How great would it be if you could take a clean cross-section out of the Columbus food scene and gift it to a friend or relative on the other side of the country? It would offer them a small window into your life and where you live, and it would also probably afford them some pretty good grub too.
Now, thanks to Columbus Food Adventures and their slate of holiday gift boxes you can do exactly this. These deceptively simple gift ideas are easy, fun, and just about perfect for the foodies in your life.
Each of the three basket types presents a curated collection of high quality, iconic Columbus food products from different purveyors, all brought together for your convenience. Here’s what each one holds (prices include free USPS Priority shipping as well).
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Columbus Classic Gift Box ($85)–From Anthony-Thomas Buckeyes to Schmidt’s Spicy Mustard and North Market Spices’ Columbus rub, this one captures all of the Columbus cornerstones. Full product list here.
Gourmet Gift Box ($175)–This basket boasts an absolutely massive amount of farm-fresh products like herbal sea salt, a handful of different artisan cheeses and even Bourbon barrel-aged Maple Syrup from the city’s own Middle West Spirits. Full product list here.
Brunch Box ($100)– With everything from Thunderkiss’ Bourbon finished coffee to pancake mix and pearl sugar Belgian Waffles to the signature bloody mary mix from North Market Spices, this box has everything you need to make everyone’s new favorite meal really, really good. Full product list here.
If you’d like to order a basket in time for Christmas, just keep in mind it isn’t an overnight process. Because these products take time to assemble and arrive with shipping, the deadline to place an order before Christmas is Dec. 8.
According to Columbus Food Adventures co-owner Bethia Woolf, the hot-selling gift baskets came out of necessity, at a time when the business whose operation was built around offering food tours of the city could no longer do so.
“When the pandemic hit we weren’t able to do any tours,” Woolf said, “So that’s when we had to figure out what else to do.”
The business has also expanded into other culinary niches. One of these new projects, Trust Fall, is another fun way to immerse yourself in the local food scene. For $40, Columbus Food Adventures will let you select a time and night for them to deliver you dinner for two from a wide variety of Columbus eateries.
There’s a catch though: They pick what you’re going to eat, and from where. As Trust Fall draws from over 60 local restaurants (representing cuisine from over 35 countries, according to Woolf), it’s a great way to uncover hidden gems, or discover a dish you love but never would have ordered on your own.