Skip the heart shaped treats this year and get one of these great gifts for that special foodie in your life. These gifts are sure to give the love of your life an extra reason to stay in this Valentine’s Day!
I asked some well known Chefs for their suggestions of the best foodie gifts. Here are some that they came up with. Click on the bolded text for where to buy!
Beer of the month Club:
If your guy loves beer then he would love to get a case of hand-selected beers delivered to his door every month. Register him for a home delivery of 12 hand-crafted beers per month. You can join for a three month, six month, twelve month time period. Alternatively they also have an option to sign up for a Beer-of-the-season where beers are sent every third month, 4 times a year!
Carnivore Club is the world’s first curated cured meat of the month club featuring artisans from around the world. Each month you would receive an impressive faux-wood box filled with 4-6 handcrafted cured meats from top artisans. Each month’s box is themed around one producer specializing in a particular style of cured meats: French Charcuterie, Italian Salumi, Spanish Chorizo, South African Biltong and Artisanal Jerky are but a few!
Club members are billed $50 at the beginning of each month. Or you can just do a one-time delivery for $55.
Street food diaries
Bring the street food movement into your kitchen and make the easiest, tastiest, and most original street food at home! Matt Basile makes it easy to cook amazing street food in your own kitchen. This book has been featured in many top cookbook lists and has all foodies talking.
Take all of your favourite restaurants in Toronto, your favourite dishes at those restaurants and favourite chefs and put them inside one book – Toronto Cooks is exactly that! Toronto Cooks features write ups on Toronto’s best chefs as well as almost 100 of their favourite secret recipes. In addition to having great recipes, this book is beautifully captured – great food shots and amazing pictures and bio’s of the featured chefs.
The Great Lobster Cookbook
The lobster bible! From Matt Dean Pettit, chef and owner of Rock Lobster Food Co., comes a collection of more than 100 simple and delicious lobster recipes showing how fun, easy, and stress-free cooking with lobster can be. This book has everyone talking and is one that any foodie would love to have as part of their collection.
Barbecue Accessories that make barbecuing easier and allow for more versatility with his favourite cooking appliance are always a great gift!Insulated food gloves are great for man-handling meats, like a hot pork shoulder, without getting burned.
Professional grade Barbecue tools that are strong enough to take the heat and are comfortable to hold will surely make any man yelp with excitement! A great set of tools make barbecuing that much more enjoyable and also prevent your man from burning his precious hands.
A Skewer Shield that prevents the sticks of your skewered meats from burning.
If your man is always overcooking and drying out his grilled meats? Then, maybe a temperature control device is what he needs! This tool is a bit pricey but maintains the ideal low and slow cooking environment for moist, juicy and tender barbecue every time! This device works with all charcoal barbecues, wood burning smokers and grills.
A Branding Iron for a man that appreciates those little extra details. This iron comes in a lovely wooden box and allows you to separately purchase whichever message you wish for your branding iron. It holds up to 3 letters or 1 symbol at a time.
If your loved one is a pizza lover then get them a Barbecue Pizza Kit for making delicious thin-crust pizza right on the grill! Make sure your pizza stone can withstand the high temperatures of a barbecue.
If your loved one wants to sharpen their barbecue skills then how about a barbecue themed cooking class at Weber Grill Academy? There are beginner, intermediate and smoking classes available that teach the fundamentals of barbecuing as well as advanced techniques. This culinary school also has couples classes so you can tag along as well!
I’m sure your man looks great all the time but why not give him some great kitchen style to go along with his already great style? The hottest aprons worn by all of the celebrity chefs these days are Bluntroll Aprons. These aprons are of the highest quality, are made with denim and leather and are really stylish. Check them out – they are super hot!
The Smoking Gun:
The Smoking gun offers an alternative to traditional smoking methods – turning salads, chocolate, meringue, sauces, butters and fruit into unique new culinary sensations! There is a huge selection of combustibles including various types of wood chips, teas, herbs, spices and even hay and dried flowers. The hand-held Smoking Gun operates on just four AA batteries. Simply fill the Smoking Gun chamber with your choice of combustible, turn it on, light with a match or lighter and apply the smoke where you want it. I have tried this device and it is super easy to use and makes for some flavour-packed ingredients to add to your cooking.
For the adventurous foodie in your life – set them up with an Ice Fishing Trip. Ontario is home to many ice fishing destinations. What a great way to enjoy the winter! You can rent your own hut, bait and equipment and spend a few days catching fish and then using your culinary knowledge to cook what you catch! This is a great idea for a boys trip or even a romantic getaway. This is something that every foodie should experience for themselves.