Friday’s Featured Artisan – Beemster Premium Dutch Cheese

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Beemster Premium Dutch Cheese

Welcome to Friday’s Featured Artisan! Each week, we focus on one of the many talented individuals and companies whose perfect products are proudly featured in GiftTree gifts. It may be a master chocolatier, a gourmet cheesemonger or a talented artist – GiftTree is here to connect their meaningful stories to the discovery of your next great gifting moment. This Friday’s Featured Artisan is none other than Beemster – a premium Dutch cheesemaker founded in 1901. The Netherlands is famous for their cheese, and one Dutch masterpiece is a feature in many of GiftTree’s cheese gifts. Beemster vlaskaas is made from high-quality milk and aged six months to create a sweet, creamy and somewhat sharp flavor. During the flax harvest season festivals centuries ago, Dutch farmers would eat vlaskaas cheese on thick slices of soft, chewy bread. Vlaskaas roughly translates to “flax cheese”, and when the recipe was rediscovered in 2004, Beemster was asked to recreate it. The result was so spectacular, vlaskaas took home bronze in the Wisconsin Cheesemaker’s Competition, the fiercest cheese showdown in the world. So now, what was once a special-occasion (and lactose-free!) cheese eaten only during celebration is available to devour year-round. Founded in 1901, Beemster is made up of small family farmers and master cheesemakers. Their line of cheeses is rich, flavorful and available in a range of ages and varieties. The Beemster recipes and techniques are the foundation for creating every wheel of Beemster cheese. Working-side by-side with master cheesemongers, young cheesemakers complete years of training and apprenticeship, handcrafting each wheel with the same care and techniques used centuries ago. Only after years of dedication to perfecting their...
Friday’s Featured Holiday Gifts: Shareable Bites

Friday’s Featured Holiday Gifts: Shareable Bites

Giving is better than receiving, and giving to a whole group is the best! Here are some of our favorite shareable bites that make fantastic holiday gifts. Snap them up quickly – there’s still time to get these gifts delivered by Christmas! Sharing Winter Joy Chocolate Box Joy to the world! This abundant box arrives filled with peppermint bark and chocolates, creating a perfect offering for family, the office or your next holiday party.   Chocolate Decadence Indulge those chocolate lovers with this best-selling assortment of world famous chocolates and gourmet confections from Lindt, Ghirardelli, Almond Roca and much, much more. Paired with sweet companions, this gift creates a celebration that is truly decadent. Premium Pairings Wine & Cheese Gift From the French for “Beautiful Mirror”, Belle Taine Red Blend reflects the mastery of California winemaking and French oak barrels, where it ages to silky perfection. Paired with rich and creamy Gouda cheese and spiced Campo Seco salami, this gift crate is one tasting experience that won’t be forgotten. Chocolate Dipped Apricot Gift Presented in a festive holiday tin, nine perfect apricots are sundried and double dipped in melted white chocolate, or milk chocolate with a white drizzle. It’s a perfect holiday gift to send to a group who deserves a little sweetness this time of year.   Charcuterie and Personalized Tasting Board Gift Three varieties of artisanal salame are joined by stone ground mustard, organic Greek olives and more in this savory, shareable crate. With a personalized tasting board for serving, it’s a perfect gift for any foodie or culinary adventurer.  Noel Chocolate Holiday Box Thirteen decadent chocolate...
Friday’s Featured Holiday Gifts – It’s Lovely Weather for a Sleigh Ride

Friday’s Featured Holiday Gifts – It’s Lovely Weather for a Sleigh Ride

I remember going on sleigh rides as a kid growing up in rural Wisconsin. The fuzzy Clydesdale horses had bells that jingled as they trotted along the dark and snowy path, and the farmers who were hosting the ride had put up twinkling lights throughout the fields and woods on the route. My toes were numb, but we were happily sipping hot chocolate, singing Christmas carols and feeling the magic of the holiday season. Nowadays it seems like it’s a little harder to find places that will load you up onto a horse-drawn carriage, hay wagon or sleigh, but if you do a quick google search, there are actually many counties across the United States still offering the age-old Christmastime custom! Now that you’ve got the sleigh ride scheduled, you’ll need to take along something hot (or “festive”, if the organization allows it) to sip during the ride. That’s where GiftTree comes in! From a beautiful wool blanket and a bottle of wine to a basket filled with luscious coffee or tea and insulated mugs, this Friday’s Featured Holiday Gifts are all about the perfect accessory for your new family Christmastime tradition. And better yet, we think sending friends or family on a sleigh ride makes a terrific Christmas gift. It’s a little bit of time to get away from the hustle and bustle of the holidays, breathe the fresh air and enjoy the holly jolly feelings of the holiday season.       Comment Below:  Have you ever been on a sleigh ride? What do you remember...
Friday’s Featured Artisan – Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate

