Friday, December 7, 2007
For the beer snob you hope to -- or did -- marry: A gift certificate from Rustico (827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria; 703-224-5051) for Frank Morales's six-course tasting menu with of craft and boutique beers, available Thursdays only at the chef's bar; $115 per person.
For your wine-tasting club: Arrange a blend-your-own wine party at Carafe Wine Makers (111 S. Alfred St., Alexandria; 703-739-5850; http://www.carafewines.com). Choose from 20 Old and New World varietals. Blending, bottling and corking $174 to $270 per 30-bottle batch. Personalized labels normally cost $19.95 but are free through Christmas.
For the foodie who likes to give charitable gifts: The "Food Glorious Food" calendar from the Zenith Community Arts Foundation, which combines food-inspired art from local artists, including Stephen Hansen and Robert Freeman, with recipes from such chefs as Jose Andres, Alison Swope and Jeff and Barbara Black. $15; all proceeds benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. Call 202-783-2963 or visit http://www.zenithgallery.com.
For anyone -- and it looks so much cooler than a gift card : A boxed gift coin from Clyde's in $25, $50 and $100 denominations; valid at all Clyde's properties including 1789 Restaurant, Tower Oaks Lodge, Old Ebbitt Grill, Willow Creek Farm and the Tomato Palace. At all restaurants or http://www.clydes.com.
For the gourmet chef: A 3.5-ounce bag of black salt (or $7 tin of pink, Provencal or tea-smoked salt) as an IOU for dinner at BlackSalt Fish Market and Restaurant, 4883 MacArthur Blvd. NW; 202-342-9101.
For the father-in-law who eats only steak: A set of Morton's wood-handled steak knives in a logo box, two for $20 and six for $55. At restaurants or online at http://www.mortons.com.
-- Eve Zibart