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Gourmet Goodies in Scottsdale

Sweet or savory, Scottsdale offers something for everyone! Bring home a taste of Scottsdale from these local gourmet markets and shops. 



Gourmet Goodies

Sphinx Date Co. has called Scottsdale home for more than 65 years. This Arizona institution offers a wide selection of the freshest locally sourced Medjool and Black Sphinx dates, as well as an assortment of hand-picked edible gifts from food crafters around the region. Visitors are welcome to create their own one-of-a-kind gift basket. For those seeking a little inspiration, owners Sharyn and Rebecca Seitz are happy to provide gifting suggestions for any occasion — and samples of their dates, too!  



Gourmet Goodies

Merkin Vineyards recently swung open the doors to a new tasting room in Old Town Scottsdale. This outpost of Merkin Vineyards offers a selection of one-of-a-kind items for purchase including a variety of their own Arizona-made wines, both bottled and canned, as well as wine-scented candles, handmade pastas and a curated collection of gourmet goods perfect for gift-giving.  



Gourmet Goodies

Scottsdale isn’t quite Montreux, Switzerland, when it comes to chocolate, but locally based chocolatiers Maureen and Jim Elitzak of Zak’s Chocolate have earned international recognition for their house-made confections. The duo is not only winning recognition, they’re also winning awards for their artisan chocolate, and after sampling a bite or two, you’ll understand why. Everything is done by hand, and that includes sorting the ethically sourced cocoa beans and wrapping the single-origin dark chocolate bars. Zak’s has collaborated with local businesses, from breweries to coffee shops, to incorporate unique ingredients in their chocolates, which makes for an end product that’s uniquely Arizona.  

Lauren Topor Reichert is an Arizona-based creative photographer, digital content creator, and author of the children’s book, Sprinkle the Dog. Lauren is an avid hobbyist who enjoys mountain biking, kayaking, and hiking across Scottsdale and the greater Sonoran Desert. Go behind the lens with Lauren at on Instagram.