2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Celebrate With Gift Boxes and Gift Cards in DFW

Every year on SideDish, we like to devote our energy to supporting small local food businesses here in DFW. For the twelve days, we’ll be highlighting jams, jellies, pies, classes, wines, coffees, teas, and basically any food product made locally on Dallas (or close to it) soil. Today is Gift Boxes and Gift Cards Day. If you’ve got a product that you want included, send me an email with your information and a picture. This list will often be updated, so don’t fret about deadlines. We’re here to serve you guys.


“Each basket includes:
Pomodoro Pizza and Pasta Sauce
Puttanesca Pizza and Pasta Sauce
Pomegranate Champagne Vinaigrette,
Dipping Oil & Marinade Primer
Cooking With Chef Gorji DVD
Recipes using how to use the Gorji Gourmet Food Products

Fifteen percent of every basket goes to Laidley’s Ladies and Gentlemen, a Dallas-based non-profit foundation, that raises funds for breast cancer research and assists under-funded families in achieving excellent breast cancer care.

The basket can be ordered through Artizone.com, GorjiGourmet.com or by calling 972-503-7080.

People can also pick them up at Canary By Gorji at 5100 Belt Line Rd., Ste. 402 Dallas, TX 75254. When calling to order, please ask Chef Gorji about the wine options available to add to any basket for local delivery.”

Canary by Gorji

“Just in time for the holidays, a mouth-watering assortment of gourmet pasta sauces, dipping oil and marinade and vinaigrette salad dressing from the kitchen of award-winning Chef Gorji’s intimate Dallas restaurant, Canary by Gorji are available in special holiday packages with 15% of the proceeds donated to Laidley’s Ladies Foundation, a Dallas-based non-profit foundation, that raises funds for breast cancer research and assists under-funded families in achieving excellent breast cancer care.
A great gift for busy cooks, the package creates the foundation for a restaurant-quality meal and includes Pomodoro Sauce, Puttanesca Sauce, Pomegranate Vinaigrette, Dipping Oil & Marinade Primer, two pastas, recipes and “Cooking With Gorji” DVD. The culinary gift packages start at $68.50.
Chef Gorji, who has experienced breast cancer striking his family and friends, says he wanted to join the fight from his battlefield, the kitchen. “I’m thrilled to continue to be part of Laidley’s Ladies and Gentlemen and help save lives—one bite at a time!”
The specialty gourmet packages, ideal for personal as well as corporate gift-giving, are available online and at the restaurant.”

FarmGirls Pantry Preserve

Donelle Simmons is busy. She does the DFW Food Truck Farm and Garden Inspirations, her personal business. She’s got a holiday gift package that is perfect for local-obsessed people. She says: “My business, Garden Inspirations, makes pantry kits called FarmGirls Pantry Preserves. We have many jams, jellies, pickles, and sauces.” Usually the mixed kit is sold for $55, but it’s only $35 because it’s the holidays, and Simmons is nice. Order here.


Jess & Tarin have an awesome gift idea. Listen to this: “Fullosophieis a ‘farm to fork’ gourmet food company that delivers fresh, all natural, clean gourmet food to your doorstep.  We don’t believe in dieting, but making clean, high quality food easy and accessible.  This time of year it’s easy to get off track, but with our service and the ability to have it delivered to anyone you want (in Dallas), we try and make it easier to eat well.

We’ve just added DIY cooking boxes, which make a perfect present for those who want to learn how to cook, love to cook but don’t have time to get to the grocery store or meal plan, and date nights!”

Joslyn glows about these ladies here. You can also order gift cards by emailing [email protected] This is also the last week to order holiday chow, so hop to it.

Killer Pecans

8 oz Killer Mixed Nuts
8 qty Killer Pecan Shortbread Cookies
8 oz Killer Pecans
$ 29.99

We will be accepting orders until 12 noon CST on Thursday, December 20th. Let us take the hassle out of holiday gift giving. Corporate, personal, long list or short – we take care of all the details.

As always, your friends and family will love the addictive flavor of our recipes… sweet and spicy with a little kick.

Order today at www.killerpecans.com or give us a call at 1-888-400-NUTS (6887).

Grimaldi’s Pizza

“Give and get something delicious this holiday season from Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. Now through Dec. 26, when you buy a $50 gift card to give, you get a $10 gift card bonus for yourself! Just visit your nearest Grimaldi’s location or order gift cards online.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is located in Arizona, Florida, Nevada, New York, and Texas. North Texas locations include West Village and Shops at Park Lane in Dallas, Watters Creek in Allen, and the just-opened location in Grapevine. All North Texas locations are open 11am-11pm daily. For more information visitwww.grimaldispizzeria.com.”

Ocean Prime Gift Cards

“Ocean Prime invites Dallas residents to celebrate the season of giving and receiving! With every $100 gift card purchase, guests will receive an additional $25 bonus reward card for themselves. Guests can choose from the freshest seafood and finest cuts of steak at the modern American supper club. Combined with the restaurant’s Wine Spectator-honored wine list, handcrafted cocktails prepared by expertly trained bar chefs and genuine, red carpet hospitality, Ocean Prime creates a truly memorable holiday dining experience.

Remember Ocean Prime for holiday bookings, as well! Ocean Prime Dallas features four stunning private dining rooms which accommodate up to 16, 32, 40 and 40 guests. For more information about purchasing gift cards, please call 214.965.0440 or visit www.ocean-prime.com/giftcards. For more information about private dining opportunities, please contact sales and marketing manager Coushatta Fitzgerald at 214.965.0440.”

Restaurants-America Gift Cards

“Restaurants- America is celebrating the holidays by rewarding you! Going on now, if you purchase $100 worth of gift cards, you will receive a bonus $25 gift card for yourself! These gift cards are the perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season and can be purchased in any amount from $25 to $500. You can redeem them at all Restaurants-America locations: Primebar, Townhouse, Park Tavern and the soon to be open, Mockingbird Taproom!”


“‘Tis the season for all things delicious and nutritious. Give the gift that keeps on giving and let Salata be your go-to gift giving destination this season with their new holiday gift cards. Available November 28th through December 31st at your local Salata, purchase a gift card for $25 and receive an additional $5 gift card for yourself! Good news is that you don’t only have to be a leaf lover to enjoy the holiday gift card, as Salata also offers a selection of seasonal soups and the option to make any salad into a grab and go wrap. Available until December 31.”

The 12 Days of Food Gifts

Day One: Cheese

Day Two: Candy

Day Three: Tamales

Day Four: Baked Goods

Day Five: Drinkables

Day Six: Cook Books

Day Seven: Cooking Classes

Day Eight: Jams and Pickles

Day Nine: Gift Cards and Gift Boxes

Day Ten: Meats

Day Eleven: Gifts That Give Back

Day Twelve: Juice Cleanses

Need more gift ideas? See Raya’s guide on ShopTalk.