Our favorite local culinary gifts for foodniks: Spice set from the Savory Spice Shop

Categories: Cafe Society

Lori Midson

All this week, I'm featuring my favorite culinary stocking stuffers and presents for the fervent foodnik, cook and restaurant fiend in your life, including the indulgent hot chocolate and salted caramel marshmallows from Spuntino, and EatDenver's gift that keeps on giving -- the 2013 EatDenver dining deck. These are all gifts that are available locally -- and locally made or produced -- and they're all things that I hope to find in my own stocking (or under the tree) this year.

Spice set from the Savory Spice Shop

Obsessed doesn't even begin to describe my infatuation with the Savory Spice Shop, where the exotic, fragrantly bold scents wafting from the front door are more alluring than the promise of a striptease or your mistress wrapped in red tinsel.

See also:
- Our favorite local culinary gifts of 2012: Spuntino's hot chocolate mix and salted caramel marshmallows
- Our favorite local culinary gifts for foodniks: EatDenver Dining Deck

Here, in the knock-your-nose-off confines of spice utopia, the brainchild of married couple Mike Johnston and Janet Chambers, who now have numerous locations throughout Colorado (and elsewhere), you'll encounter more than 300 freshly ground spice, herb and rub varieties -- everything from flavored popcorn powders, to curry powders, to infused vanilla-bean sugar to powdered chiles that you won't find anywhere else. It's a sniffer's paradise, a cook's cloud nine, a chef's enlightenment, a gift-giver's awakening, and if you're searching for what is easily one of the best presents on the planet, the packaged spice sets -- or you can customize your own -- are the key to lifelong devotion. My personal favorite is the salt collection, but no matter which one you purchase, the recipient of your generosity is going to be eternally grateful.

Location Info


Savory Spice Shop

2650 W. Main, Littleton, CO

Category: General

Prime 121

121 Clayton Lane, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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Savory gift sets have been my go-to gift for out of town family members for the past three or four years. People rave about it every year. There just isn't any establishment I've ever been to anywhere that has the level of quality, selection and freshness of Savory. And the prices are fantastic. Perhaps my single favorite culinary store of all time.

jenna-furrr topcommenter

Agreed--I love that they carry the hing powder that I use often--especially since no place else does.

davebarnes topcommenter

We (the people of greater Denver) are so lucky to have Savory Spice.

Great flavors and cheaper than King Soopers.


Such great stores. Love Savory Spice Shop. Very affordable, especially if you're refilling your own bottles.

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