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

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

Escazu Chocolates

WHAT:
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

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

Big Green Egg

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

Le Creuset Dutch Oven

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

Le Creuset Dutch Oven

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

Salt & Straw

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




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


Brooklyn Cured

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


Salt & Straw

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


Jittery Joe's


WHAT:
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

WHAT:
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



WHAT:
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