Life Is a Box of Chocolates
Text/Photo by Donna Malloy
In a perfect world, we'd all be surrounded by chocolate! So thinks Gilda Peterson, owner of Delectable Gourmet Gifts in Largo.
Delectable Gourmet Gifts in Largo is the one-stop shop for chocoholics. Check your calories at the door please and feast your taste buds on everything chocolate, from chocolate covered potato chips, pretzels and thin mints to chocolate covered popcorn. Even the chocolate comes in different flavors: chili chocolate, peppermint chocolate and her new popper chocolate.
"You have to keep reinventing yourself" stated Gilda.
Gilda Peterson, along with daughter Stephanie, has owned and operated Delectable Gourmet Foods for the past five years. A burst of energy, it is obvious that Gilda has a passion for what she does.
"I know how to run things and I love what I do; it's all about customer service." And quality; all of Delectable Gourmet Gifts chocolate is imported from Belgium and France.
Corporate clients include Home Shopping Network as well as Raymond James Financial. Gilda "brands" her gift baskets with the company's logo, whether the logo appears on a pre-printed ribbon or a coffee mug. Colorful mugs with assorted lollypop cookies start at $15.95. Or, for a yummy stocking stuffer, try a bag of chocolate covered pretzels for $2.95.
"Did you know that according to American Express, food gifts are the #1 gift of choice?" Gilda asked.
Delectable Gourmet Gifts showroom sparkles with dark, milk and white chocolate gift basket confections. Have you ever eaten a chocolate covered Oreo cookie? And for the perfect wedding gift, bring in your own bottle of champagne and Gilda will guild your bottle in milk chocolate for $35.00.
"I can't tell you how many times a day people come into my shop and ask me how long I've been here; they're amazed! That's why I wanted to advertise, to let people know I'm here" stated Gilda. And the timing is right, now more than ever; with the recent closing of Peterbrooke Chocolatier and the holiday season upon us, it's time to place your orders.
Speaking of the holidays, Delectable Gourmet Gifts is hosting a Chocoholics Tasting Party on November 21, 22 and 23 from 2 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. each day. Gilda invites all to stop in and sample the following delectables: chocolate truffles, chocolate popcorn and potato chips, Oreos, Nutter Butter and Graham crackers dipped in dark, white and milk chocolate. While you're there, don't forget to place your holiday order for your favorite chocolates and cookies.
Delectable Gourmet Foods also features Thanksgiving and Christmas platters and gifts, chocolate gift towers and of course chocolate baskets!
Special Holidays Hours are: Monday thru Friday: 8:00 am until 6:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am until 5:00 pm
Delectable Gourmet Gifts is located at 1901 West Bay Drive., Suite 18, Largo in between 14th and 20th Avenue in the Village Plaza Shopping Center. Also, Delectable delivers and ships daily for those last minute shoppers.
Phone: 727-584-0777, website www.delectablegourmetgifts.com
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