It's all about tasting seasonally. In your last minute shopping frenzy this week, schedule in a few stops to savor the season, very literally.

Over at Copper Onion, beverage manager Jimmy Santangelo has moved from the Beaujolais of late November to the bubbles of the holiday season. Stop by and sip some sparkles, everything from domestic wine methode champenoise to cava to prosecco to cremant from France culiminating in the genuine stuff from Chanpagne, France. It's like a mini-course in sparkling wine with the perfect food to match: Creminelli bresaola and the Couronne de Touraine Matt Caputo was raving about last week in his weekly cheese column. Look for it every Friday here On the Table.



Today, Wednesday, December 19, from 4pm to 6:30pm, stop by Liberty Heights Fresh http://libertyheightsfresh.com/ and taste some java from Doma Coffee Roasting Company, recognized as a "Best Boutique Roaster" by Food and Wine magazine. Terry and Rob Patano started roasting coffee beans in their garage in Post Falls, Idaho, over a decade ago. They envisioned a different kind of coffee company. They wanted to sell high quality coffee beans with complete integrity, where long term relationships with their growers create a mutually successful year after year partnership. That vision has come to fruition with DOMA Coffee Roasting Company – right now you can visit their website and see with compete transparency their business relationships with their growers, right down to what was paid for the beans. Using 80% less natural gas, the Loring Smart System the Patano's use greatly reduces the amount of CO2 emissions each year (the equivalent of the combustion of 2000 gallons of gasoline.)

Pick up a pound as a gift for a conscientious coffee-loving friend. 

On Friday, December 21, from 11:30am to 1:30pm, taste the great healthy new products from Laziz, a young company owned by a couple of newcomers to Utah. Moudi moved here from Lebanon in 2006 and embarked on a journey of preparing traditional Lebanese meals based on his cultural and family history.  Derek is from South Jordan and shares Moudi's passion for healthy foods. Together they produce authentic hummus, the garbanzo bean dip that's become a favorite vegetarian dip; muhamarra, a dip made from pomegranate molasses, pureed red peppers and eggplant; and toum, a serious garlic dip. Perfect for holiday parties or a hostess gift. 

And on Saturday, December 22, from 3pm to 5pm, John and Casee Francis will be offering tastes of their amazing Amour spreads, locally made fruit jams and marmalades–perfect with charcuterie, meats, toasts and even on ice cream. And again, a great holiday gift.