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About us

Susan LaMattino- Barney is proprietor of Gift Baskets Galore and The Savvy Gourmet located at 745 Highland Avenue in Waterbury, Connecticut. A graduate ofPost University, Barney actually began her career in fashion merchandising. Her eye for color & design techniques quickly led her to a merchandising manager position for several major retailers. Barney with entrepreneurial aspirations began combining her creative design skills and her interest in Specialty Foods by attending the NASFT Trade Shows (National Association of the Specialty Food Trade) and celebrated the grand-opening of Gift Baskets Galore in 1997.

The creative gifts designed by the staff at Gift Baskets Galore contain specialty products from Italy, Spain, and Belgium as well as from the U.S. Their “Local Favorites” as the name suggests, contains fruit, fresh baked goods and chocolate from favorite local vendors. The former 1920’s three family home under-went major renovations and now serves as a charming commercial store-front which received a beautification award in 2005.

A Delicious Idea!
Gift Baskets Galore has recently expanded with the addition of The Savvy Gourmet Tasting rooms where one can sample foods and confections in theme rooms such as “A Taste of Tuscany, Grandma’s Kitchen, Napa Valley Specialties and Our Chocolate Lovers Room. Products not to miss include: rosemary & garlic infused oil, fire pasta and pear flavored chocolate sauce to name a few… Please call to attend a tasting with a friend or schedule a private tasting for your club or organization.

Local Events & Fundraisers
When called upon to share her expertise, Barney’s passion is creating beautiful tablescapes by using color combinations and various themes along with The Savvy Gourmet’s unique line of foods and confections . Barney believes a dining experience should be a feast for the eyes as well as the palate and can easily be achieved at home for the everyday gourmet, for fund raisers and for special occasions.

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