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Sauce Gift Guide: When money’s no object…

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

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Significant other always out-gift you? Never sure Mom knows just how much you appreciate all she does to keep you sane? We gotchu. When it’s time to spare no expense, order one of these gifts goals to put your money where your oh-so-grateful mouth is.

1. Farmbot
What’s better than giving someone a garden? Giving one they don’t have to tend. Farmbot is a farming machine operated by your phone that works day and night to plant, weed, water and grow food in a raised bed according to your preferences. It optimally cares for each plant, so you can grow a variety without having to remember all the details. Just harvest and eat!
$2,595. farmbot.io

2. June Intelligent Oven
If I told you there was a convection oven and computer in one that bakes, broils, toasts and roasts your food, and then sends you a push notification to let you know it’s done, would you want it? Same. A camera, a scale and presets mean she knows what you’re cooking and how to cook it without telling her a single thing. If that special someone has ever wanted a personal sous chef, here’s your chance to make their dream come true.
$1,500. juneoven.com

3. Wine Club Membership
Wine club memberships are the gift that keeps on giving. Every month, your loved one gets two thoughtfully selected bottles that fall in line with that month’s theme. Let the folks at Parker’s Table make you look like a star by gifting the perfect bottle again and again and again.
$360 to $900 per year. parkerstable.com

4. Staub Oval Cocette
What makes this particular Staub line seriously special is the eternally chic gold-and-white color combo. We love this size for searing then braising meats or even roasting a chicken. Yes, please.
5.75-quart: $325. shop.goop.com

5. Officine Gullo Professional Refrigerator
Made of handcrafted metal by artisans in Florence, this Lamborghini of refrigerators has a stainless-steel interior with wooden shelves and a temperature- and humidity-controlled wine cellar to keep your bottles in pristine condition. This is so much more than a machine to keep your food cold – it’s a work of art.
Price upon request. officinegullo.com

Meera Nagarajan is art director at Sauce Magazine. 

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Sauce Gift Guide: $50 to $100

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

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These are the gifts for loved ones with unparalleled taste. If they appreciate the glaze on a plate while out to dinner or notice the beauty in patinaed hardware, they’ll adore these five presents almost as much as they do you.

1. De Buyer Swing Plus Mandolin
Know a type A cook? Chances are you do. Give them the tool to make perfectly sliced cucumbers and julienned carrots, and save them the Xanax they needn’t take.
$100.
 Williams Sonoma, williams-sonoma.com

2. Fiesta Napkins
For the aesthetically minded designer host, we suggest Kim Seybert Fiesta Napkins. Pretty enough to frame for display, they feature shibori-style dye patterns and a bold, patterned edge.
Four-pack: $64. Sallie Home, salliehome.com



3. Springerle Cookie Molds
St. Louis’ German-French history comes with cherished food traditions: rolling out strudel dough or baking Old World cookies like the delicate, anise-flavored Springerle. These holiday cookie molds will be cherished by the family baker.
Prices vary.
 Springerle Joy, springerlejoy.com

4. Culinary Torch
Not just for putting the finishing touches on creme brulee. Sear perfect steaks, bubble cheese on lasagna or caramelize, well, anything. This is a chef’s tool of luxury.
$56. Kitchen Conservatory, kitchenconservatory.com

5. Kate Walter Hand-Painted Bowls or Platters
Local artist Kate Walter is churning out botanically inspired pottery based on her love of gardening. Gift these to someone who will cherish them enough to pass them along for generations.

Prices vary. Houska Gallery, houska.com

Maggie Pearson is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine. 

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Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

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Foodies are the best people to buy for. With so many great products out there, it’s easy to find something they don’t already have in their kitchens. These five gifts scream thoughtfulness without scary price tags.

1. Boska Girolle Cheese Curler
For 800 years – from the time Swiss monks invented Tête de Moine to the 1980s when the country that brought us engineering invented the girolle – people used whatever they had to scrape the delicious, semi-hard cheese into paper-thin slices. Boska’s girolle makes easy work of shaving Tête de Moine into delightful curlicues, releasing its nutty aroma and complex flavor.
$50. Larder & Cupboard, larderandcupboard.com

2. Olive Oil Straight from Sparta
The Chronis family of St. Louis owns an olive grove in Greece. They control everything from cultivating and cold-pressing the Kalamata olives to bottling and selling the resulting extra-virgin olive oil – now at a retail boutique in St. Louis. Pick up a bottle of the Olea Gold oil and a packet of Greek wild herbs for a dipping sauce of the gods.
Olive oil: $20. Herbs: $5. Olea Estates, oleaestates.com

3. Olive Wood Salt Box
Olive wood is as exotic and beautiful as it is hard and strong. It’s just what designer salt wants. With extraordinary, unique grain patterns, no two salt boxes are the same, making them the definition of a one-of-a-kind gift. And over time, the olive wood will take on a richer, darker, even more beautiful hue.
$50. Kitchen Conservatory, kitchenconservatory.com

4. Bubbly Liqueur Sets
Each set pairs a bottle of Italian sparkling wine with a liqueur for festive, bubbly cocktails perfect for holiday parties galore. Choose from four sets, including the classic Kir Royale made with crème de cassis and prosecco. Who doesn’t love bubbles?
$28 to $29. Vom Fass, vomfassusa.com

5. Bottle Snaps
When blacksmith Andrew Andrasko isn’t fabricating and forging large sculptures for parks, galleries and businesses, he can be found in his studio hammering out useful metal kitchen tools like ladles, spatulas, meat forks … and these cool bottle openers in three colors.
$28. NHB KnifeWorks, nhbknifeworks.com

Michael Renner is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine who regularly pens New & Notable reviews

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Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

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When your coffers are dwindling but you’re still obligated, here are five creative and clever gifts for food and drink lovers that won’t pain your bank account or show up as next year’s re-gift.

