Great Gift Ideas for Foodies
by Karen Anderson
Canada is 150 years old. This holiday season seems like the perfect time to treat your food lover to some great local and classic Canadian culinary treats and designs as well as the latest in red hot gadgets. This list of gift ideas is true north, strong and tasteful.
SEASON, SLICE AND SCOOP IN STYLE
Exotic woods like ebony and zebra from Africa, olive from Israel and kauri from New Zealand, combined with local species and man-made objects are the palette for Cochrane artist Peter Tracy. Once retired, he rekindled his love of woodworking by making custom pens. Culinary utensils – turned objets d’art in his hands – came next. Each pepper and coffee mill, wine corkscrew, pizza wheel and ice cream scoop is unique and sure to be a conversation piece.
Peter Tracy Pepper Mill, $130, Ice Cream Scoop $75, Pizza Wheel $85, Britannia Kitchen and Home
MIXER AND MATCH
While it doesn’t have the array of colours that the competition has, this Cuisinart SM-50 does come in brushed chrome, white and my favourite – jolly red; which means you can still find a mixer colour to match most any kitchen. For what it lacks in kitchen fashion appeal, it makes up for with might. It has a 500-watt motor versus the next most powerful brand’s 325-watts. Best of all, it’s a quiet motor – not like my 20+ year-old mixer that sounds like a helicopter’s landing on my counter. A tilting head allows for easy removal of the big, wide bowl and a whisk, dough hook and flat mixing paddle are included. Whip up cream for your pumpkin pie
and cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve and do it all with the precision of this new 12-speed classic.
Cuisinart Precision Master Stand Mixer, 5.5 quart, $499.99, Hudson’s Bay Stores
COZY UP AND COOK IN CANMORE
Paintbox Lodge is a hidden gem chic boutique hotel in downtown Canmore owned by former Olympians Sara Renner and Thomas Grandi. After years of travelling throughout Europe on the ski circuits, plus Renner’s own family history as pro- prietors of Assiniboine Lodge, the pair understands excellence in service and accommodation. They’ve got five cozy rooms to curl up in this winter if you want to gift your beloved a little Rocky Mountain retreat. Add a cooking class and enjoy meeting local instructors, including George Bayne, Sue Shih, Aviv Fried and yours truly. You’re guaranteed a gold medal of appreciation with this gift.
Paintbox Lodge and Cooking at the Box, check paintboxlodge.com for availability and pricing
PEOPLE ARE HIGH ON THIS POT
While the politicians in Ottawa prepare to legalize pot in 2018, a group of ex-Nortel employees from neighbouring Kanata
put their technological talents to good use to invent the Insta Pot. And wow, do people love it. Since 2010, without any advertising, they’ve sold over a million units. They call it a multi-cooker because it’s a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/ browning pan and warming pot all in one.There’s even a Bluetooth programmable version.
Insta Pot, 8 Quart, $199.99, Canadian Tire
Tip: Shop early for this pot. It might be “Insta” but finding one for Christmas may take a while given its popularity.
Read article in the digital issue of City Palate.