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Monday, December 19, 2011

12/20/2011 - Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas from Slow Living Radio

Lost for a gift idea for a special person in your life?  Are they a "foodie", book addict, wine or pet lover?  Then we have the guests who may give you the inspiration you need! 

Join us as Slow Living Radio welcomes Stephanie Deigman, General Manager of Copperfield's Books, for book ideas for all manner of topics, and book accessories.  Michael Tuohy, a widely acclaimed chef, now Executive Chef at St. Helena's Dean & DeLuca, for food and food accessory items you may not think of, then our own Scott Lewis will inspire you with some novel ideas for your wine lover.  Finally we have the pleasure of Erin Morris, owner of Fideaux stores, with an array of dog, cat and human-pet-a-holic gifts.

So grab your notepads and listen. Be stimulated with your own twists on their suggestions and don't forget - relax, don't stress - nobody minds a late Christmas gift, it just prolongs the pleasure of the season for them! 

And we at Slow Living Radio wish you all a wonderful, peaceful and fun filled Holiday. Cheers to the season from the Yank, the Aussie and the Irishman!


Michael Tuohy, Executive Chef
Dean & DeLuca, St. Helena

Michael with a gift basket from Dean and Delucca
Michael’s Blog:

HISTORY of Dean and DeLuca
The corner grocery store grew up with the neighborhood, and occupies a busy corner in SoHo in what has become the most vibrant artists’ haven in the world. In the early days, Joel Dean and Giorgio DeLuca traipsed around the world to find artisan-produced foods that pleased their customers, not to mention themselves. They wanted products that fired their imaginations, challenged their tastes and turned dinner into a creative exercise.

Giorgio and Joel’s dream of a place that would offer customers a sumptuous celebration of food, a place to experience all of the pleasures that cooking and eating can bring, the original DEAN & DELUCA, opened for business in September 1977. Artist and founding partner Jack Ceglic designed the original store to evoke a turn of the century food department, with high ceiling fans spinning over a vast array of products that lined the high, white walls. Joel Dean and Giorgio DeLuca searched for handcrafted products and artisan foods and imported their discoveries into their enchanting emporium. On display was a staggering variety of produce and foodstuffs, including many never previously sold in this country.

In 1977, a need for more space began the expansion to the 10,000 square feet of an Army/Navy store, and to Jack Ceglic’s plan for a new outdoor marketplace concept.
The result? Massive exposed columns, Carrarra marble floors, white tile walls, stainless steel shelving and display cases, ample room for meat and fish, bakery and pastry, cheese, candy and coffee display counters.


The new DEAN & DELUCA opened in 1988 with four times the space. Soon, smaller retail outlets were to follow, in Manhattan’s Rockefeller Plaza and in the Paramount Hotel. Espresso Bars were opened in locations around New York and in Washington, D.C., and in 1993, a second store with 10,000 square feet opened on Market Street in Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown District. Since then, DEAN & DELUCA has opened stores in Charlotte, Kansas City, Napa Valley and Tokyo that have become epicenters of epicurean excellence in their locations.

Today, DEAN & DELUCA still offers the very best in service, quality and of course, selection. Epicurean treats for cooking, eating and entertaining abound even as they did in the original DEAN & DELUCA back in the '70s. DEAN & DELUCA has a team of International food experts who search for the best and newest food products from around the globe. They also have launched a new wine division and can recommend the best food and wine pairings for any event or for that special dinner at home. Please stop in for a visit.

Erin Morris, Owner
Fideaux, St. Helena and Healdsburg

Fideaux was born of a simple concept, people LOVE their pets! We were one of the very first dog boutiques to open with the St. Helena store in 1996. Since then we have been having a blast finding the newest, coolest dog and cat products out there. From designer dog beds, Swarovski crystal collars and toys, to scoops of biscuits (just $4 for a heaping scoop!), we have the BEST there is to offer, and we LOVE what we do. I mean, really, what is better than helping people find just what they need for their best friend? Oh, and did we mention that the shopdog is pretty cute too?

Our loyal customers have been bugging us for years to do a website and we are finally on it! So have fun shopping for you and your canine and feline friends, and if you are ever in the area be sure to stop by and say hi.
Sometimes nothing beats touching, feeling, squeaking (and for your dog, sampling a cookie). We invite you to visit our two locations in the beautiful California Wine Country.  They are full of our favorite merchandise, and you are sure to have a wagging good time shopping. Be sure to bring along your furry friend for a cookie (or 10) and some fresh water.

Scott Lewis, Proprietor
V Wine Cellar, Yountville
We started out with the hopes of creating a place that we’d like to drop in to, have a great glass, see friends from the business and pickup an interesting bottle or two. Since then, we’ve grown to over 4,000 square feet of lounge, tasting space, private dining, outdoor cigar patio and wine retail. A good friend of ours, who also happens to be a great winemaker, likes to say “this is the place people in the know like to go”, and we’re proud to be that place we could only have imagined a few years back. We invite you to join us in the discovery of great wines, big and small, sound advice and great times. Our guests like to tell us that coming to V is like visiting your best friend’s house, but with better wines. So come in, put your feet up and enjoy Napa Valley’s very own living room.

The Wine Program at V Wine Cellar is born of passion and a desire to offer wines that follow only one theme: Integrity. Some of the wines are tried and true -they deliver time and time again. We know and love them. Many of our selections are from newly recognized and next to be discovered. We're lucky to see these folks in our shop daily. Some even work here occasionally. Although we're located in the heart of Napa Valley, we offer the most interesting wines from the world over. Our 3000 plus bottle inventory isn't listed in its entirety but we rotate our online offerings monthly so check back to see what we're highlighting. Feel free to drop us a line if there's something you're looking for but don't see here right now. After all, we're here to help.

Sometimes, you're faced with the difficulty of buying a gift for an avid wine collector and you're stumped. Here are some great ideas sure to please even the most dedicated cellar owner.
Artwork (Andy Berry Gallery)
Instant Cellar

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