Gift Ideas – Food Tours
A food tour can be a fantastic gift that keeps on giving. Food tours are where you go around the city, the state, the country or even the world sampling the cuisine from different places.
The first step in giving gifts of food related experiences starts at home. Some people of the people on your Christmas gift giving list simply love cooking. To add to their joy of cooking, you can give a gift of cooking classes. A site that lives for teaching the fine arts of cooking is Sur la table. They list classes throughout the country that your loved one can attend and enjoy. Another site that thrives on teaching the skills of producing wonderful food is Taste of Home. Find your nearest class and make a reservation as a gift.
If you search for “cooking classes” plus your ZIP Code, you may find a wonderful service like the one I have in my area who provides in-home cooking classes. Chef Gloria Luzzatto has her Glorious Gourmet PCS service in my neck of the woods. Be sure to book her early, she’s only one person and her calendar is likely to fill up quickly!
If you wanted to do it on a budget, then you could put together a picnic basket filled with a bottle of wine and a picnic set, but include a few gift cards from local restaurants that your friend or loved one enjoys or some that they haven’t been to before.
You can find inexpensive and high dollar picnic baskets online, with an array of restaurant gift cards to chains such as Outback Steakhouse, P.F. Changs, Macaroni Grill, and dozens more.
You could put together a breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert gift that included a gift card to a place that serves breakfast like Cracker Barrel, include a Subway Sandwich gift card for a quick lunch, put an Outback Steak House gift card in for dinner and top it off with a dessert gift card to the Cheesecake Factory!
Your loved one could make it a full day doing a food tour, or break it up into separate food events.
Now you can also make this an amazing, high end gift! How about buying a new piece of luggage and filling it with some travel items, along with the menu from the local cuisine stops of another area that you’ll drive or fly to? Maybe throw in a couple of airline tickets to an exotic getaway! Other high end options are touring local or regional wineries and taking a dinner cruise on a nearby river or coastline.