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    Artisan Gift Guide 2013

    by Sunny Liu and Ashley Lopes
    December 2013

    For the next month, the chef in your life is the chef who’s not in your life, as the men and women in white are doubling down on shifts and party prep and feeding enough revelers to make their hearts weary. To sustain them through New Year’s and satisfy their deep-seated hunger for simple, exquisite foods (made by someone else!), we’ve assembled a list of our favorite edible artisan goods from across the country—made by dedicated craftsmen, who are no doubt in the midst of their own type of production nightmare.

    We’d recommend rolling 12 days of Christmas style (the eight nights of Hanukkah came too early for us this year) or stuffing stockings till they burst with chocolates, coffee, ham, and tonic—the chef who’s not in your life right now may even have time to write you a thank you note come January 1.

    Artisan Gift Wish List

    A Chef's Life


    WHAT: Bluegrass Soy Sauce
    PRICE: $34
    ARTISAN: Matt Jamie of Bourbon Barrel Foods – Louisville, KY

    A Chef's Life

    WHAT: Cortez Bottarga
    PRICE: $42 for 3oz.
    ARTISAN: Anna Maria Fish Company – Anna Maria, FL

    A Chef's Life

    WHAT: Holiday 6-pack
    PRICE: $50
    ARTISAN: Rick Field of Rick's Picks – New York, NY

    Charlito's Cocina

    WHAT: Trufa Seca - Dry Cured Black Truffle Sausage
    PRICE: $40
    ARTISAN: Charles Wekselbaum of Charlito's Cocina – New York, NY

    Artisan Collection: Box of 5 craft chocolate bars

    WHAT: Artisan Collection: Box of 5 Craft Chocolate Bars
    PRICE: $40
    ARTISAN: Michael and Risk Mast of Mast Brothers Chocolate – Brooklyn, NY

    Chicken coop accessories: hanging watering cans, large galvanized cans for storage of food and shavings, and feeders


    WHAT: Greenhook Ginsmiths American Dry Gin
    PRICE: $33
    ARTISAN: Steven DeAngelo of Greenhook Ginsmith – Brooklyn, NY

    In lieu of an actual meal at Montreal's Au Pied de Cochon, one can get one of their rad t-shirts online

    WHAT: 12 Piece Eggnog Truffle Collection
    PRICE: $25
    ARTISANS: Dan and Jael Rattigan of French Broad Chocolates – Asheville, NC

    The chef-designed bags from Vaughn Trannon

    Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Bar
    PRICE: $8 each
    ARTISAN: Starr Sink Ratto of Videri Chocolate Factory – Raleigh, NC

    Escazu Chocolates

    Mahogany Gift Box (Choice of 6 Chocolate Bars)
    PRICE: $45
    ARTISANS: Danielle Centeno and Hallot Persons of Escazú Artisan Chocolates – Raliegh, NC

    Le Creuset Dutch Oven

    Organic, Hand-made Syrups
    PRICE: $11 each
    ARTISANS: Forrest Butler and Emily Butters of Royal Rose Simple Syrups – Biddeford, ME

    Big Green Egg

    Holiday Clear Toy Candy
    PRICE: $25 minimum orders
    ARTISANS: Ryan and Eric Berley of Shane Confectionery – Philadelphia, PA

    Le Creuset Dutch Oven

    Holiday Coffee Blend
    PRICE: $11 each
    ARTISAN: Colby Barr and Ryan O'Donovan of Verve Coffee Roasters – Santa Cruz, CA

    Le Creuset Dutch Oven

    1 Hour Chocolate 101 Class
    PRICE: $50 per ticket
    ARTISAN: Todd Masonis and Cameron Ring of Dandelion Chocolate – San Francisco, CA

    Salt & Straw

    Salt & Straw Favorites Gift Pack
    PRICE: $50 per ticket
    ARTISAN: Tyler Malek of Salt & Straw – Portland, OR

    Small Batch Tonic
    PRICE: $16
    ARTISAN: Brooks Reitz of Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. – Charleston, SC

    Brooklyn Cured

    Brooklyn Cured's Grilling Sausage Sampler
    PRICE: $50
    ARTISAN: Scott Bridi of Brooklyn Cured – Brooklyn, NY

    Salt & Straw

    3, 6, or 12 Month Coffee Subscription
    PRICE: $24 to $96
    ARTISAN: James Tooill of Argo Sons Coffee – Louisville, KY

    Jittery Joe's

    Vintage Winter Blend
    PRICE: $12 for a 12oz can
    ARTISAN: Charles Mustard of Jittery Joe’s Coffee Roasting Co. – Athens, GA

    Not Your Sugar Mama's

    Be Merry Holiday Pack
    PRICE: $20
    ARTISAN: Bennett Coffey and Kyleen Keenan of Not Your Sugar Mama's – Edgartown, MA

    A Chef's Life

    WHAT: A Chef's Life: Season One Part 1 (with Chef Vivian Howard)
    PRICE: $20
    CHEF: Vivian Howard of Chef & the Farmer – Kinston, NC

    Yarai Mixing Glass

    Pinot Noir Barrel Aged El Salvador El Manzano Coffee Beens
    PRICE: $18
    WHOSE WISH LIST: 2011 Portland Rising Star Roaster Brandon Smyth of Water Avenue Coffee Company – Portland, OR

    Surryano Ham Slices

    WHAT: Surryano Ham Slices
    PRICE: $50
    ARTISAN: Edwards Country Hams – Surry, VA