Houston’s best restaurant for gado gado? The right farmers market for procuring morel mushrooms for your next ambitious culinary experiment? You know them like the back of your hand, you foodie you. But you probably stymie Santa (and your loved ones) this time of year. Put these Houstonian treats on your list, though, and maybe this time around, you’ll get just what you want.

Chef for a Day at Le Mistral 

 

Does someone love you enough to drop $1,300 on a special day for you and your friends? Not only would you get to don your own personalized chef jacket to learn from chef David Denis, you’d get to eat with him twice—first at lunch, and later at a chef’s-table dinner also attended by your seven guests. All that and a cookbook, too.

Honey of the Month Club from Bee2Bee Honey 

Raw honey’s purported health benefits include everything from weight management to countering allergies, so there are advantages beyond a tastier cup of tea. With the $60 six-month package from this local purveyor, you can try a new flavor every month.

A Custom Knife from Serenity Knives 

With help from his apprentice, Heights bladesmith Russell Montgomery makes beautiful, handcrafted chef’s knives. If you’re serious about butchering that chicken, you’re unlikely to find a better companion than his tools, made to your specifications (price available upon request). He also offers a sharpening service.

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