Buyers’ Picks: New Year’s Eve Party Foods

From imported European cheeses to Southern Hoppin’ John, here are retailer favorites from around the country. 

Tim Bucciarelli, Formaggio Kitchen, Cambridge, MA 

  • Formaggio Kitchen Foie Gras Torchon
  • Formaggio Kitchen Robiola Incavolata 
  • Hoppin’ John made with Anson Mills Sea Island Red Peas and Anson Mills Carolina Gold Rice 
  • Perbellini Panettone 
  • Sorelle Nurzia Torrone 

Jean Greenfield, Canyon Market, San Francisco, CA 

  • Cadia Pomegranate Sparkling Italian Soda
  • Charles Chocolates Salty-Sweet Cashew Bar 
  • Jimtown Store Fig & Olive Spread
  • Lesley Stowe Raincoast Crisps Cranberry and Hazelnut Crackers
  • Miyoko’s Kitchen Artisanal Cultured Vegan Cheese 

Hunter Fike, Di Bruno Bros., Philadelphia, PA


  • The Fine Cheese Co. La Tur Triple Cream, with Yakami Orchards Yuzu Marmalade
  • Ines Rosales Sweet Olive Oil Tortas 
  • Olympia Provisions Pork Rillettes
  • Smoking Goose Pig & Fig Paté
  • Les Trois Petits Cochons Mousse Truffée

Evelyn Ignatow, Hyde Park Gourmet, Cincinnati, OH

  • Belwether Farms Sonoma Creamery Crème Fraiche
  • Brooklyn Piggies, with Taste Elevated Habapeno Mustard Seeds
  • Miss Marjorie’s Steel Drum Plantains
  • Ritrovo Amaretti Cookie Crumble Bark with Dark Chocolate

William Marshall, Zingerman’s, Ann Arbor, MI

  • American Spoon Whole Seed Mustard (for smoked salmon)
  • Fort St. Antoine Comte Cheese
  • La Quercia Tamworth Prosciutto 
  • Rabitos Royale Dark Chocolate Fig Bonbons
  • Sweet Grass Dairy Green Hill Cheese  

Mary Richter, Surdyk’s, Inc., Minneapolis, MN


  • Casa Madaaio Tozzetti al Burro di Bufala
  • Isadore Nut Company Cayenne Kick Almonds
  • Red Table Meats The Royal Smoked Ham
  • Robiola La Tur with HeathGlen Farms Apricot, Almond Pepper Jam 

Kevin Heald, Malt and Mold, New York, NY

  • Adirondack Ice Cream Kulfi-Pistachio Cardamom 
  • Crown Finish Caves Grimm Stout-washed Naked Pruner Cheese 
  • Threes Brewing Paradigmatic Flexibility Beer
  • The Truffleist Truffle Mustard (for charcuterie plate) 

Mary Ellen Power, The Cheese Shop, Williamsburg, VA

  • Culinary Collective Matiz Marcona Almonds 
  • Firehook Sea Salt Mediterranean Baked Crackers 
  • McEvoy Ranch Tuscan Table Olives 
  • Meadow Creek Dairy Grayson Cheese 
  • Olli Wild Boar Applewood-Smoked Salami

Nicole Potenza Denis is a contributing editor to Specialty Food Magazine.

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