Why Do Giveaways?

May 24, 2011

Winner!  It was so fun reading about all of your food guilty pleasures.  Lots of peanut butter and mac and cheese – not together.  Comment #27 came up as random winner – Robin likes Cadbury hard shelled mini eggs and coffee ice cream.  Send me an email Robin so I can get your address.

Recently I was chatting with an old friend about my blog.  She has been an enthusiastic supporter and reader from the beginning.  She asked why I or anyone with a blog would do a giveaway.  I’m sure that every blogger out there has a different reason.  My reasons have evolved over my three (!) years.  At the root of it all, I am a generous person.  I like to give.  I have an abundant life and I like to be able to share.  I feel grateful to all of you for coming here and reading what I write.  I am moved by your comments and emails.  I get an incredible kick out of having students in my classes who I have never met but who know me through my blog.

Writing this blog, or any blog, is a solitary process.  I always tell people that I feel like I have about 25 readers.  Of course that is not the case, but day after day, it is just me cooking in my kitchen and writing in our study.  When I do a giveaway, I hear from more people.  I see names I’ve never seen, hear opinions I’ve never heard.  It is why I always ask for some sort of detail from you (like the most recent pedestrian taste) – so I can get a tiny sense of just who is out there reading.

So that is why you will see me periodically giving things away.  As the final of 3 giveaways to celebrate my 3 years and 500 posts, I am giving away some of the best that Seattle has to offer.  I took a walk through Pike Place Market the other day, with a whiny four year old in tow, and snatched up some of my favorite things.  This is a thank you, once again, for being out there and for reading.

Here is what you can win.

Chukar Cherries – delicious and plump dried Washington cherries.
DeLaurenti sun-dried tomatoes – the best I’ve ever had

Parker Pickles – pickled green beans
Mama Lil’s Peppers – spicy and good on just about anything
Blackberry Honey

To enter, tell me where you live and what you would send if you were putting together the best from your town.  Your culinary dream pack as it were.  I’ll pick a winner on Friday.

UPDATE: It’s only a few hours into the day and already I have gotten so much joy reading all the care packages you all would send from your hometowns.  YUM!  I have to say that I would, of course, include a bottle of Washington wine in the mix – we make some of the best Syrah in the world – but I know some states don’t allow wine to be shipped.  Whoever the winner is, I will look into the law and if your state (or country) allows it, I will include a great Washington Syrah.


  1. Ohh lovely! I live on the Gold Coast, Australia.
    I guess we’d be best known for seafood and pineapples – but not together! There are some wonderful farmers markets around too and excellent hot chocolate.

    Comment by Lis — May 24, 2011 @ 7:12 am

  2. This is a great question. I live in the south, so would pick some local honey and fresh strawberries to send. Take care!

    Comment by Kelly — May 24, 2011 @ 7:42 am

  3. Oooh, yummy.

    I live in Pacifica, California, a bit south of San Francisco. Nobody here in town manufactures food, sadly, so I hope an SF Bay Area culinary dream pack is okay. Here’s what I’d put in:

    Michael Recchiuti chocolates Classic Truffles
    June Taylor raspberry preserves
    Marshall Farms honey
    Andy’s Orchard dried apricots
    Cowgirl Creamery Mt Tam cheese
    AG Ferrari Foods Taralli Pugliesi crackers

    Yes, I like sweets. :)

    Comment by Elizabeth B — May 24, 2011 @ 8:00 am

  4. I am from the peedee area of SC. I would have Youngs pecans, stone ground grits, some local honey, and chow chow in my giveaway :)

    Comment by kit — May 24, 2011 @ 9:49 am

  5. Although I grew up in NW Washington, I currently live in South Bend, IN.

    If I were to send you a gift pack, I would send you chocolates from The South Bend Chocolate Company, a bottle of Red Arrow Red from The Round Barn Winery, Foccacia bread and Walnut Roast coffee from the Victorian Pantry.

    If I could send you my dream pack from Bellingham, WA, I’d send you Tony’s coffee, Boundary Bay Oatmeal Stout beer, Mallards Ice Cream (the cardamom flavor), and chocolates from Sweet Art.

    Thank you for the fun opportunity to think about my favorite places to buy foods!

    Comment by Danielle — May 24, 2011 @ 10:51 am

  6. What a great giveaway. I live in FL and I would send sun-kissed local grapefruits and oranges.

    Comment by Nisrine M. — May 24, 2011 @ 11:00 am

  7. I live in Trenton, NJ. We used to be the home of the original Trenton Oyster Cracker–as well as a major manufacturing town. It has always been an immigrant community, though the the immigrant groups have changed a lot recently–now there’s a huge Guatemalan and Ecuadorian population. Though there is still some remaining populations of Polish and Italian immigrants. If I could send a culinary dream pack from Trenton, it would include some of Trenton’s world famous “tomato pies” from the Italian district (frozen, of course), as well as my absolute favorite–”pupusas de loroco con queso,” incredible grilled or pan-fried masa pancakes, oozing with cheese (which caramelizes gorgeously beneath the pancake) and stuffed with loroco, a savory edible South American flower. I’d freeze a few of those, jar some of the the incredible sauces they are served with, and send them. Oh, and I’d throw in some oyster crackers!

    Comment by Adam — May 24, 2011 @ 11:31 am

  8. Now this serious spread makes for my kind of giveaway. Think of the supper party or terrific brunch you could throw! We were just relocated to Jacksonville, NC — literally two days ago — so I’m not too familiar with region yet. I do know of local honey and Muscadine wine, and if refrigerated shipping were an option, fresh goat cheese.



    Comment by heather — May 24, 2011 @ 11:35 am

  9. I come from Berkeley, CA and I would send:
    Blue bottle coffee beans
    Blue chair jam
    Happy Girl spicy carrots
    Chocolates from xchocolate bar.

    Comment by sara — May 24, 2011 @ 11:44 am

  10. I currently live in Pittsburgh, in which case I would need to send some pierogies and a Primanti’s sandwich. I am however from Buffalo and would rather send, some hot chicken wings (sauce made from Frank’s Hot Sauce), beef on ‘Weck, stuffed banana peppers, and sponge candy for dessert!

    Comment by Abby — May 24, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

  11. I live in Durham, NC, and if I had to put together a dream pack it would include Chapel Hill Toffee (chocolate covered, with pecans, YUMMY), local peaches (when in season), fresh organic strawberries and blueberries (in season now!), figs, a fabulous chess pie, some Cat Daddy moonshine (fabulous in mixed drinks), teas from Tin Roof Teas (in Raleigh), chocolates from Miel Bon Bon (Chapel Hill), and the wonderful vegan barbeque from Fiction Kitchen I had a few weeks ago (as a veg, I don’t do regular bbq :) We have so many tasty things here!

