A Creative Gift Guide for Working Parents

Coming up on Sept. 16 is Working Parents Day, and Hickory Farms understands the hard work and dedication of every committed parent. Corporations can give parents special recognition by offering benefits like paid sick leave and flexible work schedules, along with an occasional gesture of appreciation for their contributions and sacrifices. Below are some gift-giving suggestions for working parents.

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Gifts for Employees

You run a tight ship and expect everyone to pitch in and give their all for your new project, so it’s nice to show your thanks for great results by giving your team a gift certificate to a nice restaurant. They’ll appreciate the opportunity to enjoy some downtime with their families.

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Hickory Farms Deluxe Signature Sausage & Cheese Gift Box, with a variety of gourmet cheese, mustard and beef summer sausage, is a nice surprise to have delivered to the office for workers to enjoy on nights when they’re working late and missing family dinners. Hickory Farms also offers gift cards you can send to team members who lead the company with their sales figures or bring coveted clients on board.

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Gifts for Valued Coworkers

Hard-working team players keep you up to date on missed meetings and cover you when you need to duck out early for PTA, so thank them with a day at the spa or a round of golf at a local course.

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For the Boss

It never hurts to show a good boss that he or she is appreciated. Consider the Vintner’s Savory Selection Gift Box with our Signature Beef Summer Sausage, Sweet Hot Mustard and two types of cheese that pair wonderfully with the gift’s bottle of Lucinda & Millie’s Cabernet Sauvignon.

Hickory Farms makes corporate gift-giving easy and accessible. Call our friendly representatives at 800.715.1474 to set up your corporate account with special pricing plan for orders over $500. You can also fax us at 419.893.5548 or email our corporate division at B2B@HickoryFarms.com.

 

Creative Father’s Day Gifts & Activities

Father’s Day is almost upon us, so Hickory Farms has compiled a couple of fun ideas you can carry out for Dad! No matter where your dad’s interests lie, a personalized gift or a fun day filled with his favorite activities will remind him of your love and appreciation.

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  • Sometimes just spending quality family time together can be the best gift of all, especially for a family that’s always headed off in different directions. Plan an afternoon watching Dad’s favorite action thrillers. You can eat popcorn, order a pizza and let Dad control the remote all day long.
  • What’s your Dad’s passion? Does he love to root for the home team, or would he enjoy spending a day at an outdoor music festival? Maybe he loves drooling over antique cars or heading out on the lake. Whatever it is, arrange a day filled with his favorite activities and accompany him with a smile.

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  • Hickory Farms carries a variety of gift baskets any dad would appreciate, like our Timeless Traditions gift basket with a bottle of Murphy-Goode Sauvignon Blanc, pears, apple, beef summer sausage and two different cheeses. Best of all, there’s enough to share with the rest of the family.
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  • Dad may even get a little sentimental if you make him a framed, personalized piece of art filled with photographs and other significant memorabilia. This might include a coaster imprinted with the name of his favorite beer, a ticket stub from a concert featuring his favorite band, the logo from his all-time favorite sports team . . . you know Dad best, so have fun choosing.
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  • Re-purpose Dad’s favorite threadbare T-shirt from college or Led Zepplin’s last tour into a keepsake pillow that’s super easy to make even if your sewing skills are pretty basic.

Whatever you decide to do to honor your father on his special day, he’ll feel the love and gratitude you have for him in your heart. Hickory Farms also honors military dads with a variety of gift baskets, as well as free shipping to APO and FPO addresses. Call 800.753.8558 to place your Father’s Day order today!

Cheese Fondues Make for Cozy Dinners

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What better way is there to enjoy a cozy dinner with your sweetie than with some fine wine, great conversation and a bubbling pot of cheese fondue? Combining just the right amount of decadence with a creamy texture, fondue is synonymous with romance. Treat someone special to a memorable meal this Valentine’s Day, or any day, by whipping up delicious cheese fondue with these simple tips.

 

A great fondue starts with delicious cheese. For a lovely, gooey texture, choose cheeses that melt well, such as the Classic Cheddar in our Cheddar Flight. If you want to create a complex and unique flavor, pick at least two different varieties. Start with your special someone’s favorite cheeses and experiment with your ratios until you find the perfect combination.

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You can make your fondue even better by combining gourmet cheese with a little wine. To keep it traditional, choose a dry white wine, such as a Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. Not only does the wine make the cheese taste fantastic, it also helps break it down, making the fondue even creamier.

With your ingredients ready, it’s time to get melting! Combine your gourmet wine and cheese in a small pot with just a dash of thickener, such as flour. For best results, shred your cheese and combine your thickener with the wine before mixing together. Now, all you have to do is let the cheese melt, and pour it into your fondue pot for serving!

 

While the basic recipe for fondue is simply cheese, wine and thickener, you can always have a little fun by getting a bit more creative. Try using unique cheeses, such as the delicious options from our Hickory Farms Smoked Flight of Three Cheeses, which include Smoked Garlic Cheddar or Smoked Pepper Jack. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, try adding a little something extra with a flavored liqueur, such as cherry brandy, or spice up your fondue with nutmeg and mustard powder.

With these tips, you can enjoy a romantic meal surrounded by Hickory Farms’ gourmet cheese and wine and, most importantly, your special Valentine.