 

1. Missouri State Cookie Cutter & Kitchens of the Great Midwest
Food-based fiction is a special mix rarely executed well. Give both the book and a little Missouri love to the local baker in your life.
Book: $16. Left Bank Books, left-bank.com; Cookie cutter: $5. Lemon Gem Kitchen Goods, lemongem.com

2. Facture Goods Brass Spoons
Anyone could use these gorgeous, handmade brass spoons sized for a salt cellar, coffee stirrer or even serving dishes.
$18 to $22. Bowood Farms, bowoodfarms.com

3. “Hold Me Closer Tony Danza” Tumbler
Getting adequately caffeinated before one leaves the house is a task many of us fail on the daily. Gift this to the friend that needs coffee to live – all of your friends.
$14.50. Phoenix Rising, shopphoenixrising.com

4. Collin Garrity Stick Vases
Handmade from beautiful woods that stand up to time and wear, these dainty lil’ vases will give anyone’s table a unique organic beauty.
$8 to $24. Urban Matter, urbanmatterstl.com

5. Firecracker Press STL Coasters
With these thick letterpressed coasters, there’s zero chance Granny’s Manhattan will sweat its way through to her burled wood table.
Four-pack: $12. Union Studio, stlunionstudio.com

Maggie Pearson is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine. 

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Extra Sauce: 4 gifts on Tiffany’s holiday wish list

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

From sustainably raised beef to countertop butter crocks, here’s what associate editor Tiffany Leong wants this holiday season.

 

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1. The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg 
This is the perfect book for those “this sauce needs something” moments.
$38. Intoxicology, Facebook: Intoxicology

 

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2. Le Creuset butter crock
I’ve recently been obsessed with butter keepers, which your butter softened and spreadable on your kitchen counter.
$40. Kitchen Conservatory, kitchenconservatory.com

 

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3. Bolyard’s Meat & Provisions Meat Money
Buying sustainably raised meat is a responsible – and sometimes expensive – decision. But it’s worth every penny when you try your first bite.
Bolyard’s Meat & Provisions, bolyardsmeat.com

 

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4. KitchenAid 5-blade spiralizer attachment
Turning veggies into noodles isn’t new, but using my trusty julienne peeler can be too labor-intensive for a quick weeknight dinner.
$100. Sur La Table at Plaza Frontenac, surlatable.com

 

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Extra Sauce: 4 gifts on Heather’s holiday wish list

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

From kitchen workhorses to elegant barware, here’s what print managing editor Heather Hughes wants this holiday season.

 

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1. Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup Food Processor
The last time I had to dice mirepoix by hand convinced me that there’s no excuse not to own a big food processor. Every kitchen should have one.
$180. Kitchen Conservatory, kitchenconservatory.com

 

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2. RBT Decanter
Rabbit went Gatsby with its new RBT line of glamorous black and gold bar accessories. This swanky decanter, complete with filter, aerating funnel and coaster, is my favorite.
$100. Neiman Marcus at Plaza Frontenac, neimanmarcus.com

 

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3. Eshelman Pottery Handled soup bowls
Paul Eshelman’s ceramics combine thick, solid glazes with exposed red stoneware for a bold color blocking effect on clean, modern shapes. I would love a whole set of the smooth handled soup bowls.
$55 each. Available to order from Craft Alliance, craftalliance.org

 

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4. Yarai large mixing glass
Though I want all the beautiful vintage glassware at this new shop, this elegant mixing glass is what I actually need to complete my bar. Stirring in a shaker is just wrong.
$45. Intoxicology, Facebook: Intoxicology

 

 

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Extra Sauce: 4 gifts on Meera’s holiday wish list

Friday, December 9th, 2016

From memorable cookbooks to a ridiculously gorgeous range, here’s what Sauce art director Meera Nagarajan really wants this holiday season.

