Shop Locally For The Most Delectable Food Finds

Article by Jennifer Haveman

Photography by Melissa Hatcher

Originally published in Celina Lifestyle

While Fanny Fern said, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” I think that is true for most people! Food brings people together whether for a casual snack or a formal holiday meal.  It allows us to celebrate moments big and small and makes a perfect gift for anyone for any reason from birthday presents to housewarming gifts! Food gifts are the way to EVERYONE's heart! 

In a world where material possessions often clutter our lives, there's something timeless and special about the gift of food. Food gifts have a unique ability to convey love, care, and warmth... Whether it's a homemade batch of cookies, a thoughtfully curated basket of gourmet goodies or a jar of preserves, food gifts have a magical way of creating connections and spreading joy.

In a fast-paced world, where material possessions often come and go, food gifts endure. Whether it's a birthday, a holiday, or simply an expression of love, these gifts have a unique ability to warm the heart and nourish the soul. So, the next time you're looking for the perfect gift, consider the timeless charm of a bottle of high quality olive oil or gourmet salts. It's a gesture that brings people together through the universal language of deliciousness.

Here are our picks from around town.


219 W. Pecan, downtown Celina

Finch + Fennel Porcini-Champignon Salt, $12; Finch + Fennel Rich and Savory Portabella Mushroom Finishing Sauce, $15

Finch + Fennel Hot Pepper, Smoked Tomato Truffle, and Bacon + Apple Jellies, $15 each

Hey Sugar 

303 W. Pecan, downtown Celina

Orange Themed Basket, $30

Super Mario Themed Basket, $30

Annie Jack

309 W. Pecan, downtown Celina

SideDish Southwest, Chipotle Ranch, Creamy Sesame, and Honey Dijon Dressings + Sauces, $12

Olive Oil de Fino, $36


About the Photographer: Melissa Hatcher and her husband Jim moved to Celina in the summer of 2015 with their three children. Having put all three kids through CHS and becoming "empty nesters", she continues to pursue her 15 year photography career and enjoys family, church and the Celina community. She specializes in family and senior portrait photography while also shooting for Celina Lifestyle.

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