Food Lover’s Holiday Gift Guide, Part II

It’s the most wonderful time of year, which means it’s also time for some gift giving. Because nothing says ‘Happy Everything’ like gifts of delicious eats and drinks, here are a few ideas for everyone on your list. Part I of the official guide can be found here.

Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

Pay It Forward
Give the gift that keeps on giving by making a donation to one of several local food and music charitable organizations in honor of someone on your list. We are so fortunate to have a wide range of organizations worthy of your support, including the following (in no particular order):

Sustainable Food Center

Urban Roots

Austin Food and Wine Alliance

Capital Area Food Bank

Foodways Texas

Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM)

KUTX and KUT.org

I Live Here, I Give Here

Austin Music Foundation

Caritas Austin
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Wine Not?

When in doubt, wine always makes an excellent gift option, though the process of selecting the perfect bottle can often be overwhelming. To help make your shopping easier, I recommend stopping by East End Wines, Urban Wine, or the Whip In. These three local shops all carry a diverse selection of high quality wines to fit any budget, including many hard to find bottles from boutique wineries.
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Teach a Man to Fish

Help your favorite food lover become a whiz in the kitchen by gifting a uniquely Austin cooking, technique, or even a hunting class. Options include:

Salt & Time offers a number of butchery, knife skills, and meat curing classes priced at $150/a class. Full details here.

For that really special person on your list, check out Dai Due’s recently released Hunting School dates.

Pick up a gift certificate for cooking classes held at The Silver Whisk, Central Market or The Happy Kitchen. (prices vary)

Help your recipient learn to create their very own house cocktail by purchasing a gift certificate for the Tipsy Texan’s Mixology 101 semester of classes ($375). For a more budget friendly option, pick up the official Tipsy Texan cookbook, available here.

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Dine with the A List

Austin has no shortage of food events throughout the year, but few rival the star studded Austin Food and Wine Festival. Pick up weekend passes for this year’s 3rd Annual Festival, taking place April 25-27, 2014. More information regarding next year’s festival can be found here.

Don’t want to wait until April to rub elbows with the culinary world’s elite? Grab a seat at one of the Indie Chef Week dinners, taking place January 7-11th, 2014. The multi-course dinners start at $175/pp. Reservations are expected to disappear quickly so be sure to act fast for a seat at the table. Full line up and menus can be found here.
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Shop Local

Pick up local artisan goods from one of several seasonal pop-up shops, including:

Blue Genie Art Bazaar at Marchesa Hall (10am-10pm daily through 12/24)

Tribe for the Masses at 323 Congress Avenue (Daily through 12/23)

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar at the Parmer Event Center (11am-11pm daily through 12/24)

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