Gifts for Food-Lovers

Three great gift ideas for food-minded folk.


Four great ideas for food-minded folk.

We’ve all heard of Fruit of the Month clubs, but did you know there's one that delivers bread? We also found a company that curates packages of six wines especially for celebrating the holiday season. For the perfect gifts for aspiring home cooks, wine lovers and people who can use all the carbs they can get, look no further than these suggestions.
Bread of the Month Club
Based on the shores of Cape Cod, Pain D’Avignon has been baking authentic European-style artisan breads for the past twenty years. This family-owned and operated bakery offers a Bread of the Month program that brings their fresh brioche and focaccia straight from the oven to your doorstep. Choose from the three-month, six-month or twelve-month options to kick the year off with rustic white French boules, garlic herbed croutons and Pain D’Avignon’s signature soup recipe. The bread is also available for purchase by the loaf at Belmont Market in Wakefield, Sandy’s in Westerly and Whole Foods in Providence. 15 Hinckley Rd., Hyannis, 508-778-8588,

Cooking Classes
Maybe you know someone who loves food and dining out, but can't cook a meal without a microwave? Or there's an avid baker in your life hoping to learn the advanced skills of a pastry chef? Sign him or her up for Johnson and Wales University's Chef's Choice Recreational Cooking Classes, or simply buy them a gift certificate for a lesson of their choice. The three-hour classes combine hands-on experience with a chef-instructor and cost $80-$100. January classes include Warming Winter Soups, Modern American Appetizers and Cake Decorating - Pro Series.
Holiday Essentials Wine Giftpack
Wine shop 90+ Cellars curates whites and reds sourced from elite vineyards all over the world. This holiday season they are offering a festive package featuring six essential wines and four recipes that pair with each bottle. These wines include the French Fusion Red from Languedoc, France, and the Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, California; both pair perfectly with any holiday dinner. Ring in the New Year with the Prosecco from Veneto, Italy, and the Riesling from Mosel, Germany. The package can be found at Madeira Liquors and Nocera’s Liquor Store in Providence, Haxton’s Kent Liquor in Warwick, Bobby Gasbarro's Oaklawn Discount Liquors in Cranston and Bristol Wine and Liquor Mart in Bristol.

Self-Made Farmers Market Gift Basket
Visit one of the winter farmers markets at Pawtucket's Hope Artiste Village or Mount Hope Farm in Bristol and gather products to build your own gift basket at home. Select and purchase local products like Aquidneck Honey, applesauce from Harvest Kitchen, coffee from New Harvest Roasters, granola from the Providence Granola Project, cookie mixes from Amos House Bakes, jams and jellies from Hickory Hill Farm and peanut butter from Virginia and Spanish Peanut Co., then pick up a basket and decorations at a craft store, and voila!

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