Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Food Geek
Walking J Farm Meat CSA and a Chest Freezer
Quality ingredients are the key to fine cooking, that's the trend being championed by food geek avatars like David Chang. Finding quality, locally produced meat on the cheap is hard and often not economical. But it could be if you're willing to pony up the down payment on a significant fraction of a entire cow or pig. While the pricing is excellent (around $7 a pound for grass fed beef) you're going to be receiving this cow in 100 pound increments once a year. That's what the freezer is for. The price and quantity are probably too much for a single food geek so you could consider making this a shared gift to cross several food geeks off your list.
Molecular Gastronomy Kit
A true alpha food geek is going to be hip to the molecular gastronomy movement. But the costs of buying into the scene can be a little daunting to say the least. A good hot water bath for slow, low-heat cooking can run you upwards of $500. Outfitting a full molecular gastronomy kitchen can easily costs thousands or more. So why not give a gift that will let the food geek test the waters before plunging into to spherification? These kits start at very reasonable $60 and provide a very solid sampling of molecular gastronomy techniques and recipes.