By Lauren LaRoche Wulf
To make holiday shopping a little less stressful, here is a round up of a few Chicago themed gift ideas for everyone on your list. From local holiday brews, baked treats, deep-dish pizza and popcorn, send your family and friends a personal gift from your hometown.
Estancia Wine-Infused Bakery Boxes at Silverland Bakery
The Monterey County winery teamed up with the Forest Park’s Silverland Bakery to create two unique bakery bars infused with wine. Drawing inspiration from Estancia’s two most beloved wines, Silverland Bakery created the Estancia Chardonnay White Chocolate Caramel Bar and the Estancia Pinot Noir Bakery Bar. The perfect sweet to enjoy with friends and family this season, the Estancia Wine-Infused Bakery Box brings together notes of the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with the delicious small-batch, locally sourced bakery bars for which Silverland Bakery is widely known. The box contains one dozen bars – six Estancia Chardonnay White Chocolate Caramel Bars and six Estancia Pinot Noir Bakery Bars – making it the ideal hostess gift, holiday treat, or anytime indulgence.
The Estancia Wine-Infused Bakery Box are available at Silverland Bakery (439 Desplaines Avenue) and on http://www.SilverlandBakery.com for $28.00.
Chicago Holiday Brews
Chicago’s own, Revolution Brewing Company has once again brought their holiday Fistmas ale to bars and stores near you. Red ale brewed for the holiday season with specialty malts to achieve a beautiful deep red hue and the aromas of fresh baked bread, caramel, and stone fruits. Steeped with ginger root and orange peel. Fistmas is available November through December at select retailers.
312 Festivity Ale
Every year Goose Island Brewery brews a brown ale to celebrate the holidays. To make each year’s special, they alter the recipe. This Goose Island wrapped caramel and dark fruit malt flavors inside a creamy toasty brown ale. Festivity Ale is available November through December.
The original Chicago style Popcorn, from the original gourmet popcorn shop, Garrett Popcorn. Garrett Popcorn offers a variety of signature and holiday releases for everyone on your list. Holiday mixes come in a variety of festive tins and sizes to keep you in your budget.
Tastes of Chicago
Tastes of Chicago is a division of Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria that delivers all of Chicago’s favorite foods nationwide. Their packages make the perfect gift for any occasion. Share great Chicago foods with your friends and family, or if you have a loved one who misses the flavors of home. All package prices have standard shipping included so there are no surprises at checkout.
These Chicago brands listed can all be found on Tastes of Chicago: Lou Malnati’s Pizza, Portillo’s, Vienna Beef, Garrett Popcorn, Eli’s Cheesecakes, Long Grove Confectionery, Wildfire Steaks, Manny’s Deli, Carol’s Cookies, Kay’s Candies, Apple Villa, Bobak’s Sausage Company, Lezza’s Bakery, Fannie May, Real Urban Barbecue, Bob Chinn’s, Deerfields Bakery, Georgia Nut, Cora Lee Toffee.