Perfect presents for those who love to cook...and eat
Christmastime is coming...and if you're still in search of that perfect gift for the foodie in your life, look no more. After all, Santa Fe is a culinary capital, so you'll find great one-of-a-kind gifts that are sure to light up the one who opens it with a beaming smile. From whimsically hand painted artisanal chocolates to gourmet olive oils, ceramic tableware, regional cookbooks, Farmers' Market aprons, imported wines, locally roasted coffee and much more.
To help you find your last-minute gifts for those who love to cook, and eat, here's a list with some suggestions that take you to a new artisanal chocolate shop and cafe as well as the farmers' market, the Santa Fe Cooking School Market, a popular wine shop in Las Campanas and the city's longtime local grocery store Happy shopping...
New to Santa Fe's chocolate scene, Cacao is tucked on the edge of town and worth seeking out. The chocolate shop in the front displays a glass case filled with beautiful edible art in unique flavors—balsamic, bizcochito, eggnog, almond and honey—handmade on the premises.The chocolates are as beautiful as they look, bursting with flavor that lingers long after you've finished eating them. The shop also offers chocolate-scented candles and soaps, chocolate body cream, chocolate lip balm, chocolate-infused Pink Himalayan bath salts and other chocolate products. And when you're ready for a shopping break, a spacious cafe serves chocolate elixirs and tasty bites—flourless chocolate torte, banana bread, Meso-American brownies. Also consider a gift certificate for one of Cacao's regular workshops devoted to chocolate.
The Santa Fe School of Cooking Market is filled with great gifts for any foodie and you'll have fun assembling a gift basket for the ones on your list. Put together a Santa Fe breakfast-themed basket with blue corn pinon cranberry pancake mix, prickly pear syrup, hot chocolate and two of the cooking school's mugs. Or assemble a Southwestern cooking basket with Chimayo red chile powder, roasted New Mexico green chile, chipotle en adobo, red chile honey, jalapeno mustard and . Other options include cooking tools—a stovetop smoker or grill, a tortilla press and gorgeous ceramic cookware crafted by a Mexican artist and painted in pastel colors, including serving platters, plates and bowls, teapots and pitchers. Another great gift for any foodie is a gift certificate to the acclaimed Santa Fe School of Cooking classes, devoted to foods of the Southwest as well as other cuisines.
The Santa Fe Farmers' Market offers a smorgasbord of locally grown foods along with kitchenware, cookbooks, condiments, clothing and more. The year-round market moves indoors to the Farmers' Market Pavilion during the winter season, but you'll still find plenty of farmers, bakers, salsa makers and others selling great gifts for foodies. Choose from fresh-baked artisanal Cloud Cliff bread, locally made goat cheese, New Mexico-raised Shepherd's Lamb, Old Pecos Foods red chile and green chile mustard, Pollo Real organic chicken and other local fare. Be sure to visit the Farmers' Market Gift Shops, offering fine tea, Vivac Winery wines, cookbooks, aprons, baskets, and other great gift items.
At Kaune's Neighborhood Market, you'll find a reasure trove of gifts for food lovers and chefs, from gourmet foods and baked goods to European chocolates and candies, Southwest specialty foods and imported fare from around the world. You can put together your own custom gift basket from Santa Fe's favorite local grocery store or choose one of Kaune's themed gift baskets, including Taste of New Mexico, Chocolate Decadence and Italian Feast. Best of all, they'll deliver the gift for you if the address is in the Santa Fe area.
The serious chef in your life will love any gift from the Santa Fe Olive Oil and Balsamic Co., which specializes in fine small-batch artisanal olive oil, balsamic vinegars, gourmet salts, and delicious specialty foods. Enjoy an epicurean odyssey yourself y as you shop, sampling flavorful olive oils and vinegars, served with artisan bread. For a gift that keeps on giving, the Monthly Pairing Club membership features pairings of olive oil and balsamic vinegar shipped to your recipient's doorstep.
If you haven't yet dined at Arroyo Vino in Las Campanas, you should. And a trip to the Arroyo Vino Wine Shop offers a great excuse to make the short drive. Here you'll find vintages from around the world that aren't always easy to come across and are sure to impress the foodie on your list. Plan your trip around dinnertime so you can buy a bottle or two for yourself and, for a corkage fee, enjoy it in the restaurant while you dine on contemporary American small plates.