Welcome to Friday’s Featured Artisan! Each week, we focus on one of the many talented individuals and companies whose perfect products are proudly featured in GiftTree gifts. It may be a master chocolatier, a gourmet cheesemonger or a talented artist – GiftTree is here to connect their meaningful stories to the discovery of your next great gifting moment. Craft chocolatiers Adam Dick and Dustin Taylor got their start as a carpenters working together in Eureka, California. It was there that their mutual love of chocolate was discovered, and their bean-to-bar small batch chocolate company, Dick Taylor was born. Using these fine cacao beans and a modern take on traditional European chocolate-making techniques, Dick Taylor uses an careful, intricate bean-roasting and chocolate-making process. Directly sourcing 100% of their their cacao beans, Dick Taylor’s collection of single-origin dark chocolate tablets originate from around the globe – from Guatemala to Madagascar, Belize to Vietnam. “How did we go from building furniture and wood boats to making chocolate? For as long as we can remember, we have been making things by hand. The time and care required for fitting a mortice or shaping a plank is not unlike the process of hand-crafting chocolate from the bean…. The most hands-on approach we could take was to start with the raw cacao. We are able to source the finest fairly-traded cacao and perform all the steps in-house to turn the raw ingredients into delicious chocolate…. This entire process takes approximately three weeks to complete but allows us to make some of the finest chocolate possible. We use organic cacao and organic cane sugar in our chocolate. By not cutting corners or taking shortcuts in...
Friday’s Featured Winery: Opus One

Friday’s Featured Winery: Opus One

Welcome to Friday’s Featured Winery! Each week, we focus on one of the many talented individuals and companies whose perfect wines are proudly featured in GiftTree gifts. It may be a famous Pinot-producer or an iconic Champagne House – GiftTree is here to connect their meaningful stories to the discovery of your next great gifting moment. This Friday we’re delighted to feature Opus One, a winery in the heart of Napa Valley with one vision and one wine – a single Bordeaux style blend of uncompromising quality. Located in Oakville, Napa Valley, Opus One was founded as a realized dream and joint venture between Baron Philippe De Rothschild (of Chateau Mouton Rothschild in Bordeaux, France) and the Napa Valley vintner and icon, Robert Mondavi. Their intention was to bond together the old-world and new-world winemaking practices, creating a single Bordeaux-style blend. The establishment of this winery was big news in the industry. In 1984, the first vintages (1979 & 1980) were released. Opus One received commanding reviews right away, and quickly became a dominate name among Napa Valley red blends. The current vintages, 2013 and 2014, are aged 17 to 18 months in French oak. A joining of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec grapes, Opus One is perfumed with aromas of black currants, coffee, leather and violets. It’s a classically dry Bordeaux style blend that shows intensity to the flavors of spices, chocolate and coffee. The finish is a cool, herbaceous note with a touch of mocha and a strong tannin backbone. Send Opus One as a gift and transform any special occasion into a monumental affair. With a glorious purity of fruit, a full body and seamless tannins, we’re honored to offer...
Friday’s Featured Artisan – Bitterman Salt Co.

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Bitterman Salt Co.

Welcome to Friday’s Featured Artisan! Each week, we focus on one of the many talented individuals and companies whose perfect products are proudly featured in GiftTree gifts. It may be a master chocolatier, a gourmet cheesemonger or a talented artist – GiftTree is here to connect their meaningful stories to the discovery of your next great gifting moment. James Beard award-winning author, speaker and highly-influential chef Mark Bitterman is the world’s first and only selmelier. Much like a sommelier is to wine, Mark is an expert in salt, providing his knowledge and mastery to support restaurants and chefs achieve the best possible results from their food. For 25 years, Mark has traveled the globe seeking the best, most flavorful salts. We think Bitterman Salt Co. says it best – “At Bitterman Salt Co., we believe that salt is the single most effective flavor enhancer and the quickest, most potent, even most cost-effective way to make the most of every meal. Just a few dashes unites flavors and brings depth and complexity to your cocktail or drink without overwhelming it. We are an international distributor of craft salt and Himalayan salt blocks. We carry the highest quality products, made by skilled tradesmen around the world. Craft salts are profoundly rooted in the diverse culinary traditions of the food you serve – the ultimate quality, local ingredient. Most are utterly unrefined, ranging from 3% to 33% trace minerals. They come from beautiful places and beautiful people. Kosher is an artificially refined chemical with mechanically processed crystals. Industrial sea salt is no better, refined to 99.8% pure sodium chloride and standardized for global chemical markets. Cheap salt...