We understand that you've probably tuned out two months of bad Christmas music and those awful Black Friday commercials long ago, but the holidays are finally here this weekend and you can't show up empty handed. Here's where to find gifts for the favorite foodie in your life.
For the meat lover: If you love surprises, give someone a basket of charcuterie from Old Town Social. After all, no one ever expects to open up a box full of cured meats (and they'll be so happy that they did). Find packs starting at $12 a pound on Old Town Social's online Butcher Shoppe.
For the art collector: Art is definitely an acquired taste. So if you happen to know a person that loves both vintage comic book style art and Chicago-style hot dogs, consider getting them a print from regional hot dog artist Hawk Krall for $29, plus shipping and handling.
For the olive oil aficionado: Buy a bottle of Spiaggia’s branded olive oil and balsamico for $80, and get a $25 gift card free. Sharing is optional, so make it an extra generous gift package, or just keep it as a gift to yourself). Order online or by calling 312-280-2750.
For the amateur mixologist: If the person you're buying for isn't quite at the level of making their own infused syrups, give them a shortcut with a few bottles of Jo Snow Syrup for $8 each. Flavors like fig vanilla black pepper and cardamom rose water are versatile enough for spiking with booze or giving coffee a kick.
For the locavore: After debuting last month at Dose Market, In Fine Spirits executive chef Marianne Sundquist's new preserves company Mess Hall & Co. is blowing up thanks to farm fresh flavors in a jar like ghost pepper mustard and bergamot blueberry jam—all sourced from local farmers for $10 a jar. Pick them up at In Fine Spirits.
For the barbecue master: Do you know someone who is willing to barbecue year-round, even in the dead of winter? Stock them up with a solid supply of sauces from Lillie's Q, with mixed box sets of their signature line going for $30 for three sauces; $45 for five sauces. Order by calling 773-772-5500.