Try a basket
Some of the metro’s gourmet shops were kind enough to put their goodies up to the Try This challenge. I along with a team of hungry folks sampled goods from Gourmet Gallery, Jamie’s Culinary, and The Beef Jerky Emporium.
Gift baskets are the bread and butter of Janet McDonald and Cindy Utecht at Gourmet Gallery. Christmas is year-round at the shops in Edmond and Northpark Mall. They keep records on the baskets they make so if you have a repeat giftee, there’s a good chance they’ll know just what to fill it with and fill it well. Gourmet Gallery has a great selection of gourmet foods that are ready-to-eat or a little added water away from meal time. Their pasta selection is unrivaled. They also have a huge selection of Made in Oklahoma products to send to your friends in faraway lands like Idaho. They also have a wide selection of high-end cheeses, dips and pretty much anything else you can hang on a cracker.
Jamie’s Culinary, in Casady Square, makes a lot of the treats you’ll find behind their doors. Jill Nevard and others conduct cooking classes, do catering, and have an impressive selection of dishware. Gents, this is the place to find your ladies not only a fresh-baked cookie or 12 but a lovely ceramic jar to store them in. Cooking classes are always a good gift, too.
The Beef Jerky Emporium’s excellence has been well documented by this Dude of Food. Mark Garvey, patio-builder extraordinaire, is committed to quality and will wrestle anybody who questions it. He’ll even start in the prone position. Mark doesn’t accept any products that he doesn’t consider the best. Perhaps that’s why he won consecutive national prizes for his house jerky, which is only one of more than 200 varieties. But don’t be fooled, there’s much more to jerky at Garvey’s two locations. Pickles, rubs, hot sauces, steaks, tamales, Cajun foods from Hebert’s Meats, and tons more. He claims his store is the ultimate spot to shop for the man in your life. But he’s fooling himself if he doesn’t think chicks dig jerky. Just watch the video if you need confirmation.
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- Video: Try This! - Holiday Gift Baskets (2009-12-01)