This Thursday marks the debut of Fête, a nighttime celebration honoring Chicago’s stellar food and design artisans — many of whom don’t have brick and mortar shops. The goal: Let shoppers who care about the people behind their products mingle with the artisans themselves.
Not local to Chicago? We asked the event’s trio of founders — Jessica Herman, Emily Fiffer, and Heather Sperling (pictured above) — for 6 giftable picks available online.
Gifts That Give Back
“Heshima Kenya hand-dyed scarves are as vibrant as the African refugee women who make them. Proceeds go directly to the women, helping to improve their livelihoods, promote employment, and teach business skills.”
“Co-op Sauce uses locally grown ingredients in their cult-followed, small-batch hot sauces. Half of proceeds go toward community-based initiatives in an underserved Chicago neighborhood.”
Pair This with That
“Wrap the jar in a charming Nourishing Notes flour sack tea towel. Screenprinted with foodie philosophy, it doubles as wall art.”
“Susie Kirkwood of Pear Tree Preserves captures seasonal produce at its finest. Gift a jar of strawberry citrus (and a vintage spoon – it’s that good) and you’ll have a friend for life.”
“Brewcamp stocks everything home brewers (from novices to pros) need to make beer at home. Their easy-to-use brew kits simplify the task at hand.”
“We’re fans of any store where guys prefer browsing to awkwardly waiting. Sir + Madame is no exception. Their Highland scarves toe the line between manchild and grown man.”
For the Cook
“We hold a special place in our hearts for Rare Tea Cellar. Owner Rodrick Marcus seeks out hard-to-find gourmet ingredients to sell to restaurants (and, thanks to his online shop, you).”
“A beautifully underrated accessory, the masala dabba (a.k.a. traditional Indian spice tin) holds seven spices in one place. Thanks to Indian culinary expert Anupy Singla’s brilliance, you can level your measurements right inside the box.”