signature product

Herma’s News – Gift Ideas, Nambe Serving ware, Cheese and Perfect Cheese Pairings

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love. Hamilton Wright Mabie

Dear Customers,

Herma has acquired such an abundance of Italian chocolates and Panettone, along with other traditional holiday treats from Germany, Holland, England and Scotland, that one might think Herma’s is a chocolate shop and bakery.

It certainly is the perfect place to find authentic holiday foods from Europe. And of course we believe these beautifully packaged treats make the perfect Christmas gifts.

Another beautiful gift would be from our NEW line of Nambe Serving ware.

Nambe’s Serving ware

As much a striking showpiece on your table as it is a functional piece of serving ware, this line is Herma’s favourite gift suggestion for 2019.

Image may contain: food and indoor

Nambe’s Alloy

Nambe Alloy serving ware is oven-safeup to 500 degrees F. You may also keep food chilled by leaving your Nambe Alloy piece in the freezer for up to half an hour. Its eight-metal alloy also holds both heat and cold for long periods.

Nambe’s Fine Wood

Also find other contemporary Nambe pieces at Herma’s made of Acacia wood, which is sourced from a plantation in Thailand. This beautiful rich wood resists moisture, making these pieces a strong and durable choice for sophisticated presentations.

Mark your calendars for Herma’s…

Image may contain: plant and text
Herma’s Open House

Be sure to mark your calendar for Herma’s 26th Annual Open House, which will take place Saturday, November 23rd and Saturday, November 30th. This will be a fun time to be had with friends as you get inspired for holiday entertaining.

Next Saturday, November 23rd, get ready for…

Margot’s Buon Natale Feast

Special Guest Margot Silver is a great friend of Herma’s who has been supplying us with fabulous, authentic European foods for years. Her culinary knowledge on how to serve her remarkable foods is truly inspiring

This year she will be introducing a delicious Cashew Truffle Pasta Dish, NEW Sicilian Valle de Belice DOP and lovely Winter Risottos.

Also get ready for special treats from Margaret that will provide you with appetizer ideas involving Herma’s Signature Products. And lets not forget all the wonderful tastings to be had in Herma’s Cheese Shop.

NEW arrivals for Christmas…

Image may contain: food
Chocolates at Herma’s

No photo description available.
Panettone Virginia

Panettone Virginia, ALDA and Filippi Panettones – Come see these beautifully packaged Italian holiday cakes – fresh, authentic and delicious.

De Vivo’s Baba Lievitato – Ask Gordon for his fabulous serving suggestions on how to create a delicious Baba’ au Rhum Cake. So heavenly!

Baratti & Milano Chocolates Peruse our entire collection of these beautifully packaged Italian chocolates and treats that make great gifts for the holidays.

Galerie Au Chocolat Fondue – Choose from both milk and dark chocolate. You will be swooning with delight as you dip your favourite fruit or treat into oozing chocolate. Oo la la!

NEW at Herma’s – LillyPuds

No photo description available.
LillyPuds Pudding

At Herma’s find the following LillyPuds products on our shelves…

Christmas Pudding – Lemon Pudding – Brandy Butter – Sticky Toffee Sauce

So what makes a LillyPuds Christmas Pudding so scrumptiously light and fruity? With no mixed peel, over 50% fruit and less added sugar and flour, LillyPuds naturally sweet Christmas pudding is a festive delight…It is also wrapped to make an ideal foodie gift. – LillyPuds

LillyPud’s Christmas Pudding received Great British Food Awards 2017 and Great British Chefs Recommendations 2017. It will also be a winner with you and your family this holiday season.

Bittermilk Cocktail Mixers – Tis the season to be merry…

Bittermilk Cocktail Mixers are non-alcoholic cocktail mixers handcrafted in Charleston, South Carolina. We believe they are the perfect mix for creating special cocktails this Christmas.

At Herma’s we carry Bittermilk No. 1 Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Fashioned (Stir 1 part mixer with 4 parts rye in a glass with ice. Garnish with an orange peel.) and Bittermilk No. 3 Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour (Shake equal parts mixer + bourbon with heavy amounts of ice.).

Herma’s Gift Baskets

No photo description available.
Herma’s Gift Basket

Have beautiful, swoon-worthy gift baskets created for clients, colleagues, friends, neighbors and employees this Christmas. Call 905-885-9250 or stop by front desk to place your order.

Herma’s Cheese Shop

Image may contain: food
Italian Fig Balls and Gift Basket in Herma’s Cheese Shop

Featured Cheese: Back by popular demand…

Carozzi’s Cremiziola Dolce

Cremiziola Dolce is a blue veined cheese that is soft, creamy and easily spreadable. This beauty comes in a lovely wooden container that is ready to scoop. 

It will be served this weekend. Don’t miss out!

Delicious Pairings with Cheese – Fig Balls, Chutneys and Honey

Italian Fig Balls

Seggiano’s Italian Fig Balls are aromatic balls of compacted dried fruit imported from Calabria, in southern Italy. In order to create these delicacies, well-matured figs are picked from trees. They are then dried and slowly cooked in their own juices. After that, they are shaped into balls, wrapped in green fig leaves and slow baked – beautifully preserving the juices that make this the perfect pairing for cheese this holiday season.

Cathy suggests enjoying these beautiful delicacies with ricotta and pecorino cheese. 

Cartwright and Butler Chutneys

Image may contain: food
Cartwright and Butler Chutney


Perfect for entertaining and gifting!

We carry four types that are perfect for pairing with cheese.

Tomato & Apple Chutney (adds a hint of chilli with cheese and cold meats)

Caramelized Onion Chutney (perfect with warmed goat’s cheese or heaped on top of mozzarella appetizer)

Sweet Apple Chutney (lovely with cheddars and Wensleydale, adding sweetness to balance the sharpness. Also nice with pork sausages.)

Real Ale Chutney (star ingredient for any ploughman’s lunch)

Pairing Honey with Cheese

A drizzle of sweet honey is the perfect contrast to the saltiness of cheese.

Use sparingly as honey is meant to elevate the flavor of cheese, not smother it. Try drizzling over blue cheese, brie, hard cheeses, and also with ricotta and fruit as a dessert. A little prosciutto on the side is also a welcome delight on these occasions. 

Cathy suggests…

Sparrow Lake Wildflower Honey (Unpasteurized from Kilworthy, Ontario) and HurtBerry Farm’s Nectar of the Gods (a Chili Infused Honey that brings a medium level of sweet heat and complex floral notes, unpasteurized from Port Perry, Ontario)

We hope you will visit us soon as you prepare to entertain for the holidays! Have a wonderful weekend.


Meredith Ender

Communication Coordinator

Herma’s Fine Foods & Gifts