Gifts for Gourmets
Everyone will be pleased with these treats under the tree
You don’t need to stray far from home to get great gifts for your favorite epicurean. Choose any or all of the following. Give a charcuterie and cheese platter from No. 109 Cheese. . . . Pair it with great champagnes and wines from Cellar XV. . . . Pour into vintage champagne glasses from the Gilded Nest. . . . Serve on a Michael Aram tray from Olley Court. . . . And sip while reading the new fun foodie book, Provence, 1970—about a historic moment, when James Beard, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, Judith Jones, and other culinary luminaries found themselves together in the south of France. Or for a cookbook, pick up Alice Water’s latest The Art of Simple Food II (both from Books on the Common).
. . . And package it with a Le Creuset French oven, perfect for braises and stews, at Ridgefield Hardware. . . . Pick up a Simon Pierce serving bowl for the salad at the Loft at Bissell Pharmacy. . . . Looking for a more consumable gift? Learn from a French master: private cooking classes for two at Bernard’s. . . . Leave the cooking at home and give a gift certificate for a romantic dinner à deux at Luc’s Cafe, a holiday family dinner at Toscana, or a party for friends at the Redding Roadhouse. And for the little bon vivants? Stuff their stockings with gift certificates for hot dogs from Chez Lenard’s, ice-cream cones from Deborah Ann’s, and cupcakes from Swoon or The Cake Box.