’Tis the season, increasingly, for online food shopping. A comprehensive, beautifully displayed and easy-to-navigate option for this festive activity is Edélices. This French e-boutique of gourmet goodies, based in Paris, was founded in 2009 by Gilles Muller and Raphaël Tardio. Aware that many people outside the capital had limited access to a high-end grocery store, the two friends with a shared passion for food and cooking spotted an opening for an online operation. Tardio describes Edélices as the first “épicerie fine communautaire”; the community in question is made up of the customers and suppliers who suggest and recommend every item featured on the site.
With dedicated pages in French, English, Italian, German and Spanish – and prices in according currencies with shipping options – around 2,000 different items are offered, from fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers to preserves, such as goose foie gras tied up like a Christmas cracker (€109 for 600g) from Artzner in Strasbourg, tiny terrines (from €7) from Picardy that would make great stocking fillers, and mustards (from €3) from Fallot, Burgundy’s only remaining independent moutardier. Designer olive oils (from €26 for 50cl) from four different olive varieties come from Château d’Estoublon in the Vallée des Baux-de-Provence, and Leonardi in Modena supplies the balsamic vinegar, with ages ranging from two years (€18 for 250ml) to 150 years (€1,050 for 68g, supplied with a glass pipette for dispensing by the drop).
There’s a prime selection of fresh meats: wagyu beef (€120 for 500g) from Australia, Galician beef (€60 for 500g) from northwest Spain, American Black Angus (€65 for 500g) and acorn-fed jamón (€4 for 100g) from Guijuelo in Castilla y León. Cheeses, which have an almost exclusively French flavour, include an 18-month-old Comté (€8 for 250g) from Fromageries Vagne in Poligny. Fans of luxury chocolate bars will find happiness in single-origin chocolates from master chocolatier Pralus in Roanne and Bovetti in Corrèze (all from €5 for 100g).
For those wishing to browse further, there’s also a recipe section with neat suggestions for how to get the best from your freshly ordered produce – which can be delivered next day within Europe.