Kristen Hard of Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Company recently opened a factory on the Westside. Not surprisingly, intoxicating fumes of melted dark chocolate and buttery caramel fill the air. Tours are offered every Friday, but throughout the week, visitors can grab her signature bars and soft, salted caramels at half the regular price (around $3.35 a bar instead of the usual $6.75). Supposedly they’ve got too many dents or scratches for normal retail, but hey, peanut brittle chocolate bars are peanut brittle chocolate bars. 202 Permalume Place
Earlier this year, local creamery Many Fold Farm hit cheese gold when it won first place at the American Cheese Society for its Condor’s Ruin, a sheep’s milk cheese that’s as smooth as butter. Can’t find it at Star Provisions? Look for the next release come late February.
Wine bargain: 2012 Domaine de Fontenille
The best $14 you’ll ever spend on a bottle. A refreshing burst of fruit with a warm, lingering finish. Will pair with any holiday spread. Available at Cellar 13.
For the insatiable carnivore on your holiday gift list: Pine Street Market offers a monthly community supported agriculture (CSA) that includes a 10-pound-plus box of cured meats, whiskey-brined ham steaks, sausages, and more. Pickup is the second Friday of every month at the Avondale Estates store. Pay for three months at a time at $75 per month.
This article originally appeared in our December 2014 issue.