Edible Tampa Bay's Local Gift Guide

October 01, 2013
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Chef Emmanuel Roux has a personal history that’s almost as rich as his Gateau O Chocolat – the flourless chocolate cakes he makes from Rain Forest Alliance certified Ecuadorian chocolate and premium organic ingredients from local Florida farms. His offering is simple – one recipe in two sizes, delivered to your home or office, available at select retailers or shipped just about anywhere. Flour Free Cakes, 727.251.1879.

Intensity Academy Gourmet Sauces are the creation of Michele Northrup, who mixes up her vegetable-based and organic-tea-infused gourmet sauces in Tampa. Her blends have racked up more than 50 awards, including the 2012 Golden Chile Award for the unique Chai Sweet Chile. Order online at intensityacademy.com, or find them all over Tampa Bay, from Spiceman’s in Tarpon Springs to Red Hot Tiki in Gulfport. 813.299.3600.

Creating award-winning toffee from a family recipe since 1998, the Schalk family has taken buttery, chocolaty treats to the next level. Toffee to Go, located in South Tampa, uses farm-fresh butter, premium chocolate, California almonds and Georgia pecans to make these sweets by hand in small batches at their Tampa store. No preservatives are added, and you can choose from three sinfully sweet flavors – milk chocolate almonds, dark chocolate with pecans and white chocolate with macadamia nuts. In addition to the main store and select retailers nationwide, you can ship the toffee anywhere in the United States. 813.831.6247.

Java Planet’s organic coffee comes from a variety of growers across the world but their beans are roasted in Tampa in small batches to ensure freshness. Their coffee and espresso is certified Fair Trade whenever possible. Visit their website for a listing of natural food stores where you can pick up a bag, or place an order using coupon code edible15 for 15% off your online order. 813.242.4805.

Chef Petta Brown hopes to enlighten people about Asian food and culture. One way she does this is by offering unique Asian ingredients and cooking accessories (along with recipes) on her website. Among the offerings are cool, stainless steel bento boxes that could replace those boring lunch bags. She also sells these at local farmers’ markets, as well as at the Thai Gourmet Market in Tampa, where she encourages regulars to bring them in to take to-go dishes home. Asian Confusion and Thai Gourmet Market, 813.817.9050.

When the cold and snow blanket the North, Florida’s signature fruit reaches its peak, and you can be a hero by sending a little sunshine from Cee Bee’s Citrus to your frozen family and friends. Cee Bee’s is one of the largest independent citrus growers in the state, and produces oranges, grapefruit, tangerines and honeybells that you can also pick up at the grove in Odessa (where there’s a gift shop and monthly entertainment) or from several spots in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties. 866.248.7870.

You can literally spice up your gift giving this season with the help of the Savory Spice Shop in downtown St. Pete. Your favorite tailgater will appreciate their blends for mojito wings and smoked black pepper ranch dressing, or you can score an easy win with a four-pack of popular BBQ blends. 727.290.9893.

Buying food gifts is one thing, but giving someone the gift of a garden can provide food all year. Tampa Urban Farming gets things started by installing raised-bed gardens complete with organic soil and seeds or seedlings. From a 2×2 foot herb garden to custom designs that can be elevated to save your back or drip irrigation to save the plants from dry Florida winters, the guys do the heavy lifting. Get a 4×4 foot seed garden installed – the recipient can customize the plants – for only $149 (regularly $299), using coupon code edible50. 813.766.9973.

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