The Austin Food + Wine Festival Gift Guide 2015

By Anjli Mehta

This season, share the joy with gifts that your foodie friends and family will love. These local picks are inspired by the diverse and vibrant food scene in Austin, and are sure to earn you countless “thank you’s” and “oh, you shouldn’t have’s”.

For the Host/Hostess With The Mostest:

When you pop over to their homes for even the most impromptu affairs, they’ve thought of everything from a carefully curated spread of crudités to a luxurious hand soap in their guest bath.

Cuvée Coffee: cuvee Whether you enjoy it together as an after-dinner treat, or they sip it on their own, coffee always makes a thoughtful gift. (Even for the foodie who has everything!) Cuvée’s Reserva blend has a crisp clean black cherry acidity with notes of dark chocolate and tangerine—perfect for the holidays. Find it at Central Market, Walton’s Fancy & Staple, and in coffee shops including Stouthaus, and Seventh Flag.

Pogue Mahone Pickles:pogue Bring something that won’t show up the spread they’ve got planned. A jar of jalapeno and fresh mint pickles will look lovely alongside your host’s appetizer platters. Plus, you’ll earn “ooh’s and ahh’s” for bringing something unique to pique their palate. Find them online, at Whole Foods stores, and Coterie Market.

For the Master Grillmaster:

Grass-feed beef, exotic veggies, and practically unheard-of seafood species—if you can eat it, they know how to grill it. These sizzling finds will take their dishes to the next level.

Con’ Olio South of the Border Set: con olio Their mouths will water by simply by reading the labels. This set includes a chipotle-infused olive oil and a chocolate balsamic vinegar—both work magic as a steak marinade. Find it online and in Con’ Olio stores.

Barbecue Wife Bloody Mary Mix: bloody mary For the barbecue-obsessed, this bloody Mary mix is what dreams are made of. Made with smoked spices, coarse black pepper and a splash of BBQ sauce, just mix with vodka (or a beer for a Michelada!) for the perfect pairing to any grilled main course. Find it online, and at Twin Liquors stores.

For the Trend-Seeking Tastemaker:

They’ve tried every restaurant in town, can list recommendations at the drop of a hat and never say no to even the most daring dishes. These are the friends that make food fun and a truly memorable experience.

Lenoir Finishing Salts:lenoir These good-on-everything salt blends are proverbial pixie dust for poultry, pasta, and anything else their taste buds can think of. The blends are jarred in house at Lenior with large flake sea salt, pink Himalayan salt, and Herbes de Tejas. Find it at Coterie.

Johnson’s Backyard CSA Gift Subscription: veggies If there’s anyone on your list who’ll appreciate fresh kohlrabi, watermelon radishes, and tomatillos, it’s them. There’s nothing like a weekly bounty of locally sourced veggies to fuel their love for food and adventurous palate. You can order this gift online.

For the Foodie Newbie:

We’ve all been there. For the friend or relative who’d just now dabbling into food trends like kimchi and alternative flours, these unique gifts will spark their curiosity without overwhelming them.

Dai Due’s Texas Mango Curd:texas mango curd Beyond this famous butcher shop’s decadent meat counter are shelves stocked with unique and delightful pantry staples. This rich and velvety spread will boost even the most basic baked good.

Gift Card for 2 Seats at an Antonelli’s Cheese Class: antonellis While the recipient is free to use their Antonelli’s gift card in the cheese shop as well, we suggest reserving a couple spots in a 101 class for a truly memorable evening. Together the two of you will learn the basics including flavor profiles, the various types of cheese, and how each is made. You can purchase this online.