Holiday Gift Guide: Ten Presents for the Miami Foodie
The holidays revolve around eating, which is why it makes perfect sense for your gift-giving to revolve around eating too. And with Christmas less than two weeks away, it's officially shopping crunch time.
To help get your gift list squared away, we've rounded up a selection of food-themed presents for every type of foodie in your life. Whether you're thinking of your friend who likes to experiment in the kitchen or your uncle who likes to roast everything he eats, we've got you covered.
Best of all, nearly every item on this list can be purchased locally, so you can feel good about supporting local businesses during the holidays.
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10. Antonio Bachour's dessert cookbook
Antonio Bachour, executive pastry chef at the St. Regis Bal Harbour, reveals how to make his indulgent masterpieces in his new dessert cookbook, simply titled Bachour. With page after page of signature recipes, flavor combinations, and cooking techniques, alongside stunning visuals by acclaimed gastronomic photographer Alan Battman, amateur and professional pastry chefs alike will love replicating Bachour's recipes, from French macarons to the Valrhona Dulcey passionfruit and hazelnut entremet.
Perfect for: The pastry aficionado
Where to buy: Amazon.com.
9. Whitbread Wilkinson Pantone coffee maker
The museum shop at the new Pérez Art Museum Miami is a one-stop shop for unique and colorful gifts, such as the Pantone coffee maker. These bright and cheerful cafeteras come in nearly every color of the rainbow and would instantly put a giant smile on the face of anyone who's a fan of old-school stovetop cafecito.
Perfect for: The caffeine addict
Where to buy: The museum shop at PAMM, Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-375-3000, pamm.org.
8. Panther Coffee
Miami's coffee snobs know Panther Coffee is the go-to place for the best cup of joe in town. With a bag of whole beans, such as the Chelba from Ethiopia or the Finca La Amistad from Nicaragua, they can also grind and brew the best cup at home.
Perfect for: The coffee snob
Price: $11 for 1/2 lb, $20 for 1 lb
Where to buy: Available in store at Panther Coffee Wynwood and Sunset Harbour and online at sweatrecordsmiami.com.
2390 NW Second Ave., Miami, and 1875 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, 305-677-3952, panthercoffee.com.
7. Pie from Knaus Berry Farm
Giving someone a T-shirt or a new electronic toy is risky. But trust us when we say that fresh-baked pie fits all. You can't go wrong with giving a pecan pie or key lime pie, especially when it comes from the beloved bakers at Knaus Berry Farm.
Perfect for: The sugar fiend
Price: Pecan pie, $10.50; key lime pie, $9.95
Where to buy: Knaus Berry Farm
15980 SW 248th St., Homestead, 305-247-0668, knausberryfarm.com.
6. The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine: Cortaditos, Stone Crabs and Empanadas, by Mandy Baca
Author and Miami native Mandy Baca explores Miami's food history, from the Tequesta Indians to the present-day food revolution. Baca's book combines Miami's food, history, and culture for a fun and insightful read.
Perfect for: The food nerd
Where to buy: Books & Books
65 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, 305-442-4408, booksandbooks.com.
5. Urbangro Holiday Box Gardens
Support our local and organic farmers with Urbangro's wine box garden. The upcycled boxes are customizable with any type of herb, so you can always have your favorite fresh herbs from the root, like basil or thyme, on hand.
Perfect for: The herbivore
Where to buy: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order.
417 NW 46th St., Miami, 786-298-3040, urbangro.com.
4. Gift Basket from the Village Stand
A gift basket from the Village Stand is not just any gift basket. The Miami Shores specialty shop stocks an assortment of organic goods such as cheeses, nut butters, preserves, candies, and coffee, much of which is locally sourced in South Florida. Choose from a selection of gift baskets, such as the Pasta Gourmet or the Local (sweet and salty treats that are 100 percent locally sourced). You can also pick and choose your own goods to create a custom-made basket.
Perfect for: The picky locavore
Price: Upon request
Where to buy: 216 NE 98th St., Miami Shores, 305-905-1005, thevillagestand.com.
3. Caja China Roasting Box
A caja china is every barbecue lover's dream because it roasts meat and pork the way they wished their stainless-steal grills could. You can roast almost anything in the roasting box, including your noche buena puerco asado and even Christmas Day turkeys. Gifting one of these babies is also a sure way of getting invited to caja china dinners. Win-win.
Perfect for: The grillmaster
Price: $259.99 to $349.99
Where to buy: 800-338-1323 or visit lacajachina.com.
2. Courses at Miami Culinary Institute
With MCI's Culinarium Enthusiast Learning Series, anyone with a passion for cooking can take a course with a professional chef and brush up on their culinary skills without having to get a culinary degree. Students can take a classes covering general culinary arts, baking and pastry making, wine, health and wellness, and sustainability. Give the Basic Knife Skills class to someone who desperately needs help with their knife and cutting board or a wine class series with a sommelier so they can get past their Merlot phase and learn to try something new.
Perfect for: The culinary enthusiast
Price: $50 to $225
Where to buy: To register for a course, visit
Miami Culinary Institute, 415 NE Second Ave., Miami, 305-237-3276 miamidadeculinary.com.
1. Tickets to South Beach Wine & Food Festival
The early bird catches the worm, and right now is the perfect time to snatch up tickets to SOBEWFF 2014 before they're sold out. If you're on a tight budget, there are plenty of ticket options under $100, such as Medianoches & Mixology at Wynwood Walls hosted by Anne Burrell, and Ceviche & Pisco hosted by My Ceviche. If you're up for the splurge, spoil your loved one with tickets to the Grand Tasting Village for $225, or if you really, really love them, consider the Ocean Liner Dinner hosted by Anthony Bourdain for $1,500.
Perfect for: Every food lover
Price: $20 to $1,500
Where to buy: sobefest.com.
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