Beginning December 4, executive pastry chef Amanda Warren of David Burke’s Primehouse will operate a Fridays-only pop-up pie shop. The petite pies, which are served with dipping sauces in collectible Primehouse tins, make for delicious gifts for the sweets lovers in your life, and are available two for $5 or a dozen for $25. Purchase pecan with whiskey caramel and pumpkin with sweet cream cheese on December 4; cranberry apple with salted caramel and mascarpone ginger with apple ginger jam on December 11; and vanilla cardamom pear with spiced custard and fried chocolate peppermint pudding with white chocolate crème Anglaise on December 18. 4 to 6 p.m. 616 N. Rush St., 312-660-6000
What do you get for the foodie who has it all? An excuse to dine at 52 of the hottest restaurants in Chicago, including Ada Street, Embeya, Lula Café, and more, thanks to this unique deck of gift cards. Each card in the deck features a different local restaurant and its $10 gift card—at $30 per deck (yes, that’s a $520 value!), this gift is a no-brainer. Buy online at alacardchicago.com.
Every grill master needs a stash of no-fail barbecue sauces to take his/her perfectly cooked meats to the next level, and we can think of nothing better than Taylor St. barbecue joint County Barbeque’s collection of ultra-flavorful ones. The restaurant bottles and sells three varieties: house, spicy, and mustard Carolina-style—all are available for purchase at County Barbeque and Mariano’s locations across the Chicago area. 1352 W. Taylor St., 312-929-2528
For the foodie who would rather cook at home: A custom gift box from Nonna’s
From house-made dry pasta and bottled marinara sauce, olive oil, and Italian vinaigrette, to a bottle of Formento’s Barbaresco and a selection of Phaidon cookbooks, Nonna’s has the answer to all your Italian-inspired gift giving needs. Call to customize and place your order. 925 W. Randolph St., 312-690-7323
With all the hustle and bustle of preparing for the holidays, it’s not always easy to put the time and energy into baking cookies at home. Fortunately, lauded local catering company Paramount Events is here to help with festive tins of homemade holiday cookies. The tins retail for $20 each, and include an assortment of European cookies, such as almond marzipan with cherry filling. Call or email email@example.com to order.
For the foodie who won’t stop Instagramming their meals: Limited-edition food photographs by Tim Turner
Treat the foodie in your life to an original print by renowned food photographer Tim Turner this holiday season. To procure a print, simply donate $100 or more to The Trotter Project, a nonprofit initiative that seeks to educate and inspire those interested in the culinary arts. Upon contributing, donors will receive a limited-edition numbered and signed print; prints will be issued in numerical order on a first-come, first-served basis. Donate now on thetrotterproject.org.
2015 was a big year for Chicago chefs, especially pastry chef Mindy Segal of Mindy’s Hot Chocolate and chef Paul Fehribach of Big Jones, both of whom released cookbooks. Segal’s Cookie Love is a playful book centered around all things cookies, while Fehribach’s book explores the heritage of Southern cooking. Support these talented chefs and surprise a loved one by gifting both books. Buy Cookie Love ($15) on amazon.com, and The Big Jones Cookbook ($30) on store.bigjoneschicago.com.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY HUGE GALDONES (PRIMEHOUSE POP-UP); TIM TURNER (FOOD PHOTOS); COURTESY PARAMOUNT EVENTS (HOLIDAY COOKIES); COUNTY BARBECUE (BARBECUE SAUCE); KAILLEY LINDAMAN (NONNA’S, A LA CARD DECK); VIA FACEBOOK.COM/HOTCHOCOLATECHICAGO (COOKIE LOVE COOKBOOK)