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2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Celebrate With Gifts That Give Back

Every year on SideDish, we like to devote our energy to supporting small local food businesses here in DFW. For 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 Gifts That Give Back 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.

Granola From Impact Foods

Ben Hurt and Blaine Iler of Impact Foods are doing a little extra something this holiday. It’s pretty incredible. “This year, give the gift of making an impact with our friends at Impact Foods. The local granola company feeds a child for every bag they sell – but this year they are doubling the impact you can make. During the month of December, Impact Foods will be feeding two children for every bag sold. Impact granola can be purchased at Whole Foods, Eatzi’s, Urban Acres, Oak Lawn Coffee as well as online at Artizone and Abe’s Market.”

If you haven’t read these boys’ story and journey, read Iris’ interview with them here.

North Texas Food Bank Calendar and Holiday Cards

Adrienne Scruggs from The North Texas Food Bank writes:

“The holiday season is now upon us, and soon many of us will be scrambling to find the perfect gift for our family, friends and significant others. Why not give a gift that not only shows our appreciation for our loved ones, but also helps North Texans struggling with hunger?

North Texas Food Bank “Farm to Table” Holiday Calendar

The North Texas Food Bank 13-month calendar (January 2013-January 2014) is now available for purchase. The calendar showcases thought-provoking photos of fresh produce and highlights the food bank’s commitment to providing fresh fruits and vegetables to those in need. Included with the photos are statistics and data regarding last year’s fresh produce distribution and important hunger facts. Photos were taken by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist David Leeson, and all photos of produce were taken at the North Texas Food Bank’s Dan Morton distribution center.

The 2013 calendar for the North Texas Food Bank is published because of the generosity of Central Market/H.E.B. Each color calendar is $19.95 and will be sold exclusively at all three Dallas Central Market locations, at the NTFB, and online at the NTFB Store at ntfb.org. All proceeds go directly to the food bank, and each calendar purchase will provide 60 meals to families in need this holiday season. Also included is a $5 coupon from Central Market.

North Texas Food Bank Holiday Cards

The Food Bank is also selling print holiday cards and eCards again, which can be purchased online at ntfb.org and at the NTFB. Pricing is below:
· 5 for $25
· 25 for $125
· 50 for $225″

Dread Head Chef

The man with the finest locks, Michael Weinstein, has good word to spread:

“This is the season for giving and so in the spirit of the holiday season the Dread Head Chef will be donating 10% of all sales to the North Texas Food Bank starting on December 1st and ending on December 25th. With your help and support we can work together to help others that are less fortunate.

For a great holiday gift, and/or for your holiday entertaining especially New Years eve Parties we are offering for a limited time only the Dread Head handmade Chef Holiday gift/party crate. Dread Head Chef friends you get to pick what goes in the crate. Please choose 2 salsas and 2 chips. ($25). To order please go to dreadheadchef.com and just let me know what flavors you would like in the crate.”

Salsa flavors: Pineapple-Banana-Pecan, Spiced Peach & Strawberry-Mango
Chip flavors are: Cinnamon & Chocolate

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.