    Comment by Tracey C. — May 24, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

  12. Hi Dana – I live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – capital of the frozen north! Spring has finally arrived (I think!) and we like to revel in the first new spring crops. Number one on my list would be maple syrup. It would have to be “no. 1 clear – first run” – the champagne of maple syrup that looks and tastes nothing like Aunt Jemima’s syrup. Our local market has piles of wild local garlic and green asparagus and my rhubarb ( a red variety) is ready to be picked for the first time. I have no doubt that all those ingredients would make a wonderful 3rd anniversary dinner! Congratulations on this milestone and keep on blogging!

    Comment by Ava Jo — May 24, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

  13. I’m drooling over all of this. No, seriously.

    I’m from Akron, Ohio and I’m not sure we have much that would ship well, but there’s a local farmer’s market that has the most amazing corn I have ever tasted, a nearby fancy-pants grocery store that has some delicious ooey, gooey brownies, our regular grocery store has a table of Ohio-made products, which includes a line of sauces, salad dressings and the like all made with wine – which is my favorite cooking ingredient! (and great for sampling while cooking, of course). Finally, speaking of wine, a winery in Amish country, just a hop, skip and a jump away from Akron, makes Dandelion wine. I’m not usually a fan of sweet wines, but Dandelion wine makes my mouth happy.

    Comment by Jennifer — May 24, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

  14. I live in DC. If I were putting together a care package of special things I love that I can get here I’d probably hit my local farmer’s market for some cheeses from Cherry Glen and some jams and other goodies from Copper Pot Food Co (it’s hard not to salivate upon hearing White Fig & Balsamic Jam…baguette anyone?!).

    Comment by Elizabeth — May 24, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

  15. I live in western PA. I’d send some local honey, jams and pretzels!

    Comment by Katie — May 24, 2011 @ 1:25 pm

  16. I live in Minneapolis. I would send you maple syrup from my friend’s maple farm, wild race from northern MN, my own brandied strawberry jam (with MN strawberries),and rhubarb sauce.

    Comment by Jen @ Jen and Company — May 24, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

  17. Though I’d probably have to overnight them so they’re fresh, hard rolls and bagels from NY are like nowhere else. That and the black and white cookie….. =)

    Comment by Laura P — May 24, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

  18. Those look like such great treats from Seattle. I live in Philadelphia, and treats from Philly include Taskykakes, Philly soft pretzels (somehow different and better than other soft pretzels), tomato pie, and of course the famous cheesesteak.

    Comment by Erin — May 24, 2011 @ 1:45 pm

  19. Wow, talk about generous! I think this may be the best giveaway I’ve ever seen. I currently live in Washington DC, but am originally from NY and am (thankfully!) moving back there this summer. While there’s plenty one could give away from NYC, I’d love to do a giveaway from my hometown- Rhinebeck. Rhinebeck is just north of Manhattan, nestled in the Hudson Valley, and has an incredible culture of local sustainable eating. I think you’d be right at home in this town, Dana!

    Anyway, from Rhinebeck (and if I were overnighting it), I’d give away a loaf of whole wheat sour dough from our bakery Bread Alone, apple cider donuts from Greg Farm, and Ronnybrook Farm ice cream.

    Comment by Clara — May 24, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

  20. This is the first time ever that I’ve commented on a blog…and I read A LOT! Those tomatoes and cherries just look so juicy and jewel-like that I couldn’t resist.

    My town is Kirkcaldy in Fife, Scotland and if I were to send you a Kirkcaldy dream pack it would contain bulging pimpled strawberries, tayberries (which I have yet to hunt down so can’t be too descriptive) and porridge stirred with a spirtle and served with salt. Oh yes…and a deep fried Mars Bar!

    Thank you for opening your window into all things DT…such a lovely read.

    Comment by Holly — May 24, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

  21. I just moved to Utah in January. The 3 things I have found to be very popular here are. 1. Green Jello (I have no idea why), Fry Sauce (which I am in love with) and Honey (Utah is the Bee Hive State)

    Comment by Pam — May 24, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

  22. I’m also in Seattle… Hmm… I would give away Mighty-O Donuts (way better than Top Pot), Herkimer Coffee (coffee + donuts = a tickle in my pants), and a jar of the amazing vanilla bean honey from Golden Harvest.

    Comment by RH — May 24, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

  23. That was a beautiful explanation of your reasons for giveaways.

    I live in Minneapolis. If I were to put together a gift package (which I’m actually in the process of making for my mom, so this has been on my mind), I’d put in some Housemade Peanut Butter and Ketchup from Hell’s Kitchen, a local restaurant most famous for it’s weekend brunch; an Ames honey sampler; some Body Bliss goat’s milk laundry detergent; Tiny But Mighty Popcorn (from Iowa, close enough); and, if the season was right and I was hand delivering rather than shipping, some teeny tiny fresh strawberries, which don’t last long but taste a thousand times better than even the luscious ones from my home county (Santa Cruz, CA).

    Comment by Edith-Nicole — May 24, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

  24. What a great giveaway and a fun question! I’m from Baltimore, Maryland, so I would send a bottle of Old Bay seasoning, a six-pack of Heavy Seas beer (which, unlike the famed National Bohemian, is actually tasty and actually brewed in Baltimore), a package of Berger’s cookies (shamefully rich chocolate-frosted cookies), and a jar of McCutcheon’s apple butter. Not a very cohesive or “gourmet” list, but, hey, that’s Baltimore!

    Comment by Rachel — May 24, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

  25. I went to Pike’s Market as a newlywed, and I it had a big influence in my food path. I fell in love there and bought cookbooks to try and get that mojo.
    I live in the memphis area, so I would be packing up everything BBQ. Dry rubs and sauces from the most popular: Corky’s, the biggest tourist spot:Rendezvous, my local joint:Germantown Commissary and the one’s that is out of the way:Interstate. Of course you would need a CD from Stax as your BBQ soundtrack, and some of my famous sugar cookies for dessert!

    Comment by susie — May 24, 2011 @ 3:13 pm

  26. I’m just south of you in Tacoma, but I would send a large basket of WA apples, local raw honey, small planet tofu (made on Vashion), and Theo chocolate.

    Comment by Jacqui — May 24, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

  27. Since this is a theoretical giveaway, I’m ignoring the fact that all of this food wouldn’t be mailable ;) Downtown Orlando has some awesome restaurants, so I’d include sushi from Shin, pizza from Gino’s, noodle soup from any of the amazing restaurants in Little Vietnam and spanakopita from the Greek Corner!

