Give the gift of local grub

A gift for the gourmand: Blue Ridge Food Ventures’ Red Boxes come in four flavor profiles. photo courtesy BRFV

Food-filled baskets and boxes might be the perfect gifts: Someone else does the wrapping, and the contents are edible and delicious, so you can be sure your friends and relatives will put them to good use. Buying for a couple? These presents are big enough for two.

The Blue Ridge Food Ventures Red Box comes packed with products that got their start in the company's Candler kitchen. Boxes come in four varieties: The Hot Box, The Not Hot Box, The Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Box and The Fine Flavors Box. Each set has a different flavor profile, as the names suggest. Contents include Lusty Monk Mustard, Bamboo Pickles, UliMana Chocolate, GalloLea Pizza Kits, Imladris Farm Jam, Wingbean's Hula Girl Granola and more.

The goodies come in a crisp and festive red box, and offer a great way to show off Asheville's brilliant food scene. And they're affordable: Small boxes include six items for $39.99, and large boxes include eight items for $49.99. Shipping costs extra, depending on location. To ship, order online at avl.mx/nr. To pick up a box at Blue Ridge Food Ventures, call 348-0130 or email mvining@awnc.org. Order by Dec. 17. Boxes will also be on sale at the BRFV holiday market, 1461 Sand Hill Road, on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Sunny Point Café
makes a delectably decked-out basket. It's big enough to be an armful, and it offers gadgets for cooks, treats to eat at home and a $20 gift certificate for dining out. In addition to a cool basket — use it to store something really exciting later on— there's a glass mixing bowl, wooden spoon, hand towel, two Sunny Point coffee mugs, Haw Creek Honey, 1 pound of organic Guatemalan coffee, Sunny Point scone mix, Imladris farms jam and Sunny Point's cook book, Breakfast and Beyond: Comfort Food From Dawn to Dark.

Baskets cost $65. Call Sunny Point Café at 252-0055 or head to 626 Haywood Road for more information.

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