Gift Guide: Gifts for the foodie

G.A. Benton, Columbus Alive

Everybody's a "foodie" these days - just ask them. Here are some terrific gifts suitable for their various palates and your various pocketbooks.

Meat and Greet

Excelling since the 1880s, masterful Thurn's Specialty Meats will help you stuff stockings with kicky landjagers (think artisanal "Slim Jims"; $11/pound) or wow your lucky awardees with superior smoked turkeys ($4.25/pound), hams, pheasants and ducks. Also spectacular: smoked salmon and trout ($17-$18/pound) and party-perfect charcuterie treats like phenomenal homemade cold cuts and sausages.

Thurn's Specialty Meats

530 Greenlawn Ave., Franklinton

Cut the Cheese

Wholly Craft sells charming Tom Roche-carved cutting boards ($24) hewn exactly like our groovy, heart-shaped state. They're perfect for slicing up bold, locally made and award-winning raw milk cheeses such as Owl Creek Tomme from Kokoborrego and Charloe from Canal Junction (both available at Katzinger's).

Wholly Craft

3169 N. High St., Clintonville

Katzinger's Delicatessen

475 S.Third St., German Village

Tips to Cocktails

A long bar spoon like American Metalcraft's twisted 11-inch red-capped swizzler ($2 at Wasserstrom) will help sophisticated tipplers convert holiday booze gifts into fancy cocktails with flair. Urge on further libation creations with they'll-love-you splurges (available at Weiland's) like Luxardo cherries ($20) and ritzy bitters like Campari-ish Scrappy's Aromatic ($21) and licorice-y Dale DeGroff's Pimento Aromatic ($15).

Wasserstrom restaurant supply

2777 Silver Dr., Clintonville


3600 Indianola Ave., Clintonville

Box Lunch

Slouchy sacks and flimsy baggies will be things of the past for lunch-and-snack-toting recipients of eco-friendly Box Appetit from black and blum. Present this multi-chambered, microwavable and bento-riffing super-smart container ($24 in the Wexner Center Store) with lagniappe Krema goodies such as Gourmet Mixed Nuts ($12/pound) and Organic Dark Chocolate Cherries ($8/bag).

Wexner Center

1871 N. High St., Campus


1000 Goodale Blvd., Grandview

Buy the Book

The breezy-to-peruse North Market Cookbook ($22.95) is not only packed with enticing vendor-favorite recipes (e.g. Nida's beloved pad Thai and Pure Imagination's great hot chocolate), it's also equipped with cocktail ideas and market ingredient-driven chefs recipes from places like Basi Italia and Spagio. The icing on this 214-page, user-friendly cake? Personal stories of the market's vendors and farmers.

North Market

59 Spruce St.,Arena District

Photos by Meghan Ralston