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Hostess Gift For Chef/ Restauranteurs

control25 May 8, 2013 08:06 AM

Will be having brunch at the home of (James Beard nominated) chef/ restauranteurs on Sunday- I want to come up with an appropriate hostess gift. Is champagne / prosecco too mundane?

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    FriedClamFanatic RE: control25 May 8, 2013 08:17 AM

    A possible alternative...although no, the sparkly is fine: A set of nice napkins rolled and held in a small basket

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      INDIANRIVERFL RE: control25 May 8, 2013 09:00 AM

      A $100 dollar gift card at MacDonald's. For all those early mornings when they don't want to think about food any more.

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        control25 RE: INDIANRIVERFL May 8, 2013 08:15 PM

        Funny~but true!

      2. ttoommyy RE: control25 May 8, 2013 09:10 AM

        The first thought that comes to mind is something NOT food or wine related. Sounds like they have that covered in abundance in their professional lives. I would bring an artfully arranged bouquet of flowers to add to the festivity of the day. In a week or so it will be gone but have served its beautiful purpose and your hosts will not have to worry about eating, drinking or storing a gift that may not be as appreciated as you intend it to be.

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          Dirtywextraolives RE: control25 May 8, 2013 09:30 AM

          Flowers are nice, but I'd make sure they were all ready arranged and in a pretty vase;

          Gourmet chocolates or candy

          An artisan bottle of their favorite booze (Bourbon & Rye are currently very popular)

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            nemo RE: control25 May 8, 2013 11:48 AM

            It's probably too late to order anything now, but we love the SMOKED olive oil from Spain at this web site. We have, but have not tried yet, the chocolate stuffed figs. Maybe a gift certificate?


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              control25 RE: nemo May 8, 2013 08:16 PM

              Will definitely check this out- they're latest restaurant is Spanish!

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              rjbh20 RE: control25 May 8, 2013 02:26 PM

              Food-related house gifts for chefs/restauranteurs often aren't a great idea. If they live/work in a food environment, they have everything they need & if not, they usually have strong opinions on what they like (& don't like).

              Based on the chefs I know, you can't go wrong with booze -- they make sailors on shore leave look like teetotalers. Large bottles preferred.

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                control25 RE: control25 May 8, 2013 07:17 PM

                These are all really thought provoking and helpful ideas! At Thanksgiving we gave them artisanal local (SF) chocolates and I know they would enjoy a small batch liquor, good design or unique flowers. Thank you for the great suggestions- only have a couple of days so I need to get on this!
                Maybe the Ferry Building will be a good resource?

                1. ipsedixit RE: control25 May 8, 2013 07:31 PM

                  How about a good book?

                  Something non-fiction that might interest the host/chef?

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                    control25 RE: ipsedixit May 9, 2013 07:45 AM

                    Considering that too- I know they reading relatable books. I have the book 'Salt' on order.

                  2. lisavf RE: control25 May 9, 2013 11:15 AM

                    I once had dinner at an "underground" restaurant, and since it was in the chef's home, and his wife was acting as hostess, I thought a hostess gift would be nice. I bought a tube of rather expensive hand cream and presented it in a gift bag to the hostess along with my "donation." After dinner, she made a point of finding me and thanking me profusely and called it one of the best gifts she had ever received - her hands (and her husband's) were always chapped because of all of the hand- and dish-washing they did. (I'm not talking about drugstore or B&BW type of product but something fairly pricy and luxurious.)

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                      KarenDW RE: lisavf May 9, 2013 11:56 PM

                      As a personal chef, with lots of dishwashing, this is just the sort of gift I would appreciate, especially if unscented...

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                      ctfoodie RE: control25 May 9, 2013 12:10 PM

                      Do not laugh but I too had to go to a renowned female chef's house for dinner. I found a set of really "high end" (that is an oxymoron) semi permenant tatoo's. I wrapped them beautifully. The next time I saw her at an event she had on a beautiful low cut (in the back) dress with one of the tatoo's at the base of her back. She had no idea I was going to be at the event. She later told me it was the best hostess gift she had ever gotten. Who knew?

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                        Claudette RE: ctfoodie May 9, 2013 07:56 PM

                        This is the best idea yet! Can you tell me where you found them? The chef coming over already had tats but he'd be tickled at those. Thanks in advance!

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                          ctfoodie RE: Claudette May 10, 2013 04:29 AM

                          I actually got them at Gracious Home in NYC but i am sure you could get some on line. Glad you liked the idea.

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