Got a foodie to shop for and not sure what to get them for Christmas? Here are some of my picks for items that I’ve been mighty impressed with.
Got a friend who loves champagne? I mean, who doesn’t love it, right? Well, then get them Piper-Heidsieck champagne. Created in 1785, Piper-Heidsieck is one of France’s oldest Champagne houses. Their aim was to create a wine worthy of a Queen. Blend: 55-60% Pinot Noir 20-25% Pinot
Meunier 10 -15% Chardonnay. I love the classiness of the bottle too.
You can purchase this at local retailers including Total Wine for around $45.
Gourmet Foods delivered to your front door
D’Artagnan Gourmet Foods – This company offers all kinds of meats like Goose, Guinea Hen, Muscovy Duck, Venison, Rabbit and Wild Boar, just to name some items. But they also sell indulgent packaged items that are easy to heat and prepare like Foie Gras. They also have items like truffle butter and veal demi glace. I like them because they promise animals are raised on small farms with humane and free-range practices, a focus on clean and natural diet, and an absolute prohibition on antibiotics and hormones. They make gift-giving easy. You don’t have to guess what your foodie friend or relative would want. Just order a gift certificate from D’Artagnan Foods.
They even have a Wagyu burger kit that comes with two 8 oz. patties and, Foie Gras and truffle butter. Forget going out for my birthday. This will be my birthday dinner!
One of the things every cook needs whether a novice or a veteran in the kitchen, is a good set of knives. A six-piece set of expertly crafted German steel knives with ergonomic cream-colored handles in a solid walnut wood block screams luxury for the home cook ($195.95). Looking for something quality but a little less expensive? I love my Victorinox knife set, which I use almost daily.
Meat Defroster – $19.99
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been on the fence about what to cook for dinner and then deciding on an item, realizing that I would have to de thaw meat from my freezer. Do you know how many times I just ended up going to grocery and buying the chicken, beef, etc because I didn’t want to wait for the one I had in my freezer to thaw out? Now I don’t have to with this miraculous mat. Click the picture above to buy.
Battery operated Portable grill
Whether space is an issue, or your mom isn’t a “griller’ she can feel like with without the hassles of traditional grills. The Gourmia Portable charcoal electric BBQ grill makes incredible-tasting burgers, steaks, and vegetables. Plus it is portable if your mom like to tailgate. It’s got a built-in fan that controls airflow to use less charcoal, as well as removable non-stick parts for easy clean-up.
Pearson Farms pecans and chocolates
Pearson Farm – I discovered Pearson Farm months ago when I went on a foodie field trip to Fort Valley, GA. We got to see the Pecan harvesting and production. We also tasted the quality of the pecans vs. other low grade ones. Wow, what a difference! But you don’t have to drive down to Fort Valley to get in on the pecan goodness. You can order their tasty offerings right from their site. I love their chocolate covered pecans and you can get a tin for $20. However, you can get a sampler pack of flavored pecans for $35 too. That’s just a couple ideas. Visit the Pearson website for all the gift guide offerings.
Support local Atlanta artisans at Rumson Gifts
Rumson Gifts – Notti Toffee and more. Owner Catherine McGahan invited me to stop by her store in Buckhead where she’s curated a lovely selection of gifts for the home. While there are many food items, she’s got other cute home decor items. However, on my visit, I was focused on food related items. From high end oils and vinegars, to beef jerky, it took me quite some time to make my selection. I think the best thing I had from Rumson Gifts was the Notti Toffee. In fact, I went back to purchase several boxes as presents for a trip overseas. One thing I love about Rumson, is that the collection supports local vendors.
Souse Vide Machine
Sous Vide Cooker – Foodies have foodie friends, right? Well, my friend Christina tells me about her sous vide that she and her husband invested in last year. My mouth waters when she describes the short ribs her hubby cooks that are so moist and tender, it’s better quality than a restaurant. That’s my next must have kitchen gadget. Here’s hoping my hubby sees this.
Although it is rather late in the shopping season by many standards, you can still get most if not all of the items shipped or picked up and under the tree for your foodie friends.