When in a quandary for the ideal food gift this Christmas, the solution may lie in providing a premium snack fix no one dare refuse. Bacchus Epicerie has you covered with its impressive array of gourmet treats, carefully sourced and curated from all over the world by the owners themselves.
Groix et Nature Lobster Rillettes with Kari Gosse is an artisanal product from Brittany, France that combines the refined flavors of the finest shellfish with a unique spice blend. These rillettes are prepared according to traditional know-how to highlight the characteristic flavors of locally caught seafood. Best enjoyed spread on toast, each jar costs P490.
Labeyrie Rillettes de Canard au Foie de Canard is a soft and sumptuous spread that has a place on any charcuterie board, platter, or feast. Made with 100% duck confit combined with duck foie gras, this jar is priced at P750.
This Venchi Suprema Chocolate Hazelnut and Olive Oil Spread has become popular with rabid chocoholics who proudly proclaim its superiority over a popular chocolate hazelnut brand in the market. The traditional Piedmont pairing of hazelnut and milk chocolate meets the delicate notes and smooth texture of Italian olive oil, leading to a unique tasting experience. One jar is P990.
The original Bonn’s & Co. Flame Baked Mini Water Crackers from Yorkshire are ideal for dips and spreads, but also a perfect bite by itself. Each box costs P310.
The Cheese Plate
This Barber’s 1833 Cheddar has been produced by the Barber family since 1833, who happen to be the oldest cheese making family in England and one of the oldest cheese producers in the world. The flavor profile of this cheese boasts a strong, distinctive taste, with a smooth finish resulting from its two-year vintage reserve. The cheese is P140 per 100 grams.
Made from freshly picked quince, this L'Epicurien Quince Paste is a delicious fruit-based paste that enhances any cheese plate. With a unique texture, this paste is a must-have and only priced at P250.
Ice Cream Essentials
These Amaretto Amarena Cherries are wild black Amarena cherries soaked in Lazzaroni Amaretto-flavored sugar syrup. Only the very best black Amarena cherries are carefully selected, stoned, and sweetened, making these delicious fruits a sublime addition to ice cream and desserts. Each jar costs P750.
Solmielato Miele di Arancio (Orange Honey) is produced in organic farms in Sicily’s Catania Plain and Calabria’s plateaus. This sweet and aromatic honey is produced by bees that roam freely in the heritage woods, in harmony with the ecosystem around it. Each jar costs P450.
Crunchy and creamy, simple and delicate, BABBI Wafeini Nocciola is the flagship product of this confectionery specialist from Italy. The nocciola or hazelnut flavor has just the right hint of sweetness to cap off a snackfest. Each box is priced at P750.
Baci di Saronno are a Piedmontese specialty, with two rounds of butter pastry biscuits, each half positioned to look as if it is romantically kissing, held together by a drop of chocolate. Each box is P300.
Since 1885, Giuseppe Sebaste has produced Antica Torroneria Piemontese, sweet chocolate truffles inspired by the PGI Piedmontese hazelnut. His family, now in its fifth generation, continues to tell passionate tales: the passion for an ancient profession, the love for the native land, the appreciation of the fruits of the land. Assorted flavors are available like Tartufo Dolci, Gianduja, Straciatella, even the sugar-free Tartufino Bianco. The chocolates cost P300 per 100 grams.
The oldest brewery in Italy is owned by the Menabrea family who perfected the beer making craft over 150 years. The Menabrea Ambrata Premium is a 5.0% ABV amber beer, full bodied and well rounded, with a moderately bitter flavor. This lager is another example of the brewery's exceptional capabilities. Each bottle is P120.
Lavazza Qualità Oro Tins Ground Coffee is an intense, highly aromatic blend of premium 100% Arabica beans. This coffee is ideal for the true coffee connoisseur. Each can costs P500.
From the early 1950s to the present day, Bialetti has manufactured over 200 million coffee makers. The Bialetti Moka Express has become iconic, allowing millions of coffee enthusiasts to enjoy great Italian coffee, producing a rich, authentic espresso in just minutes. The aluminum pot features Bialetti’s distinctive eight-sided shape that allows it to diffuse heat perfectly to enhance the aroma of your coffee. The Moka Express costs P2,300.
The Bacchus gift boxes featured here are sold separately for P350 and are available in gold, blue, and red colors.
Visit Bacchus Epicerie branches in Power Plant Rockwell, Alabang and Ortigas, or call (02) 892-1705 to 08, www.bacchusworld.com
Photographs by Berwin Coroza
Styled by Angelique Castro