A Spectacular Holiday Gift from Eleven Madison Park

We arrived home from the city the morning after our Chanukah family dinner to discover that FedEx had left a very large carton in front of our door. We could see from the return address that it was from EMP. Inside the carton was this:

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2014

Obviously, a gift! What, we wondered, could it be?

Removing the ribbon, I opened the box. Silver wrapping enclosed the contents. On top was this message printed on fancy paper:

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2014

When I opened the foil, here’s what we saw:

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2014

Still mystified, I began removing the items and unwrapping them.

Whoa! There were foodstuffs and items of the liquid variety – all things one finds when dining at EMP – each with a label or tag. I counted. Eleven items. (Well, actually, there were twelve because one item turned out to be a combo.)  I began reading the labels. Aha! I got it! Eleven items for the Eleven Days of Christmas with the labels and tags indicating which day number each item represented. The two of us stood there in shock.

No, there was no partridge in a pear tree or even pears. But here’s what we did get.

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2014

Granola in a Jar

Pistachio, Cherry, Coconut, and Pumpkin Seed

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2014

Two Black and Whites

Oat, Chocolate, and Apple Cider Ganache

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2014

Three Egg Creams (with instructions)

Malted Milk, Club Soda, and Vanilla

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2014

For the Egg Creams

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2014

Four Chocolate Bars

Coconut, Almond, and Chocolate

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2014

Five Roasted Ducks

Finger Lakes Duck Broth with Sherry and Thyme

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2014

Six Sturgeons Smoking

Applewood Smoked Sturgeon

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2014

Seven Drinks-a-Mixing (with directions)

Bourbon, Dolin Dry Vermouth, and Amaro

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2014

Eight Pretzels Twisting

Mast Brothers Chocolate with Sea Salt

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2014

Nine Terrines Glazing

Hudson Valley Foie Gras Terrine Marinated in Cognac and White Pepper

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2014

Ten Carrots Grinding

Pickled Carrots with White Balsamic and Bay Leaf

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2014

Eleven Salts-a-Shaking

Amagansett Sea Salt

“Endlessly inventive” is one of the mantras EMP lives by, and this certainly was that! The ability of these wonderful people to come up with new ways to surprise us as they did here never ceases to amaze us. Our sincerest thanks to everyone at EMP for this spectacular gift!

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2014

P.S. We came up with what we felt was a clever and fun way to use this amazing bounty, so stay tuned for that post.

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