Gift Guide – Gifts for the Next Top Chef | Union Market District
  • Gift Guide – Gifts for the Next Top Chef

Deep Cuts

7” Town Cutler Olneya Chef Knife ($195)

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 Town Cutler Olneya Chef Knife from District Cutlery. 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).

District Cutlery
1309 5th St NE

Turn up the Heat

Salsa Picante ($9)

The newest taste at La Cosecha is fancy fast casual Taqueria Las Gemelas, complete with tacos, quesadillas and tlayudas built on blue heirloom corn tortillas made daily. Can’t get enough? Take the taste of coastal Mexico home with Las Gemelas’ mercado line of pantry stapes like moles, salsas and tortillas. Say, ¡Feliz Navidad! with house-made Salsa Picante made from chile habenero and garlic, it’s a crowd pleaser with just enough heat.

Las Gemelas
1280 4th St NE

Some Like it Hot

Peruvian Brothers Hot Sauce Starter Pack ($10)

Gift the spicy flavors powering DC’s Best Food Truck. The Peruvian Brothers Hot Sauce Starter Pack 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 of Perú! 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.

Peruvian Brothers
1280 4th St NE

Easy as Pie

German Holiday Stollen ($25) Texas Pecan Pie ($30) Mile High Apple Pie ($30) Holiday Cookies ($4 each) Gingerbread Cookie ($4) Pecan Snowball Cookies ($5) Holiday Cookie Box ($20) Gingerbread Cake ($8) Artisan Jam ($8) Bread Subscription (price varies)

RavenHook Bakehouse uses centuries-old techniques to make mouthwatering, healthy and grain-forward bread and pastries. Just in time for the holidays, RavenHook is your go-to for amazing host gifts, desserts for which you can take credit and beautifully packaged gifts people will eat on the spot. RavenHook’s pies (Texas Pecan Pie and Mile High Apple Pie), cookies (Snowflake Cookie, Gingerbread Cookie, Pecan Snowball Cookie) and cakes (German Holiday Stollen and Gingerbread Cake) are a welcome addition to any holiday breakfast or dessert table.

RavenHook Bakehouse
1309 5th St NE

That’s Amore

Pacco della Felicita (The Box of Happiness) $165

Channel your inner Eat, Pray, Love with Michelin Bib Gourmand winner Stellina Pizzeria’s Pacco della Felicita or, Box of Happiness (Italian sounds better, though). Complete with three types of homemade pasta, three types of homemade sauce, one eggplant parmigiana, one lasagna classica, a bottle of extra virgin olive oil, Pecorino Romano and a cannoli kit, this gift box is sure to please even the toughest of nonnas.

Stellina Pizzeria
399 Morse St NE

Here for the right Rieslings

Old World Wine + Cheese Basket ($75)

The best of the old world in one basket. Expand your French palate with a carefully curated selection of wine, charcuterie and cheese. La Jambe’s Old World Wine + Cheese basket comes with a bottle of Bordeaux Château Cazenove, cheese and charcuterie assortment for two, a box of Farmhouse crackers, artisan jam, dried fruits and mixed nuts. The perfect gift for your hard-to-impress Francophile BFF, snag a slam-dunk host gift or simply imagine yourself in the City of Lights.

La Jambe
1309 5th St NE

Where Veggies Take Center Stage

Gift Card for Pre-Fixed Vegetable-Forward Experience (Price varies)

MITA is the brainchild of Chef Miguel Guerra of Michelin-starred Elcielo and Chef Tatiana Mora of Serenata. The acclaimed pop-up is a contemporary concept where Latin American vegetables and flavors take center stage. Chefs Miguel and Tatiana combine their Latin American heritage with an ingeniously crafted menu of the best products from the region. Spend the holidays with MITA for a Pre-Fixed Vegetable-Forward Experience of 5 or 7 courses, where vegetables are the star.

1280 4th St NE

Colombia in 23 Courses

$200 Elcielo gift card with 3 wine pairings

Take a magical trip through Colombia with Michelin-starred, Elcielo and Chef Juanma Barrientos. Elcielo believes in creating experiences for the senses through dishes and rituals. By combining ancestral and avant-garde cooking techniques, Colombian fruits and vegetables and local ingredients, Elcielo tells a story in a stunning 23-course tasting menu.

The Fine Print:

Buy a $200 gift card to receive 3 complimentary wine pairings (per person). Must make a reservation before December 31, 2021. Gift card available through December 19, 2021. Email your request to [email protected]

1280 4th St NE

Bao Down

Tote Bag ($15) T-shirt ($15) Gift Card (price varies)

Combining Korean and American flavors with the original Taiwanese “gua bao,” Bun’d Up puts a modern twist on a beloved classic while honoring the history behind it. Each day, founder Scott Chung and his team make pillowy bao buns stuffed with Korean beef BBQ, braised pork belly, spicy or sweet soy Korean fried chicken and crispy shrimp. Show your Bun’d Up love and grab the foodie in your life some merch and a gift card. Just make sure they save a bun for you.

Bun’d Up
1309 5th St NE

Across the Pond

British Holiday Family Feast ($59)

Bringing Great Britain’s food front and center to the DC food scene, Union Market’s Aboveground is British food “done proper.” You don’t have to go across the pond for real-deal favorites like Shepherd’s Pie, Chicken and Leek Pie, Pork Pie, Steak and Ale Pie, English Peas, Mushy Peas, Braised Red Cabbage and Triple Cooked Chips with an assortment of sauces.

1309 5th St NE