There’s a simple equation to win over the heart of nearly anyone on your holiday gift list. Got a pen? Food + Experience = Big Gifting Win. There are countless incredible cooking and dining experiences curated by local gourmands, chefs, historians and other food experts in almost every city in the US and one of them could be the piece that solves the puzzle of an impossible-to-gift person.
Airbnb, Viator and Eatwith are just a few of many online travel- and experience-booking platforms offering one-of-a-kind culinary classes, food tours and immersive or interactive dinners. Many of them take place in people’s own homes, avant-garde spaces or out on the streets of the cities we live in and love to travel to which only adds to the run and romance of it all. Unique, informational, and just the thing to break up the regular humdrum gifting routine.
From Mexican chocolate 101 in Brooklyn to a Spanish feast in an LA loft or secret bar crawl through Austin, there are legitimately thousands of cool food experiences dotting the map from coast to coast. Check out our favorite intimate food and drink experiences to book for a loved one this year.
Don’t live in any of the cities we covered below? Don’t worry. All three offer cooking and dining experiences in most major cities around the world.