ICC's 2019 Holiday Gift Guide
ICC’s annual holiday gift guide is back and we’re excited to bring to you our must-have culinary gifts of the season. We’ve gathered some of our favorite kitchen gadgets, tasty treats, and chef gear to share as you search for the perfect gift this holiday season. You’ll want to snag a Vitamix blender using our exclusive discount code, spruce up your work uniform with Tilit’s new Supply line, and snack on ALL of the holiday treats we’re recommending made by ICC graduates. Plus, don’t miss out on our picks from the pros — ICC chef-instructors & staff recommended what they’re putting at the top of their lists, and we have to say, they’ve got some good taste!
Check out the five different areas of gift giving that we’ve highlighted below. Whether you’re shopping for the professional chef in your life, the cookbook lover, or the charitable gift giver, you’ll find something for almost everyone on your shopping list!
FOR THE PROFESSIONAL
For the culinary professional in your life that seems to have every kitchen tool you could imagine, look no further than these picks for the pros, from the pros. These additions are sure to inspire them in the kitchen!
REVOL | ARBORESCENCE COLLECTION
$21 – $195
Our Director of Culinary Arts & Technology, Chef Hervé Malivert, loves these dishes for the beautiful accent they add to any table and the way they make his food pop!
VITAMIX | CLASSIC BLENDERS
Starting at $349.95
Need a new tool for your kitchen? Get a gift for yourself and use code ICCVitamix21216 for 20% off.
BURLAP & BARREL | CHEF’S CHOICE COLLECTION
Our friend Ethan Frisch started Burlap & Barrel to create ethically sourced spices and creates exceptional ingredients. We love this Chef’s Choice Collection, featuring unique seasonings like Wild Icelandic Kelp and Flowering Hyssop Thyme, and know the chef in your life will too!
OTHER HALF BREWERY | OTHER HALF ROC TEKU
For the craft beer lover in your life—get them any number of ICC alumnus Matt Monahan’s highly sought after Other Half Brewery cans (so exclusive, you’ll have to wait in line for a few hours), then purchase a special glass for them to drink it out of!
HAPPY SOCKS | ADVENT CALENDAR GIFT BOX
When the chef in your life gets into a uniform rut and wants to spruce things up, ICC Pastry Chef-Instructor Michelle Doll recommends this adorable advent calendar gift box!
AMAZON | ALL-CLAD KZ750D IMMERSION BLENDER
ICC Pastry Chef-Instructor, Kierin Baldwin recommends an immersion blender for their endless variety of pastry applications.
TILIT | SUPPLY CHEF APRON
Our friends at Tilit just launched this brand new line of chef wear, Tilit Supply. We love it for it’s street wear aesthetic—get this for your kitchen staff and thank us later!
HUMBLE HOUSE | SAUERKROCK
ICC Chef-Instructor Ben Grebel has a Sauerkrock at the top of his list! He wants this to create different fermentations at home, and if you know someone who’s been wanting to get into fermentation, this is the perfect starter kit.
AMAZON | CANNING KIT
The perfect accessory to accompany the Sauerkrock! Chef Ben also recommends this DIY canning kit so the chef in your life can start creating their own pickling projects.
FOR THE FOODIE
For the foodie friend who knows all of the best restaurant spots, wants to develop their cooking skills, or makes the best sous chef in the kitchen, these gifts will keep them at the top of their culinary game!
STUD MUFFIN DESSERTS | STUD BUCKET
ICC graduate Seth Raphaeli went from banker to baker and we’re so glad he did! He creates buckets of treats that will delight any dessert lover. There’s even gluten-free options too!
CHEFANIE | TARTAN CERAMIC STRAWS
ICC graduate Stephanie Nass creates beautiful products for your home and we love her reusable straws! Environmentally friendly and so chic, it’s a win-win all around.
If the foodie in your life would rather get into the kitchen, check out all of ICC’s one-day classes and purchase them a gift certificate! There’s a class for almost everyone on your list from the pasta lover, to the busy baker and wine enthusiast.
LITTLE SOUS | MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION BOX
ICC Pastry Chef-Instructor Michelle Doll loves the Little Sous subscription boxes for families and children to connect in their home kitchens!
SUR LA TABLE | SILICONE SPATULA
Chef Kierin Baldwin loves silicone spatulas in her kitchen, but this is her absolute favorite one! This one has no nooks where water can get trapped when you’re cleaning it, so it’s perfect for the kitchen.
SPLENDID SPOON | BREAKFAST AND LUNCH MEAL DELIVERY
For the foodie in your life who doesn’t always have time to cook for themselves, get them breakfast and lunch delivered right to their door! ICC graduate Nicole Centeno created Splendid Spoon to provide healthy options that the whole family will love.
