10 next level gift ideas from Boston chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette
Let’s face it, gift giving isn’t always a walk in the park. It can get especially tricky to navigate for the home chefs in your life, who already have an extensive Le Creuset collection, the newest pasta making attachment and the latest celebrity chef cookbook. This year, keep it local, because amazon won’t be on-time anyway, and let chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette be your guide to this year’s most memorable gifts for cooks and food lovers alike.
1. Ken: My favorite holiday party trick is to serve lobster and caviar from Mullaney’s Fish Market. Ditch the pies and wow your guests with the freshest seafood around!
2. Jamie: If you’re not hosting but don’t want to show up empty handed, bring a Foie Gras Terrine from La Belle Farms. So rich, so good, every time.
3. Ken and Jamie: We are both so into the Estela cookbook by Ignacio Mattos this year. For friends and family who want to take their technique to the next level, gift them this book and bookmark the endive salad and the steak with black sesame bearnaise!
4. Ken: What’s better than giving someone a night out to dinner? A night out to three dinners. Gift your adventurous friends the gift of a JK Crawl, and choose three out of four of Toro, Coppa, Uni and Little Donkey to visit all in one night.
5. Jamie: Show up to your next holiday party like an absolute baller with a bag of Island Creek Oysters in tow. Move over cheese and charcuterie plates, cause you’ve got oysters and you know how to shuck em.
6. Jamie: Need a gift for someone who enjoy the finer things? This truffle collection from Formaggio should do the trick.
7. Ken and Jamie: For the dinner party host who won’t settle for “basic” dish ware, checkout our favorite handmade products from Keith Kreeger.
8. Ken: Rocks glasses from one of our favorite South End shops, Olives + Grace, for the proud Bostonians in your life.
9. Ken and Jamie: For the gift that keeps on giving, check out Upper Glass; a wine delivery service that curates bottles from top somms to help you discover exceptional wines. JK Food Group’s own Wine Director Jodie Battles curated a selection box this year, and we had so much fun tasting and learning about her selections.
10. Jodie Battles: Need to snag a bottle last minute en route to your celebration? Drop by Street Car in Jamaica Plain, Wine Press in Fenway, or Boston Shaker in Somerville for some of our year round favorite pours.