If good food makes you giddy — and it’s what you like to give as gifts — then we have great news: There will be plenty of edibles at the CultureMap Holiday Pop-up Shop, taking places December 7, noon-6 pm, at Sixty Five Hundred.
And these are no ordinary vendors. We selected quality producers who offer some of the best-tasting stuff around, from cheese and chocolate to fresh-pressed juices and pastries. So whether you need to refuel with a sandwich or salad, or you want to gift your favorite foodie with an assortment of macarons, you can do that at our inaugural holiday shopping market.
Here’s a taste of what’s in store:
Bread Winners Cafe & Bakery
In a town obsessed with brunch, Bread Winners may be the most famous. But the restaurant — which now how locations in Uptown, Inwood Village, Plano and NorthPark Center — is worth a visit any time of day, because nothing complements comfort food better than dessert, and the cakes, pies and assorted pastries are a cut above. In addition to sampling, Bread Winners is selling sandwiches, soups and salads during our shopping event so you can keep up your energy to spend.
Dude, Sweet Chocolate
Katherine Clapner creates extreme chocolate confections, from chocolate almond salumi and Tub of Love hazelnut chocolate spread to truffles, bars and sauces. Come see what holiday surprises she has in store for the CultureMap Holiday Pop-up Shop. Whatever they are, they are bound to delight the most diehard chocoholic in your life. In addition to her original shop in Bishop Arts District, Clapner has locations in Preston Center and Fort Worth.
Owners Mary Kathryn Bass and Leslie Needleman, CHHC, toiled in the kitchen to come up with the perfect recipes that would be as delicious as they are nutritionally sound. The Gem serves organic handmade juices and smoothies, as well as snacks such as kale, hummus, quinoa and a soup of the day. During our big event, in addition to offering samples, The Gem team is selling hummus, quinoa and chopped veggie salad; gift cards; and granola holiday packs.
Scardello Artisan Cheese
Although Scardello does sell some side items and a trinket or two, and you can take a class or buy a sandwich, it’s really all about the cheese. Scardello brings in small-production, hard-to-get-cheeses, and more than half of those in the case are domestic — many from Texas. For the CultureMap Holiday Pop-up shop, Scardello is offering samples and the opportunity to buy gift baskets sure to please even the most persnickety foodie on your list.
Sucre Sucré by Lucía
Puerto Rico native Lucia Merino always knew she wanted to become a cook. She traveled all over the world honing her craft and landed in Dallas in October 2013 to become head pastry chef at Oak, where making macarons became her favorite thing to do. A finalist for best pastry chef in the 2014 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards, Merino sells her macarons via her new online store, Sucre Sucré by Lucía. But you can taste and buy her treats in person on December 7.
Buy tickets now for the CultureMap Holiday Pop-up Shop. Cost is $10, and a portion of proceeds benefits our charity partners, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas and Family Place. In addition to access to more than 25 shops-within-a-shop, admission grants visitors access to Cointreau cocktails, holiday entertainment and complimentary gift-wrapping.