    Comment by Faith @ lovelyascharged — May 24, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

  28. Hmmm I don’t know that I really see blogging as solitary. I always feel like I’m talking to SOMEONE and that there are people out there who care and are there to support me. I do love doing giveaways nonetheless. And winning them. Especially when they are handpicked goods from YOU. Although, if I don’t win, I plan on seeing it as a sign that I should just head to Seattle and hit up Pike’s Place with you myself.

    Let’s see…NYC. I would give…bagels (obviously), maybe some really good Italian cheeses from Little Italy and a pizza pie!

    Comment by Joanne — May 24, 2011 @ 3:30 pm

  29. I live in the Bay Area where I’m spoiled with delicious local food. In my package, I’d have to include Cowgirl Creamery’s Redhawk cheese, lamb sausage from Prather Ranch, and CA-grown pistachios and dates

    Comment by Joanna — May 24, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

  30. I’m also in Seattle… but since you’ve already got that covered, and I’m dreaming of a long weekend on Lopez Island, I’ll go with that. How about some clams from Jones Family Farm, some of Linda’s spicy pickles, and of course, some cinnamon rolls from Holly B’s. The clams wouldn’t ship too well, but one can dream, right?

    Comment by EH — May 24, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

  31. I’m from Cincinnati, OH. We’re known for Cincinnati Chili (which I would not send, since I’m vegetarian, and it sounds gross), and Graeter’s Ice cream. I’d probably send a couple of Graeter’s flavors, and maybe some Busken cookies.

    Comment by Joni — May 24, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

  32. San Diego! A yummy Mexican feast of fish tacos, chips, salsa and guacamole!

    Comment by EileenQ — May 24, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

  33. I’m currently living in Austin, TX – I would choose smoked brisket from Franklin’s BBQ, Mexican Martini mix from Trudy’s, tortilla chips from El Milagro, and queso from Magnolia Cafe.

    Comment by adrienne — May 24, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

  34. Everything looks so wonderful, especially the Mama Lil’s peppers and blackberry honey. If I were to send a packgage of the best foods to represent where I live, it would be coming from Bloomington, Indiana. Bloomington is a bit of a cultural oasis thanks to Indiana Unversity’s presence in our little city. And because of that, I’d send a few of our best “worldly” dishes with a local beer to wash it down: pierogies from The Owlery (a lovely little vegetarian restaurant), one of the delicious vegetarian etouffees from Dats (a great, little Cajun restaurant), a pide from Turquaz (a tiny hole-in-the-wall Turkish restaurant), and lastly, an Upland Wheat beer from one of our local breweries.

    Comment by Helen — May 24, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

  35. As I am also in Seattle, I’d still send you smoked salmon, a loaf of bread from Macrina, a container of Beecher’s cheese, Washington apples and pears, and a bottle of Chateau Ste. Michelle white wine for the perfect picnic.

    Comment by Kelly B — May 24, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

  36. I live in a tiny town in western Wyoming. I’d send elk sticks, ‘hardtack’ crackers made from a local bakery, and Snake River Pale Ale, brewed in Jackson.

    Comment by Leigh — May 24, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

  37. What a fun question and so many readers from different parts of the world! I too am in the Seattle area…. I would ship Snoqualmie ice cream – Cinnamon Honey Custard to be exact. It tastes like a cinnamon roll! That and Beecher’s Cheese. Thanks for the fun question!

    Comment by Julie — May 24, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

  38. I live in Lexington Virginia. I’d pack up chocolates from the Cocoa Mill, coffee from Lexington Coffee Roasting Company, and Route 11 Sweet Potato chips. Yum!

    Comment by Cindy — May 24, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

  39. I totally agree about the reasons you do giveaways.

    I’m in San Diego, and if I could bottle up some sunshine and 72-degree weather, I would. Instead I would pack up some fresh (not dried!) dates from Santee, some locally-grown avocados, some strawberry jam from Suzie’s Farm (my CSA), and some olive oil from Temecula.

    Comment by Stacy (Little Blue Hen) — May 24, 2011 @ 4:39 pm

  40. I agree, the responses are the best part about blogging, hands down. I wish I lived in a place as culinarily focused as Seattle, your treats look lovely. I am in South Orange County, CA and would make a package of Meyer lemons, avocados, local honey and this goat feta they have at the farmers market (yes, I am aware this would be a challenging package to send!).

    Comment by sara — May 24, 2011 @ 4:44 pm

  41. I live in Seattle too! (well Bothell). I work in Seattle though. Like steps from the market! Thanks for reminding me to get out and enjoy the market. Happy anniversary!

    Comment by Lisa — May 24, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

  42. hi dana! i live in washington dc but i would prefer to make my list from my hometown of conway, wa. assuming it’s summer, i would pack some berries from our local fields (entire flats of the best, most lucious strawberries and raspberries in the world for $20! i die when i see a quart selling for $7 at my dc farmer’s market), cinnamon rolls from Calico Cupboard, a jar of pickles from Pleasant Valley Farms in LaConner, and rhubarb from my parent’s garden (to make strawberry rhubarb pie with the berries!). can you tell i miss the pacific northwest? :)

    Comment by betsy — May 24, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

  43. I am in Northern PA, so I would send local wine, honey and of course pretzels :)

    Comment by Sarah R — May 24, 2011 @ 5:15 pm

  44. I live in Terre Haute, Indiana. Home to the famous Clabber Girl Baking Company. I would definitely make a basket related to Clabber Girl items and cheese from one of the local cheese makers. What a fun giveaway!

    Comment by Lori H — May 24, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

  45. I live in San Francisco, in the Hayes Valley area
    so my my 4 block radius you would get
    1. Blue Bottle Coffee
    2. Ritual Coffee
    3. Smitten Ice Cream ( can we transport that, why not right its that good?)
    4. Miette Confiserie
    there gingersnaps and princess cake

    Comment by Sara — May 24, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

  46. I live in Chicago, and I think the perfect gift basket would have to include Garrett Popcorn’s Chicago mix (cheese and caramel!), pierogi and paczki (Polish donuts), Italian beef and beer from one of our great craft breweries. Such fun!

    Comment by Nathalie — May 24, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

  47. I live in the Central Valley of California, so in my pack would be almonds, rice, and dried fruit (we have so much produce, but most would not travel very easily, so dried fruit it is). Maybe also some sun-dried tomatoes since we have so many tomato fields nearby. And of course, wine and micro brews.

    Comment by Nancy — May 24, 2011 @ 6:41 pm

  48. I am from NYC and I would send you some pickles from the Pickle Guys, cupcakes from Babycakes and bagels!

    Comment by Jody — May 24, 2011 @ 6:43 pm

  49. I live in Baltimore and the perfect Charm City foodie package would include Berger Cookies (the best!), Zeke’s coffee, Clipper City Beer, and house-made pickles from the Woodberry Kitchen. YUM.

