Gift-Giving with The Chefs

The holidays are here… and so is the time for figuring out the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. So with that in mind, we brought in the experts to help you find a few goodies for the food-lovers in your life. Check out these picks from Sarah McIntosh, Andrew Wiseheart and Richard Blais for some gift ideas straight from the pros.

Sarah McIntosh
Chef/Owner, épicerie
Photo Courtesy AustinWoman

Liber & Co.’s Essential Cocktail Syrups

They’re really great additions to cocktails. I love the pineapple and Texas grapefruit ones with vodka and Topo Chico. 

Potato ricer

Essential for making the best mashed potatoes!

Hand towels from Kimball Prints

We sell them at Épicerie and people love them. They’re based in Austin and make really great gifts for the home. They also do custom screen printing.

Andrew Wiseheart
Executive Chef/Co-Owner, Contigo & Gardner

Surryano ham

My dad makes a dish every year on Christmas morning with this ham, grits, mushrooms and maple syrup. He always orders extra ham and sends me home with it. It’s a great gift!

Modus Operandi wine

A good friend and fellow Texan, Jason Moore, is making premium juice in Napa. I buy a few bottles each year to give to friends.

Michael McCarthy pottery

Michael makes dishware for Gardner. I plan to share his work with friends and family this year.

Contigo Gift Cards

Yep, shameless plug for our restaurant! Plus, restaurant gift cards are a simple & easy but classy gift idea for anyone on your list: boss, friends, office white elephant, doorman, etc.

Roll N Pour

Because I know how much we all hate to hold the jug and none of us have enough stuff on our kitchen counters. This just makes sense. I think it will pair well with a slap chop. (It’s the gift I will probably get my business partner, Ben Edgerton)

Afield: A Chef’s Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game & Fish

This is a great book for the home cook or professional chef.

Richard Blais
Chef, Restaurateur, Television Personality, Author

This season, I would love to both give and receive a new apron from Hedley & Bennett, which is a really cool brand that makes handcrafted aprons in LA.

I would also love an Arcabaleno home pasta maker and Jamie Bissonnette’s new cookbook, The New Charcuterie Cookbook.

Happy Gift-Giving!