A few of our favorite hostess gifts under $50

The holidays are in full swing and you are ready to party. And party. And party. And party. From your boss’ cocktail hour to your bestie’s potluck get-together, your social calendar is full to bursting. We know you don’t have a ton of time to shop for the perfect hostess gift, so you’ll be glad to know that in addition to handcrafted foods and gourmet pantry staples, many of our artisans offer a variety of gift-worthy goodies—and many are less than $50. Here are a few ideas:

Bon Bons Choc SecretsAn assortment of Chocolate Secretsbonbons is a beautifully decadent way to show your appreciation for being included in the hosts’ special evening. Each chocolate is painted by hand, so they’re individually stunning and create a jewel box-like effect when nestled together in a box.

A nice bottle of wine always is a good bet. Not sure whether your hosts prefer dry reds or sweet whites? A sparkling wine, such as the Jacques Copinet Marie Etienne Brut, available from Dallas Fine Wine and Spirits, is a festive treat sure to please any wine lover. 

Ginger Dylans CandleA classic holiday dessert such as Emporium Pie’s Snowball, a flaky made-from-scratch pie crust filled with creamy coconut cream filling, fluffy whipped topping and topped with crunchy coconut, is sure to be a hit with the hostess who loves sweets.

Scented candles from Dylan & Co., which specializes in hand-poured soy candles, are great to keep on hand for last-minute invitations, or to give to the hostess who has everything. For winter, we’re especially fond of spicy fragrances such as Ginger Bergamot and Ginger Vanilla and Orange Chili Pepper

And while you’re planning for this week’s holiday parties, don’t forget about the upcoming New Year’s Eve celebrations. As always, we’ve got you covered.

Happy Holidays!

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Last minute holiday gifts all under $20!

Looking for some last-minute holiday gift ideas for your favorite foodie that won’t break the bank? Our artisans deliver on fresh food and quality perfect for that special someone. Get them just in time for the holidays — we’re delivering these mouth-watering delectables through the morning of December 24. And a quick reminder — we are CLOSED for delivery on the evening of December 24 and Christmas Day. Normal operations resume December 26-31. Happy Holidays!

Danny Macaroons Classic assortment. $8.50 for a 4-pack.

 

 

 

 

Lucila’s Homemade Box of Six Alfies. $18.99 for a box of 6.

 

 

 

 

Katherine Anne Truffle Box. $17.85 for seven pieces.

 

 

 

 

Curry Sea Salt. $14.25 per jar.

 

 

 

 

 

Jolly Oak Almond Butter and Jelly Granola. $12.99 for an 8-pack. (They make a great stocking stuffer!)

 

 

 

Happy Holidays!

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December artisan of the month: Dallas Fine Wine and Spirits

dallas fine wine and spiritsLately, we’ve really been getting into the spirits of the holiday season. You read that right. As your full-service gourmet grocery delivery service, we pride ourselves in our ability to bring to you everything you need to make a meal—whether it be a romantic set-up for two or a big bash for everyone you know—perfect. And so this month, we’re thrilled to tell you about our December artisan of the month, Dallas Fine Wine and Spirits.

Owner Harshad Lalloobhai opened up shop in 2011 and things have been growing since then.

“It just gets bigger and bigger,” Lalloobhai said. “We have thousands of wines; wines from all over the world.”

But the inventory is no accident. Lalloobhai’s staff includes wine aficionados who specialize in specific regions, including South America, France, Italy and South Africa. The staff keeps up on what’s hot by traveling and trying new wines.

“It’s fun. We know what we like. If we don’t like it, we don’t sell it,” Lalloobhai said.

In the wine business, trends come and go. Lalloobhai said Merlot got a bad rap in Alexander Payne’s 2004 film “Sideways,” in which Paul Giamatti’s wine snob character, Miles, declares, “If anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving. I am NOT drinking any (expletive) Merlot!” Discerning wine drinkers — or at least wine drinkers who wanted to appear discerning — nixed the workhorse red in favor of Miles’ favored varietal: Pinot Noir. It’s taken a while, Lalloobhai said, but Merlot finally is making a comeback. That said, Pinot Noir still is a popular pick.

Rosés also are having a major moment.

“The American market is becoming more educated with pink wines,” Lalloobhai said.

Italian wines, Chardonnays and white blends also are in favor at the moment.

And if you’re looking for something else, look no further—Dallas Fine Wine & Spirits also stocks a wide assortment of beers, liquors and spirits.

Any of these would make a fine addition to a holiday meal or cocktail party. Just don’t forget the bubbly.

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Steve Dolinsky Says “Artizone Brings Chicago’s Best to Your Home”

Local food writer celeb and Hungry Hound head Steve Dolinsky just wrote up a smashing review of our service.

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Mr. Dolinsky ordered favorites from Bang Bang Pie Shop, La Fournette, Lucila’s Homemade, Big Fork, Dirk’s, and Pleasant House Bakery.

He called the selection of choices on the site “pretty impressive.”

Read his whole story here!

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As seen on WCIU! Local Dessert Ideas For Your Holiday Party

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Whether you’re bringing dessert or baking for the holidays, we have some local options that are all small batch, all natural and locally made from our specialty artisans to your family! These dessert ideas are sure to please every diet and palette. As seen on WCIU You & Me This Morning!

 

 

 

 

auntievees1) Make a cupcake cake — tier cupcakes on a cake platter to make a pretty edible assortment. You can also pick cupcakes that suit a variety of diets — put each diet on a different shelf! Gluten free, vegan, and regular ‘ol sugary cupcakes. We have vegan cupcakes from D’ology, gluten free from Sweet Ali’s and these awesome ones from Auntie Vee’s.

2) Add some international flavor to your dessert selection by trying some other flavors — baklava from Jaafer Sweets is a traditional middle Eastern pastry. Or macarons from La Fournette — a French dessert that is naturally gluten free made from almond flour! Cassava rolls are another great option as they are a sweet roll that is also gluten free made right from the cassava plant.

pie3) What about a pie taste test? Artizone delivers just a slice of seasonal pie to your door from Bang Bang Pie and you can taste test their latest flavors by sampling a variety of different slices. In season now is Key Lime Pie and Chocolate Pecan. Yum!

4) Finally we love the idea of an interactive dessert. How about a milk and cookie bar to whet the appetite of those kiddos? We love local seasonal flavors from Wallish Wonders, Flour Power and these diet friendly, vegan CaveChick cookies. Line the rim of your milk glass with some eSutras sugar, too!

Or, how about an ice cream sundae bar courtesy of Black Dog Gelato and Grown Up KidStuff sauces? Look at the toppings that come in this sundae kit! We hope you try some of our local dessert ideas for this holiday season!

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