Have a tasteful weekend.
Juggler’s Fruit Chews
What: Sweet and sour flavors hold hands in Salted Caramel’s just-gummy-enough adult take on fruit bites ($8).
Why: Choose from apple cider, blackberry, cherry, and peach. Better yet, try them all.
When: You need a palate cleanser.
Where: City Provisions Delicatessen, 1818 W. Wilson Ave., at Ravenswood Ave. (773-293-2489); online at saltedcaramel.net.
Crumb Bread’s Taralli
What: Pretzel meets bread stick in the local baker’s version ($5 for half a pound) of an Italian tradition.
Why: They have a long shelf life (two-plus weeks).
When: First come, first served.
Where: Provenance Food and Wine, 2528 N. California Ave., b/t Logan Blvd. & Altgeld St. (773-384-0699); 2312 W. Leland Ave., at Western Ave. (773-784-2314).
Three’s for Cheese
What: The pungent-in-all-the-right-ways gift basket ($25) includes your choice of wedge (Parmigiano-Reggiano, Manchego, Bucheron), crackers, and jam or chutney.
Why: There’s no better kickoff to a holiday meal.
When: To Grandmother’s house you go.
Where: The Goddess and Grocer, 1646 N. Damen Ave., at Wabansia Ave. (773-342-3200). For more locations and to order online, go to goddessandgrocer.com.
The Best Bottles to Give
What: You’re on your way to another holiday party — empty-handed. Stop. Drop some cash. And roll in with a nice gift of wine, rum, whiskey, or cognac. You’ll be everyone’s best-loved guest.
Why: It’s as easy as flashing your ID.
When: You have zero time.
Where: Online at dailycandy.com.
Naha’s Private-Label Pear Brandy
What: Spike your holiday with a pour of the sweet new spirit created by chef Carrie Nahabedian, Seedling, and Koval Distillery.
Why: They grew a pear in a bottle. Nifty.
When: Mon.-Thurs., 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 5:30-10 p.m.
Where: 500 N. Clark St., at Illinois St. (312-321-6242).
Photo: Daniel Shaker / Courtesy of Salted Caramel