The holidays are upon us, and it’s time to come together with friends and family to share a year's worth of highs, commiserate on our lows—and for the peripatetic among us—humblebrag about our travel adventures.

But what if you could somehow let your loved ones actually taste those pillowy beignets you sampled this year in New Orleans? Or bring back some of that slow-roasted barbecue brisket you ate in Texas? A Katz’s Deli pastrami sandwich from New York City—that would be a slam-dunk with carnivorous Uncle Bob.

Now there’s no need to stow these regional delicacies in your carry-on, thanks to Goldbely, which is helping small U.S. food artisans deliver to food lovers around the country. More than 300 businesses on the site cover almost every state, and offerings range from national obsessions (Birthday Cake from Momofuku Milk Bar) and famous seasonal offerings (Georgian peaches) to coveted, hard-to-get ingredients (big eye tuna from a fish company that supplies Le Bernardin).

“Our goal is to empower each of these small food makers to be able to scale their business on their own,” says Joe Ariel, founder of Goldbely. “It’s a revelation when people discover they can get a lot of things directly from food makers’ hands delivered to their door.”

Ariel, a native New Yorker, launched the company in 2013 when he realized he missed the biscuits, barbecue, and pie he grew to love while attending college in Nashville. He quickly learned he wasn’t alone on his craving for regional delicacies from tiny mom-and-pop operations: Goldbely’s customer base has grown to more than a half million people. Goldbely users are engaged and passionate eaters, says Ariel, and at least a third of new products come from customer recommendations.

Goldbely only supplies products that taste as good as the original version, according to Ariel, whose 15-person team works with partners on various preservation methods ranging from dry ice to specific preparation instructions. A flash sale of the iconic Cronut in December 2013 took months of quality control and dry-run mailings with Dominique Ansel’s team—they tried six different methods and shipped to 12 states before settling on a flash-freezing process approved by Ansel and his team. (They also sold out in an hour.)

The next flash sale: a pastrami-rubbed turkey from New York City’s Mile End Deli—which will be sold exclusively on Goldbely, and will only be available for this Thanksgiving season.

“In every town in America, there’s probably a great artisan baker or food maker where locals will say, yeah, that’s really special,” says Ariel. “And we want to support them."

From New York City pizza to Maine lobster, check out our slideshow for a sampling of Goldbely’s most delicious offerings.

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Bring the Nation’s Best Food to the Table This Holiday Season
Now there’s no need to stow these regional delicacies in your carry on, thanks to Goldbely, which is helping small U.S. food artisans deliver to food lovers around the country. More than 300 businesses on the site cover almost every state, and offerings range from national obsessions (Birthday Cake from Momofuku Milk Bar) and famous seasonal offerings (Georgian peaches) to coveted, hard-to-get ingredients (big eye tuna from a fisherman who supplies Le Bernardin).
By Jenn Flowers, AFAR Staff
Photo courtesy Goldbely
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    The ultimate New York City street food? Pizza by the slice, of course. Now you can order it straight from Manhattan to your doorstep from Joe’s Pizza, the famous Greenwich Village spot that will surely satisfy your grease-filled fantasy.
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    Dessert maven Christina Tosi of New York City obsession Momofuku Milk Bar has made her creations available beyond the Brooklyn and Manhattan brick-and-mortar stores. Try her famous Birthday Cake, a reimagined version of the rainbow cake from American childhoods of a certain era.
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    Pat LaFrieda is one of the East Coast's most beloved butchers. Order the Gold Label Burger, a custom dry-aged burger blend inspired by the famous Black Label Burger served at Minetta Tavern in New York City. Or go all out and try a 40-ounce Tomahawk long-bone rib steak.
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    If it’s lobstah you’re after, look no further than Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co., an award-winning Ogunquit, Maine restaurant that will send the crustacean straight up, or in any way you please: on roll, as a bisque, or folded into mac and cheese among other enticing preparations.
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    A college linebacker inherited his grandmother's crazy-good pie recipes for his Tampa-based Mike’s Pies, which won 13 National Championships at the Great American Pie Festival in Orlando. Bring this Killer Key Lime Pie to a dinner party, and you’ll be an instant hero.
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    You may have seen Callie's Charleston Biscuits on the Today Show, Oprah, and the Food Network, and for good reason: These handmade pucks of buttery goodness are a shining example of this southern staple.
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    Pillowy and ethereal—but satisfyingly plump—the powdered sugar-dusted beignets from Café du Monde in the Big Easy are iconic for good reason. And those little suckers go fast—be sure to order a couple of extra servings.
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    The muffuletta sandwich—a meat lover’s delight of olives, mortadella, salami, and mozzarella tucked into a flattened loaf of Sicilian sesame bread—was invented by Central Grocery, which opened in the French Quarter in 1906. Now you can order the original sandwich that started it all directly to your home.
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    Salt Lick in Driftwood, Texas, has been a mecca for American barbecue since 1867. Luckily for us non-Texan meat freaks, a whole smorgasbord of deliciousness—pork ribs, beef brisket, and more, all slow cooked for hours over coals—is now available at the click of a mouse.
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    The pies from Royer’s in Round Top, Texas, are the stuff of sweet-toothed foodie dreams, and worth the trek alone to this tiny town an hour between Houston and Austin. The Texas Trash Pie, filled with pretzels, coconut, caramel, chocolate chips, and graham crackers, is an AFAR staff favorite.
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    The Starry Triple Berry Mini Pie from Elle’s Belles in Montana is made from handpicked Montana blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, and it’s the perfect combination of sweet and tart.
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    Yes, that's right: This is a churro, but in cake form. And it’s courtesy of Large Marge, an L.A.-based, all-American food product company with Texas roots, run by Momofuku Milk Bar alum Courtney McBroom. The brown butter cinnamon cake is layered with Mexican chocolate and comes with satisfyingly crunchy “churro snaps” to sprinkle on top.
    Photo courtesy Goldbely.
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    San Francisco’s Humphry Slocombe mixes top-notch ingredients with mind-blowing flavor combinations. On Goldbely you can order the Complete Breakfast Package, which includes Vietnamese Ice Coffee (made with Blue Bottle Coffee) and Secret Breakfast (Cornflakes & Bourbon).
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    All you need to know about Honolulu Fish Company is that they work with celebrity chef Eric Ripert of New York City’s Le Bernardin, New York City’s temple to seafood. Their sushi-grade, big-eye tuna is caught in morning and literally delivered to your door within 24 hours.

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