2023’S MOST SHOWSTOPPING HAND-PICKED FOOD GIFTS
The 2023 Goldbelly 100 has been officially unveiled! Just in time for the Holidays, we’re pleased to announce this year’s curated collection of our most stunning, show-stopping, one-of-a-kind food gifts, all beautifully packaged. These are founder Joe & Vanessa Ariel’s absolute favorite foods of the year, and they’re guaranteed to bring joy to you and your loved ones. Together with their team, Joe & Vanessa sampled hundreds of products and hand-picked the 100 most uniquely delicious, incredible, edible gifts. Here’s a sampling:
Brooklyn Blackout Co.’s Brooklyn Blackout Cake
In honor of the monumental effort to protect the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II with neighborhood-wide blackouts, a beloved Brooklyn-based bakery chain named Ebinger’s created a dark, rich chocolate cake they called the Brooklyn Blackout Cake. The cake exploded in popularity, but sadly Ebinger’s went out of business in the 1970s and the original recipe was lost to history. But Brooklyn’s most iconic cake is back! This is the classic Brooklyn Blackout Cake: a super-chocolatey, delicate cake with rich buttercream icing, with plenty of Brooklyn history.
The Gramercy Tavern Burger
With a Michelin Star and volumes of accolades, Gramercy Tavern is a top New York restaurant on America’s culinary bucket list and its Signature Tavern Burger is one of the fanciest – and most delicious – on earth. The beef is sourced from a collective of farms in upstate New York and Vermont, chopped fresh daily in the Gramercy Tavern kitchen. After being seared, it’s topped with Shelburne Cheddar, belly-cut bacon, and Gramercy Tavern’s signature smoked onion aioli, and tucked into a buttered & toasted locally-baked bun.
La Fournette’s French Macarons
After closing his family’s 118-year-old bakery in France’s Alsace region, World Baking Champion Pierre Zimmermann opened La Fournette in the heart of Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood in 2012. The artisan French bakery’s macarons are all-natural, gluten-free, and delicious. This Best-Seller Macaron 24-Pack included fan-favorite flavors like vanilla, hazelnut, pistachio, espresso, chocolate, raspberry, cassis, and caramel.
Francis Mallmann’s Asada Kit + Empanadas
Chef Francis Mallmann is synonymous with Argentinian cuisine. In fact, he’s South America’s most famous celebrity chef! This Asado Kit includes a 24-ounce hanger steak, a 16-ounce dry-aged Prime boneless ribeye, and Argentinian chorizo sausages, all ready to be grilled over an open fire. Serve them alongside Chef Mallmann’s signature beef empanadas and serve with tangy, herbaceous chimichurri and tomatoey llajua sauce on the side!
Brique French Toastery’s Brique French Toast
We bet you’ve never seen French toast quite like this! Invented by Racquel “Chef Rocky” Rockquemore-Breiz while serving as personal chef for Dwayne Johnson in 2020, this viral World-Famous French Toast starts with fresh-baked, hand-braided brioche, which is dunked into creamy cinnamon-spiced custard before being cooked to a perfect golden brown. All you need to do is give it a quick reheat and top with a variety of garnishes including Signature Peanut Butter Coconut Maple Syrup, Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream, and oven Toasted Coconut Chips!
Duff Goldman’s Gingerbread Cake
From none other than the Ace of Cakes himself, his four-layer gingerbread cake is filled with sweet and creamy vanilla cream cheese icing, and decorated with chocolate buttercream frosting with a piped white buttercream edge, red buttercream dots, and a brown fondant gingerbread man on top!
Kelly Fields’ Southern Brunch Kit
Chef Kelly Fields is one of America’s most exciting and acclaimed Southern chefs, and they won the 2019 James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef for their former bakery & restaurant, New Orleans’ Willa Jean. Their big & fluffy buttermilk biscuits arrive ready-to-bake, along with creamy pimento cheese, homestyle pork sausage gravy, homemade raspberry jam, and Chef Kelly’s spicy Bloody Mary mix.
Ina Garten’s Coconut Cake
If anyone knows how to bake up a perfect coconut cake, it’s Ina Garten! Her version is layered with cream cheese icing and coated in shredded coconut, and it’s guaranteed to be a centerpiece your guests will go crazy for. A hint of almond extract really puts it over the top.
Taste of New York Box
It’s a true taste of the Big Apple, all in one box! The Taste of New York Box is overflowing with iconic New York City eats, including Gray’s Papaya’s legendary hot dogs, NYC-style pizzas from the historic John’s of Bleecker Street, picture-perfect bagels from the renowned Essa Bagel, and, of course, a classic New York cheesecake from Brooklyn’s must-visit Junior’s.
Veniero’s Italian Cookies
More than 125 years since its founding, Veniero’s Pasticceria & Caffé is still owned by the Veniero family, and it’s a true East Village landmark. It’s one of New York’s only remaining old-world Italian bakeries, and this is a collection of their legendary traditional Italian cookies, including pignoli cookies, jelly-filled butter cookies, rainbow cookies, chocolate pignoli, chocolate dipped rolled wafer cookies, chocolate dipped butter fingers with raspberry jam, and linzer cookies.
Taste of L’Artusi
Another New York icon, L’Artusi opened in the West Village in December 2008 to widespread critical acclaim, and remains one of the city’s most celebrated Italian restaurants. This Taste of L’Artusi includes ample portions of three of the restaurant’s most legendary pastas: Tagliatelle Bolognese Bianco, Rigatoni with Mushroom Ragu, and Taglierini all’Amatriciana, with cheese and parsley to garnish.
Homeboy Bakery’s Cinnamon Pecan Ring Cake
LA’s Homeboy Bakery is an offshoot of Homeboy Industries, a Los Angeles nonprofit that helps previously incarcerated and formerly gang-involved men and women become contributing members of their community. Not only is this moist Cinnamon Pecan Cake (filled and layered with brown sugar cinnamon pecan filling) absolutely delicious, all proceeds go to a worthy cause.
Central BBQ’s Memphis Ribs & Pulled Pork
Central BBQ, going strong since 2002, represents the gold standard of Memphis-style BBQ. Their ribs and pulled pork are marinated for 24 hours in a special dry spice blend featuring paprika, salt, and brown sugar before being slow-smoked until a beautiful charred bark forms around the exterior.
Guy Fieri’s Dessert Trash Can Nachos
Would you expect anything less from the Mayor of Flavortown? Guy Fieri’s Dessert Trash Can Nachos are an off-the-chain pile of dessert deliciousness, layered with crispy cannoli chips, mini pretzels, chocolate toffee pieces, brownie pieces, whiskey dark chocolate, and whiskey salted caramel!
Michael Symon’s Pierogies & Kielbasa Dinner Kit
An ode to renowned chef Michael Symon’s Polish-influenced hometown of Cleveland, this Signature Dinner Kit includes your choice of a variety of his signature pierogies (filled with either beef cheek, pork & sauerkraut, or potato & aged white cheddar) as well as your choice of his hand-crafted classic or spicy pork kielbasa. Also included are horseradish sour cream & buttery onions for the pierogies, and sauerkraut and mustard for the kielbasa.
And there’s plenty more where that came from! Explore the entire Goldbelly 100 collection !