After years of making her signature Green Tomato Chutney for friends and family, Alabama's Rebecca Williamson started Birmingham-based Holmsted Fines. Besides her original chutney, the Auburn and Le Cordon Bleu (London) grad offers other popular chutneys, including Peach and Balsamic Red Onion ($9.99 per jar). Use chutneys to enhance the flavors of meats and vegetables or serve them with holiday appetizers. Shop and find recipes at www.holmstedfines.com
Natalie and Margaret Keng, the daughter and mother team that heads up Smyrna-based Chinese Southern Belle, have an award-winning trio of all-natural sauces: Sweet Chili Peach Honey (My Sweet Hottie), Soy Ginger Vidalia (You Saucy Thing) and Asian BBQ Teriyaki Pineapple (Wild Wild East). Single bottles are $8. The Asian Chef Trio is $24 at chinesesouthernbelle.com. Find bottles of the no-MSG sauces at various Atlanta-area locations, including Whole Foods. For a special-night out gift, buys tickets to the company's annual Chinese Lunar New Year Banquet featuring an eight-course dinner, 6:30 p.m. at Jan. 14. Tickets are $50 for or $90 for two people.
Daniel Liberson once worked as a cook in fine dining restaurants in New York, Maryland and North Carolina. Now he is the owner and self-described vinegar geek of Virginia-based Lindera Farms, which produces artisanal vinegars used and praised by chefs across the country. Best sellers include Ramp, Strawberry, Wild Rose and Spicebush. But Honey is a fan favorite. Vinegars are $21 for a 6.8-ounce bottle, plus shipping, at linderafarms.com. In Atlanta, find vinegars at Preserving Place, 1170 Howell Mill Road, www.preservingplace.com.
Sweet and savory pies
Amanda Dalton Wilbanks, the owner of the Southern Baked Pie Company, creates sweet and savory pies using an all-butter pie dough. Best-selling pies include the caramel pecan pie ($35), a Flavor of Georgia winner, and chicken pot pie ($39.95), made with Springer Mountain Farms chicken. Other favorites include chocolate chess pie and cranberry apple pecan pie. The company also offers petite pies ($9.95). Order pies at www.southernbakedpie.com or at the company's new Atlanta-area pie shops in Buckhead, 3145 Peachtree Road, and in Alpharetta at 2685 Old Milton Parkway.
In Alpharetta, Angel Lane Bakery owners Wendy and Shaun Virgo make a traditional English shortbread that has become a year-round favorite. The couple, originally from England, named their business after their family's home: Angel Cottage on Angel Lane in Somerset, England. Choose a six-pack or 12-pack of shortbread in a seasonal packaging ($10-$15). Visit www.angellanebakeryonline.com. In Atlanta, check Lucy's Market (in its new location), 56 E. Andrews Drive NW in Buckhead.
Nashville-based Hester & Cook, founded by Robbie and Angie Hester Cook, designs a collection of elegant and whimsical paper place mats and table runners for all seasons and occasions. Place mats ($27-$29 for 12-30 mats) in popular themes include Tennessee artist Vicki Sawyer's animal paintings and holiday designs. Table runners ($25-$28), which include gold confetti, stripes and touchdown paper, can be cut to fit the length of any table top. Visit hesterandcook.com
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