PEACHY KEEN | MOMOFUKU SEASONED SALTS
Momofuku Seasoned Salts have been the secret to ICC alumnus David Chang’s kitchens for the last 10 years, and now they’re finally selling them to the world! Order these for your favorite home cook and be sure to get one for yourself too.
KORIN | THREE PIECE SET
For the amateur home cook who’s just starting to get more serious about their cooking, we love this knife set from our friends at Korin!
AMAZON | INSTANT POT
ICC President, Erik Murnighan loves the Instant Pot for creating delicious, quick dinners for his family, plus other fun projects! Don’t underestimate the power of an Instant Pot.
$1,150 for 5 days
For the young, aspiring chef in your life! Give them the gift of a lifetime with our 5-day Culinary or Pastry Summer Teen Camps. Check out our 2020 class schedule here.
FOR THE COOKBOOK LOVER
For the person with an already impressive cookbook collection, add a few more of these newly released and classic titles to their shelves.
TYLER KORD | FOOD52 DYNAMITE CHICKEN
Running out of new ways to love everyone’s ultimate dinnertime winner? ICC graduate Tyler Kord solves all of your chicken problems in this cookbook.
CLAUDIA FLEMMING | THE LAST COURSE
Pastry legend Claudia Fleming’s beloved dessert book returns. It’s finally being reprinted after many years out of print, so our pastry instructors are grabbing their copies and you should too!
SAMANTHA SENEVIRATNE | THE JOYS OF BAKING
Cooking may be a necessity—everyone needs to eat—but baking is different. Inspired by the the best selling cookbook The Joy of Cooking, ICC alumna Samantha Seneviratne delivers a delicious cookbook filled with 75 ways to bake yourself back up when you feel like you’ve hit the bottom.
ANGIE MAR | BUTCHER AND BEAST
ICC alumna Angie Mar’s debut cookbook is so much more than your traditional cookbook. Angie showcases over 80 recipes with her signature unconventional approach to flavor, including Beatrice Inn favorites like Milk-Braised Pork Shoulder and Duck & Foie Gras Pie.
KAREN PAGE & ANDREW DORNENBURG | THE FLAVOR BIBLE
ICC Pastry Chef-Instructor Kierin Baldwin recommends this cookbook to almost everyone she teaches in our kitchens!
ANNA FRANCESE GASS | HEIRLOOM KITCHEN
In Heirloom Kitchen, ICC alumna Anna Francese Gass showcases recipes from immigrant women across the world. A beautiful, inspiring cookbook for the holidays.
FOR THE CHARITABLE GIFT GIVER
We all have that special someone in our life that has just about everything, or the minimalist who prefers not to receive gifts. Instead of racking your brain, and possibly even coming up short, why not donate to a charity in their honor? Check out three of the beloved charities we work with, all of which help students achieve their culinary dreams!
The Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Fund provides recipients with fully paid culinary scholarships to ICC and a paid internship upon completion of ICC’s Professional Culinary Arts program to aspiring chefs from the Latin community in New Orleans, El Paso and Puerto Rico.
The Made in New Orleans (MiNO) Foundation enriches lives through food and mentorship by providing scholarships to ICC’s Professional Culinary & Pastry Arts programs and entrepreneurial resources.
Our Dean Jacques Pépin’s foundation supports free culinary and life skills training, through community based organizations and helps individuals detached from the workforce gain confidence, skills, and employment in food service.
FOR YOUR HOLIDAY PARTY
Don’t show up empty handed! Whether you’re in need of a gift for the host that has it all, or want to be the hero of your family holiday party but don’t have hours to spare in the kitchen, grab one of these delicious treats from our grads. Pro tip—most of these recommendations are offering special holiday editions of their products, so be sure to ask what they have in stock.
BAZ BAGELS | BAZ BAGEL BOX
ICC graduate Bari Musacchio is creating some of the best bagels in New York City at Baz Bagels. Pick up a box and be the hero of any party you attend with fresh, authentic NYC bagels, complete with all the fixings.
The food world was devastated when ICC alumnus Chef Wylie Dufresne closed wd~50, but thankfully, he recently returned to the scene with Du’s Donuts. He’s creating delicious donuts with his signature gastronomic flair that are hard to resist.
J & E SMALL GOODS | SAUSAGE PARTY
ICC grad Erika Nakamura, along with wife and co-owner Jocelyn Guest, created J & E Small Goods after starting a family and realizing that high quality, natural sausages and deli meats were hard to come by. You’ll find the products you’ve always dreamed of feeding your family at J & E Small Goods!
BREWER’S CRACKERS | BREWER’S CRACKERS GIFT BASKET
ICC grad Kyle Fiasconaro created Brewer’s Crackers to offset food waste with the boom in the craft brewing industry. He takes spent grain used to create beer and turns them into delicious crackers. Environmentally friendly crackers, what’s not to love?
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