Unique Gifts for National Employee Appreciation Day

Hickory Farms would like to join you in honoring your employees for Employee Appreciation Day on Friday, March 7. Let your valued employees know that you appreciate their contributions to your company’s success by sending them a nice gift. Take a look at some of our favorite suggestions below.

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Birchbox is a cool monthly subscription service that sends a box of high-end grooming and beauty supplies to your recipient. These boxes can be customized by the recipient, so that they receive only products they’ll actually use. If your employees get a new box each month, they will definitely feel the appreciation year round!

 

Hickory Farms Vineyards and Orchards Gift Box is a thoughtful gift for an executive assistant or personal secretary. It’s packed with a bottle of Bogle Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, 5 oz. of our Classic Cheddar and some delicious pears and an apple, perfect for letting in a little glimmer of summer on a late winter day.

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Every office has at least one employee who’s always plugged in to his or her headphones. An iTunes gift card will allow your co-worker to pick the songs they like to listen to all day long.

A gift certificate for two to a nice restaurant is a great way to reward your employees after a hard day’s work. Choose something relatively upscale where they can linger with their significant other or a cherished friend.

 

Or you can keep things simple and treat the whole office at once with our Hickory Celebration Feast. This basket is chock full of goodies, including bottles of Kendal Jackson Reserve Cabernet and Chardonnay, beef summer sausage and smoked Cheddar, fresh and dried fruit, rice crackers, mixed nuts, pistachios, shortbread cookies and chocolate covered almonds. There’s something to please every palate, all packaged together in an attractive gift basket!

Hickory Farms strives to provide only the best for your gift-giving occasions. Make sure you check out our business gifts selection. We offer volume discounts and, as always, 100 percent satisfaction guaranteed.

Featured Basket – Here’s to the Holidays: Wine and Cheese Pairings

Wine and cheese pairings from Hickory Farms

Are you planning on hosting a holiday cocktail party? With two varieties of our signature sausage, four of our delicious cheeses, a jar of flavorful Sweet Hot Mustard and a bottle of bold Lucinda & Millie organic Cabernet Sauvignon, Hickory Farms’ Here’s to the Holidays basket  is the perfect addition to a fantastic holiday gathering.

An introduction to pairing wine with food

Pairing wine with food from Hickory Farms

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As a general rule, foods with more subtle flavor should be served with lighter wines, while bold or spicy foods should be served with robust wines.

Pairing wine with food from your basket

Gourmet sausage and cheese from Hickory Farms
When pairing a gourmet meat and cheese platter with wine, the most important thing to consider is balance. Each component should act in harmony with one another, bringing out additional complexities in the flavor profile.

Wine and cheese pairings are one of the easiest to master. Simply read the descriptions of each and look for similarities. The big flavors of your Cabernet, for example, will go well with salty, aged cow’s milk cheeses, such as our Farmhouse Cheddar Blend. If you really want to bring out the spicy notes in your wine, try pairing the Cabernet with our Jalapeño Cheddar Blend.

Although you may not see it often, wine and meats are another natural pairing.The appeal of this pairing comes from a sensation known as “mouth feel.” While wine leaves your mouth feeling astringent and slightly dry, the natural fats in meat add a complimentary soothing touch. To maximize this sensation, take a sip of your wine and hold it in your mouth for a moment. Follow this with a bite of Hickory Farms’ signature turkey or beef sausage to really wake up your taste buds.

Another factor to consider is texture. Foods with contrasting textures create greater interest. Top your salami with a piece of creamy Swiss cheese for a rich textural treat.

Pairing wine with food from Hickory Farms

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With these simple tips and pairing wine with food from Hickory Farms‘ Here’s to the Holiday’s gourmet sausage and cheese platter, your holiday party is sure to be a huge success!


Fantastic Ideas for Labor Day Weekend Fun

It’s hard to believe we will soon be wrapping up another summer. Fortunately, Labor Day gives us a three-day weekend to celebrate the warm weather season with family and friends one more time. Below are some fun ways to enjoy summer’s last hurrah.

 

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  • Catch a summer sporting event. Whether for a major or minor league team or a local tournament, get together and root for the home team.
  • Take a road trip. No matter where you live, there are many points of interest worth checking out within a day’s drive.
  • Have a rockin’ Labor Day at an outdoor music festival. Many artists and groups will still be on their summer tours around the US.
  • Host a Labor Day picnic or family reunion and gather the generations together for some good times. Organize an impromptu talent show where each family member gets to display his or her unique gifts. Preserve the memories by having a budding Spielberg capture the action on camera.
  • Go camping at a state park near you. Don’t want to go too far from home? The kids will love the idea of a backyard family campout.
  • Sendoff summer with an exciting day of roller coasters or water slides at a theme park.
  • Spend the day doing nothing! Sleep in, catch some rays, or rent movies for an at-home film fest. A little R&R can really recharge your batteries.

Whatever you do this Labor Day, we at Hickory Farms wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday. Order some wines and cheeses or some of our Signature Summer Sausage to make your weekend memorable.

Also, don’t forget how Labor Day came about. Originally begun by the Labor movement in the 19th century, Labor Day was officially designated as a federal holiday in 1894 as a day to honor the American worker and his contributions to our great country. It’s a wonderful opportunity to show employees and staff members your appreciation with a gift basket from Hickory Farms.