Locally Made Food & Drink for Enjoying (and Surviving) the Holidays

Chances are you’ll be doing a lot of eating and drinking over the holidays. After all, it’s kind of unavoidable. Whether for holiday meals, home entertaining, office parties, or for helping you get through or recover from the seasonal madness, here are some locally produced goodies that are not only delicious, but made of high quality, sustainable ingredients that you can feel good about devouring and serving.

Perfect for holiday meals and entertaining, Haynes Valley Pinot Noir from Napa Valley’s Aesop Wines has flavors of bing cherry, rhubarb, raspberry and red licorice (l). Sloe Gin from Sebastopol’s Spirit Works Distillery is a ruby red liqueur with bright citrus, spicy juniper, and a tart berry finish. Delicious served as an after meal digestif, it also combines wonderfully with a wide variety of spirits and sparkling wine to create cocktails that are delicious and easy to make. Click here for recipes (r).

From Oakland’s Wooden Table Baking Co, Marbled White Chocolate Alfajores are delicious holiday seasonal versions of their Argentinean-style cookies (l). The East Bay’s Mr. Dewie’s Cashew Creamery makes the best Vegan Ice Cream Sandwich around (r).

Prefer your probiotics with a kick? Revive Kombucha’s first cocktail recipe, No. 001, is a refreshing concoction made with their Mango Orange Sparkling Kombucha, lime juice, guava puree, simple syrup, pineapple juice and gin. Check out the recipe here (l). Mighty Hops Cider from Sebastopol’s Golden State Cider is made with 100% fresh-pressed apple juice and fermented with Champagne yeast. Columbus hops provide fresh floral and dank aromas that lead to a structured, dry finish (r).

Gluten-free sourdough bread from Berkeley’s Bread SRSLY makes the perfect foundation for their delicious gluten-free Pumpkin French Toast recipe (l). Made from organic medjool dates, San Francisco’s Just Date Syrup is a healthier, low-glycemic index sweetener for coffee, cereal, and holiday desserts, and is a great sweetener for recipes. Check out their Fall Pumpkin Bread recipe(r).

Wildharvested and naturally caffeine free, Botanical Teas from Oakland’s Juniper Ridge provide a soothing antidote to the holiday bustle (l). From San Francisco’s Andytown Coffee Roasters, the incredibly sweet Gold-Label Black Honey is a very special holiday release (r).

Bite-size organic chocolate goodies from Oakland’s OCHO Candy come in milk chocolate filled with caramel or peanut butter, and peppermint filled dark chocolate (l). Ruby Chocolate Raspberry & Pistachio Bar from San Francisco’s Charles Chocolates is a sweet and tart treat for the Holidays (r).

The Cure wellness shot from Sebastopol’s The Nectary has its name for a reason. Cold-pressed beet, ginger, turmeric and lemon juice, grapefruit, apple cider vinegar, sole and activated charcoal provide an immunity and detoxifying boost and symptomatic relief from hangovers; headaches, fatigue, nausea and dizziness (l). The Tomales Bay Collection from Petaluma’s Cowgirl Creamery features some of their best selling cheeses including triple-cream Mt. Tam, extra-aged Estero Gold Reserve, Pt. Reyes Blue, and Sea Salt & Olive Oil Crackers (r).

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