A pretty box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day is always dandy, but consider giving the food lover in your life something more useful and creative. Here’s five we like:
1.) A cheese class
If your sweetie is a cheese aficionado, register him/her for a class at Sacramento’s C’est le Cheese, which promises to guide students through an “enjoyable, rewarding and delicious journey.” Upcoming classes include the “Soul of Spain” and “East Meets West” (pairing sake with cheese).
2.) New knives
Dull, inexpensive knives can be a real drag—and take all the fun out of cooking. Splurge on a new chefs’ knife (or even a whole set of knives) as a special gift—and it’s likely you’ll end up benefiting from your partner’s renewed enthusiasm in the kitchen. Try Old Sacramento’s C&C Merchants, East Bay Restaurant Supply and Williams Sonoma for good professional knife selections.
3.) Have a romantic dinner – in the dark
Want to treat your food-centric loved one to a totally different kind of restaurant visit? Head to San Francisco’s Opaque restaurant, where patrons “abandon vision in exchange for a new, multi-sensual dining experience”—in other words, they eat their entire dinner in the dark. The theory is that diners enhance their sense of taste, smell, touch and hearing “by abandoning one that we often take for granted.”
4.) A case of locally-crafted wines
People who adore food usually adore wine, too—and always appreciate a hand in stocking their wine cellar. Devote an hour to picking out a case of fabulous, unique local wines for your sweetie from Amador County, El Dorado County and Lodi. Great sources for wines (and excellent wine recommendations) include Corti Brothers, Beyond Napa Wine Merchants, 58 Degrees & Holding Co., The Wine Smith, and Nugget Markets.
5.) Take ’em to visit a local farm trail
Foodies love to get close to the source of their ingredients. Spend a day with him/her visiting local farms, sampling freshly-plucked produce and getting chatty with the nice folks who grow our food.
49er Fruit Trail & Christmas Tree Lane
Apple Hill Growers Association
El Dorado County Farm Trails
Farms of Amador
Sonoma County Farm Trails
Yolo County Farm Tours
Yuba/Sutter Agricultural Destinations