5 Gifts for the Foodie
Take the cake in finding the perfect gift for the gourmand
By Suzanne Kilpatrick
Few can delight the senses like a gastronome. So, when the table is turned, how does one notably amuse in return? Keep it simple! Choose a beautifully crafted condiment or small luxury one might not buy for him or herself. We’ve rounded up some of the best items in the market so all you have to do is finagle an invite to the dinner party where the goods are served.
Momofuku Seasoned Salts, $28
Access to the secret ingredient belonging to one of the best chefs in the world? Yes, please! The product of 10 years of flavor research from his Momofuku Culinary Lab, David Chang just released this 3-pack kit of the seasoned salts he uses to add flavor in his restaurants. He and his team blended umami-rich ingredients with the perfect mix of spices and natural flavors to deliver “a balanced hit of roundness in every dish.”
Cinco Jotas 5J Bone-In Ham Shoulder, $490
Cinco Jotas makes one of the finest cured hams in the world. Their product comes from pure-bred Ibérico pigs raised free in the beautiful dehesas of southeast Spain. Typically, this kind of charcuterie is only found in fine restaurants but given this present, your friend or loved one will have some on hand for a decadent snack or fancy cocktail party hors d’oeuvres.
Mikuni Wild Harvest Black Burgundy Truffle, $59
Imagine giving your beloved the finest truffles to shave over eggs or pasta like a prince. Well, you don’t have to look far. Gourmet digital platform Food52 has partnered with one of the leading purveyors in North America, Mikuni, to deliver the freshest truffles direct from Europe to your door. They work closely with truffle hunters and foragers who have been tied to their land for generations. Très magnifique!
Calvisius USA Pressed Caviar, $99
Surprise the caviar aficionado with the return of pressed caviar. Calvisius Caviar Lingotto, produced solely from the Pacific White sturgeon, is stored in an oak wood mold and aged for two months. The beautiful and aromatic delicacy will make the perfect gift for any modern food-lover looking to wow at the dinner table.
House of Waris Botanicals Love Conquers All Tea, $27
Save the tea enthusiast a trip to New York by bringing the best new tea from the greatest city in the world to Austin. Icon Waris Ahluwalia just opened a gem of a teahouse in downtown Manhattan and with it the first tony destination to sip on beautifully crafted beverages made by certified herbalists. Love indeed conquers all.