Looking for last-minute holiday gift ideas for foodies? We’ve put together an assortment of items that would make excellent gifts for the food lovers in your life. Happy Holidays!
PRG Executive Chef Kurt Spataro recommends:
There are many excellent brands of Japanese chef’s knives available. What’s unique about Mac Knives is that the distribution center for the US is located in Sacramento. You can visit the showroom and select from dozens of options. Excellent customer service is provided by the owner of the company.
For those who enjoy drinking good wine, having the proper glassware can heighten the pleasure immeasurably. Reidel is an Austrian based company well known for making fine wine and cocktail glassware. There are several different levels of craftsmanship each with there own level of pricing. I like the Vinum series for home use.
A CSA Subscription
A subscription to a local CSA program is the gift that keeps on giving. CSA stands for Consumer Supported Agriculture. The consumer subscribes (pays in advance) for a weekly delivery of organically grown produce. CSA boxes allow you to stay in touch with what’s being grown locally from season to season. Not only do you receive pristinely fresh produce, but you can experience the changes in flavor and texture of fruits and vegetables as they progress through the growing season. It also tends to take you out of your comfort zone and challenges you to consider items that you may not ordinarily buy at the store.
Many CSA’s include recipes and ideas on what to do with some of the more unusual or unfamiliar things you may encounter. Purchasing CSA boxes for yourself or others is an excellent way to support small farms and the farmers who tend them. If you choose a non-profit such as Soil Born Farm, you will also be supporting a host of programs that provide educational opportunities, apprentice and youth programs, etc. Here’s a list of some of the excellent local farms that offer CSA programs:
Marketing Director Callista Wengler recommends:
Alice Waters, the iconic food luminary, presents 200 new recipes that share her passion for the many delicious varieties of vegetables, fruits, and herbs that you can cultivate in your own kitchen garden or find at your local farmers’ market.
The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
The long-awaited cookbook by Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen—home cook, photographer, and celebrated food blogger.
A guide to bold, authentic Thai cooking from Andy Ricker, the chef and owner of the wildly popular and widely lauded Pok Pok restaurants.
Also, I really love going to my local used book store, J Crawford’s Books, on Freeport Blvd in Sacramento. They have an awesome selection of old cookbooks. Most of the recipes are pretty outdated, but they are fun to look at… and make great coffee table books or kitchen displays!
Marketing Coordinator Melissa Nielsen recommends:
I use my mini cutting boards almost everyday. They are not only cute and colorful, but they’re perfect for cutting fruit and chopping herbs when you’re low on counter space or don’t want to pull out a bigger cutting board.
Food Magazine Subscription
Food magazine subscriptions are great gifts for friends and family that love to cook, bake and entertain. I love browsing through food magazines for tips, food presentation ideas and great new recipes to try. It’s also nice to get something, besides bills and junk mail, delivered to my house each month :)
Suggested magazines: Saveur, Bon Appetit, and Cooking Light
Owner Stacy Paragary recommends:
These hand-blown colored votives are my new obsession! I want every color, but will probably put together votive colors that work well on my dining room table.
Posted on 12/19/2012 at 12:00:00 AM