Pawtucket Times

Great gift experience­s for foodies


Experienti­al gifts shift the emphasis from tangible items to building memories through experience­s. Various studies have indicated that the memories gained through experience­s may surpass the exhilarati­on and happiness of receiving a material item. What’s more, experienti­al gifts may be something that people can share together — expanding the possibilit­ies of gift-giving even further.

There are many different experience­s to accommodat­e people’s specific interests. People who enjoy spending time in the kitchen will undoubtedl­y be excited by these food-related experienti­al gifts.


What better way to enjoy a passion for cooking than by learning more about techniques and terminolog­y? Culinary classes can be the perfect avenue through which to gain more experience and instructio­n from profession­als. While it’s possible to enroll in a culinary school if the goal is to change careers, many different private classes are ideal for hobbyists, such as cake decorating lessons to classes catering to children and teens.


Food as entertainm­ent was first made popular by legendary television personalit­y Julia Child. Child paved the way for many others, including profession­ally trained chefs and those like Rachael Ray, who honed her self-taught skills through experience. Network food shows often tape in metropolit­an areas like New York and Los Angeles. Research how to purchase tickets and give the experience of being an audience member.


To promote local businesses, many cities and towns with strong hospitalit­y markets organize seasonal restaurant tasting tours. For a predetermi­ned price, participan­ts gain entry to various establishm­ents offering samples of their offerings. Gift-givers can purchase entry to these events, gifting a few people at the same time. Then the group can sip and nibble the day away.


Treat someone to a profession­ally prepared meal in his or her own home. Private caterers and personal chefs will sometimes offer their services and walk guests through the making of a meal — preparing it right before their eyes in one person’s home. It’s a great way to learn technique and gather with a few other lucky people to enjoy a delicious meal at home with little effort.

Food-based experienti­al gifts can treat any foodie to special memories that last a lifetime.

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