Did the holidays creep up on you, leaving you with no time to shop for gifts? Epoch Taste has your back. Food and drink subscriptions are the last-minute presents that keep on giving, and we’ve curated a list of services that we think will light up the faces of curious eaters and drinkers this holiday season.
For the Curious Cook
With Raw Spice Bar’s monthly selection of freshly ground spice blends from different cuisines, you could cook your way through the world’s flavors. For December, an Icelandic Flavor Kit was featured, with licorice salt, gingerbread spices, and quatre épices (white peppercorns, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice). Each box comes with recipes, and the spices are portioned for three to four servings so you can use them up while they’re still fresh.
$7 per box for a 12-month subscription, $8 per box for a 6-month subscription
For the Adventurous Foodie
Do you know someone who yearns to try all the famous pizza spots around the country? Or that guy who would stand in line for hours to eat at a legendary barbecue joint? Goldbely sells monthly subscription boxes full of iconic foods from around the country. The service can select the foods for you, or you can pick a themed box for that pizza, barbecue, bacon, ice cream, or pie obsessive in your life.
$34 to $79 per month
For the Meat Lover
This is the gift for those who profess their love for all things meat. Each Carnivore Club box is filled with four to six cured meats from an artisanal charcutier that specializes in a particular style, such as Italian salumi, Spanish chorizo, or South African biltong. Carnivore Club is careful to source from artisans that use local ingredients and follow humane raising and slaughtering practices.
$50 per month ($55 for one-time only)
For the Socially Conscious
Farm to People curates boxes of artisanal goodies made with non-GMO, humanely raised, sustainably caught, and all-natural ingredients. Each package comes with a card with information about where the food comes from and who the producers are.
$29.95 a month (for three to four products), $49.95 a month (for five to eight products)
For the Homesick Southerner
The American South has a rich culinary culture, and Batch brings it to your home. With goods sourced from foodie hotspots like Charleston, Nashville, and Austin, the cornucopia ranges from unique condiments and spices (like barrel-aged honey, hot chicken spice blend, habanero ketchup, and whiskey and bacon BBQ sauce) to fun snacks (pecan brittle, Mexican-style chocolate, and cheese straws).
$49 to $117 a month
For the Craft Beer Lover
The Original Craft Beer Club searches specifically for small-scale, independent brewers around the country and sends 12 beers to you each month, with each box representing four different styles.
$39 a month
For the Cocktail Geek
Bitters and Bottles helps you build a bar cart at home, sending four to seven bottles of spirits, bitters, liqueurs, and other bar essentials each month, along with recipes and tips on how to play with flavor profiles to make your own drinks.
$89 a month for 12 months