ENTERTAINING ACCESSORIES AND GOURMET GADGETS FOR THE FOOD AND DRINK CONNOISSEUR ON YOUR LIST.
From CXBO, a classic seasonal collection of chocolates, inspired by the Lawren Harris painting “Icebergs, Davis Strait.” Various minty flavours, 115g/$35; cxbo.ca
Luxe up your bar with gold tools. The Collapsible Straw and Brush in Tube ($15) for on the go, the Brass Mister ($29) for a spritz of flavour in holiday party cocktails and the double-hinged 24K Gold Plated Corkscrew ($25) to serve wine with effortless class. Available at Cocktail Emporium, cocktailemporium.com
The Aarke brand was founded by two industrial designers, Jonas Groth, and Carl Ljungh, with the objective to design, produce and sell premium household appliances for everyday use. This is the world’s first sparkling water maker designed with a complete stainless steel enclosure. Just push the lever and hold it until you hear a buzz, then release it and unscrew the bottle from the machine.
Aarke Carbonator II Water Maker Machine, available at The Bay, $300; thebay.com
From the Dolce & Gabbana x Smeg Collection, this stunning toaster is inspired by traditional Sicilian handicraft and adorned in the same style as typical terracotta vases from the region. Available at The Bay, $799; thebay.com
These delicate, hand-crafted champagne saucers are perfect for New Year’s Eve festivities. The long, braided stems and soft pink hue add a touch of drama to a timeless piece.
Available at Cocktail Emporium, $150 set of two, cocktailemporium.com
Add a little glisten to the holiday baking with limited edition glitter spreads by Wildly Delicious, made with edible glitter. Seasonal flavours like “Christmas” (tart cherry, cranberry, strawberry) and “Mimosa” (with real champagne) are sure to make pastries sparkly and sweet.
Available at Wildly Delicious Fine Foods in the Distillery District, $8.95 each, ca.wildlydelicious.com
A sophisticated ultra-premium silver tequila with a perfectly balanced, yet complex smokey flavour, Gran Smoky embodies Patrón’s history of quality and authenticity. Unconcerned with what’s “on trend,” Gran Smoky celebrates tequila’s traditions through its quality ingredients and historical production methods, including roasting agave in underground ovens.
LCBO online exclusive for a limited time, $277.15 for 750 mL; lcbo.com
Le Creuset released a newly designed cooking vessel, just in time for hosting season. Its durable enamelled cast iron interior means it easily releases even the stickiest foods, making this the perfect piece to create multi-layered casseroles, gratins and desserts. Le Creuset prides itself on being the most sought-after cookware brand in kitchens across Canada, from professionals to passionate home-cooks. This gray version will look great on the table brimming with roasted vegetables.
The Oblong Casserole, shown here in “Oyster,” $350, available at Le Creuset boutiques and lecreuset.ca