Winnipeg is for food lovers. This holiday season, treat your amateur (or professional) culinarian to a gift to feed his or her passion. With that in mind, here are a few food-inspired gift ideas to spoil your food fanatic:
Inside her Osborne Village boutique, Andee Penner’s silk-screened aprons and tea towels are emblazoned with homages to her town. She professes her love and creativity with prints of Confusion Corner, neighbourhood street names, Manitobaisms and her take on the whole Keep Calm and Carry On trend.
Herb, spice and fruit infused extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars by Frescolio and OLiV Tasting Room
Stuff a stocking with an out-of-the-ordinary olive oil infused with roasted garlic, lemon pepper, Persian lime or parmesan. Or pick up a bottle of red apple, juniper berry or mango balsamic vinegar. And that’s just for starters. Inside Winnipeg’s two olive oil tasting bars, choose from more than 100 varieties of these pantry staples.
Prices range from $5 to approximately $30.
Cooking by the Books
In 2010, Winnipegger Getty Stewart created Fruit Share, an organization that harvests and shares surplus fruit grown in Manitoba. Her Prairie Fruit Cookbook is the go-to guide to harvesting and transforming 11 Manitoba-grown fruits in the kitchen into preserves, jams and other special dishes to be enjoyed year-round.
Winnipegger Doreen Pendgracs has the best job in the universe: she travels the world going on chocolate adventures. Pendgracs has compiled her adventures in her new book Chocolatour, A Quest for the World’s Best Chocolate.
Home brews by Farmery and Half Pints
Give the gift of beer to your favourite hops-happy relative. Manitoba-owned Farmery Estate Brewery and Half Pints Brewing Company both brew crowd-favourite and award-winning cool ones. Pick up a sample pack from Half Pints or slip a Farmery Premium into a stocking or two. Half Pints Demeter’s Harvest is an exclusive release available every December. Farmery owners and brothers Chris and Lawrence Warwaruk grow their own hops and barley on the family farm near Neepawa. Available at Manitoba Liquor Markets.
Deck the halls without gluten, dairy and egg
Feed your special eaters with a sweet spread of holiday themed gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free cookies, squares, mini-cheesecakes and tarts from Cocoa Beans Bakeshop. This Taché Avenue bakery specializes in special-diet sweets. And they taste great too.
Gift of Learning
Treat your house chef to a night one of Winnipeg’s many cooking classes. Forget noses in books. Local classes are celebrations of eating, drinking and sharing tips around the stove. Here are a few options: The Food Studio, DeLuca’s and Sweet Impressions. Inside Winnipeg’s liquor boutiques and markets, find classes for wine knowledge, foods around the world, scotch appreciation and Belgium beer, to name a few. Check out Banville & Jones and the MLCC for food and liquor workshops.
Fill your Bags
Additional food-inspired holiday gift ideas can be found at these Winnipeg boutiques and markets:
Manitoba-made birch syrup, preserves, jellies, wild rice, sauces: Generation Green at The Forks
Smoked Winnipeg Goldeye: Gimli Fish Market
Kitchenware: Happy Cooker, D.A.Neils
Italian markets: DeLuca’s, Piazza de Nardi
Chocolate and sweets: Constance Popp Chocolatier, Morden’s of Winnipeg, High Tea Bakery, Bernard Callebaut, Chocolate Zen, Lilac Bakery, L’Epi de Blé, Lisbon Bakery, Goodies Bakeshop, Le Croissant