Like many in the Oshkosh community, I was affected by the pandemic. It’s the reason why my finance and I moved to Oshkosh in the first place. I know that others affected by the pandemic have not been as lucky, and I’m proud to help out however I can. This month,...
Nosh Fox Valley’s Holiday Gift Guide 2020
The best part of running Nosh Fox Valley is the connections with the restaurants and local businesses in our community while enjoying the creativity and passion they have for the services and products they have created for our community. Something that we hope to continue sharing with you well into 2021.
This year, bloggers Jenn, Robin and myself have written a guide featuring products that we all agreed that you our readers will love while continuing to support and show love to the local businesses which have been featured, many of which we have built relationships with the past few months.
Without further ado, here is this year’s list of local favorites that we think will make excellent gifts for the favorite food lover in your life. Hey! Don’t forget to treat yourself.
Xe 54: a Wine & Cocktail Lounge
We definitely need to get creative this Christmas season and XE 54 has come up with some fun and creative new options. Yes, a gift card or a bottle of wine would be a perfect purchase here, but how about a private wine tasting with some of your closest friends or family?
XE has upped the ante and is offering in person as well as Zoom wine tastings. If you want to venture out in person you get a private event room to yourself with five or more of your closest friends with their in house wine sommelier. You get the chance to try four on premises wines (wines only sold to restaurants and bars) along with some delicious chocolate and get some insight and background of where the wines are from. They do a great job of making the tastings unpretentious and just plain fun. They are also hosting pubic wine tastings for things like port wine and bubbly throughout the month if that is more your style.
Xe also makes some pretty fabulous craft cocktails and charcuterie if you want to stop by for a drink and snack while shopping.
1350 W American Dr,
Neenah, WI 54956
Phone Number: (920) 915-9194
Oaks Candy in Oshkosh is still a staple of Oshkosh, even 100+ years later. If you need a present for a chocolate lover in your life, Oaks Candy is your go-to. Some suggestions for food-related gifts you can buy from Oaks Candy include: hot chocolate bombs (pictured), Christmas candy, chocolate covered coffee beans, roasted nuts, and clusters. They also offer options to build your own boxes of chocolate, ranging from 1 pound to 5 pounds. Oaks is encouraging customers to call ahead for orders and allowing curbside pick-up to limit the amount of customers [5-person limit] in the store.
Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
1206 Oregon St
Oshkosh, WI 54902
Phone Number: 920-231-3660
If you are looking to wow your guests with something new and completely down the foodie path please check out The Garden. I have been ordering from this local Neenah establishment for months and they never disappoint. Yes, they sell produce, yes they garden, but they are so much more!
The Garden has put together an eclectic mix of some the finest and most amazing products that you can get in Wisconsin. Hello, chanterelles, limequats, and fresh yuzu, definitely not anything you could find in a grocery store. They offer everything from meats, cheese, jams, hot sauce, to holiday gift packages. The Garden also does FREE home delivery once a week which makes ordering perfect.
I have even sent some gift packages to my kiddos teachers for an unexpected surprise during this crazy time and it was a definite hit. This is one place I could easily order one of everything. Their list of goodies is ever expanding and keeps me on my must try toes.
Barrel 41 Brewing Co.
Let’s talk about seasonal flavors… I love a good beverage that instills some form of nostalgia. Barrel 41 is doing a pretty darn good job of wrapping up the holidays in one sip. You can try in house or get a 4 pack to get most of their beers to go.
They are offering flavors like Cinnamon Roll Crunch, Cookie Dough Spoon, and Mintally Prepare For 2021 for the holidays right now and I want every single one in my stocking. You will be a definite Rockstar at your holiday event if you pick up one of these, one of a kind beverage with seasonal flavors..
Also, if you are going to stop in for presents, make sure you taste test a taco or two! This cute little brewery has a secret twist of being a pretty amazing tacoria. You can read more about it on a post Alicia wrote here.
Barrel 41 is also hosting a festive social distancing event on December 19th that includes everything from Santa & Mrs. Claus handing out goodies, to ugly Christmas sweaters, to the release of their new Rum Barrel-Aged Old Ale. Fun times for all ages!
How fun are these ads they recently shot? How can you not want to buy beer from people that obviously know how to have fun!
1132 S Commercial St,
Neenah, WI 54956
Phone Number: (920) 558-4021
While you are are Barrel 41 Brewing Co make sure you grab a bag of Spent, crackers. They will pair well with the charcutrie boards we all know we will be creating this holiday. Not only are they delicous but they also are created from ingredients that are normally wasted.
From David the creator “Spent grain is a major byproduct of brewing beer. It’s also a highly nutritious and delicious ingredient. We made it our mission to develop a recipe using the spent grain from Barrel 41 Brewery. After many trials, we came up with a gourmet spent grain cracker that we loved. These crackers are perfect for your holiday charcuterie board, midday snacking, or breakfast on-the-go. We now offer Cranberry Walnut, Rosemary Apricot, and Pumpkin Spice varieties. New flavors coming soon! Order at fouronefood.com/spent or stop by Barrel 41 Brewery in Neenah. “
Caramel Crisp Corner
If you’re looking for a place to shop for a variety of food-related gifts, look no further than Caramel Crisp Corner. They offer 22 varieties of popcorn, several varieties of gourmet caramel corn, and more. Other items they offer for gifts include: mugs, loose leaf tea, cake pops, Christmas crack/crunch (pictured), local honey, and an ice cream sundae kit. If you want to decorate Christmas cookies but don’t want to bake the cookies yourself, Caramel Crisp offers that option too! Caramel Crisp can even put together gift baskets, but they need 24 hours notice.
Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 7:30pm
Saturda: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
200 City Center Suite D
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Phone Number: (920) 231-4540
If you’re looking for gifts for family and friends that are 21 and over, 313 Dodge in Kaukauna can help you! In addition to offering food and drinks, they also offer food-related gifts from other Wisconsin small businesses. You can purchase wine, craft cocktail kits (pictured), local honey, mustard, artisan cheese. Custom gift baskets are also available for purchase. They are hosting a Christkindlmarket in December Thursdays through Saturdays for additional Christmas gift options and traditional German food.
313 Dodge St
Kaukauna, WI 54130
Green Gecko Grocer & Deli
After a hiatus, Green Gecko returned to downtown Appleton during this quarentine. If you have never visited Greek Gecko’s owners Bob and Meg are known for Bob’s amazing creations especially his charcuterie boards and Meg’s bakery.
When I visited with Bob last week, I asked it what he would suggest for gifts and he shared with me it was hard as the menus and offering change and are made in house. My suggestion, grab a gift card as I personally can attest, whoever you gift a gift card to will love whatever they chose.
Green Gecko offers the best charcuterie for sale by the pound. These would make great gifts for anyone on your list, don’t forget to grab a bottle of wine or some beer. Green Gecko has an amazing wine selection and stocks many local favorites, including beers from McFelshman’s.
222 East College Avenue,
Appleton, Wisconsin 54911
Phone Number: 920-273-0564