What to gift the foodie on your holiday list who seems to already have every kitchen gadget and cookbook? From chef-led tours of Houston to a local cheese club of the month, fine Texas whiskey and local artisan chocolates, we’ve got you covered in tasty last minute gift ideas with local flair. Hurry, get shopping!
Texas Cheese Of the Month Club from Houston Dairymaids
For the cheese lover, The Dairymaids will deliver 2 handmade Dairymaid cheeses plus one selected accompaniment each month. The six-month subscription of various cheeses range from $165 to $318, depending on varieties and quantities (pictured above).
Chef for a Day at Brennan’s
For the chef wannabe, book this interactive cooking-training class. The full day class includes an official chef’s uniform customized with your name, one personal hands-on chef training in the kitchen and at the bar, food and beverage tasting, a six-course dinner with wine pairings, and a parting gift. For full details on booking dates, price and reservations, visit the website.
3300 Smith St,; 713-522-9711
Swift Single Malt Texas Whiskey
For the whiskey aficionado: Seek out this delicacy crafted in Texas by native Houstonians Amanda and Nick Swift for that special bottle with a local twist. The Swift distillery prides itself in producing smooth, buttery hand milled single malt that captures the Old World flavors of authentic Scottish whiskey making. Enjoy it at area restaurants like Sparrow or Coppa Osteria, or buy it at Spec’s and other locations, ($52).
Three Dot Pots Handmade Ceramics
Local potter Steve Campbell spins unique, earthy ceramic plates, bowls and table top accessories recently seen on the dining tables of Oxheart and in Americas restaurant cookbook. Paella platter ($75); dinnerware plates ($45 each). Sells by appointment.
5123 Patrick Henry, 713-253-8979
Araya Artisan Chocolates for the Die-hard Chocoholic
Dip inside this chic boutique and pick up locally produced artisan chocolate gems filled with surprise flavors like champagne rose and pink salt that are beautifully packaged. Or, sign up for the monthly chocolate club ($115, shipping in Texas). Cookie monster on your list? Consider the holiday chocolate covered Oreos or gorgeous macarons in luxury packaging.
Where the Chefs Eat Tour
Book one of these chef-led culinary tours for the foodie on your list who dreams about dining out where the chefs do or just knowing about the best in our diverse city. On the 2016 roster, look for sushi & sake with chef Ronnie Killen of Killen's Steakhouse; France vs. Italy with chefs Maurizio Ferrarese of Quattro and David Denis of Le Mistral; the chocolate tour with chefs Brandi Key of Clark & Cooper and Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar, and much more. Sign up here.
Rainbow Lodge Coravin Wine Tasting
For the wine snob, Rainbow Lodge has a new Coravin wine list which features a selection of Wine Spectator’s “Top Ten Wines of 2015” served by the glass. The Coravin Wine System allows wines to be accessed through a thin needle in the cork, without pulling the cork and without spoiling the rest of the wine. These are very expensive, rare wines that normally are purchased by the bottle. But you can buy a (pricey) glass or two for your oenophile pal at this cool hunting lodge on the banks of the bayou. Price based on selection.
2011 Ella Blvd.; 713-861-8666