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Eat, Drink and Gift Merrily: 8 Ideas for the Epicure

by April Stamm
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Sunday Dec 16, 2018
Eat, Drink and Gift Merrily: 8 Ideas for the Epicure
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Trim those trees, ring those bells, bake those cookies and certainly don't forget to finish that shopping!

The holiday season is upon us, and food and drink lovers on your list aren't going to gift themselves. Have you been tasked with finding the perfect something for that special person with a taste for the finer things in life? Here are eight ideas from stocking stuffers to bubbly to ring in the New Year.

To Nosh
Les Tois Petits Cochon  

To Nosh

Les Trois Petits Cochons Gift Baskets, $49.99 - $179.99
Celebrating its 43rd year, the venerable charcuterie makers at Les Trois Petits Cochons (The Three Little Pigs) are putting together scrumptious baskets chock full of sausages, pâtés, terrines and classic accoutrement. Basket themes range from classic to festive and even include a pork-free option. Ranging in price, these are a perfect choice for small host gifts or lavish presents for that foodie on your list that can't get enough of the cured stuff.

Dave's Sweet Tooth Toffees, $6.99 (4 oz. bag) - $118 (gift basket)
Lauded by queens and kings of the culinary world (Alex Guarnaschelli, Marcus Samuelsson and Lee Schrager) and featured on the Forbes 30 under 30 list, Andrew Chmielewski has taken the candy world by storm by modernizing his father's (a Detroit firefighter) beloved toffee recipe with a few hip twists and turning the confection into a thriving business. The toffee is slightly softer and less tough on the teeth standard packaged varieties. The addictive treats rely on classic flavor pairings; milk and dark chocolate, almonds and pecans and throw in some craft bourbon from Journeyman Distillery to kick up some flavors.

To Guzzle

To Guzzle

Devoción, $18 - $23
For the caffeine addict on everyone's list, Devoición coffees out of Brooklyn by way of Columbia are rich and satisfying with just a hint of Brooklyn edge. Founded by Steven Sutton, a native of Medellín and later a resident of Bogota, Devoición takes its Columbian roots and finds a foothold in Brooklyn. The coffees are complex and hearty, the El Sol house blend is warm and bright with notes of holiday spices and stone fruit.

Moet & Chandon Champagnes, $39.99 - 69.99
Everyone needs a little sparkle during the holidays, and who best to trust with that than a methuselah of the industry, Moet & Chandon? Keeping it bright and festive this holiday, they've paired some lovely bubbles, brut and rose with some artistic bottling touches. The Art of Living bottles honor the brand's glorious and oh-so-very French heritage with lovely Parisian elements gracing their bottles; The Louvre, The Eiffel Tower and more.

Ravenswood Zinfandel, $39.99 - $60
Celebrating 42 years as a Sonoma County icon, Ravenswood has some new tricks up their sleeves. Their recent vintage of zinfandels, of which they've become almost synonymous, are rich, jammy and bright, just what you'd expect and yearn for on your holiday table. Some of the offerings like the Old Hill could replace the cranberry compote at your table — punchy and luscious and far from shy.

Sur La Table Barware, prices vary
Make it yourself at home with clever and classy barware from Sur La Table. The new line features tricks for the adventurous home mixologist like an at-home cocktail smoking box and more classic items with a vintage twist. Not to be missed are the stainless steel cocktail picks and cocktail straws. If you're going to arrange the perfect holiday bar, why not set it with an eye towards the environment and with a little silver sheen?

To Inspire

To Inspire

"The Ritz London: The Cookbook"
$40 ($20.37 with Amazon Prime)
Looking for a bit of culinary opulence? The iconic London hotel and restaurants shine in all of their splendor in this new beautifully rendered hardcover.

Divided into four sections dictated by the seasons, "The Ritz London: The Cookbook" is packed with recipes for elegant dishes like Roasted Grouse with Blackberries, Ceps and Juniper; and Zephyrs of Sole Tout Paris as well as the exquisite photography to help you envision them. Pick just a few showstoppers to mix into your holiday dinner party, or take the safer approach and display the lovely tomb on your coffee table while serving one of the classic cocktail recipes like a French 75 to impress your guests.

"The Tumeric Cookbook"
"The Cacao Cookbook"
"The Matcha Cookbook"
$12.99 each
Get them as a set or individually for that person on your list looking to boost their health through food. Each book celebrates its on-trend ingredient with simple and healthful recipes, vibrant photography and helpful tips. Recipes like Turmeric Gnocchi, Beef Short Ribs with Cacao and Orange and Cauliflower Soup with Matcha Mimosa will help us all look toward a healthy and bountiful new year.

April Stamm is a lifestyle and food writer and chef based in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY.

Holidays 2018

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