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Cheers to London, Ontario: Hosting and Gifting


decorative holiday drink with cookies and gifts

I’m stuffed! We’ve eaten our way through curry, tacos, oysters, cheeses and ice cream, and sipped on cider, lager, ales and spirits. Happy hour, appetizers, mains and dessert - no matter which is your favourite, London boasts options that will wet your whistle and entice your taste buds at every course.

When getting ready to host, you’ll likely need to stock up on some kitchen and bar essentials. Invited to a get-together? Take along a little token of thanks for the host. Looking for a birthday, holiday or celebratory gift? Look no further.

Now, you’ve heard this before, but a friendly reminder to abide by current local health restrictions - even if you can’t host a “typical” dinner party with a large guest list, you can still have fun with those at home, coordinate and gather virtually, or plan ahead for when we can see friends and family in person. 

Read on to see what some of London’s food and beverage retailers have to offer for all your hosting needs, and gifts you’ll be thrilled to give or receive! 
 

for the one hosting

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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  • You’ll need to have the tools of the trade for crafting cocktails-  Paradigm Spirits has you covered!
  • Love the look of a beautifully crafted charcuterie board but don’t have the time or skill to do it yourself? Order one from The Grazing Ace (they offer grazing tables for large groups too!) 
  • Looking for vegan options for your charcuterie? Nuts for Cheese has a fantastic selection of plant-based cheeses that even dairy lovers will enjoy 
  • Need to pick up some kitchen essentials? You’ll find everything you’re looking for, including tableware and beverage accessories at Jill’s Table
  • Think ahead and ensure your guests have a safe ride home. Keep the number for Diamondz Designated Drivers handy! 

 

for the one attending

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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When attending a dinner party or special celebration, it’s nice to bring a little something for the one(s) hosting. These lovely items will show your appreciation and are sure to be a welcomed delight. 

  • Pantry staples, olive oil and balsamic vinegar from Olive-Me, will be enjoyed by any home cook 
  • A grill master will appreciate cedar planks or BBQ scraper from the Youth Opportunities Unlimited Woodshop 
  • To drizzle over cheese, fruit, flatbreads or stir into tea, honey from Heeman’s is a sweet treat
  • Help your host set the mood with a scent-sational candle from Mood & Co.
  • Help clean up with beautiful Swedish dish-cloths from the shop at Museum London
     

for the gift-giver

Whether you’ve got a friend or family member who identifies as a “foodie” or if you’re just looking for a unique item for that hard-to-buy-for person, London’s breweries and distilleries have lots to offer. 

  • Perfectly packaged with spirits, mix and accessories, cocktail kits from Paradigm Spirits and Union 10 make gift-giving a breeze 
  • For those who like to sample, try the Mystery Mixer pack from Anderson Ales or select from four varieties of cider from Heeman’s
  • You can’t go wrong with a gift basket, especially when it’s filled with beer, meat and cheese like this one from London Brewing
  • Experiences are a great way to spend time together and can be a way to learn something new. Give the gift of a tasting and tour or cocktail class - check out London Brewing, Union 10 or Paradigm Spirits
  • For the beer lover in your life, help them promote their favourite local brewery with a gift of merchandise. Check out the Toboggan Beer & Gear Store

If you’re in need of a gift but aren’t too sure what the recipient might like, why not opt for a gift card? While once thought to be impersonal, many people love picking out exactly what they’d like, and you’re still creating an impact in your local community!

It’s been a pleasure to host you at my virtual “dinner party”! From hors d’oeuvres through to dessert, there are locally crafted beverage options and food pairings that are perfect for every course. I encourage you to explore what London has to offer and support these local businesses the next time you’re hosting a family celebration, grabbing a drink with friends, ordering in, or are searching for a unique gift.  

Until then, cheers!

Nicole

Disclaimer: This content is for people of legal drinking age only following the Province of Ontario liquor laws. Please do not share with those who aren’t. Enjoy responsibly