    Comment by Mary — May 24, 2011 @ 6:44 pm

  50. I live in the Cherry Capital of the World, Traverse City, Michigan. I bet my cherries are better than your cherries! Har har. We have a agri-heaven here – we grow orchard fruits, we’re full of vineyards, and are starting to play with hops. We have teh most delicious local asparagus and strawberries on their way. What would I send? Cuppa Joe’s local blueberry scones with lime glaze, Cherry Republic’s cherry BBQ sauce (great on roasted potatoes!), Grocer’s Daughter herb truffles, Left Foot Charley’s pinot grigio from local grapes, and By the Light of Day local tea “Cherry Mint.” Oh, that’s a meal I could eat every day! Long live local food!

    Comment by Ali — May 24, 2011 @ 6:45 pm

  51. I live in Flemington, NJ. I’d send you honey from Tassot Apiaries, cookies from Bucks County Baker, coffee from the Bucks County Coffee Company, and chocolates from the Painted Truffle. Maybe some jam from our local organic farm, and Farmer Steve’s Popcorn. :)

    I LOVE Pike Place Market!!!

    Comment by Justine — May 24, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

  52. Though I grew up in Redmond, I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1990. Since I’ve been here I have become vegetarian and been seduced by the surpising bounties of the desert. The all-star basket would have to include: a bag of roasted Kerman Pisachios from Fistiki Farms; a bottle of Mangus wine (a red blend) from Arizona Stonghold Vineyards; Citrus & Desert Wildflower Honey from the Tucson Honey Company; and of course some handmade corn tortillas from the Anita Street Market in Barrio Anita. Yum.

    Comment by Ryan — May 24, 2011 @ 6:50 pm

  53. What a haul! I live in North Bend, WA and at this very moment since you already have the Pike Place goodies snatched up I’d send a big bunch of rhubarb from my yard along with the best ever recipe for rhubarb bars! And I’d throw in some tulips for the winner to put on their dinner table.

    Comment by Emily — May 24, 2011 @ 6:54 pm

  54. My giveaway would highlight the NC Piedmont and might include

    bottle of Childress Vineyards Muscadine Wine
    Muscadine Jelly
    jar of hot chow chow (great over pinto’s with raw onion)
    jar a hot pickled okra
    log of goat cheese from “Goat Lady Diary”

    Comment by Jesse — May 24, 2011 @ 6:59 pm

  55. I live in Kansas City and I would send a basket full of goodies from Oklahoma Joes Barbeque…the best barbeque restaurant there is!
    By the way – hubby and I are headed to Seattle on vacation this summer! Would love some of your tips of spots we should hit.

    Comment by Kristen — May 24, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

  56. I live in Tampa, Florida, so I would, of course, send Oranges and strawberries. We actually have a great Greek population in south west Florida- best homemade feta and spanikopita I’ve had since I visited Greece. But since you’re in Seattle, I feel like trying to bottle some of the sunshine would be the best package I could send- god knows I’d love a little rain and “weather” down here!

    Comment by Steph — May 24, 2011 @ 7:10 pm

  57. I love your blog and I totally know what you mean about feeling like you only have 25 readers…but like you said, I’m still motivated to keep plugging along…it’s truly a passion and not about the numbers! :)

    thank you so much for the giveaway! If I were doing an STL one, it would include fresh pasta from the Hill, frozen custard from Ted Drewes, some gooey butter cake, and some Schlafly beer!

    Comment by natalie (the sweets life) — May 24, 2011 @ 7:16 pm

  58. I live in the Bay Are. Hopefully it would be summer so I could send peak-season summer stone fruit and melons. I’d through in some excellent sourdough bread, Anderson Valley wine, and local cheese, too. We are really spoiled here!

    Comment by karen — May 24, 2011 @ 7:18 pm

  59. I’m from Minnesota. I’d send you: Hope creamery butter (the best), wild rice, fresh maple syrup, some Surly beer, Crispin hard cider and a Rogue Chocolatier’s PIURA Bar. Good stuff!

    Comment by Ellen — May 24, 2011 @ 7:23 pm

  60. I live in Seattle, like you :>, and Mama Lils would definitely be part of my gift pack. I’d also throw in some Fran’s sea salt caramels, a slice of Veraci pizza fresh from the oven at the Farmer’s Market (clearly only in imaginary land), and a chocolate mint Trophy cupcake.

    Comment by DVS — May 24, 2011 @ 7:27 pm

  61. I’ve never responded here, but I’m always intrigued by the entries and who has what to say, so I’ll put my two cents in too!
    I live in Bellingham, WA, and I have to say that for this part of the country, I couldn’t live anywhere else and have this kind of selection around me! I would put together a basket filled with:
    Boxx Farms strawberries
    Chocolate Necessities dark chocolate truffles with Charlotte Vanilla filling
    Skagit Valley corn on the cob, fresh off the stalk
    Boundary Bay Brewery’s Bellingham Blonde Ale
    Quel Fromage handcut cheese w/ demi baguette
    Woods Coffee – Espresso Roast
    Mallards Banana or Rhubarb flavored Ice Cream
    I’d also include a bottle of White Tea & Ginger Hand Lotion from the Chrysalis Inn and Spa, because it feels wonderful and soothing after washing the dishes!!

    Comment by April — May 24, 2011 @ 7:44 pm

  62. I live in Nashville and right now we’re in strawberry season. The local strawberries are the best anywhere. So I’d send those and some Olive & Sinclair chocolate.

    Comment by Lesley — May 24, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

  63. Hi Dana! I live in Fairfax, California and if I were to put together a basket of local goodies, it would include several flavors of ice cream from Fairfax Scoop (all organic all the time http://www.yelp.com/biz/fairfax-scoop-fairfax)!

    Comment by Kelly — May 24, 2011 @ 8:28 pm

  64. Let’s try that link again:


    Comment by Kelly — May 24, 2011 @ 8:29 pm

  65. I live in SoCal and I would send some homemade loquat jam that I made the other day! :)

    Comment by Christy — May 24, 2011 @ 8:40 pm

  66. I live in Huntsville, AL. It is meat paradise, but there are treats for a Yankee ex-pat. I’d include pecans which are our equivalent of the GA peach. Pecans for pies, salads, sweet potato pancakes. Also, if there’s an ice pack in this care package I’d include some of BBQs best decadent, occasional treat sides – fried Okra, creamy cole slaw, and a jar of sweet tea.

    Comment by Carrie N. — May 24, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

  67. I will be moving to Wisconsin soon, and a WI care package would definitely include a bag of cheese curds and a local beer.

