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Rare Goods, Quality Ingredients, & Cookbooks: A Gift Guide for the Holidays

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By Sophie Brochu
Holidays 2021

Denver’s The Bindery is an eatery, marketplace, and bakery that takes inspiration from culinary artisans and food-makers from all around the world. This year, they’re offering four featured gift baskets. Treat the home chef to The Whole Kitchen basket, which includes a professional chef’s knife from Carbon Knife Co., or send Just the Wine to the wine enthusiast in your life. As always, don’t forget to treat yourself, too.

Did you know the legendary chef Thomas Keller has a caviar company? He teamed up with Shaoching Bishop, the former CEO of Sterling Caviar and Tsar Nicoulai Caviar to launch Regiis Ova. Together, they’re on a mission to support sustainable farming while providing the highest quality caviar. Bishop travels to each sturgeon farm to inspect the raising and processing techniques, and cultivate unique relationships with the farmers. Choose from a luxurious array of caviar gift box sets that include a caviar tin opener and mother of pearl spoon.

Amagansett Sea Salt Co. sources salt in small batches. It’s made from Atlantic Ocean seawater, solar-evaporated by the sun and wind, and hand-cultivated outdoors in open-air salt pans. No wonder it’s used by many of the highest-ranked and regarded chefs and restaurants around the world. We should also mention that it’s beautiful. Order a custom wooden crate containing six 2½-oz jars of pure, infused, and blended finishing salts. Salt blends may include Merlot wine, truffle, lemon zest, herbes de Provence, dill & fennel seeds, Aleppo pepper, and espresso & peppers salts.

Rodrick Markus traveled the world for twenty years in search of the finest ingredients. You could say he has a knack for procuring the rarest and most delicious products, and also supplying them to some of the best restaurants in Chicago and beyond. Rare Tea Cellar Inc. focuses on loose leaf teas and other gourmet items seldom found in the United States. Sicilian emerald pistachios? Check. Okinawa Kokuto sugar? Check. French blue lobster oil? Rare Tea Cellar has it. Choose from a Chef’s Secret Pantry Pack, The Teas You Need, or The Flavors That Pack a Punch.

Tekuno is a San Francisco-based tea shop on a mission to make the world a kinder place. How? By cultivating relationships with farmers and sharing a passion for tea. The team works directly with farms and producers in Japan to source unique, single-varietal teas that are expressive in aroma, flavor, and texture. You, too, can make the world a kinder place by sending a loved one a tea subscription. The matcha service, for example, is a 5-month comprehensive journey through a matcha collection from Yame, Fukuoka, Japan. Each month’s tea comes with brew instructions and an accompanying leaflet describing its origins. The first box comes with a virtual tea tasting.

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