Restaurant talk: Gifts for foodies

Does your foodie already have a Le Creuset French oven, a 27-piece All-Clad set, some serious Japanese steel and a subscription to Art Culinaire? If so, that person sounds awesome, but whatever does one buy the foodie who has everything?

Here are a few ideas to delight the food snob in your life.

Samurai life lessons: Chef Michelle Carpenter of Zen Sushi is offering several knife classes next year. The $449 “premier” package includes a pro carbon-steel Japanese knife, scabbard and whetstone, plus knife skills and sharpening lessons. For the $99 intermediate knife-skills class, bring your own knife and learn to buy and deconstruct a whole fish with Carpenter. For more information, email

Say yes to smoking: The pit masters of Lockhart Smokehouse are offering “Smoke Camp” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. Learn to choose the right meat, smoking techniques, wet rub vs. dry rub, trimming and carving. The $75 class includes dinner, beer and a T-shirt. Call 214.944.5521 for reservations.

Coffee and cookies: Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters and the Kessler Cookie Company teamed up this year to offer a $40 package that includes 1 pound of oatmeal cranberry cookies and 1 pound of Christmas blend coffee.

Spooning: Oak Cliff-based artist Erik Tosten carves the beautiful and functional wooden spoons pictured below. They sell for about $25 each at Oil & Cotton.

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