SetMake flavors bloom from Smoked Hawaiian to Black Turkish, these finishing salts wake up the palate.
Shop: The Meadow
Granny Cho KimchiHot, crunchy, tart, complex: The essential Korean fermented-cabbage pickle gets better with age.
Shop: Granny Choe
Spice Hunter Turkey BrineFans of the salty soak say it results in a more tender, flavorful turkey. Give it a try with Spice Hunter's Turkey Brine, premixed with sea salt, brown sugar, dried cranberries and apples, orange zest, black peppercorns, thyme, rosemary, and sage.
Foods Across America Root Beer BundleThis collection includes one bottle each of regional root beer specialties from Berfhoff, Boylan, Dog N Suds, Faygo, Fitz's, and Sprecher. Pour yourself a flight, or just add reduced-fat vanilla ice cream for floats.
Shop: Foods Across America
Tanimura & Antle Artisan LettuceLike bagged lettuce, only better and much fresher: Tanimura & Antle's 4-pack of artisan lettuce includes petite heads of sweet, soft gem and mildly bitter tango lettuces.
Shop: Specialty Grocers
Lucini Italia VinegarsWho needs oil, with vinegars this smooth and flavorful? We sampled the entire line—pinot grigio, pinot noir, aged balsamic, dark cherry-infused, fig-infused—and loved them all.
Price: $11-$16 each
Shop: Lucini Italia
479º Popcorn Pop It Yourself KitAll you need for the big night: Colorful organic popping corn; seasonings like habanero sugar and curry salt; grapeseed oil; and paper cones.
Shop: 479º Popcorn
Nudo Italian Olive Tree AdoptionAdopt an olive tree, then get tins of first-press oil from its fruit throughout the year.
Shop: Nudo Italia
Neuske's and Benton's BaconAs the national bacon craze continues, we nominate two favorites: Nueske's and Benton's. A little of either goes an astonishingly long way, suffusing your dish—and kitchen—with rich smokiness.
Price: $20/2 pounds (Nueske's), $21/4-pound-order (Benton's)
Shop: Benton's Hams
Matcha Green Tea SetMatcha, finely powdered green tea, can be frothed like a latte.
Price: $69/5-piece kit includes bowl, sifter, scoop, frothing whisk, and matcha.
Shop: The Spoon Sisters
Humboldt Fog Goat CheeseLuxe, creamy Humboldt Fog, with its trademark ribbon of bitter vegetable ash, is as iconic now as cheddar.
Dry SodaDry Soda's zippy flavors have a fraction of the calories and sugar of standard sodas.
Shop: DRY Soda
Flatout Good Whole-Grain FlatbreadSuperlight, and supercrisp these whole-grain flatbread rounds are ready to party.
Shop: Major grocery stores nationwide
For a culinarian, there clearly could be no other choice.