Bringing You Unique Gourmet Baskets!
Satisfy your cravings for gourmet foods!
Satisfy your cravings for gourmet foods!
After 9 months of difficult health issues, opening and closing our store because of forest fires, we are back and focused on our web business. We are looking for new items to add to our selection while we also focus on the gift basket business. As we move forward, we want to thank all for your support. Cheers!
Growing up in a family restaurant, I realized that the personal engagement with guests and customers made the difference for our family's success. For the last five years, I have been teaching customers how to pair infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars and gourmet food into their daily recipes. What a pleasure!
I was fortunate to grow up in a family home where traditional cooking was melded with unique additives to add a creative taste to the meal. Deborah and I have spent a life together looking for unique foods that bring added taste and quality to the preparation and presentation. Our goal is to find unique products that we can share together in our gourmet gift basket combinations or for sale individually. Please let us know about great products and suppliers that we can add to our selection!
One of the revelations we discovered from our retail experience is the importance of allowing you to select and design your own gift basket combinations.
As an example, the basket to the right included an award winning
Picual EVOO from Spain ,
Aged 25 Year Old Dark Balsamic Vinegar from Modena, Italy
Pastas Sides by Tiberino - Italy,
Black Truffle Salt and Himalayan Sherpa Pink Salt from San Francisco Salt Company,
Coffee farmed by Women of Cafe Femenino - Nahuala Guatemala,
Lemon Infused Olives and yummy sauces from Sutter Buttes
Global award winning Fifty-Fifty Eclipse Stout!
Olive Oil "Sparti" Soap from Loconiko
All unique gifts for the discerning palate!
Check out our growing recipe section
Large Tahoe Gourmet Food Basket
Gifting an elegant bottle of high-quality extra virgin olive oil with yummy pasta side dishes, spices and salts is a great way to show someone your appreciation for any occasion.
Choose from our selection of oils and vinegars from around the world along with our other special food items like our salts, side dishes, coffees, and honey....all special in their heritage and location.
We are happy to include your personalized greeting card at no additional charge. We can build custom selections by the dozens and can suggest wonderful items that we currently offer in our store.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding product availability, shipping lead times and cost and we will help you choose your selection.
Award winning Extra Virgin Olive Oils from Bella Grace Vineyards - Plymouth, CA! In stock soon.
Over the past year we have searched for a supplier of seasonings and and spices that we could brand and package for our own customers. Wow! Did we get lucky. These spices and seasoning are beyond in freshness and flavor!
Ingredients: Savory, Basil, Marjoram, Thyme, Sage, Tarragon, Rosemary. Description: Just the right blend of Italian herbs and spices for pasta, pizza, lasagna, garlic bread or anything you're cooking up.
Ingredients: Brown Sugar, Sea Salt, Dark Chili Powder (Chili Pepper, Salt, Spices, Garlic, Silicon Dioxide (as an anticaking agent)), Paprika, Honey, Hickory Powder (Barley Malt Flour, Natural Hickory Smoke Flavor. Contains: Sulfites), Onion, Black Pepper, Cumin, Garlic, Yellow Mustard Seed, Chili.
Description: Full of smoky BBQ flavor, this honeyed blend with just a hint of mustard is for those who like some sweetness in their seasonings. Please note that this product contains sulfites.
Ingredients: Black Peppercorns.
Description: Pepper has remained as the King of Spices over the ages, and has become an integral flavoring in most cuisines around the world. The taste is hot and biting with a clean, penetrating aftertaste. It has the ability to work so well in many dishes from savory to sweet, whether included in cooking or added at the table. It goes well with red meats, game, strongly flavored seafood, and egg dishes when used in moderation. Peppercorns release their pungency when cracked or ground, so very different results are achieved by working with whole verses ground pepper.
Ingredients: California Chili Powder
If you Chili...you will love this chili powder. It's a staple seasoning for us when we think of spicy hot!
Aglio Olio E Pepperoncino
Apple Pie Seasoning
Basil Organic Whole
Bloody Mary Mix
Cinnamon Powder Saigon
California Chili Powder
Cayenne Chili Powder Organic
Cumin Seed Whole
Toasted California Chili Whole
Everything Sans Bagel
Grilled Chicken Rub
Garlic & Parsley Sea Salt
Herbs De Provence Sea Salt
Honey BBQ Rub
Italian Pasta Seasoning
Jalapeño Green Chili Powder
Lemon Herb Seasoning
To caramelize pumpkin seeds, bring water and sugar to boil, add pumpkin seeds to the pan and slowly heat until the seeds swell up and turn golden brown.
Put a few balls of vanilla ice cream in a dessert bowl, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of GEA Pumpkin Seed Oil per serving and decorate the dessert with caramelized pumpkin seeds.
You can also whip the ice cream in a blender until creamy. While whipping, add pumpkin seed oil and minced caramelized pumpkin seeds.
Other ways to incorporate Pumpkin Seed Oil in you baking!
Pumpkin Oil and Chocolate Chip Muffins
Separate the egg whites and egg yolks. Beat the egg whites until stiff. Gradually add the sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Mix in the egg yolks. Add the oil, flour, baking powder and chocolate chips. Pour the batter into the muffin tins and bake at 180°C for 20 min.
