Tis the season and the internet is awash with holiday gift guides to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list! As usual, we couldn't hep but join in the fun with our editorial team's favourite gift ideas for food lovers! (and you may find there's a few gifts for you too - scroll to the end to enter our fabulous foodie giveaway!)
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The Instant Pot Duo Mini
Our Cookbook Corner reviewer, Liliana Tommasini said the Instant Pot Duo Mini 7 in One was a must for her holiday pick for 2017 and we couldn't agree more - the Instant Pot is a huge Canadian success story (that's right - it was invented in Canada!) and bloggers are trying to keep up with the cries for Instant Pot friendly recipes, classes and cookbooks.
Not sure what an Instant Pot is (we know there's still lots of you who don't know!)? Instant Pot® Duo 7-in-1 is a smart Electric Pressure Cooker designed to be safe, convenient and dependable. It speeds up cooking by 2-6x using up to 70% less energy and, above all, produces nutritious healthy food in a convenient and consistent fashion. It has 14 smart, built-in programs and can replace 7 kitchen appliances:
- pressure cooker
- slow cooker
- rice cooker
- yogurt maker
Now you can cook your favorite dishes with the press of a button!
Giveaway: Instant Pot has generously given us one (1) Instant Pot Duo Mini to give away to a lucky reader! (value $199 CAD)
Medium Rare Chef Aprons
Our food styling and 20 minute meal expert Lisa Bolton knows how much abuse kitchen aprons get hurled at them. Never underestimate the usefulness of a really sturdy apron (with pockets please!!!!) in the kitchen. They get wet, splattered with grease and tomato sauce, covered in flour and brushed 1000x with sticky, dough covered hands in one cooking session. So Lisa's pick for 2017 is Medium Rare Chef Aprons. This Calgary based company's aprons come in a range of styles, fabrics and colours, they're durable and have pockets for your stuff and they'll satisfy both the professional chef, food blogger or backyard griller
Giveaway: Medium Rare Chef has generously given us a Henry - Limited Edition (value $119.95 CAD) to give to one lucky reader. To power through, you need the Granddaddy of ‘em all. The Henry was the original pioneer of the Workshop Apron Series. Durability was designed into every part of this apron with heavyweight thread, double stitching and bar tacks at every stress point. This apron was built to last and it has some serious style with soft leather straps and antique brass hardware. (you may have seen the chefs on Season 5 of Top Chef Canada wearing The Henry!)
Once Upon A Tree Baguette and Charcuterie Boards
Our copy editor Marlene Cornelis picked Kitchener's Once Upon A Tree's Baguette and Charcuterie Boards for her 2017 contribution and we can see why. Gorgeous, food safe boards are hot right now! They make the perfect vessel for your charcuterie platters, cheese boards, appetizer spreads, or any of our "On Board in 20" meals. They can easily become the centrepiece of your holiday entertaining table!
Once Upon A Tree's boards are handmade,'live-edge' walnut and cherry serving boards that are made locally by woodworker Trevor Ewert. Each board is unique and makes a wonderful gift for the entertainer on your list! You can purchase them on-line through Jill's Table.
Giveaway: Jill's Table has generously given us one Once Upon A Tree Baguette Board (value: $39.99 CAD) to give away to a lucky reader.
The Third Place Cocktail Co.'s Tonic
When she's not traveling the world or writing about iconic Canadian Foods for us, Gabby Peyton calls Newfoundland home and her pick for our Food Lover's Gift Guide is St. John's The Third Place Cocktail Co.'s Tonic. Dissatisfied with cocktails made with the modern excuse for tonic water, The Third Place Cocktail Co. decided to start from scratch and reassess what it would mean to revive the art of classic cocktails, such as Gin and Tonic, to the civility of its illustrious past. Every batch of their Tonic is made by hand with the very best ingredients and botanicals available and each bottle is signed by hand to show not only that the company is truly a small batch operation, but that the founders stand by the quality and integrity of every bottle!
Now that's a tonic you can proudly give as a gift and makes the perfect hostess gift!
Giveaway: The Third Place Cocktail Co is generously giving one of our lucky readers a gift pack featuring all four of their products: Tonic, Elderflower, Radler and Ginger Rose (approx retail value $88CAD)
Wicked Wine Tours
Our VA Valentina, who produces our recipe roundups, chose Wicked Wine Tours out of BC's Okanagan as her gift pick for 2017 and they are the perfect gift for the culinary tourist or wine or beer drinker on your list! Wicked Wine Tours provides exceptional tour experiences as the premier tour operator in the Okanagan for visitors and residents. They specialize in fun, friendly, informative, and memorable wine tours, craft beer tours, and food tours with their friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff and strong relationships with area wineries and tourism partners. Tours begin at $99 per person, including tax, tasting fees, and guest pick-up!
Teroforma Wine Twirls
Keeping with the wine theme, our wine writer, Meaghan Carey chose Teroforma's Wine Twirls for her gift guide pick. These fun Wine Twirls chill your favorite white wine right where it counts - in the glass! Just one Wine Twirls keeps your glass of wine at fridge temperature for a full 45 minutes with no dilution! And they'll be a great conversation starter at your next party! Also available at Chapters Indigo for $24.99 for a 4 pack. Also check out all of Meaghan's top wine picks for entertaining this holiday season.
This little volume of inspirational words for tea lovers by FBC Member Lu Ann Pannunzio is on the list of our tea-loving co-founder, Melissa Hartfiel. The only thing better than a good cup of tea is a good book to go with it and Tea-Spiration is perfect to pair up with a warm mug, a big, comfy chair and a blanket!
Camino Maple Hot Chocolate
Camino Hot Chocolate has long been a favourite of many of us here at FBC and we think their new Maple Hot Chocolate would be a great stocking stuffer! Camino has blended local, organic maple sugar from Citadelle Maple Syrup Producers’ Co‑operative in Québec with fair trade and organic cocoa and sugar from their small‑scale farmer co‑operatives to make a truly Canadian hot chocolate. The result: a rich dark hot chocolate with just the right touch of maple and it's vegan friendly!
For The Beer Lovers
The FBC Holiday Foodie Giveaway!
Thanks to the generosity of Instant Pot, Medium Rare Chef, Jill's Table and Once Upon A Tree, and The Third Place Cocktail Company, we're excited to be giving away 4 separate prizes:
- (1) Instant Pot Duo Mini - $199 CDN value
- (1) Medium Rare Chef Apron (Henry style) - $119.95 CDN value
- (1) Once Upon A Tree Baguette Board - $39.99 CDN value
- (1) The Third Place Cocktail Co Gift Pack - $88 CDN value
Rules to enter:
- you must be a resident of Canada (prizes will only be shipped to Canadian addresses)
- you must be 19 years of age or older
- all winners will be required to answer a skill testing question to claim their prize
- residents of Quebec are not eligible to enter.
- one winner will be chosen for each item.
- winners will be receive notification of their prize by email - they will have 72 hours to respond from the time the email is sent out
- contest closes end of day December 17th