    Comment by delia — May 24, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

  68. I live in NYC, and since there is so much wonderful food, it’s really difficult to narrow it down to a few items. My basket would include: bagels and schmear from Russ and Daughters, pickles from Brooklyn Brine, pretzels from Sigmund Pretzelshop, and chocolate chip cookies from Levain Bakery.

    Comment by rfoodie — May 24, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

  69. I’m in Pittsburgh, Pa!

    Habanero jack cheese, fresh wheel of Amish butter (it is so darn yummy!), blackberry-sage tea and chocolate cherry tea (from the strip district), Prantl’s burnt almond torte, PB-chocolate gelato, hot pepper hummus.

    P.s-Those cherries look so yummy, I bet they would be quite tasty on a salad!

    Comment by melinda ke — May 24, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

  70. Hi Dana,
    Kansas City is represented!
    Treats from this corner of the world include:
    – native northern missouri organic pecans – smaller & sweeter
    – World Class Shatto Milk
    – Pitalito Estate Columbian Coffee from the Roasterie
    – Goat cheese from Green Dirt Farms
    – Sandalwood Soap from Indigo Wild
    It’s power packed stuff.

    Comment by Connie — May 24, 2011 @ 10:41 pm

  71. I live on Maple Hill, a rural “neighborhood” five miles and 1,000 feet up the hill from the town of Grand Marais, Minnesota. Grand Marais sits on the shores of Lake Superior in northeastern Minnesota. Most of our county is made up of State Parks, National Forests or the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, with about 10% of the land in private ownership. Year round residents of the county number a bit over 5,000.

    A care package of goodies harvested in this far corner of Minnesota would include maple syrup, wild rice, wild blueberries and either fresh or smoked herring and trout. A red meat eaters gift would also include grouse(partridge),deer and moose meat.

    Other options include hand crafted red osier dogwood or birch bark based Christmas tree ornaments, bear-fat based soap, wild raspberry jam and rose hip tea harvested in the fall from all the wild roses growing near the shore of Lake Superior.

    My favorite non-edible local item is an agate, thomsonite or any other cool small rock found on some of the beaches here on the North Shore.

    Comment by Yafa — May 24, 2011 @ 11:54 pm

  72. Hi Dana,
    I loved reading this post and read every comment – I love local treats, and this really makes me want to live on the west coast!
    However, I’m in the Detroit area, and we have some great locally made treats – I’d send:
    McClure’s Pickles
    Avalon Leelenau Cherry Walnut Bread
    Zingerman’s Dancing Goat Coffee
    Fly Trap Swat Sauce
    Bells Oberon
    Garden Fresh Mango Peach Salsa

    Comment by Grace — May 25, 2011 @ 12:18 am

  73. I live in Chicago and would send:
    Taralli from Crumb Chicago
    Honey from the Chicago Honey Co-op
    Chrysanthemum Honey Liquor from Koval Distillery
    and anything that would ship well from Floriole Bakery!

    Your care package looks amazing!

    Comment by Anne — May 25, 2011 @ 12:20 am

  74. I live in tropical north Queensland Australia, so would love to send you a taste of the tropics. A big package of dried mango is essential. A little tropical fruit winery here makes some lychee wine, and then the local coffee is pretty good but would have to be paired with lemon myrtle flavored chocolate. All grown and produced here in our backyard!

    Comment by GILLIAN — May 25, 2011 @ 12:28 am

  75. I’m from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I would send soft pretzels, butterscotch krimpets, and a chicken cheesesteak hoagie :o)

    Comment by Jeannine — May 25, 2011 @ 12:42 am

  76. I’m from Charlottesville, VA: I’d put in…
    Apple butter from Carter’s mountain orchard
    VA peanuts
    Gearhart’s chocolate truffles


    Comment by Meredyth H — May 25, 2011 @ 12:43 am

  77. I live in NYC. For someone who wants a taste of the city…well… you can pretty much get anything here and few things originate here. But if I must, I’ll probably include Ess-A-Bagel bagels with their housemade cream cheese, bread products from Sullivan St. Bakery, and some awesome stinky cheese from Murray cheese. I’m trying to think of some fresh produce, but I’m at a lost. Maybe some local honey from the farmer’s market for the novelty. There’s also a wine guy at union square market who makes fruit wines and dandelion wine. I’d probably through in some dandelion wine.

    Comment by Jennifer — May 25, 2011 @ 1:07 am

  78. New Hamburg Ontario Canada is home to me!
    This weekend is the Mennonite Relief Sale in my hometown. It’s a wonderful fundraiser for overseas development and they sell all kinds of cool food for a great cause. It’s one day I don’t count calories b/c I know all the profits are going to a good cause. Also, everything is made by volunteers’ hands, often right before your eyes. I would pick up and send to you:
    Fresh Strawberry Pie, Asian Mennonite Spring Rolls (best I’ve ever had), Russian Vareniki, Hispanic Pupusas and some cream buns too. Oh.. and they make some great falafels and old fashioned ice cream. Not sure how I’ll get this all sent to you, but a girl can dream!

    Comment by catherine — May 25, 2011 @ 1:10 am

  79. I live in the lowcountry of Hilton Head, South Carolina. My care package wouldn’t be very practical because I would want to send you oysters and shrimp from the sea (which I’m not sure you’d eat!). Then I’d bake you something like brown butter cookies or heart in hand chocolate cake since baking is my specialty and I know you’d eat that!

    Comment by Bridget — May 25, 2011 @ 1:33 am

  80. i live in hampstead md which is outside of baltimore. i’m not sure what i would send. even after living here for years i don’t feel much in terms of “connection” to the area or food in general and what i do is in terms of fresh produce which would not ship well. if i could do that i would definetly send freshly picked peaches and sour cherries. but since not i guess i would send old bay since even though i don’t use it it is associated with the area, wockenfus chocolate, hard preztels baked by a small local (relatively) company, locally produced cheddar cheese and McCutchen’s apple butter and pickles.

    Comment by jacquie — May 25, 2011 @ 2:16 am

  81. I love this question! I’m a reader from Plymouth, Michigan, so I would have to include some Traverse City cherries along with cherry jam and cherry coffee, Olga bread, Macainac Island fudge, Sanders Hot Fudge and Bumpy Cake, Vernors, and some custard filled baklava from my favorite downtown bakery. And, while it is a Michigan original, I would probably leave the coney dog and out of the package :)

    Comment by Melissa — May 25, 2011 @ 3:14 am

  82. I live in New York, but I grew up in New Haven, CT – home of the best pizza on earth (we call it apizza) which is all this package would need! Napolitano style – thin crust, sauce that has been thought about, mozzarella cheese – YUM! And yes, it is hands-down, no-doubt-about-it better than New York pizza!!

