Philly Homegrown Gift Guide Satisfies Budgets & Tastes Of All Sorts

PHILADELPHIA, December 2, 2010 – Holiday shoppers looking for stand-out gifts that recipients will devour (quite literally) can head to Philly Homegrown™’s for the region’s top 10 edible gifts—a list that includes everything from Herr’s Swiss chocolate-covered potato chips to Jose Garces’ gourmet coffee beans to a year’s worth of gelato from Capogiro. While perusing the guide, site visitors can also register for a chance to win a copy of Chef Steve Poses’ At Home: A Caterer’s Guide to Cooking and Entertaining (one of the items included in the gift guide), along with a one-hour entertaining consultation with the chef. Contest ends on December 10, 2010.

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Here are additional highlights from the Philly Homegrown™ Edible Gift Guide, which can be found in its entirety in the Just in at Homegrown section of

• For the Insatiable Sweet Tooth: Betty’s Tasty Buttons are little artisanal bites of fudge made with local ingredients in fun flavors like milk chocolate-malted milk, dark chocolate with smoked salt and white chocolate with bourbon syrup, boxed up in charming button-tied packages. $7-$15 per box

• For the Explorer: City Food Tours offers five different themed excursions through the streets of Philadelphia. The tours are lively and fun, and the treats—everything from cheesesteaks to farmstead cheeses—taste better in their natural habitat. Tickets and gift certificates are available online. $29-$79 per person

• For the Cocktail Connoisseur: The latest addition to Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’s boutique liquor selection, Snap is a certified-organic, ginger cookie-inspired spirit that can liven up any holiday gathering. $29.99

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• For the Urban Sophisticate: Market Day Canelés produces little caramelized cakes in the French tradition. Now a cult favorite at area farmers’ markets and stores such as Pumpkin Market and Green Aisle Grocery, they make a memorable gift for savvy eaters.

Philly Homegrown™ is a consumer education and marketing program developed by the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation to broaden people’s understanding of the region’s bountiful food scene and identify foods that are healthy, delicious and support the local economy.

To see all 10 items from the guide, go to

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) makes Philadelphia and The Countryside® a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases business and promotes the region’s vitality.

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