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10 holiday gift ideas for the food obsessed

Posted by Liora Ipsum / December 17, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide FoodFor those like me who are still searching for the perfect gift for that food-obsessed person on their list – take a cue from these local food and drink purveyors who shared with me the gifts they're hoping to receive this holiday season.

COOKWARE

In my stocking I'd love to find mini kitchen supplies like colourful silicone muffin cups or a mini grater. They're cute and available at Nella Cucina.
Hassel Aviles, Toronto Underground Market

That's easy, I asked Santa for a Le Creuset skillet. The iconic, cast iron pieces are known for their colourful enameled finishes and are available from Good Egg in Kensington Market.
Lora Bertolo, Popover Girl

ARTISANAL PRODUCTS

Locally produced goodies like a dozen donuts from Dough by Rachelle, any of the beautiful chocolates from Laura Slack's Christmas Collection, cookies from Cookie Martinez or even an order from West Side Beef.
Hassel Aviles, Toronto Underground Market

COOKBOOKS

It's expensive, but I'm hoping for the book Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking. The six volume set is an authority on the science of contemporary cooking and goes for $599 at The Cookbook Store in Yorkville.
Aidan Pascoe, chef at Voodoo Child and line cook at the newly opened Rose and Sons

CHARITABLE GIVING

I like to receive intangible gifts like a Kiva Card that provides microloans to support entrepreneurs. Gifting a microloan allows the recipient to reinvest once the initial loan is paid off, so this gift has the potential to make a lot of impact.
Len Senater, The Depanneur

A charitable donation made in my name to The Stop. The community food centre strives to increase access to healthy food through its many programs and services. It was also host to some great summer events like The Stop's Beer Garden and Night Market.
Hassel Aviles, Toronto Underground Market

EXPERIENTIAL GIFTS

A gift certificate for the Rusholme Park Supper Club at The Depanneur to enjoy an informal, family-style dinner party hosted by a rotating cast of chefs.
Hassel Aviles, Toronto Underground Market

Or, how about tickets for an upcoming Dishcrawl? That would be an awesome gift and there are three scheduled in the new year; a King West martini pairing, a Beaches foodie/shopping crawl and an Ossington Dishcrawl.
Yashy Murphy, DIshcrawl

OLIVE OIL

As an alternative to all the David's Tea changing hands this season (there really is such a thing as too much tea), I'll be gifting lovely bottles of olive oil from the Spice Trader. It's something that everyone uses and even on a modest budget you can get a good bottle that's still a luxury.

Happy Holidays! Liora Ipsum

Discussion

7 Comments

Kylie / December 17, 2012 at 10:14 am
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All my clients got a gift card from Dlish Cupcakes. Hands-down the best cupcakes in the city.
jer / December 17, 2012 at 11:41 am
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Laughing at DIshcrawl and the self promotion :)
Santa / December 17, 2012 at 11:49 am
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This is a great idea for the BBQ Lovers, Canadian company recently featured on Dragons Den

www.burgerstomper.com
Corina / December 17, 2012 at 02:17 pm
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Not to plug the company I work for, but a tasty idea?
Orderit Gift Certificates, which can be used towards Delivery Food from some of Toronto's favourite restaurants.

Supports the restaurants, local delivery guys, and charity with any purchase over $25 before Dec. 24th = 1 meal donated to someone in need. A nice idea :)
Corina replying to a comment from Kylie / December 17, 2012 at 02:17 pm
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I just had Dlish this weekend, amazing!
Susan / December 17, 2012 at 06:19 pm
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Hire a catering company.

www.SafetenEvents.com/catering

Happy holidays,

pz / December 18, 2012 at 09:53 am
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Dlish - hands down the worstttt cupcakes I've had in TO.

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