December 5, 2011 | 8:24am
If supporting local farmers, artisans, and small businesses are among your priorities, we've rounded up a handful of food- and drink-focused gifts to focus on local.
Knife skills class
Knife skills and knife care are among the most essential skills in the kitchen. Allow your favorite budding chef to learn how to mince, chop, and chiffonade in Chef Jean-Pierre's three-hour class
for $85 on Saturdays. Other classes available, including weeknight dinners focused on pasta making, fish courses, a classic French dinner, and an Italian night.
Membership to the Fruit and Spice Park
This 37-acre park offers 500 varieties of fruits, spices, nuts, and herbs, including 160 varieties of mangoes and 75 types of bananas. Click here
for membership benefits and prices.
Wine Gift Box
Support local business and give the gift of wine from Wine Watch, whether it's three killer reds ($240), six top imports ($225), or a best value case ($250). For more information on varieties, click here.
Miami Food Tour
Take an evening food tour in Little Havana, South Beach, or a selection of neighborhood spots. From $70 to $90, each tour
involves multiple stops and includes info on the history and architectural landmarks.
World of Beer Winter Tasting Classes
Give the gift of tasting at the Clematis location of World of Beer, three classes
over three months that allows participants to learn about and sample six to eight brews for $15 a session.
A CSA subscription
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