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Christmas gift ideas for the foodie in your life

12/17/2014 09:09 EST | Updated 02/16/2015 05:59 EST
If you're shopping for that fickle foodie in your life, CBC food columnist Anya Levykh has some ideas. She shared her suggestions with Gloria Macarenko for the CBC Radio programOn The Coast.

Gourmet cookies and preserves

Vista d'Oro Farms and Winery in Langley, B.C. runs a holiday Operation Cookies for Kids campaign.

The winery puts together tins of cookies and other treats from multiple bakers around the Lower Mainland, including Terra Breads, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, Les Amis du Fromage and Forage Restaurant.

The winery also include a jar of its artisanal preserves. Each tin is a minimum $50 donation, and 100 per cent of the proceeds go to BC Children's Hospital.

Award-winning olive oil

The Cactus Club restaurant chain has teamed up with the award-winning Domenico Fiore olive oil, to support The Boys Club Network, which works with at-risk boys and young men.

For $75 you receive a $50 Cactus Club gift card and a bottle of Domenico Fiore olive oil, signed by Chef Rob Feenie. The olive oil alone sells for at least $40.

Truffled honey and mustard

L'Epicierie Gourmand, the French take-out caterer and gourmet shop at Granville Island Public Market, offers Truffières de Rabasse black and white truffle oils.

It also has its own house line of truffled balsamic vinegars, olive oils, truffled honey, truffled mustard, truffle fleur du sel and whole truffles.

Customers can make their own basket based on how much they want to spend.

Chocolate mousse and pineapple truffles

Master chocolatier Wim Tas of ChocolaTas on Granville Island and in Abbotsford, B.C. did his apprenticeship in Belgium with Maison Wittamer, which is the exclusive chocolate supplier to the Belgian royal family.

Tas has recreated the royal Belgian bon bons for a special holiday gift basket, with classic flavours like vanilla, hazelnut, almond, pineapple, pistachio, Grand Marnier and Arabica coffee, as well as chocolate mousse.

A box of nine pieces is $20 and must be ordered by December 18 for pick-up between December 22 and 24.

Hear more from food columnist Anya Levykh by clicking on the audio clip labelled: Anya Levykh on edible gift ideas.

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