12/22/16 2:36pm

C+M’s Ultra Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide 

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Seasons Greetings and all that jazz dear reader. As a public service, C+M presents our very first ultra last-minute holiday gift guide where you’re sure to find something perfect for the food lover in your life.


Uzbek hospitality, League of Kitchens style.

Join The League of Kitchens for a Workshop
There’s a good reason The League of Kitchens sounds like the League of Nations. That’s because it offers a variety of globetrotting cooking workshops—Indian, Lebanese, Japanese, Uzbek to name a few—taught by immigrant home cooks who are eager to share their food, culture, and family recipes with students. A while back I took the Ubzek class and had a blast. League of Kitchens gift certificates may be purchased here. Looking for something to do Christmas Eve? The League still has a few slots open for an immersive vegetarian Indian cooking class.


Give the Gift of an Avant Garde Steakhouse Experience at M. Wells
My love of Chef Hugue Dufour’s cooking at M. Wells Steakhouse—from an aged porterhouse dinner that comes with escargot bone marrow and pomme aligot to such dishes as a venison T-bone and a lovely steak tartare—is no secret. Why not treat your meat eating loved ones with an M. Wells Steakhouse gift certificate? To purchase one call (718) 786-9060.


Score Some Early Bird Tickets to Charcuterie Masters
Meaty times return to Queens February 25! Charcuterie Masters 2017 is the first ever competition of its kind bringing together more than a dozen professional and amateur makers of artisanal charcuterie, including Nduja Artisans, Caseiro E Bom, The Meat Market, Heather Ridge Farm and Queens’ very own Ridgewood European Pork Store.

Guests will be able to sample exquisite cured meats and salumi—includings hams, bacons, pates, and sausages—from charcutiers, including Caseiro E Bom and The Meat Market, as well as dishes from top New York City chefs.

The early bird ticket price of $40 is in effect until 12/31. Tickets make a perfect gift for the meat lover in your life and may be purchased here.


Taiwanese fried chicken is just one of many possibilities on a customized Queens food tour.

Give a Bespoke Queens Food Tour
Whether you’re into Chinese dumplings, Thai noodle soups, or looking for an offal extravaganza  I’ve got you covered with my Queens food tours. As an extra special holiday treat I’m offering customized tours that come with a snazzy gift certificate. To inquire please email jdistefanonyc68@gmail.com.

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