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Gift ideas for foodies in your life – Lowell Sun Online |

Gift ideas for foodies in your life – Lowell Sun Online

By Jackie Burrell and Jessica Yadegaran

Bay Area News Group


Holiday shopping can be an exhausting affair. The multitudes of Santa-seeking tots! The preponderance of Santas! The parking nightmares! Not to mention the straining involved in coming up with yet another gift idea!

Fret not. We’ve got you covered with six fantastic gift ideas for the foodies and gourmets on your list.

SIP Kitchen Linens

Walnut Creek’s Julia Minasian creates whimsical and wine-themed designs on her super-sized organic cotton kitchen towels. They have lovely, mitered corners and hanging loops for easy drying, and they come in bright colors with reminders to sip, savor and love. Her tasseled table scarves and picnic cloths are delightful, too. And at $11 and up, they make great hostess and holiday gifts. www.sipgoods.com.

Recchiuti Confections collections

The famed San Francisco chocolatier’s Let It Snow ($22) is a swoon-worthy collection for your cacao lover. Eight pieces of Recchiuti’s signature Burnt Caramel Truffles — smoky caramel and dark-chocolate ganache enrobed in semisweet chocolate — with a darling and distinctive snowman scene topped one at a time, by hand, on each piece. www.recchiuti.com.

JCB Olive Oil and Vinegar

Napa Valley’s Jean-Charles Boisset is known for his opulent style, and this gift set ($55) is no exception.

It features olive oil made from olives grown and pressed in Oakville and a bottle of vinegar made from Raymond Vineyards wines that are aged in neutral French oak wine barrels. The bejeweled vinegar bottle is meant to be reused with pizzazz, bien sur. www.atelierfinefoods.com.

‘State Bird Provisions’

There are cookbooks you buy to, you know, cook from. And then there are the others — the swanky, chef-authored ones you buy as gifts, from Alice Waters’ new “Coming to My Senses” memoir to Wylie Dufresne’s “wd-50” culinary time capsule. (The latter recounts the life and times of Dufresne’s wildly creative, now-closed New York restaurant, wd-50, and recipes for things no home cook would ever contemplate. Yes, Banana-Tendon Veil, we are looking at you.) But if you know a foodie who longs for a return trip to San Francisco’s ridiculously popular, Michelin-starred State Bird Provisions — or for a way to score those savory pancakes or Black Butter-Balsamic Figs with Wagon Wheel Cheese Fondue off the restaurant’s signature dim-sum carts without actually being there — here’s good news. Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski’s new “State Bird Provisions: A Cookbook” (Ten Speed Press, $40) is the perfect gift. Sure, there are some recipes your favorite foodie will likely never make, but the dessert lineup includes 10 of Krasinski’s signature ice creams and 11 ice-cream sandwich combos. Yum.

Cowgirl Party Box

Speaking of party hosting, Cowgirl Creamery’s Party Box ($275) offers everything anyone needs to host a cheese-and-salami shindig — from the handmade cheeseboard from San Francisco’s Mac Cutting Boards to the Cowgirl Red Hawk triple-cream cheese, Cypress Grove Truffle Tremor and Creminelli salami. There are 11 party-perfect items in the box, including a set of cheese knives, crackers and even a Napa Cakes Panforte. The only thing missing? The guests. (Tell your giftee we’ll be right over.) Order the party box at cowgirlcreamery.com.

Richard Carter dinnerware

Your favorite foodie may not have the culinary chops of, say, Christopher Kostow of the much-Michelin-starred Restaurant at Meadowood, where even the dinnerware is designed by artists. But even mac and cheese will look fab on plates made by one of Kostow’s favorite ceramicists. Richard Carter designed the plates for both Meadowood and Kostow’s new Charter Oak restaurant — and for the artist-designed debut dinnerware collection ($34-$150) at Healdsburg Shed. At $150 for a creamy-hued, four-piece place setting, it’s a gift for only those on the “very nice list.” (The naughty need not apply.) But we’re so smitten by the pasta and salad bowls ($38) from Carter’s Pope Valley studio, we’re thinking, who needs dinner plates? Find the collection at Shed, 25 North St., Healdsburg; healdsburgshed.com.

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