 

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1. Nopi: The Cookbook
On a recent visit to London, I had a beautiful lunch at Yotam Ottolenghi’s Nopi. The highlight of the meal was the pan-fried mackerel served with tamarind sauce and raw coconut salad – which I can now make any time thanks to Ottolenghi’s latest cookbook.
$40. Left Bank Books, left-bank.com

 

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2. Kentuckyaki Sauce
Wandering The Smokehouse Market on the hunt for a clever weeknight dinner idea, butcher Andrew Jennrich suggested this sauce. I soused leftover chicken and broccoli for instant teriyaki magic with a bourbon twist.
$12. The Smokehouse Market, anniegunns.com

 

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3. Plantation Pineapple Rum
Fruity rums are all the rage – and I don’t mean Malibu. I’m talking aged rum infused with ripe fruit. Try sipping this neat or over ice before you attempt a grown piña colada.
$35. Lukas Wine & Spirits, lukasliquorstl.com

 

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4. Grand Palais 180
Remember the ranges inside Gusteau’s kitchen in Pixar’s Ratatouille? I do. The closest thing I’ve found to them in real life is the La Cornue Grand Palais 180 in brilliant black with brushed brass. I would never try to justify buying a $22,800 range, but it is spectacular – and I’m worth it.
Starts at $22,800, lacornue.com

 

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• Holiday Gift Guide: 5 gifts for the Food Snob

 

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Holiday Gift Guide: 5 gifts to stock a starter kitchen

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

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Everyone has a list of kitchen must-haves, but gifts for new cooks require a little more finesse. They should be practical, yet inspirational; something to not only set them up for success, but also get them excited about cooking for the first time or in a new place. Give these long-lasting tools, amped-up basics and fun ways for new cooks to learn in the kitchen.

1. Kitchen Conversions Art
Nothing’s worse than dousing a phone in sugar trying to look up how much is in an ounce. This chart eliminates guesswork when it’s time to convert teaspoons to tablespoons or cups to pints. With many colors available, it also makes great kitchen decor. 8½-by-11-inch: $20; 13-by-19-inch: $25. Etsy: SweetFineDay

2. Victorinox 9-inch bread knife
A proper bread knife is essential. This serrated knife slices through the softest brioche or the crunchiest country loaf with ease, and the raised handle keeps knuckles from scraping on the cutting board. Bread knives are also great for slicing ripe tomatoes and leveling cakes. $28. amazon.com

3. Knife & Flag Apron
Want to cook like a rock star? Dress for the part. Knife & Flag Core Aprons are built with a cross-harness strap design to ensure they won’t get in the way in the busiest of kitchens. Stylish, comfortable and made to last with heavy denim or canvas, these aprons are for the serious cook – or those who want to look like one. $70 to $80. knifeflag.com

4. Twelve Recipes
A great cookbook is the total package: delicious recipes that work, beautiful photography and writing that inspires. Twelve Recipes is just that. It’s a versatile book of the basics, and variations are encouraged. It will get new cooks into the kitchen with the confidence to gather friends around the table. $27. Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, 314.367.6731, left-bank.com

5. Eat, Drink and Learn
Even if they think the oven is a place to store shoes, developing cooking skills can still be fun. Arm your new cooks with a gift card to Dierbergs School of Cooking, and they can choose a class that fits their interests from mastering basic knife skills to baking cupcakes. $35 to $50. Dierbergs School of Cooking, various locations, dierbergs.com/school

 

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• Holiday Gifts 2015: The Starter Kitchen

Holiday Gift Guide: 5 gifts for your boozehound

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

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These can’t-miss presents will wow even the most cosmopolitan drinker. From classes that inform and entertain to home bar must-haves sure to impress, here are gifts for the boozehounds on your list.

1. Skull Barspoon
More than just a pretty face, this tiki-inspired stainless spoon is well-balanced in the hand and comfortable to work with – making it one of Público bar manager Nick Digiovanni’s favorite tools. The conversation starter is also available in gold and copper-plated finishes. $25. cocktailkingdom.com

2. Bitterman’s Field Guide to Bitters & Amari
Bitter is in. Along with instructions for DIY bitters and cocktail recipes, these pages are packed with tasting notes and essential information to make the most of ubiquitous and obscure bitter bottles. $25. Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, 314.367.6731, left-bank.com

3. Cocktails Are Go! Class
Check a dozen or so off your list with a group gift. Matt and Beth Sorrell teach classes with themes like Cocktails 101, Pre-Prohibition or Farm to Table. You buy the booze, and the Sorrells bring the glassware, mixers and know-how to up your friends’ bartending game. $25 per person. 314.406.2777, cocktails-are-go.com

4. Blood & Sand Membership
No secret handshake required, just a monthly membership fee to give the wine, beer and cocktail quaffer access to one of the best bars in town. With its extensive and carefully curated wine list and cocktails ranging from whimsical to brooding, there is no shortage of ways to unwind. $15 per month. Blood & Sand, 1500 St. Charles St., St. Louis, 314.241.7263, bloodandsandstl.com

 5. World of Wine Gift Basket
Take your favorite wine snob around the world in six bottles. Specialists hand-pick a motley crew of red and white wines from near and far. Order this no-brainer basket online or at any location, then have it delivered locally for a festive holiday surprise. $100. The Wine & Cheese Place, all locations, wineandcheeseplace.com 

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• Holiday Gifts 2015: Gifts for the Boozehound

9 Foodie Gifts for Father’s Day

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Celebrate the foodie fathers in your life with these unique gifts sure to make him feel like the next Iron Chef, Grill King or Master Bartender – whatever his persuasion. Don’t forget that his special day is this Sunday, June 15, so read on, and don’t forget that Father’s Day card!

 

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