As I was sorting through the possible gift baskets that I could give some of my friends and clients, I found myself utterly bored. I mean, let's face it.. Putting a red ribbon on a basket full of canned pineapple and fruit cocktail doesn't really say "Christmas", does it?
Don't get me wrong.. I'm not a "Down with the establishment" kind of guy. I have no problem whatsoever with big businesses. But as I began to frequent food markets this past two years, I noticed something that was lacking in their assembly line of products that graced the grocery shelves.. Something that the small businesses seemed to have in abundance..
After making the rounds in the Food Market circuit, Chef Dino Ferrari, the winner of AFC's "Next Celebrity Chef", recognized the potential that these products had, made by determined Filipino-based entrepreneurs.
However, For Chef Dino and his business partner, championing the local enterprise was not enough. They felt it was imperative to not only promote Filipino small business, but to give to the less fortunate as well in the process.
And with that, Gourmet Goodies was born.
Also an important note, that even the basket used in the packaging of the goodies are 100% handmade by the good folks over at Smokey Mountain who are able to live off less than $1 a day.
The help that Gourmet Goodies provides by creating an industry for them, goes beyond the simple hand-outs. They are firm believers in the GK way, creating a lasting and sustainable impact in people's lives.
The founders of Gourmet Goodies believe that the best gift that we have as people with means, is our ability to give back to the community. It is their mission to help alleviate hunger in the Philippines - one basket at a time. For every basket that Gourmet Goodies sells, they donate one pack of foodstuff to a family in need.
This small act of love will go a long way in instilling hope for a better year to come. Gourmet Goodies cannot take it upon themselves to feed a nation, but they sincerely hope that by setting an example in creating a socially responsible enterprises, others in our industry will follow suit. With the support of its customers and partners, they hope that we will be able to fill some tummies this holiday season.
These are just a few of the amazing brands that are available from Gourmet Goodies. The Christmas Hampers are available in sizes that range from Items of 6, 9 & 13.
For a more comprehensive list of their products, or if you are a food entrepreneur and are interested in being a part of this endeavor, just check out their website at http://www.gourmetgoodies.com.ph
Chef Dino's culinary skills has him all around the world, so you can be rest assured that his standard of quality is very high. Not only is taste taken into consideration, but product cost and value as well.
These Christmas hampers are fantastic gift ideas for the holidays, and with its ability to touch the lives of the people in need, as well as the recipient of your gift, it truly invokes the spirit of Christmas.
Please support Gourmet Goodies!