Once the muffins have cooled, top with a frosting of your choice and sprinkle with roasted pumpkin seeds.
Award winning GEA Stajersko prekmursko Pumpkin Seed Oil from Slovenia Over Vanilla Ice Cream
There are hundreds of varieties of olive oil from all over the world. We have had the pleasure of tasting and adding dozens Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils (EVOO) varieties to our own recipes and meal configurations over the last five years. Like grapes, olive oils have unique flavors based on the specific conditions of where the olives are grown. This includes the weather, the soil, the ripeness of the olives when they are harvested, how soon they are pressed and and at what temperature they are refined. Poor post harvest quality control can ruin the final product.
That being said, the Olive Oil industry is rife with quality control issues, so you can never be sure that you are getting top quality EVOO unless you investigate the source yourself. Like the wine industry, there is plethora of information about how to determine great olive oil brands and where they come from. The opportunity to learn about different olive oil varieties, how they should be matched to your recipe or meal configuration can make a huge difference to that configuration.
Some well known varieties for your oil cabinet:
Arbequina - Spain - A small olive with a large pit keeps the the taste very rich and creamy. because of its mild creamy taste, it is the most broadly used to have in your oil cabinet.
Cobrancosa - Portugal - rich, a sense of sweet and herbal in taste from ripe olives, fresh cut grass and a flowery traits are typical of this variety
Coratina - Italy - Powerful, robust and delicious, with sometimes creamy taste
Hojiblanca - Spain - A light fruity taste with notes of nectarine, peach and apricot that works well with salads, over vegetables and baking
Koronecki - Greece - Creamy and can be mild or robust with notes of fresh green grass. Another must have in your oil cabinet. We recommend and offer a 2018 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition - Laconiko Koronecki Estate EVOO.
Mission - USA - Robust, bitter and strong herbal flavor used with roasting meats, chicken and vegetables.
Picual- Spain - a common olive grown in Spain, our selection of the 2018 Gold medal winner at NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition - Dehesa de La Sabina - enhances a green tomato, fresh cut grass, green apple and fresh fruit taste with a peppery finish.
Check out our recipe section
Pure Extra Virgin Olive Oil
We are lovers of coffee. We found a unique source of coffee beans with a wonderful story about women who own their own coffee plantations supported by a wonderful foundation
In 2004, 464 women farmers in northern Peru decided to change this dynamic by separating their coffee production from the men’s. In that moment, for the ﬁrst time, this group of women created their own product and income. Their coffee cooperative CECANOR joined their commercial partner Organic Products Trading Company (OPTCO) to create Café Femenino—a gender-focused program to support social justice and empowerment for women coffee producers worldwide.
The Café Femenino coffee program is one-of-a-kind ethical sourcing model committed to ending the cycle of poverty afflicting women coffee farmers across the world. Café Femenino provides direct compensation to women farmers, along with the opportunity and resources to enact positive change in their communities and on their own terms. Thousands of women with one powerful idea: Women farmers deserve credit for their crucial role in the coffee industry.
Café Femenino Foundation is an independent nonprofit that provides grants to select projects requested by Café Femenino’s women farmers to enhance the lives of their families and communities. In addition to generous consumer donations that help fund these projects, participating coffee roasters are required to donate a percentage of their coffee purchase to the Café Femenino Foundation.
Women in remote and rural coffee communities face a host of challenges that keep them trapped in poverty. Many of these isolated women live in male- dominated societies and have very little ﬁnancial control or decision-making power.
We will be adding several coffee flavors from our local Truckee Coffee Bean Roaster - Twisted Tree Coffee Roasters who sources from the Café Femenino coffee program.
About Twisted Tree - Our local source
Twisted Tree came about as an idea of creating “coffee with a purpose”. The tree itself is a piece of art that illustrates the forces of mother nature imprinting a story by weaving a design throughout these trees. And no matter how much the environment impacts them, they stand strong and majestic. In other words… Resilient!!
A twisted tree has endured the elements. It has withstood mother natures forces. Twisted trees are a metaphor for our life journey. What is your Twisted Tree story?
Cafe Femenino Coffee Farmer - A Wonderful Story!
We give our bees the same love and care we give our family.
True Gold is owned by mother-son duo Sarah and Tyler Sample, 3rd and 4th generation beekeepers from Lyndsay, California!
"All our honey comes from our bee farm, Sample Family Apiaries. We constantly monitor our hives, ensuring they are healthy, strong and safe, so our bees can focus on the important work of pollinating and making honey. We harvest our honey by hand to keep it as raw and pure as possible, using sustainable practices to reduce waste and keep our impact on the earth to a minimum."
All so you can enjoy honey that bursts with local flavor and has all its natural benefits intact.
Our honey comes from our family beekeeping business, Sample Family Apiaries. It is pure, raw, and unfiltered. We do not cook our honey or dilute our honey, so it retains all of its health benefits, including live antibodies, enzymes and minerals. Think of it as straight from our hives to your table.
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