By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: Gifts & Decor | Issue: August 2007
Linda Smalley, owner of Epicurean Harvest, displays a wide array of gourmet products.
Sometimes any old gift just will not do. For the times when you need something amazing, Epicurean Harvest has your solution. Offering an upscale food service, gift baskets, as well as fantastic items for corporate, personal and holiday gift-giving, the company is sure to please.
Some people have luxurious tastes; they display uncommon refinement and discrimination, particularly where food and drink are concerned. Such people are more than gourmets. They are epicureans. Epicurean Harvest owner Linda Smalley knows precisely what they need. “I started Epicurean Harvest about five years ago to give Tulsans a service for unique, upscale gourmet gift baskets and gourmet foods,” says Smalley. “I’m like a local Harry and David. I do business-to-business and business-to-client gifting, personal gifting and holiday gifting.”
Smalley has an abundance of experience and expertise in the hospitality business. She says, “I’ve been in the restaurant business, I’ve sold wine and spirits, and I’ve had some culinary training.” Smalley has a combined 30 years of experience in food and hospitality. Aside from her current company, Smalley enjoys gourmet cooking.
Epicurean Harvest has something for everyone. “I work with law firms, banks, manufacturing companies, country clubs, golf clubs, meeting planners and real-estate agents,” says Smalley. “We customize gifts to personalized tastes and budgets, and we have local delivery and nationwide shipping.” Additionally, Epicurean Harvest offers gifts suitable for wedding parties, baby showers and any kind of special event.
Some of Epicurean Harvest’s most popular delicacies include upscale chocolates, Tortuga rum cakes and rich, buttery cookies. Epicurean Harvest also provides authentic Italian items, chips, salsas, savory crackers and specialty coffees.
While Smalley offers a wide array of products and services for most occasions, Epicurean Harvest’s services are especially popular during the holiday season. Epicurean Harvest offers a service during the holidays to make companies’ gift-giving easier; all shopping, shipping and deliveries are made for them. “We work with our clients to keep their gift-giving unique and within their budgets,” Smalley mentions.
Epicurean Harvest’s fastest-growing segment of products is the Made in Oklahoma brand. Networked through the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, it features food and other products made by privately-owned, small businesses in Oklahoma. Beverages, produce, meats, nuts, snacks, sweets and pottery are just a few of the things offered by the brand. “The gourmet food producers in Oklahoma make some of the best specialty foods in the entire industry,” says Smalley. “We feature the very best in Oklahoma.”
One of Made in Oklahoma’s most popular lines is Frankoma pottery. Based in Sapulpa, Frankoma is entirely local and offers a large variety of gifts, bake ware, kitchen items and popular collectibles. Frankoma even makes its own clay. The line is currently featuring gifts and collectibles commemorating Oklahoma’s centennial. Every Frankoma item is completely handcrafted from start to finish.
Epicurean Harvest offers what other gift providers do not. Smalley specially selects her products based on quality and packaging presentation. “Our gift baskets are bountiful because they contain full-sized, retail portioned products; not the small component items made specifically for the gift basket business,” says Smalley. “Other places have smaller servings. Fancy food is a $4 billion industry. I wanted to offer a unique service to Oklahoma.”
Epicurean Harvest’s hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The showroom can also be visited by appointment. Visit Epicurean Harvest’s online showroom at www.epicureanharvest.com. “The best place to see my products is on the website,” says Smalley. Epicurean Harvest’s catalog of exquisite holiday gifts will be available online beginning in late September.