Restaurant gift cards are always a safe choice for food lovers on your Christmas list. And now that so many Wichita-area restaurants are offering bonus cards to gift card purchasers, they’re often a profitable choice, too.
But they’re not the only choice.
Several local restaurants, cooks and chefs offer items that would make delicious gifts for foodies this Christmas. Following is a list of ideas.
Another place to get restaurant recipes: The Junior League has a new cookbook out called “Pinches & Dashes: Recipes & Life Measures,” and it includes recipes provided by nine local restaurants: Caffe Moderne, Chester’s Chophouse, Freddy’s Frozen Custard, Newport Grill, Luca Italian Kitchen, River City Brewery, Sabor, Watermark Books & Cafe and YaYa’s EuroBistro. It’s $28.95 and is available at places such as Watermark Books and The Plaid Giraffe or online at jlwichita.org. Proceeds will go toward organizations that combat child abuse.
Restaurant fans also can find spice blends for sale at some restaurants, including Freddy’s Frozen Custard, which sells its seasoning (particularly good shaken on fries or added to meat before grilling) for $3.99 a bottle. They’ll throw in a free bottle with the purchase of a $25 gift card.
Another option: Popular local chef Jason Febres frequently leads cooking classes at his Taste & See at 3825 E. Harry, which is a lunch spot/party venue and cooking class venue all in one. Gift certificates are available. Call 316-771-7393 for a list of classes.
Other restaurants, such as Granite City, offer memberships that will benefit loyal customers. For $20, a Granite City “Mug Club” membership offers holders a 10 percent discount on all food orders, special pricing on beer, invitations to tapping parties and other regular discounts. Wichita’s Granite City restaurants are at 2244 N. Webb Road and 2661 N. Maize Road. Memberships are available at www.granitecitymugclub.com.