Gift Guide – For the Top Chef | Union Market District
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Immigrant Food

Union Market, 1309 5th St NE

Immigrant Food is DC’s first cause-casual restaurant, celebrating the story of immigrants and combining the best of each country’s gastronomy. The menu is full of fusion dishes like Mumbai Mariachi bowl: spicy steak, veggies, roasted potatoes, feta and topped with smoky chipotle dressing. For your most politically conscious friend, grab a gift card and get an “Immigrants Make America Great…Again and Again” tote bag when you spend $50 at Immigrant Food.


Peruvian Brothers

La Cosecha, 1280 4th St NE 

Gift the spicy flavors powering DC’s Best Food Truck. The Peruvian Brothers Hot Sauce Starter Pack ($10) features two of the most popular sauces: Rocoto Hot Sauce & Smoky, Sweet & Spicy, made with peppers sourced directly from the high altitudes of the Andes Mountains! Every bottle of Peruvian Brothers Hot Sauce is capped with a beautiful handwoven Chullo from women artisans in Perú. A portion of sales from each bottle supports female entrepreneurs in the region.


District Cutlery

Union Market, 1309 5th St NE

If you want to be a great chef, you need the right tools. Trade in the sad, dull knife that still struggles to cut tomatoes for the Masutani Damascus Santoku Knife ($85). This “workhorse” knife is a must-have, designed to perform well at any kitchen task. District Cutlery’s chef knives are center-weighted and balance thinness and precision with durability and strength. Plus, they will sharpen and straighten it for you before it ships (or leaves the counter).


Politics & Prose

Politics and Prose, 1270 5th St NE
A multi-talented kitchen staple, the wok can stir-fry, deep fry, steam, simmer or braise. In The Wok: Recipes and Techniques, ($50) learn not just how to use this amazing device but get detailed, scientific and clear explanations, plus more facts and advice on preparation, ingredients and organization. More than 200 recipes from the US, China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam and Thailand are brought to life with gorgeous photography.


 

ArtTepuy

Each piece from ArtTepuy has a story. Founder Tamara Barnabei sells handmade jewelry, home décor, art prints and accessories supporting and empowering artisans in Latin America. This year, gift everyone on your list something unique and meaningful: Yekuana baskets made by women deep in the Amazon of Venezuela, clutch bags supporting the traditions of the ancient Wayuu community in Colombia, a tortilla warmer made in Jalisco, Mexico, and traditional hand-carved nativity scenes from Venezuelan artisans.
Handcrafted Parota Solid Wood Tortilla Holder Made in Jalisco, Mexico: $110-$140
Blue Fibra Cesta Tote bag: $64-$110
Yellow Fibra Backpack: $148
La Cosecha, 1280 4th St NE


Mosaico

La Cosecha, 1280 4th St NE

Mosaico serves up authentic Venezuelan street food alongside hard-to-find Latin American snacks and drinks. Celebrate the season and sip on Mosaico’s ponche crema, Venezuelan-style eggnog, spiked with aged rum ($26).


Blue Bottle

Blue Bottle, 1250 4th St NE

For the coffee snob in your life, get them what they really want: a pour-over kit from Blue Bottle ($65). Blue Bottle‘s includes everything they’ll need to get caffeinated: a dripper, 30 filters, carafe and pour-over brew guide.

Aboveground

Union Market, 1309 5th St NE 

Bringing Great Britain’s food front and center of DC’s food scene, Union Market’s Aboveground is British food “done proper.” Make it a double decker feast with a British Sweets Gift Basket ($45) of beloved Brit candy bars and biscuits.