    Comment by Tracy — May 25, 2011 @ 3:22 am

  83. I’m in the northern part of the SW, so would have to include some green chiles. I also had the most delicious prickly pear vodka recently, so would send that (or prickly pear syrup, depending on laws and such). I think most of all, pictures/postcards would win the day though.

    Comment by Cynthia — May 25, 2011 @ 3:37 am

  84. Vancouver, BC. My gift package would include some homemade grape jam (from my sister-in-law’s grapes), Okanagan wine or Granville Island beer, Fraser Valley Honey, Tuscan garden lavender, Naramata Bench Blue Cheese from Poplar Grove Winery, SeaMist Tea from Silk Road, parmesan crackers and whatever other goodies caught my eye at the market.

    Comment by Charlotte — May 25, 2011 @ 4:09 am

  85. Tucson, AZ. I guess tortillas made with mesquite flour, prickly pear jam, some incredible salsa verde. delicious!

    Comment by jeanne — May 25, 2011 @ 7:14 am

  86. I am living in Braga, Portugal right now, but will return to my home, garden and 4 lovely laying hens in Minneapolis in June. After being away for a year, I am looking forward to the sights, sounds and tastes of home!!

    My gift pack from Minnesota would include the makings of a great brunch: Fischer Family Farms applewood smoked bacon, Anderson’s maple syrup, Surly Brewing Company’s ‘Coffee Bender’ (a good way to start or end the day) and fresh eggs from my 4 girls, of course!

    Comment by Peggy — May 25, 2011 @ 9:14 am

  87. I live in Cambridge, MA and am about three blocks down the street from our fabulous Formaggio Kitchen, purveyor of phenomenal cheeses and wonderful other special treats. I would send a selection of cheeses from there, especially locally made, chocolates from Elaine Hsieh (she makes, among others, “Rockers” which are carmelized cornflakes, and roasted candied almonds covered in chocolate), must have clam chowder from Legal Seafood and some (vegetarian) boston baked beans. Not to be eaten althougether :), but yum.

    Comment by Liesl — May 25, 2011 @ 11:42 am

  88. My friend’s aunt started Chukar Cherries – they are divine. We moved to Salt Lake City from WA state three years ago and it’s been a fun and interesting cultural shift – and more sunshine, for which I am eternally grateful. I love to give also! I’d send along…

    1. One lb of coffee from our local roaster – Jack Mormon Coffee
    2. A 6-pack of Polygamy Porter, “Bring one home for the wives.”
    3. Large fries and fry sauce (utah’s own creation) from Crown Burger
    4. Maybe a few tacos from a taco cart for Randy :)
    5. Amano Artisan Chocolate from Orem, Utah 10 bar dark chocolate collection
    6. A basket of tomatoes from my backyard at the end of the summer – they grow here!

    (Maybe we should do this like a chain give-away. The first comment sends their items to the second comment, and so on – and so on). I have got to write a paper and stop thinking about food!

    Comment by Rachel — May 25, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

  89. I live in west central Illinois. We have great wineries around here, so I’d send wine if I could. We also have a local salsa that is great, some kickin’ spice rub made locally, and for dessert some decadent locally made chocolates.

    Comment by Tina — May 25, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

  90. I’m in Seattle as well, and you’ve chosen some of my very favorites! Mama Lil’s pepper….they do go well with almost everything! I put them in eggs, on pizza, on crackers with goat cheese…YUM. I’d also add Woodbring Orchard’s Peach Chipotle jam which is a favorite go to appetizer with triple creme cheese and La Panzanella Croccatinni crackers (another local favorite). I also love Pasta & Co’s salsa verde…I could eat it with a spoon in a single sitting. Also, Salumi sausages…expecially their mole sausage…heaven!!!

    Comment by LisaA — May 25, 2011 @ 3:50 pm

  91. I would send you some “Berliner Honig” – honey that is produced right in the middle of the city. And an invitation to visit Berlin, it’s not the best city in a culinary sense but on the rise. The cultural aspects could and would compensate for it..!
    Thank you for all your giveaways. So sweet.

    Comment by Annika — May 25, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

  92. Ooooh I’m totally going to ignore the fact that fresh produce doesn’t ship to America- I’m from Maastricht, a town in the very south of the Netherlands- but we’re talking dream pack here so let’s assume it’s perfectly possible to ship these things, shall we?
    I would send you:

    - a big box of mushrooms grown in the caves of Maastricht, organic ofcourse
    - a bottle of Auxerrois, a delicious crisp white that goes well with asparagus, from the second oldest vineyard in the Netherlands – localised in my town!
    - a pot of delicious herbmustard
    - a bag of coffee beans from Blanche Dael, a local brewery famous in our country, that’s been in buisiness since 1900, and a bag of Maastricht Dream Tea, also from Blanche Dael
    - a pot of dark, dark applebutter, incomparable to anything you’ve tasted before – delicious with cheese, toast, pancakes, sweet and savoury!
    - I know you don’t like cakes and pies all that much, but you would HAVE to try vlaai, a Limburgian (= the province in which I live) delicacy. Vlaai is a kind of fruitfilled flat pie with a yeasted crust, quite unique in the world. I’d have a hard time deciding between apricot filling, or cherry filling. Just across the Belgian border (a 5 minute walk for me) they sell a vlaai called smurfenvlaai – apricot filling with whipped cream and white chocolate shavings on top. Outrageously delicious, but less traditional.
    - also, hot chocolate on a spoon by the Chocolate Company, probably in the brownie walnut bourbon vanilla (I know, right) flavour.
    - a pack of rye bread spiked with raisins and all kinds of nuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, walnuts…
    - and lastly, a big big box of fresh (I’m talking 3-hours-fresh here), big, fat white asparagus

    And not I have to stop myself from wanting to add Maastricht star cookies, Maastricht star chocolates! Drooling all over my keyboard here!

    Comment by Geneviève — May 25, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

  93. I live in Los Angeles right now, but since I grew up in Bellingham, Washington I’m going to default to smoked salmon! That Blackberry Honey looks amazing…I might have to hunt it down at Pike Place the next time I’m in Seattle if I don’t win :)

    Comment by Jessica — May 25, 2011 @ 6:40 pm

  94. Fun question! I live in Montreal (Quebec, Canada) and here is my virtual local giveaway:

    1. Some spices from Epices de Cru (http://www.epicesdecru.com/en/store.php?cid=1) They are wonderfully fresh and the boxes are so pretty.

    2. A jar of Orange & Coriander jam from Lady Tartine (http://www.ladytartine.com/page2c.html) I do not like marmalade but this is amazingly delicious!

