Only in Williamsburg: Locavore Gift Baskets at the Corner Store

We probably don’t have to tell readers with tendencies toward procrastination that a great last-minute holiday gift is a few of any of the products we cover in our pages. This year that’s even easier courtesy Depanneur, the specialty foods, corner store and sandwich shop on the corner of Wythe Avenue and North Third Street in Williamsburg. The place (it’s kind of like a gourmet bodega) assembled a few not-your-grandma’s gift baskets made up of mainly locally made goods in cool old wire-frame boxes we wouldn’t mind keeping around.

We probably don’t have to tell readers with tendencies toward procrastination that a great last-minute holiday gift is a few of any of the products we cover in our pages. This year that’s even easier courtesy Depanneur, the specialty foods, corner store and sandwich shop on the corner of Wythe Avenue and North Third Street in Williamsburg.  

The place (it’s kind of like a gourmet bodega) assembled a few not-your-grandma’s gift baskets made up of mainly locally made goods in cool old wire-frame boxes we wouldn’t mind keeping around.

Prices range from $35 to $50 for sets like Brooklyn Basket (McClure’s and Brooklyn Brine pickles, Fine & Raw chocolates, My Friend’s Mustard); the Common Good Basket (their locally made, a refillable bottle of hand soap, soap and a hand towel and a scented candle); and our favorite, the Hangover Basket (McClure’s bloody mary mix, Ragged Butte jerky, Fentimen’s ginger beer, McClure’s garlic potato chips). They have more details and more baskets on their Facebook page.

We’d tell you to go pick up a few to have on hand along with a pound of Vermont Cheddar and a six-pack of Sixpoint, though we know December 9 is way too early for real procrastinators to do any shopping. We also know Depanneur is just one of many food shops who’ve created their own Brooklyn-based baskets; if you know of more, tell us below in the Comments!

Depanneur; 242 Wythe Avenue, (347) 227-8424

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Rachel Wharton is the former deputy editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She won a 2010 James Beard food journalism award, holds a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University, and has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and reporter. A North Carolina native and a former features food reporter for the New York Daily News, she edited the Edible Brooklyn cookbook and was the co-author of both Handheld Pies and DiPalo's Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy. Her work also appears in publications such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Saveur.