Great Local Food Gifts

Dec 9, 2014

‘Tis the season for gift giving! Finding that perfect present for that special someone in your life can be difficult.

Felicia Willett at Memphis Farmers Market
Credit Jennifer Chandler

Memphis is blessed with so many talented food artisans making everything from candies to jams & jellies to even coffees and cheeses. I can’t help but share some of my favorites with you.

Felicia Willett, the chef and owner of Felicia Suzanne’s, has a line of homemade goodies that make delicious gifts.

Flo’s Homemade Goodness includes 4 products: Green Tomato Chow Chow, Pepper Jelly, Tomato Jam, and Bread and Butter Pickles.”

If your special someone has a sweet tooth, a gift of Shotwell Candy Company caramels or Phillip Ashley Chocolates will be sure to please.

Coffee lovers will love a bag of beans from the newest local roaster Relevant Roasters … and if beer is more their thing, grab them a growler from one of our many local breweries.

A gift of a Good Ham Company baked ham will take the stress out of holiday cooking.

For one-stop shopping consider going to the Memphis Farmers Market Holiday Market.  Here’s market manager Allison Cook with some of the details:

“The Memphis Farmers Market Holiday Market is this Saturday.  We will be there 9a to 1p. We will have a wonderful selection of vendors who will have lots of fun gift ideas. “

I will be there to pick up some award-winning cheeses from Bonnie Blue Farms, Christmas jam from Jones Orchards, and a cute apron or two from Dodson Farms.

And last but not least, don’t forget about gift cards to your favorite restaurants.  Maybe the recipient will invite you to come along!

Flo’s Bread & Butter Pickle Sandwiches

  • 1 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 20 slices of white bread
  • 40 slices of Flo’s Bread and Butter Pickles

For each sandwich, spread 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese over one slice of bread evenly.  Lay 4 pieces of the pickle over the cream cheese.  Top with the remaining sliced bread.  Using a serrated knife, remove the crusts.  Slice each sandwich into 4 bite-sized pieces. Repeat steps using the rest of the ingredients.

Yields: 40 servings

Recipe courtesy of Felicia Willett.