    3. A piece of Pepper & Lavander La Vailloche Cheddar (http://www.rubanbleu.net/fromage-la-vailloche.html)… and I would probably include the Rosemary one as well!

    4. A box of chocolate from Geneviève Grandbois (http://www.chocolatsgg.com/carte_en.php). Make that a BIG box.

    5. Living in Quebec, I would have to include maple syrup and I wish I could send a can that my grand-father used to make when I was a kid. The closest best substitute would be Maple Creme Brulée Ice Cream from Hâvre aux Glaces (If you understand French, here is a nice clip: http://wn.com/Havre_aux_glaces)

    Comment by Yannik — May 25, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

  95. I have lived in the Metro-Atlanta area my entire life (except for my college years were spent in VA) but I picked some of my favorite “Georgia” foods…

    -homemade sweet potato pie (made with home grown sweet potatoes & it’s wonderful warm or cold)
    -fresh peaches
    -peanuts (or all natural peanut butter works)
    -sweet tea (but with local honey rather than sugar)
    -cast iron skillet cornbread (in GA they use bacon grease, terrible for you, but it’s the only way to eat cornbread) with black eye peas on top!
    -and from the Atlanta Varsity a frosted orange

    I am a distance runner and health/PE teacher so I eat some of the typical GA foods (greasy foods) in moderation. But I love discovering new and healthy ways to make our “classic” foods!

    Comment by Melissa — May 25, 2011 @ 8:42 pm

  96. Hi Dana,
    From Bainbridge Island
    My gift basket would include my neighbor’s blackberry jam made from berries we pick along the road, my other’s neighbor’s vegan roasted veggie pizza, eggs from our chickens and a hunk of Port Madison Fresh Spring Chevre.
    Really getting excited about going to your Thai cooking class next month!

    Comment by Leticia — May 25, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

  97. I live in Northern California, Mendocino County to be exact.
    We’re known for wine and apples here in the Anderson Valley. Oh yeah, and beer. Plus, there are some great food products produced on the Mendo Coast as well. So here’s my list of goodies…

    The Apple Farm, an organic apple farm in Philo – Apple juice, Apple Balsalmic vinegar, Hard Apple cider & dried apple rings

    Lazy Creek Vineyards – alsatian style Gewürztraminer

    Scharffenberger Cellars – Brut Rose sparkling wine

    Anderson Valley Brewing Company – Boont Amber Ale, Poleko Gold Pale Ale & Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout

    La Mar’s Mendocino Seasoning Company – Sea Smoke, smoked natural sea salt from the ocean off the Mendocino Coast. 

    Mendocino Mustard – Hot & Sweet Mustard

    Big River Coffee Company – Organic Breakfast Blend

    Comment by Ren — May 25, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

  98. Oh man, this is awesome because I’m heading up to Alaska for a college friend’s wedding in August and decided to pack a lil’ gift basket for a wedding gift full of local treats from the Willamette Valley….I live in Eugene, Oregon…and these were the few local gems I know I will be including, most of which I can purchase at the farmer’s market:

    - Honey comb
    - Sea Salt blend (salt, rosemary, garlic, sage, lemon, and pepper)…heaven in a jar!
    - My own homemade peach or blackberry jam – I’m going to can up some peach or blackberry (maybe both!) jam this summer which will be a first. I’m a bit intimidated by the whole canning process, but hell, I’m also inimidated by the idea of marriage….I’m young and will stick with canning for now!
    - A few different NINKASI 22oz. beers, def their IPA it is amazing!!
    - lb. of Cascade Estate coffee – light roast (roasted by my bf nonetheless!)
    - A cutting board made by my father!!

    Your treats look delish…that jar of pickled green beans would be first devoured! Hmmm…maybe I should try to pickle my own. You are def a kitchen inspiration!!

    Comment by Kristi — May 26, 2011 @ 1:30 am

  99. We JUST moved to Boise, ID so we’re still learning the best of the local offerings… there’s a great locavore movement, here, though!! Potatoes would be included, of course, as well as 44North Huckleberry Vodka (delicious in lemonade!).

    Comment by Courtney Hans — May 26, 2011 @ 1:51 am

  100. I live in Gainesville, Fl. It is not only home to the gators, but to some of the best food small town, locally owned restaurants that I have ever been to. My package would include:

    nachos from El Indio
    Tanzania peaberry coffee from Sweetwater (local coffee roaster)
    pesto gnocchi from The Top
    Pizza from Satchels(most likely ricotta, broccoli, spinach, garlic)
    Jose’s locally made organic tempeh (both soy and black bean varieties)
    El Torro salsa
    and my homemade cookies of Ward’s Supermarket!

    Comment by Lauren — May 26, 2011 @ 2:01 am

  101. Oh my gosh, how fun is this?! I loved reading all of the posts and I am drooling at everything! And your giveaway sounds amazing!

    I live in San Jose, CA… but spent many many years up in San Francisco before having kids and I miss all of the amazing local treats. So, this is what I would include:
    1) Blue Bottle coffee beans
    2) A deep dish pizza from Little Star (hard to ship, but this is fantasy, right?)
    3) Cowgirl Creamery Mt Tam cheese
    4) A bottle of wine from Napa valley
    5) A sweet treat from Tartine bakery

    Comment by ange lu — May 26, 2011 @ 4:02 am

  102. I’m also from Seattle and a *neighbor* of Dana Treat! (Hi Dana!) I would put together some local neighborhood goodies. Zoka’s coffee, Chocolati chocolates, Fainting Goat gelato on dry ice, and some funky treats from Archie McPhees such as bacon mints.

    Comment by Midori — May 26, 2011 @ 4:08 am

  103. I live in Southern California. My CA showcase would include:
    - a bottle of Chardonnay from Napa Valley (preferably from Frank Family Vineyards)
    - a basket of fresh local strawberries
    -a jar of olives and a couple bottles of CA olive oil (early harvest and late harvest for contrast)
    -a loaf of San Francisco sourdough bread, and CA artisan cheese
    - local freshly made tamales, tortilla chips and salsa
    - Red Poppy Sour Ale from Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Co in San Diego

    Comment by Kathy — May 26, 2011 @ 2:35 pm

  104. I live in Pennsylvania now, but I was raised in North West New Jersey. Since I have only been in this area two years now, I don’t feel confident enough to make a goodie basket from PA. BUT let me tell you, my gift basket from NJ would be a weird delicious combination of things I could never actually ship because by the time it would get anywhere everything would be stale or moldy. Gross. Ignoring that, I would send BAGELS and a slice of Apple Crumb Cake from The Bagel Station in Sparta, NJ. Their bagels are giant, chewy, and delicious. The Crumb Cake, is as big as my hand and it’s light, fluffy, and with the perfect amount of giant crumb topping. I would also send a slice of Plain Sicilian Pizza from Lorenzo’s in Sussex. It’s THEE best sicilian pizza ever. The crust, the sauce, the cheese. Everything. It’s not too bready either. Finally, I would send Shickhaus Bologna. Now, that last one isn’t specifically a NJ thing. I just know that when my Papa and Nana moved to AZ they were so upset because no stores carried that brand of bologna (or taylor ham!). So whenever they would visit the first thing he would do was go to the store and get some of that bologna, the newspaper, and come over sit at the table and just eat bologna while reading. Weird, but endearing. The man loved some good bologna. That brand is just very consistent, texturally and flavor wise. It’s a very very fine grind and smooth. I don’t eat meat anymore, but I still have fond memories of it and feel that if you eat meat you must try it. So, that would be my goodie basket! Random? Yes. Delicious? Insanely. Those things are the only reason I visit NJ, oh and uh, of course to see family too….

