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My Story

"Gourmet Gift Connection is the solution to Gourmet Gift Giving!"

​A round trip to Orange County...

​I'm an Orange County native, graduated from San Francisco State University, traveled the world, lived in Hawaii, and then moved to Seattle. In Seattle, I became instantly aware that the community as a whole was very supportive of their local artisan makers.. grocery stores carried local artisan chocolates, cookies, jams, coffee, potato chips.. I had never seen that level of local support before in other places.  Yet, I started to notice the products in a standard gift basket weren't supporting local artisan makers and were heavy on the shelf-stable products loaded with preservatives.  This wasn't appealing to me, nothing looked appetizing, or exciting, or unique; it was all the same kind of thing!

Gourmet Gift Connection was started years ago to fill the niche of exceptional gourmet gift giving!

Therefore, trusting my innovative instincts, creativity, and combined with my passion for entrepreneurism, I ventured into the gift basket business. I vowed to never carry anything that you would find in a typical gift basket.  My mission was to source the best of local artisan products that were unique, exciting and impressive, and to be the best that you've ever tasted!  I also designed the business to customize for each client, therefore, when an opportunity was available for me to give a presentation, I always bring samples so that you can try the products and judge for yourself.   My business became a success, not just for myself, but for my clients, because they have the opportunity through my services to give the best gourmet gifts. This translates into caring about your reputation and being thoughtful to your clientele or recipient. There's nothing better than when you make a meaningful impression with your clients, employee's and associates.

​After a few years, I found myself working with just about every major company in Seattle.  I had so much business during the holidays, that the post office would open earlier just for me!

​I enjoy the challenge to source exceptional products that are of the highest quality, unique and impressive.

After six years of operating a thriving business, I decided to move back to Orange County for family reasons and have since settled back in the OC! I bring back with me the expertise and sophistication that I have acquired from my travels, experience and knowledge in operating a successful gift basket business.

I'm fortunate that most communities are recognizing the importance of supporting locally sourced products, as it gives me the opportunity to expand my line of products.  I continue to select vendors that have the highest standards, that source the best ingredients, including, organic, sustainable, fair-trade, hand-made, small-batch, bean-to-bar, etc.  I've met with many amazing artisan vendors in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and I am always energized by their passion, enthusiasm, and commitment to quality.

I also recognize the status of awards given to the products that I select, it does make a difference! There are gift basket industry awards and then there are the real gourmet food awards that are internationally recognized as the most prestigious.  That's true for all food and beverage products, coffee, tea, chocolate... buyer "beware of marketing" and that's why I continue to educate myself in the food industry.  I attend food trade shows, events, visit gourmet markets, specialty stores, farmers markets, and cheese shops.  I want you to trust that what I'm presenting is truly the most exceptional products.

               I demand superb quality control from my vendors and select products with only the finest ingredients 

​Though I continue to create beautiful gift baskets, I've also been successful with adding a selection of gift boxes. I like the idea that gift boxes can be recycled, easy to stack, easy to ship, and even reusable! We have a variety of boxes, baskets and other packaging ideas.

I still bring samples, and we can work together to create a customized gourmet gift, whether it be a signature gift from your company to your clientele or employees, or price-tiered gifts that meet your budget, to customizing specific needs or preferences, such as gluten-free, or organic, to sweets, savory and all of the above! Though I'm happy to assist to curate a gourmet gift, we also offer pre-made gourmet gifts.  We currently do not offer online shopping, but please call or email for more information. We can include products for children, pets, spa and beauty products, as well as concert tickets,  and even your company's promotional items, such as water bottles, pens, and such.

Though I love working with the artisan small-batch makers, I also enjoy meeting with clients.  I'm fascinated to meet people of all sectors, whether it be business corporate, healthcare, hotels, schools, entertainment industry, real estate to mortgage business'.  I enjoy sharing the level of quality of my products and hearing the positive feedback.  You are welcome to check out my Yelp reviews where I continue to receive supportive feedback for my exceptional quality, attention to detail, and caring customer service.

 

​I especially enjoy when I make a personal delivery of a gourmet gift and it brings a smile to the recipient and makes them feel special.

 

                                We may use the word exceptional often, because that's what we strive for!

​Thank you for taking the time to read my story and hope to work with you in curating your gourmet gifts!

​Warmest Regards,

Lydia Jenks

President, Gourmet Gift Connection