: Andrea Johnson

Oregon Gifts for Foodies

Oregon food and drink make for perfect stocking stuffers.
November 20, 2020

You’ve probably read about Oregon’s incredible ingredients, from black truffles and hazelnuts to sustainably caught tuna, salmon and crab. And you’ve probably seen pictures of the dishes our award-winning chefs prepare from this bounty, paired with any one of the thousands of handcrafted beers and wines Oregon produces. So, you can guess how excited your friend will be when they see one of these gifts in their stocking.

While you can’t be with all your loved ones during the pandemic, you can certainly show your love with a piece of Oregon. Best of all, you’ll support local businesses when they need it the most. Make an impact with your dollar and give the gift of Oregon. Here are some ideas for the foodie in your life.

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A hand passes an open box of chocolates to a friend.
Creo Chocolate is one of many local chocolatiers offering holiday gift boxes (and more). (Photo by Andrea Johnson)

For Those Who Like Sweets: Chocolate, Ice Cream, Fruit

Nothing says the holidays quite like a little sugar indulgence before the new year. Oregon’s craft chocolatiers deliver with seasonal specialties like Earl Grey truffles from Arrowhead in Joseph, peppermint bark by Eugene’s Euphoria, cherries jubilee dragée from Coastal Mist in Bandon, smokey blue cheese truffles from Lillie Belle Farms in Central Point, and the Argyle sparkling wine collection with Portland’s Moonstruck. Beyond the bar, choose from Ranger vanilla syrup, Treehouse drinking chocolate, Pitch Dark cacao bitters or Creo chocolate body butter. Despite what you might think, ice cream can be shipped via local wizards Ruby Jewel and Salt & Straw, plus the latter sells its cookbook and waffle-cone-scented candles online. Fresh, flaky pastries are an order away at one of Oregon’s top bakeries near you. For fruit lovers on your list, send the sweet fruit of Oregon with gifts baskets from The Fruit Company and Harry and David.

Read stories about Oregon artisan producers.

Assorted Oregon cheeses are wrapped in plastic.
The Winter Wedge tasting kit features 13 Oregon artisan cheeses, many of which you find in grocery stores. (Photo by Oregon Cheese Guild)

For Those Who Favor Savory: Cheese, Meats, Nuts

If your friend’s favorite flavors are more savory than sweet, Oregon’s cheesemakers are here to help. The Winter Wedge tasting kit comes with 13 Oregon artisan cheeses, including several you won’t find in stores, plus local jams, crackers and chocolate truffles. Bandon’s Face Rock Creamery makes a curd gift box featuring its iconic Vampire Slayer garlic cheddar, while Rivers Edge’s December featured cheese is pavé studded with green peppercorns and Rogue Creamery boasts a deluxe gift set with its world-famous Rogue River Blue and raw honeycomb. (Find more ways to buy local cheese at the Oregon Cheese Guild.) Set them up for a charcuterie night with a gift basket from Olympia Provisions or Gary West Artisan Smoked Meats. For special nut spreads, check out Jem Organics maple pecan hazelnut butter and Ground Up salted eggnog coconut-cashew butter. Or send the Oregon’s hazelnuts (aka filberts) from family orchards like Ken & June’s HazelnutsFreddy Guys Hazelnuts and Westnut co-op. For a taste of Japan, Newberg-based Kuze Fuku & Sons released new gift sets featuring yuzu miso, fruit spread, drinks, vinegars and more.

Read stories about Oregon Food Trails.

A metal box holds Smith Teamaker boxes with bows.
Steven Smith Teamaker sells holiday-themed tea assortments, including Ho-Ho-Hoji-Chai. (Photo by Andrea Johnson)

For Those Who Crave Caffeine: Coffee, Tea

Make your loved one’s mornings better with Oregon-roasted coffee, from Hood River’s athlete-minded Stoked Roasters, to coastal roasts from Sleepy Monk in Cannon Beach. Eugene’s The Wandering Goat and Ashland’s Noble Coffee keep sustainable practices at the forefront. You’ll find Stumptown Coffee, Caravan Coffee, and Sisters Coffee Co. online and at many local grocery stores, along with Laird Superfoods plant-based creamers. For tea lovers, look for Steven Smith Teamaker holiday collections or special imports at The Tao of TeaMamancy Tea Co., and Tea Chai Té. Oregon’s first commercial tea grower, Minto Island Tea Company, makes fun variety packs.

Read stories about Oregon coffee and tea.

Bottles of rose and red wine sit in front of a vineyard.
For Oregon Wine Giving Season, Cória Estates is offering private vineyard tours with the purchase of 12 bottles. (Photo by Joey Hamilton Photography)

For Those Who Love Happy Hour: Beer, Cider, Wine, Spirits

Oregon’s many wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries give reason for cheers. Through December 31, Oregon Wine’s The Giving Season offers big discounts and charitable donations on sales of their top-selling bottles, from Cerulean Wines in the Columbia River Gorge and Boedecker Cellars in the Portland Region to Silvan Ridge in the Willamette Valley and Kriselle Cellars in Southern Oregon. In the spirit of the holidays, the South Willamette Valley Food Trail is selling two special wine boxes, each featuring six bottles that express the region’s unique terroir. The state’s craft-beer scene is lauded for quality and innovation, such as wild-yeast beers by Crux Fermentation Project and de Garde Brewing, sustainability-focused Worthy Brewing and Standing Stone, fruit-forward ales from Little Beast, and even beer made with beard yeast by Rogue Ales. Ciders worthy of stuffing stockings include Hiyu Wine Farm’s new Floréal Cider, a collaboration with a biodynamic orchard, or a membership to NW Cider that features four shipments a year of expertly curated local ciders. Find botanical gins by Stillweather Spirits and Freeland Spirits, whiskeys made in casks by Ewing Young Distillery and with locally grown corn by Oregon Grain Growers, vodkas flavored with peppers by New Deal and with hazelnut espresso by Crater Lake Spirits, and elegant rice wines from SakéOne, America’s first craft saké brewery.

Read stories about Oregon wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries.

Four people ride bikes down a vineyard path.
Oregon tour companies like MountNbarreL give a behind-the-scenes look at local food and drink producers. (Photo by Brooke Weeber)

For Those Ready for Culinary Experiences: Restaurants, Tours, Dinners

Oregon has earned its culinary stripes the world over as local chefs continue to experiment with the Pacific Northwest’s homegrown bounty. Help your friends discover the state’s abundant culinary mastery with gift certificates to Oregon’s one-of-a-kind restaurants, like the theatrically seasonal dishes at Peerless in Ashland, fresh local seafood at Edgewaters in Bandon, hearty glazed steaks at Hamely in Pendleton, and farm-to-table fare at Ariana in Bend, among many others. Portland restaurant group Chefstable sells gift cards that are redeemable at 16+ locations. For more inspiration, visit Oregon2Go’s running list of nearly 200 restaurants statewide. If your friend could use an immersive experience, local guides provide fun, safe tours of Oregon’s culinary world. Some are farm-focused like Farm2Forks, while others explore vineyards like MountNbarreL, Southern Oregon Express and Backcountry Wine Tours or city stops like Taste Portland, Brewvana and My Party Bus. The seasonal on-the-farm dinner series from Plate & Pitchfork and Field & Vine and private dinners at Middleground Farms are unlike any other events.

Read stories about Oregon restaurants and culinary experiences.

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