Holiday Gifts That Give Back

December is a month full of occasions and holidays celebrated with gift giving.  Here is a selection of great food and wine gifts that do more than bring a smile to the recipient.

Bellus Wines

From Sommelier Jordan Salcito (Wine Director at Crown NYC and an eHow Food Rachael Ray Buddy), comes a Super Tuscan Girasole.  The delicious red wine is a blend of three grape varieties: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.   A percentage of proceeds are donated to the Tory Burch Foundation, which helps to empower and provide “economic opportunity” to women.

Top Your Pizza

This is the first cookbook from brother and sister team John Iaciofano and Elana Iaciofano.  If you follow their blog you know the book promises to have spectacular photos in addition to great recipes.  Eighty percent of the proceeds will be donated to Just Food, a non-profit organization that helps bring local, sustainable food from local farms to New York City residents.

Yum-o! & Rachael Ray

Shopping for a home chef?  Cooking.com teamed up with Rachael Ray’s Yum-o! a non-profit organization that helps teach families healthy food choices.  Purchase any of the “Oven Lovin’” nonstick pans and 100% of the proceeds go back to the organization.

Stumptown Grand Cru Collection

Coffee lovers will thank you for this direct trade selection of global coffees paired with a Stumptown coffee mug.  Buying direct trade means you are buying the highest quality bean, ensuring that the coffee is coming to you efficiently and the grower is compensated fairly – every time.  Buying with the Stumptown stamp of approval is good enough for my morning joe, some of the best coffee I have had.

Cheers!

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