    Comment by Rebecca — May 26, 2011 @ 3:26 pm

  105. Congratulations on your 3 year milestone! I think the most satisfying part of creating what you do would be to look back at your life through this blog and that is why I eventually want to start one myself.
    I am from Edmonton, Alberta a city of about a million people that has a food scene that is slowly but surely starting to come into it’s own.
    I would send you some coffee from Transcend which treats their coffee like wine and roasts beans from all over the world in their own facility. I would also include some artisan chocolate from 3 unique sources; Jacek, Sweet Lollapolooza and Kirsten’s Chocolates. Finally I would send you some organic locally grown wheatberries which are great for creating summer salads.
    I look forward to hundreds more of your stories!

    Comment by Coralee — May 26, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

  106. Hmm. I’m from Kilkenny, Ireland – so I would say local jam, honey and some of the amazing Lavistown Cheese. If I were going more generally Irish, I would include Anascaul black pudding (it’s amazing). Not the most vegetarian friendly though!

    Comment by Apples — May 26, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

  107. Hmm…well if I go with my Hometown. It’s a very small place so I can only think of a few things. wild Huckleberry jam…or I guess wild strawberry, wild raspberry, rose petel jelly. Smoked salmon (various types, a local wild flower tea…I forget what it’s called. Some local medicinal type ones that the first nations use. Local bakery that’s organic and also grinds their own flour. Oh and There’s the tomato man! He also sells wonderful cucumbers and various types of peppers from his hot house). He had an award for his yellow type tomatoes. If I go with where I live now (Burnaby, BC). I’d have to do more research, but it’s part of Greater Vancouver so I am sure there are tons of wonderful things. One of course is the blackberries that are everywhere can be made into numerous things.

    Comment by Peggy — May 26, 2011 @ 4:26 pm

  108. I have only lived in Illinois for 2years (Florida for 26 prior)–so I have limited Illinois food knowledge…but here is what I would send…
    it would have to be sent over several seasons-fresh hand picked berries, apples in the fall, pumpkins picked from the patch…I love all the farmer’s markets here…lots of fresh foods would be sent out.

    Comment by See Nikki Cook — May 26, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

  109. Like you, I live in Seattle. Since I’m local, I don’t have to worry about foods that can be sent in the mail, I’ll just list my Favorite Day of Foods:

    For breakfast, coffee and croissants from Cafe Besalu
    Lunch is a cuban sandwich from Paseo
    Dinner is cedar-planked salmon with wild huckleberries and grilled peaches from Eastern Washington, a beautiful bottle of Cheateau Ste Michelle Reisling, and for dessert — Theo’s Chocolate!

    Mm, now my mouth is watering…

    Comment by statgirl — May 26, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

  110. I live in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia Canada. As it so happens I spent some time in Pike Place Market a few weekends ago. The Okanagan Valley is a wine and fruit producing area so I would send you some Cipes sparling wine from Summerhill Pyramid Winery (we can’t call it champagne, but only say it is made in the champagne style), some Tickleberries which are chocolate covered dried fruits like cherries, blueberries, etc., some Semmerland Sweets pancake syrups (perhaps a blueberry), some homemade dukka and Bernard Callebaut chocolate bread from Okanagan Grocers, some Maple Macarons from Sandrins bakery and a Chocolatine or two (chocolate filled croissants),some Double Creme Brie from Poplar Grove in Naramata, some Goat-gonzola from Carmeli’s Cheese, some jam and local honey from The Jammery and last but not least my favourite buittertarts from the farmers market..oh and some homemeade perogies from there as well!!!

    Comment by bellini — May 27, 2011 @ 12:06 am

  111. As gardens are just coming to life in Kalispell, Montana the best we have to offer comes preserved… dried Flathead cherries, huckleberry jam, and some Montevedre Sunrise coffee from Montana Coffee Traders.

    Comment by kara — May 27, 2011 @ 1:53 am

  112. This was fun to think about. I also live in the Seattle area but moved from the Portland, Oregon area last year so those things still come more to mind: Hotlips fruit soda, Pix blue cheese truffles (and just about any of their desserts), Cranberry Sweets vineyard sweets jelly candy, McMenamins Terminator Stout (I’m not really a beer drinker but this one good) and lastly Oregonzola cheese from Rogue Creamery.

    Comment by Nimi — May 27, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

  113. I live in the Okanagan Valley in BC, which is probably not a whole lot different from Washington when it comes to local products. I’d definitely have to include fruit (preferably something homemade, since I don’t buy a lot of the processed fruit products) and wine (there are a lot of choices for that). Beyond that, maybe some barbecue sauce that’s made in my hometown, some locally-roasted coffee, and one of the trail mixes my workplace makes.

    Comment by ikkinlala — May 27, 2011 @ 3:49 pm

  114. From the great northeast I’d send maple syrup, crisp apples, sharp cheddar cheese, milk and ice cream from my favorite dairy, brown eggs from our CSA farm, and strawberries from our 3-week season!

    Comment by bookboxer — May 27, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

  115. I am living in Los Angeles, but only for two more weeks…

    I guess I would send you a box of croissants made in a bakery not too far from our home, that are the best croissants I’ve had away from Paris. Ok, it’s not typical LA stuff, but it would be part of my care package for a friend FOR SURE :-)

    A nice bottle of wine

    A huge box of freshly picked strawberries…

    Comment by SallyBR — May 31, 2011 @ 6:19 pm

  116. What a fun question! I live in Phoenix, Arizona. We have some of the most authentic Mexican food around, so that would have to be in order.

    Love your blog!

    Comment by Kelly N. — May 31, 2011 @ 9:13 pm

  117. Dallas – Salsa, chips, tamales, and homemade Sopapilla Cheesecake!

    Comment by kelly — June 4, 2011 @ 12:20 am

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