A Southern Season–Always in Season

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Tis the season for A Southern Season–the gourmet food and cookware store in nearby Chapel Hill (NC), that is!  It’s a fun place to go any day of the year, but particularly during the holiday season, in my humble opinion.

Since its beginnings in 1975, A Southern Season has grown to become a beloved business here in the Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill). “[T]he store features specialty food products, chocolate and candy, wine & beer, coffee & tea, prepared foods, kitchen tools, home items, gifts and much more.”[1]

In short, it’s a gourmet extravaganza complete with pleasing displays, helpful staff, and mood-enhancing music. One could easily get a little carried away while there, which is why I apply these three principles: (1) Will I really use it? (2) Can I really afford it? (3) Can I find it somewhere else for less? Regarding the latter, although many of A Southern Season’s offerings are not easily found just anywhere, I’ve seen some of them (e.g. teas, pasta sauces) at Harris Teeter, Fresh Market or the like–and often for a bit less. Even with one foot firmly in Fiduciary Land, A Southern Season is a world of delights.

A Southern Season is known for their (year-round) gift baskets containing southern delights and products made in North Carolina.

A Southern Season is known for their (year-round) gift baskets containing gourmet and/or southern delights, many of which are made locally or regionally right here in North Carolina.

The candy counter is almost guaranteed to bring out the kid in you.

The candy counter is almost guaranteed to bring out the kid in you.

I grew up on Kraft Pineapple Cheese Spread but can't find it anywhere these days. I stumbled upon this Elki brand spread at A Southern Season and decided to give it a try. It's quite rich and has a lot more flavors going on than Kraft's version.  Not bad.

I grew up on Kraft Pineapple Cheese Spread but can’t find it anywhere these days. I stumbled upon this Elki brand spread at A Southern Season and decided to give it a try. It’s quite rich and has a lot more flavors going on than Kraft’s version. Not bad.

If you’re in the area, consider stopping by this Gourmet Greatland–or check out their “online location.”


[1] http://www.southernseason.com/our-store/

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