If you’re still Christmas shopping but stumped by some people on your list, start thinking with your stomach.
Food and drink can make great gifts — and food and drink produced in Northeast Ohio is a nice way to show off your Cleveland pride to family and friends outside the region. (Or, those new to it who haven’t yet explored what’s here.)
A good place to start
The West Side Market is Cleveland’s oldest public market, featuring 100 local vendors selling produce, baked goods, meat and more. Hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For the holidays, the market is open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
If a visit to the West Side Market doesn’t fit into your schedule this week, try Heinen’s Grocery Store. The Cleveland-based company sells local products from more than 150 Ohio companies, including plenty in Northeast Ohio.
Northeast Ohio is home to a few coffee roasters, including Erie Island Coffee Company. Stop by a coffee shop or Heinen’s to buy a pound.
Cleveland Coffee Company is another local favorite sold at Heinen’s. You’ve probably heard of this company, which in 2016 sold a “G’Day Mate” blend for our favorite coffee-drinking former Cavalier, Matthew Dellavedova.
Wine and beer
Relaxing with good friends over a glass of locally made wine is becoming a tradition for many adults in Northeast Ohio, and thanks to the burgeoning wineries industry something that’s easier and easier to indulge. You can find bottles of local wine at grocery stores such as Heinen’s, Marc’s and Giant Eagle, or you can visit a winery in person.
Satisfy a sweet tooth
Malley’s Chocolates are made in southwest Cleveland and sold at its retail stores throughout Northeast Ohio.
If you’re traveling close by or have a good way to transport frozen goods, you’ll find Mitchell’s Ice Cream pints in scoop shops and area grocery stores.
A package of baked goods from Corbo’s Bakery of Little Italy is a really nice addition to a holiday dessert table (if you’re actually able to wait until after dinner to eat them). Find the bakery at 12210 Mayfield Road in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood, or in select Marc’s grocery stores.
Another good option for the sweets table at your holiday gathering? A Kiedrowski’s Snoogle.
Cheryl Sadler is eating and drinking her way through Cleveland. Follow her on Twitter @sadlercheryl.