These are the perfect gifts for any lover of food in your life. Also, check out my gift guide for the Hostess with the Mostess if your foodie loves to entertain.
This Italian Cheese Kit is the perfect gift for someone who loves food, but maybe isn’t the most advanced or technical cook. In the kit, you get everything you need to make 10 batches of Italian cheese, such as mozzarella, mascarpone and ricotta, including cheesemaking culture and 100% vegetarian rennet.
If you’ve ever had pizza at Lampo in Charlottesville, you might remember the special scissors your pie is served with. Ever since dining there, I’ve wanted a pair of these for myself, but haven’t purchased them. I have a feeling I’m not alone here—be that hero and get a pair for your favorite foodie. To go more elaborate, you could pair the scissors with a pizza stone or gift certificate for takeout pie.
The Le Creuset Mini Cocottes are just adorable—and even someone who collects cookware might not get these for him or herself. Plus, the accompanying cookbook comes with recipes that are perfectly portioned for cooking in these little containers.
Go Big: Whole Suckling Pig Dinner at Brenner Pass
What meat-lover would not adore a chance to host a whole pig dinner with 8 to 10 of their closest friends at Brenner Pass? $450 includes the roasted suckling pig and family-style sides. Therefore, I would suggest purchasing a $500 or even $550 gift card to take care of some of the tip as well. And, to make it even easier, you can even buy a virtual gift card online.
Truckle Cheesemongers Cheese Share
Truckle Cheesemongers now offers a monthly cheese share. For $35 per month, you get three 1/3-pound blocks of artisan cheeses along with nuts, dried fruits, or other accompaniments. I had the opportunity to try the first month and was impressed with the cheeses as well as the juicy apricots and crunchy almonds that came with it. To serve, I emptied the box and simply sliced the cheese and set out the accompaniments. I only needed to add crackers. Cheese Share memberships are available in three- or six-month quantities. Email cheese@truckleRVA.com to sign up or purchase a gift membership.
To make this special concoction, 100% natural honey is infused with chili peppers and aged in charred, white oak bourbon barrels. I snagged a sample at a recent event and the bourbon barrel imparted rich caramel and vanilla bourbon flavors with a hint of salt and heat. For serving, it can be simply paired with cheese and crackers or on ham biscuits. If you’re feeling fancy, you can get more creative and drizzle it on fried chicken, roasted Brussels sprouts or grilled salmon. I haven’t tried anything else like it. Find it online or in these stores.
These delicious salts made with locally grown herbs come in five flavor-packed varieties. I particularly like the Rose chili, which is spicy and floral, the garlic chive, which is perfect for sprinkling on fresh vegetables or roasted potatoes, and the sage in porcini, which is rich and savory. Pick up one as a stocking stuffer or buy three and add a gift bag with wooden spoon for $5.
If you’ve dined at Metzger, you know the magic of well-made spaetzle. Any foodie who experiments in the kitchen will appreciate this fun little combination: the spaetzle maker is only $16, so why not add a fun cookbook that explores the popularity of biergartens with authentic German recipes. When you gift it, make sure to tell the recipient you’ll be waiting for an Oktoberfest invite next year!
These hand-embroidered cocktail napkins are essential for any appreciator of that special lunchy brunchy meal that requires libations. They are so adorable and distinctive, the recipient will treasure them for years to come.