With the help of esteemed chef and Forbes Travel Guide Tastemaker Thomas Keller, you can gift a gourmet Christmas to your friends and family — or to yourself. Keller and his culinary constituents from The French Laundry, Per Se and Bouchon restaurants have assembled choice items that make palate-pleasing presents.
The French Laundry Champagne & Caviar Experience
One of the grandest gifts from Keller’s collection is this lavish package. Designed as more of a compact take on a classic pairing from the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant, the set contains a bottle of Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut Champagne, a two-ounce serving of Petrossian royal Kaluga caviar, two mother-of-pearl caviar serving spoons, buckwheat blini mix from The French Laundry, a blue steel blini pan and spatula and a recipe card. $1,000
Per Se Black Truffle Risotto Experience
Encased in an elegant wood-engraved box, this kit provides all the necessary components for making the Five-Star restaurant’s black truffle risotto in your own kitchen. Three ounces of black truffles, a wooden truffle shaver and other ingredients compiled by Per Se’s scrupulous team complete the gift set that’s great for any foodie. $850
Bouchon Chocolate Tart & Port Wine Experience
This is for those on your list with a sweet tooth. The tart and wine set offers everything you need to make the same luxurious chocolate dessert served at the famous eatery. As if that weren’t enough, the combination also includes a sweet pairing — a bottle of Meyer Family Port. $260
These spectacular sets aren’t the only holiday offerings available from the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group. You can purchase gift cards that include dinner for two at The French Laundry or Per Se and various extras, like additional courses and glasses of champagne. These packages start at $750. Or order signed first-edition copies of Keller’s cookbooks, Bouchon and Under Pressure, for $300 each.
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