Gifts for the Jersey Foodie

No need to fry your brains to whip up a piquant present for the discriminating eater on your list. Jersey has the answers.

Two Guys Tomato Sauce


Fresh beans at this Monmouth Beach café are roasted, packaged and mailed the same day. Choose from 14 varieties, including…
–Jersey Diner-Style Blend,
–Limited Edition Deep Red Bells Fair Trade Organic
–2014 Festivus Blend
Most range from $15.99 to $17.49 per pound. Additional retail locations include Fair Haven and Middletown. The company also sells a small selection of pies and cakes.


Seven cookie flavors, including…
—cranberry nut,
—white chocolate macadamia
—oatmeal raisin

can be bought frozen, ready to heat and eat, or already baked and packaged for giving. The Fair Lawn company sells one-pound boxes of 12 cookie dough—frozen, ready to bake—at various local supermarkets. Two-pound packages can be ordered online for $16.95, plus shipping. Convenient pre-baked tins are also available online in three sizes, from  $24.95 to $54.95. Special orders for fund-raising or corporate gifts can be arranged.


First field ketchup is made from 100 percent vine-ripened Jersey Fresh tomatoes containing no soy, gluten or peanut traces. The ketchup comes in 8.5-ounce jars. The flavor is enhanced by tiny additions of apple-cider vinegar, organic spices, kosher salt and organic cane sugar. The Spicy Roasted ketchup includes poblanos, red peppers, onions and garlic. Jars can be purchased at Fairway and Whole Foods markets or a pack of three jars can be ordered online for $29.


The Severino family has been selling homemade, 100-percent semolina pasta since 1971. Based in Collingswood, the company makes nine different shapes and styles in interesting flavors like
–Black Squid Ink
–Lemon Dill
–Toasted Almond.

There is also a large selection of specialty raviolis stuffed with cheeses, vegetables and nuts available by the case. Items can be purchased at Whole Foods or at the Severino retail store in Westmont.


Gluten-free and low-sodium with no sugar added bring out the great flavor of Jersey tomatoes in this year-round delicious sauce. Based in Bergenfield, Two Guys sells 25-ounce jars of…

sauces throughout the state at Fairway, Foodtown, Shoprite, Stop & Shop and Whole Foods stores. Three- and six-packs, as well as cases of 12, can be ordered online for $17.95 to $49.95.


SUZANNE ZIMMER LOWERY is a food writer, pastry chef and culinary instructor at a number of New Jersey cooking schools. Find out more about her at

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