Swap DIY food gifts, holiday-themed or otherwise, hosted by Chicago Food Swap founder Emily Paster.
Too many White Elephant parties leave you with a truly useless toy or tasteless mug. No one really needs more junk! As Chicago's culinary bookstore, where we host monthly cookbook clubs and encourage home-cooking and education, we decided this holiday season that everyone deserves a homemade treat.
In conjunction with Chicago Food Swap, our White Elephant happens the first Saturday in December. There are only two rules:
1) Your gift must be edible or quaffable (e.g., granola, brandied cherries, spiced cider), though not necessarily in their exact form (e.g., glog spices, hot chocolate or cookie mix).
2) Your gift can be cute and clever, weird and wonderful, or totally normal. In short, it can be whatever you want it to be!
To ensure our food swappers have people with whom to swap, tickets are $10, which includes drinks and snacks. You can also pre-purchase a copy of Emily's first book, Food Swap, at a 20 percent discount. The book provides over 80 ideas for easy-to-swap foods like salted caramel sauce, roasted tomato ketchup, infused vodka, and quince paste, as well as advice for starting a swap in your community.
Refund/cancellation policy: A full refund will be provided for cancellations requests received from customers up to one week (seven days) before the event. No refund or store credit will be provided for cancellation requests received less than a week before the event.
About Chicago Food Swap:
In 2011, Emily Paster started the Chicago Food Swap small, like any homegrown operation, to share her "basement full of jams" with people who might enjoy the fruits of her labor. Eventually Katherine Duncan of Katherine Ann Confections offered to host a swap at her cozy Logan Square shop, Tasting Table mentioned it, and the small group grew to a monthly meeting of 50-or-so DIY folks gathering together to share recipes, tips and treats. All in all, the food swap aims to give us all a reason to make something from scratch and build community around good, homemade food.