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Holiday Happily

‘Tis the season to get shopping and celebrate!

By Jillian Chandler

There is something for everyone on your list who loves all things culinary … at The Culinary Stone! You’ll find gifts of food and wine, kitchen items and specialty cookware to dinnerware, barware and cookbooks, and gift certificates so the gift recipient can choose their own!

“We take delight in assisting our customers find the perfect gift for someone or for themselves, that unique culinary item, delectable food for entertaining or to enjoy at the store or to just to spend time browsing the store,” smiles Store Manager TJ Tombari.

Located in the heart of Coeur d’Alene’s Riverstone Neighborhood, The Culinary Stone has been catering to the community with its upscale culinary offerings since 2013. Just this past May, they added TJ as their new store manager. Guided by the inspiration of owner Sandy Volkar, TJ has used her passion and experience to bring The Culinary Stone to new heights—with new kitchen appliances, upscale cookware, a bigger and greater variety of gifts and specialty food items. She is also working with Deli and Café Manager Jon White, and Wine Manager and Sommelier Trevor Treller, to develop new culinary special events such as the Pop-Up Bars, specialty wine-pairing dinners, and private culinary classes and parties.

"We are so enjoying working with TJ. We love her vision, her enthusiasm and her collaborative spirit in working with our wonderful management team and staff to bring in different products and create new events and offerings for our customers,” praised Sandy.

“Our management team and staff love working together in helping our beloved customers and guiding them in finding exactly what it is they’re looking for,” shares TJ. “That sense of comradery and customer service spirit is very evident throughout the store, Deli and Café. Many of our regular clients are family to us.”

As the holiday season is upon us, shoppers will be treated to an abundance of holiday and culinary merchandise—with no worries about shipment delays! "Once again, we are creating a winter wonderland in our 5,500-square-foot store this holiday season,” TJ says. “We have enhanced aspects of our offerings by bringing in new lines such as Staub, Deyemere, MoccaMaster and Finex cast iron, along with several new kitchen gadgets and gift lines. We are also focusing on bringing in different specialty food items. Be sure to stop in to explore all we have to offer!”

Mark your calendars for November 6! From 4 to 7pm, The Culinary Stone will be hosting their eighth Anniversary Celebration and Holiday Season Kick-Off! Along with customer appreciation giveaways and free gift wrapping for purchases, the event will feature product demonstrations, wine tasting and delightful bites from our chefs and staff.

If you’ll be hosting, or attending, a holiday party, let The Culinary Stone help! Whether for two or 200, they have a charcuterie offering for that special occasion! And during the coming months, they will be bringing in a variety of specialty cheese and meats to add to their traditional charcuterie offerings.

“We are also having fun experimenting with wine, champagne and beer Pop-Up Bars that take place after hours in the Café. Look for dates and times to be 'popping up' on our social media in 2022,” says TJ.

She is also working to create specialty wine pairing dinners featuring wines selected by Trevor, complemented by a specially prepared menu by one of their talented chefs. Cooking classes, which are held several times a week onsite, continue to be a popular offering among guests. The November menu of cooking classes is available now online at, and their chefs are busy working on their December offerings—there are sure to be a few holiday-inspired classes!

It’s time to holiday happily at The Culinary Stone.

The Culinary Stone

2129 Main Street

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814


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