Posted December 14, 2010

Kimpton Goes to Market With The Butcher’s Block

Eat + Drink

Good things come in threes, whether they’re tenors, blind mice, or Bee Gees. Now, you can add Chef Robert Wiedmaier’s trifecta of Virginia gourmet destinations to the list.

In Old Town Alexandria, his creative Belgian-American restaurant BRABO and its more casual sibling BRABO Tasting Room were joined last year by The Butcher’s Block, a retail market stocking tasty provisions for picnics, and ready-made lunches and dinners. While we love each of Wiedmaier’s spots, we’re giving … well, three cheers to The Butcher’s Block for its holiday gift baskets. (Don’t worry, procrastinators, they’ll continue to be available throughout the year.)

Here are a few examples of baskets that cater to the various people on your list. Note that custom baskets full of non-perishable food items can be shipped across the U.S., but alcohol cannot be included.

A wall of wine is at your gift-giving disposal

For the Hopeless Romantic:
Bubbles and Sweets Basket, $100
-Michel Arnould champagne
-Floris Framboise Belgian beer
-La Trinquelinette black currant jelly
-Chocolate and raspberry jam
-Tuckers vanilla crackers
-Zoe cappuccino bar
-Leche soft caramels
-Rabitos Royale Chocolate-Covered Figs
Dam Good Sweet by David Guas (a desserts cookbook)

For the Local Wine Lover:
Tour of Virginia Basket, $90
-Thibaut-Janisson Virginia Fizz sparkling wine
-White Hall Vineyards Viognier
-Jefferson Vineyards Merlot
-White Hall Vineyards Petit Verdot

For the Bon Vivant:
Champagne Gift Basket, $100
-bottle of champagne
-2 Riedel flutes
-1 champagne stopper

Looks like no matter whom you’re shopping for, the shop has your number.

The Butcher’s Block is located at 1600 King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, adjacent to the Lorien Hotel & Spa. Find out more about its holiday gift baskets by calling 703-894-3440.



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