‘Tis the season for giving gifts, but that be a pretty tricky task. Have a food-lover in Chicago on your list? Here are some unique options that are sure to delight them and make you the hero of the holidays:
À La Card is a local company that partners with some of the hottest restaurants in town to create a deck of $10 gift certificates. Has the foodie in your life been dying to try A10 or The Radler? This will be the incentive for them to make the reservation. There are 52 certificates for them to use in 2015, all for the price of $30.
Looking for a gift for a cocktail connoisseur? The Sportsman’s Club has created a DIY kit for their popular signature drink, The Sportsman. The gift box includes the ingredients for the cocktail: bourbon, absinthe, and various bitters. It also has the high-quality bartending equipment needed to get it just right. The entire set is $150.
Fat Rice, the small and spicy Euro-Asian restaurant in Logan Square, has blown up this past year. Part of their quirky character is defined by the comic book-style art on their posters and labeling. The artist is Sarah Becan, and she explores more fun food topics in her distinctive style on her website. Grab a print of the best cuts on a Pikachu or a compendium of sausage types. If you’d like some of her Fat Rice work for a fan of the restaurant, check out their website.
Did you know that this year’s World’s Best Bartender hails from Chicago? You can enjoy his expertly made cocktails from the comfort of your own home. Charles Joly, previously of The Aviary, developed a line of killer cocktails that any Chicago bar aficionado would love to receive. His Crafthouse Cocktails come in Moscow Mule, Paloma, and Southside, and can be purchased separately or as a three-pack.