(Closed) California foods for OOT bags

posted 8 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Wine flavored truffles

A bottle of local wine

Fresh or dried fruit

Non-refridgerated cheese with crackers

Post # 4
4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

I can think of San Francisco ones, surprisingly (Ghiradelli chocolate, fortune cookies [actually originated in SF, I think]), but not SoCal specific! Hmm….

Post # 5
289 posts
Helper bee

Marinated artichoke hearts

Napa Valley Wine for the vino lovers, Anchor Steam or Speakeasy brews for the beer connoisseurs

Dried Figs

Sourdough Bread

…just a few ideas, good luck!


Post # 6
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m working on this for mine right now, actually! I’m focusing more on local foods so that might be a place to start, but so far I’ve got the following thoughts:

– Chocolate (lots of chocolate makers in the Bay Area; probably in SoCal too, or See’s)
– Small bottles of CA wine
– CA pistachios (or, honestly, CA anything—figs, oranges, raisins, dates, anything in season at the farmers’ market, etc.)
– Fortune cookies (invented in either LA or SF depending on which inventor you believe, and the fortune cookie machine was invented in Oakland)
– Gift certificates to local snack shops near the hotel that sell local food, if applicable

Would love other ideas, too!

Post # 7
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve never been to California, so I have no idea… but i did the same thing for my Out of Town bags except North Carolina stuff!!!


Great Idea!!

Post # 8
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

That’s tough! I’m from Southern California and I’m kind of pulling a blank…..i’m trying to think of foods i eat at the beach, but besides coneys and other typical boardwalk food, i got nothin’! Oo, The Hat is good, lol.

What about sunmaid raisins? isn’t there something about california raisins? or is it california cheese? hmmm.wine and cheese is a pretty classic california combination. But I’d say go to the farmers market like someone suggested above, and just buy things MADE in california. I’d love to have a sweet little homemade beach scented (or orange? i lived in orange county and would find that funny!) basket with all homemade california goodies.

Post # 9
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

anything from trader joe’s! cat cookies (although you have to bag them into smaller quantities), penguin gummies, chocolate truffles, chocolate-covered blueberries, beef/turkey/buffalo jerky, kettle-corn popcorn, dried fruit (especially the mangos), mixed nuts, assortment of sparkling ciders, etc… so much yummy stuff.

the farmer’s market suggestion is also a good one. i remember plums were so fabulous late last summer.

if you’re considering perishable stuff like fruit, maybe you’d also consider sprinkles cupcakes? or diddy riese cookies?

Post # 10
900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hmm…my post didn’t show up! : (

I said avocados…although they probably wouldn’t work in an Out of Town bag! : )

Definitely Ghirardelli!

And SoCal beers: Karl Strauss, Stone, Ballast Point

Post # 11
293 posts
Helper bee

See’s Candy!  Sprinkles cupcakes! In and Out Burger (maybe those can be gift cards, hee hee)

Also, California raisins! And bread from La Brea Bakery…



Post # 12
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Oh, another one I considered: circus animal Mother’s cookies (which aren’t actually made in California anymore, but are still hard to get in other parts of the country, so they could be fun/kitschy).

The beer idea is a great one, too—I’ll definitely add that to ours!

Post # 13
761 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

We are definately doing See’s and in the booklet I am suggesting eating at In n’ Out (actually just ate there for dinner!) besides that I think maybe Hav’a Chips (not sure on sp) but I love those so much!

Post # 14
5891 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

now i want diddy reese! haha…. i like the in n out gift card idea.  avocados always make me think of cali, but i don’t know how you would work that in…

Post # 16
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

A map to the nearest In-N-Out =)  I can’t think of a single out of town person that has visited here in California that didn’t think that was an essential part of their trip out here.

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