The holidays are here and the internet is replete with lists of the best gifts for foodies. Now we're getting in on the act, with a twist. Here are our suggestions for holiday gifts for the Boston foodie in your life.
- Is there anything more satisfying than a freshly sharpened knife? Local Root, which has locations in Newton and Belmont, offers sharpening services for $12-$15/knife. And they sell gift cards (through their sister site, Didrik's).
- Now with eight locations, Boston's Flour bakery is beloved by locals for their vast array of sweet and savory baked goods. You can learn how to make some of their delicious treats in your home kitchen. Take a cooking class.
- Turkish bakery and cafe Sofra was established in 2008 by Executive Chef Ana Sortun, and the shop's Turkish breakfast is quite possibly the very best way to start your day. You can learn to make Turkish breakfast at one of Sofra's cooking classes. Additional upcoming classes will focus on family dinners, chocolates, and fish.
Boston Organics Gift Card
- If you've loved having organic produce and grocery items delivered to your home or office, consider sharing that experience with a friend or family member by giving them a Boston Organics gift card.
- Somerville's Taza makes stoneground chocolate that is seriously good and fair for all. Taza created the chocolate industry’s first third-party-certified Direct Trade cacao sourcing program, to ensure quality and transparency for all. They have a variety of gift packages, including the Mexicano Sampler -- 8 x 1.35 oz Chocolate Mexicano Discs: Cacao Puro, Chipotle Chili, Cinnamon, Coffee, Guajillo Chili, 85% Super Dark, Salted Almond, and Vanilla.
- “Homegrown: Cooking From My New England Roots,” by Townsman’s Matt Jennings
- “Kristen Kish Cooking,” from the former Menton chef.
- “Myers + Chang at Home” shows home cooks how to make our own dan dan noodles, tiger’s tears, soy-glazed salmon, and nasi goreng; it also offers useful tips on stir-fry technique, shaping dumplings, and more.
- The best shopping is cheese shopping, because it involves so much cheese sampling! Treat the cheese-lover in your life to a gift card to their nearest cheese shop. Some suggestions: Formaggio Kitchen, Eataly, or American Provisions.
- Equal Exchange, located in West Bridgewater, distributes organic, fair-trade coffee and tea (and chocolate!) produced by farmer cooperatives in Latin America, Africa and Asia. They offer gift cards, and you can buy their products through their website or at their cafe on Causeway Street in Boston's North End (or at Boston Organics, though we don't accept EE gift cards).