Holiday Entertaining

Made In The Hills – Here’s to a season of searching out the best our region has to offer – and sharing widely with family and friends.

November 17, 2014 | | Made in the Hills

It’s never been easier for a committed locavore to toast the holidays in style. Locally made nibbles and elegant cheeses will fuel your guests. Gorgeous handcrafted wood boards and rich-toned pottery on which to serve them all are plentiful. We’ve found a trove of gift-worthy items too, from affordable hostess offerings to big-ticket treats – and we know there’s much more out there!

Here’s to a season of searching out the best our region has to offer – and sharing widely with family and friends.

A Spread to Remember

A Spread to Remember

A Spread to Remember

Betzy Wood Art cutting board by Mono wood artist Nathan Betts ($170-$200, From the Kitchen to the Table, betzywoodart.com).

Woolwich Dairy’s Chevrai Cranberry Cinnamon ($8.99, Fromage and major retailers) and Elite Cranberry & Port ($7.99, 
Owls in the Attic and other retailers, woolwichdairy.com) in a dish by Orangeville potter Martha Jackson Pagel ($15, Dragonfly Arts).

Roxie’s Boozed Up Christmas Cake relies on a treasured Guyanese recipe ($8.99, Inglewood General Store). Beth Grant’s beaded tray ($98, Dragonfly Arts, bethgrantglass.com) and beaded knife ($32, Farmhouse Pottery).

Spiced walnuts by Chef Pam Fanjoy ($10, Friendly Chef Adventures) in an Al Pace bowl ($26, Farmhouse Pottery).

A Warm Local Glow

A Warm Local Glow

A Warm Local Glow

Al Pace candle stand ($58, Farmhouse Pottery) and Randy Leitch’s beeswax candle ($13, Orangeville Farmers’ Market, leitchshoney.com). Al Pace cup ($28, Farmhouse Pottery) and cinnamon biscotti by Chef Pam Fanjoy ($3.15, Friendly Chef Adventures).

A Creamy Classic

Sheldon Creek Egg Nog

Sheldon Creek Egg Nog

Sheldon Creek Egg Nog, made at their Loretto farm, is in production now. Cheers! (Recommended retail price $4.95, at area shops including Spirit Tree Cidery and Dave’s Butcher Shop).

The Party Solution

The Party Solution

The Party Solution

Betzy Wood Art’s tapas coasters ($38 for a set of four, betzywoodart.com) fit atop wine glasses for easy mingling. Erin native Arron Lowe’s wineglass ($35, Owl’s Nest Gallery), Woolwich Dairy’s Chevrai Sriracha ($8.99, Zehrs) and fresh baguette ($2, Four Corners Bakery).

Art for the Tree

Art for the Tree

Art for the Tree

Pottery ornaments by Mulmur potter Jackie Warmelink add a rustic vibe to Christmas décor ($15 each, Dragonfly Arts, jackiewarmelinkpotter.ca).

The No-Brainer Hostess Gift

Soup Girl flavours range from Spicy Coconut Lentil to Smoky Split

Soup Girl flavours range from Spicy Coconut Lentil to Smoky Split

Caledon’s Jennifer Clark has you covered with her locally made dry soup mixes that make a perfect lunch the day after. Her Soup Girl flavours range from Spicy Coconut Lentil to Smoky Split Pea ($8 each or in gift baskets ranging from $19 to $33 at shops including Heatherlea Farm Market, Rosemont General Store and The Naked Vine, localsoupgirl.ca).

Instant Décor

Instant Décor

Instant Décor

Bowl by Shelburne potter Rosemary Molesworth ($140, [email protected]) filled with artificial seasonal décor ($7.95 – $11.95, Orangeville Flowers, plenty of real holiday greenery now available).

About the Author More by Tralee Pearce

Tralee Pearce is an associate editor of In The Hills Magazine.

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