Wondering where to find the best baked goods and accoutrements to make your holiday cheese platter impressive? Here are four of our favorite places that will take care of all of your holiday dining—and drinking!—needs.
At our favorite traditional French bakery, you’ll find an assortment of scrumptious year-round and seasonal pastries; crusty breads; and flaky, melt-in-your-mouth croissants. Tired of pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dessert? Order Le Marais’s carrot cake. With moist cake, cream cheese frosting, walnut ganache, cinnamon buttercream, carrot jam, and candied walnuts, it’s one of the most unusual and flavorful carrot cakes we’ve ever tasted.
For all of your holiday cheese platter needs, head to the Ferry Building outpost of famed Marin County cheesemaker Cowgirl Creamery. An easy hostess gift idea? Pick up a wheel of the winter seasonal cheese, Devil’s Gulch; a box of Rustic Bakery’s artisanal crackers; and a cheese board. If you’re feeling generous, throw in a cheese-centric cookbook.
No holiday season is complete without a box—or 10—of finger-licking good chocolates from premier local chocolatier Recchiuti Confections. We can’t get enough of their Champagne truffles made with creamy dark chocolate that’s been infused with Schramsberg’s Blanc de Noirs bubbly.
Don’t have time to run to K&L or Bevmo? Allow us to introduce you to Drizly, a new alcohol delivery service that recently launched in SF and the Bay Area. Simply download the app, order bottles of your preferred spirit—be it aged Balvenie or Opus One—and within an hour, you’ll have it in your glass. All we can say is cheers!