Teacher Appreciation Day is right around the corner….May 2. We all know how hard our teachers work to nurture, educate and keep our children happy. Show your favorite teachers how much you appreciate them with something different this year! Ditch the chain coffee gift card and give them a yummy treat while also supporting a local business. Below are five ideas for fab foodie finds throughout the DMV that sure to put a smile on your fave teacher’s face.

Photo: BonBon Brasil


BonBon Brasil
A brigadeiro is the national truffle of Brasil. Made with condensed milk, cocoa and butter, it is slowly cooked, then rolled into a bite-sized bon bon. What teacher doesn’t need a bon bon?! Half-Brazilian, half-Argentinian Bethesda bred sisters, Teresa and Valeria Boucas started BonBon Brasil in 2015 after years of getting requests from their friends to make the yummy treats. The sibs honor their Latin American heritage by making brigadeiros the old-fashioned way: hand-rolled and homemade with love. Obrigada!

Online: bonbon-brasil.com

The Wine House
Inspired by a passion for hospitality and wine, Kiwi sommelier & restaurateur Michael Pearce and his American wife Jackie, created The Wine House. A neighborhood wine and food destination, the Wine House offers a bistro-style dining experience with a large international selection of boutique wines. You can select a bottle of wine off the racks and it will be prepared for your table or you can just purchase wines to take home! Michael and his team are very friendly and happy to help you choose the best bottles. So grab your fave educator a bottle of red or get him a gift card to experience the bistro for himself. Either way, you’re sure to make him happy!

3950 University Drive St. (Fairfax, Va)
Online: winehouseonline.com

Photo: Olio

Got an uber sophisticated teacher? Give her the gift of infused olive oil! Penny Willimann’s obsession with olive oils and balsamic vinegars, led her to open the Olio Tasting Room in Old Town Alexandria over six years ago. Pay Penny a visit and let her and her staff choose a fun oil/vinegar pairing like blood orange olive oil with fig balsamic vinegar for your salad loving Kindergarten teacher! So many fun products to choose from and the best part is you can taste them all while you’re there.  

1223 King St. (Alexandria)
Online: oliotastingroom.com

Photo: Baked by Yael

Baked By Yael
Cakepops… because, who doesn’t love a great cakepop?! Yael Krigman is the woman behind Baked by Yael, specializing in cakepops, bagels and other delicious baked goods. She’s a lawyer turned business owner passionate about baking. Cakepops come in six flavors (birthday, cookies n’ cream, chocolate, raspberry, red velvet and lemon) are mouthwateringly moist and delicious. Baked by Yael is D.C.’s first cakepoppery and it’s conveniently located across the street from the National Zoo’s entrance. All ingredients are certified kosher and they operate a nut-free bakery.

3000-F Connecticut Ave., NW (Woodley Park)
Online: bakedbyyael.com

Vigilante Coffee
We all need our morning coffee but teachers REALLY need theirs! The folks at Vigilante Coffee traveled to Hawaii to learn the craft of coffee from local roasters and  farmers. They call Hyattsville their home and where they work 10,000 plus hours to perfect their craft.

4327 Gallatin St. (Hyattsville, Md)
Online: vigilantecoffee.com

What are you getting your favorite teachers for Teacher Appreciation day? Tell us in the comments below. 

–Guiomar Ochoa