2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Top 5 Extraordinary Gifts for Foodies

From expertly crafted cocktails to gourmet cheeses and high-end cookware, Alexandria is a foodie’s paradise. So how do you decide what to buy for your foodie friends and family this holiday season? Look no further than our Top 5 Gifts for Foodies, all found in Alexandria!


1. Secret Boozy Family Fruitcake, $14 for a mini loaf, call BRABO to order

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This fruitcake’s history begins with BRABO pastry chef Erin Reed’s grandmother and aunt, who inherited and updated the recipe. Each cake is stuffed with fresh golden raisins, currants, candied cherries, pineapple, citron and orange and lemon peels, then aged using high quality brandy-soaked cheesecloth for four weeks.


2. Ultimate Foodie Basket, starting at $275, Society Fair


This fancy basket covers all the bases: Chef Cathal Armstrong’s new book, My Irish Table, Domaine Rocheville Huile d’Olive de Nyons, BLiS Solera Elixer, Pommery Moutarde au Cognac, Himalania Himalaya Pink Salt, Miguel & Valentino Bouquerones and Montali Tomato Paste.


3. Opinel knife with carbon steel 4” blade, $28, La Cuisine


This classic knife comes from France, where everybody has one.


4. Todd Thrasher’s Artisan Mixes, $75, Society Fair


Cocktail ace Todd Thrasher offers house-made garnishes, tonic water, assorted mixers, and ginger beer syrup for aspiring home bartenders. Includes a sample of six mixes: Thrasher’s Tonic, Thyme Lime, Eamonn’s Cocktail Mix, Ginger Beer Syrup, Cosmo Mix and Thrasher’s Mint Syrup.


5. Flavors of Tuscany package, $124.95, Spice and Tea Exchange


Find an array of Tuscan inspired treasures, including TSTE Olive Oil and a Red Teardrop Olive Oil dispenser, in this gift crate. Great for olive oil dipping!


BONUS: Crum’s Sauce 6-pack, $35, CrumsSauce.com and at the Alexandria Visitors Center 


Crum’s Sauce is a veteran-owned business that makes all its products in Alexandria, with hot sauces ranging from mild Cool Cucumber Jalapeno to the hot and flavorful Grit.