For those who treat eating as an event rather than a means to an end (also known as foodies), gastro gifts are the very best kind. The challenge is finding the right one.
While options at one time were limited to gift cards and fruit baskets, this space has opened up considerably. Now, connoisseurs have access to options and offerings once only available to executive chefs. And, as every foodie knows, the best food experience requires two key components: the best ingredients and killer tools.
If you’re in search of that perfect gift for the foodie in your life, here’s my list of the top gastronome gadgets and gear sure to satisfy.
Jura ENA Micro 9 One Touch – $1,399
For those who are truly serious about their java and can’t live without a high caliber cappuccino, the Jura ENA Micro 9 One Touch is a dream. Cappuccino and other tasty coffee beverages are just one touch away with this automatic coffee center, which was named “Best of the Best—Silver” and “Best in Category” in the 2013 Housewares Design Awards.
Also space savvy, the Jura ENA Micro 9 One Touch is the world’s smallest one-touch automatic cappuccino machine, featuring a new micro brewing unit and Jura’s fine foam technology to assure delectable crema coffee, espresso, latte macchiato, and more. Jura’s famed fine foam technology froths or steams milk with a feather-light consistency. The Jura ENA Micro 9 One Touch also includes a built-in burr grinder, rotary switch, and height adjustable dual spout.
Harley Pasternak Power Blender – $249.99
Perfectionist foodies will love Salton’s Power Blender by Harley Pasternak, a Fitness & Nutrition Guru to the Hollywood Stars and New York Times Best-Selling Author. Complete with an 8-Blade Blending System, this power blender’s stainless steel blades blends, crushes, emulsifies, chops, purées, liquefies whole fruits and vegetables, ice, frozen fruit, nuts, and other foodstuffs with Japanese precision. The two quart BPA free Tritan jar features a unique cloverleaf shape that creates a vortex, which eliminates pockets of unblended food.
This combination of features makes it easy to prepare beverages as well as hot foods, including soups and sauces, in minutes. In addition, each Harley Pasternak Power Blender comes with a Harley-approved color recipe book.
Juicepresso – $499.99
Taking cold press juicers to the next level is Juicepresso–a sleeker, easier-to-clean machine with a patented one-piece extraction system that reduces moving parts, is dishwasher safe, and makes using a juicer easier than ever. Users enjoy all the benefits of cold press juicing—including 40% more juice volume, 72-hour juice life, and a bigger nutritional punch than centrifugal juicers—along with the smallest footprint and lowest maintenance of any in-home slow juicer on the market. Juicepresso’s unique three-in-one extractor system merges the auger, strainer, and rotating brush components that do the heavy lifting of a cold press juicer into a single, easy-to-clean, BPA-free unit.
Magic Chef 28-Bottle Wine Cooler – $219.00
The Magic Chef 28-Bottle Wine Cooler is a freestanding, classically designed and fully equipped device that adds a sleek and sophisticated look to any kitchen, and is a perfect gift idea for the wine aficionado in your life. The cooler’s exterior consists of a sleek black cabinet and elegant door frame, while the interior features six removable chrome racks that secure the wine bottles into place. White illumination stage lighting showcases the entire bottle collection.
This device features a thermoelectric cooling system that chills wine quickly and quietly to the desired temperature between 54° – 66° F), set with an easy touch electronic control panel and digital display. The Magic Chef 28-Bottle Wine Cooler also has an auto-defrost feature. It also comes with a one-year warranty.