The 2013 Gift Guide: OCTA Staff Picks Edition

We’re still counting down to the holidays, which means there’s still time to add to our Christmas wish list! Here are this year’s staff picks: Rebecca’s Pick Supi Cucu Full disclosure – I’m heading to Jamaica for the next few weeks (yippee!) but if I wasn’t, I would definitely be looking to warm up the holiday season with Panamanian chef Rossy Earle’s diablo sauce.  Let’s just say – the devil made me pick it. It makes a great stocking stuffer for anyone who likes it hot, hot, hot!   Danielle’s Pick from the farm cooking schoolLooking for a truly classy gift? I love picking up gift certificates for From the Farm Cooking School in P.E.C. Cynthia Peters and her dedicated staff work with local farmers and growers to create meals that really showcase the bounty of the County.  Suggest that your lucky recipient tries the From the Farm cooking package with Huff Estates, recently named a CTC Signature Experience!” Agatha’s Pick sparkI believe in the calming power of the holiday hostess gift–and what better why to say thank you than a bottle of Ontario bubbles? Sparks fly in Beamsville when winemaker Paul Pender bottles up the sinfully delicious Tawse ‘Spark’ Limestone Ridge Riesling, available at the winery. Pair this recently released bottle with a jar of Forbes Wild Foods Rose Petal Syrup made from foraged five-petal wild roses–and you’ve got yourself a cocktail fit for a queen! Julia’s Pick IMG_5444This year, I’m hoping someone pulls the wool over my eyes.  Specifically, wool from Canreg Station Farm & Pasture Dairy.  I’ve fallen in love with their natural wool blankets and I’m not sheepish to say it. Throw in a wheel of their awesome artisan cheese and you’ve got yourself a total care package. Trevor’s Pick Brotherly love is a difficult thing to express with words, and that’s why the gift of beer is such a great way to both celebrate and strengthen sibling bonds during the holidays.  The heavier, malty, spicy winter ales, porters, and stouts are my go to right now.  Having not celebrated the season with all three of my brothers together for a number of years, I don’t need to think twice about what to put under the tree this year. My picks: Great Lakes Winter AleMill Street Vanilla PorterTempest Imperial Stout, Trafalgar Northern Harvest, Wellington County Dark Ale and Creemore Springs urBock Dark. Jillian’s Pick foodiepagesThe all-Ontario sourced Holiday Breakfast Box from FoodiePages.ca (also available in a gluten free version) leaves the Christmas morning munchies up to GrainstormFull of BeansHeavenly Honey, and 23 Degrees Roastery. Check out this online marketplace for “always giftable”, locally sourced products and subscription boxes shipped from dedicated Ontario growers and producers. You can shop anytime and will be proud to share the unique tastes with your loved ones.  Jenna’s Pick canadian craft beerAs an Ontario craft beer fiend–uh…fanatic, topping my wish-list this year is the recently released, Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook.  Written by Toronto blogger David Ort, the book offers a scrumptious selection of recipes with local craft beer ingredients, along with a brief history of craft brewing, an introduction to beer styles, and some basic theory on food and beer pairings. It also includes recipes such as Spent Grain Oatmeal Cookies and Pickled Hops Shoots, great for homebrewers looking to add a little culinary creativity to their hobby! Jason’s Pick cottage millPlease both the food lover and the design nerd in your life with one of these pepper mills made from reclaimed fallen elm and maple branches. Crafted by Cam Lavers Designs Inc. in Erin, they can be filled with anything from salt to seeds. Your recipient will love you for being so creative, and the environment will love you for sharing her goodness and staying local!  
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