Serve breakfast on breakfast with this Martin Parr tray. The beloved photographer’s blend of dry humor and anthropology is apparent here—and while the Melamine piece is entirely functional, it’s a shame to cover up the 1995 photo. The image was included in Parr’s book British Food, and is just one of the many culinary-focused pictures in the brilliant photographer’s vast body of work.
Crafted by macerating and then steeping shiraz grapes in their high-proof Rare Dry Gin for eight weeks, Four Pillars‘ beautifully colored Bloody Shiraz is unlike anything else. Not a sloe gin nor liqueur, it’s a legitimate gin with shiraz elements. The alcohol is 37.8% so it can be used in cocktails or on the rocks (the team suggests garnishing with a slice of orange) but beware: it’s very drinkable.
The ideal gift for a pickle-enthusiast, The Big Dill box from Mouth is full of zesty treats. Pickled cherry tomatoes, whiskey sour pickles and pickled Thai basil jalapeños are among the selection—with freshness and small-batch manufacturing guaranteed.
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the UK, this “Suffragette City” cup and saucer is made by Plinth in collaboration with the Mayor of London and Bella Freud. Made from fine bone china, its gold rims mean it’s not dishwasher-safe. More importantly, a portion of the proceeds go to the Fawcett Society, which works for gender equality and women’s rights.
A highly rated Italian white wine, Villa Russiz’s Pinot Bianco 2015 vintage carries fruity and floral notes that pair well with light foods. It’s easygoing and fresh from start to finish. For those unaware, Pinot Bianco is drawn from a Pinot Blanc grape, derived from Pinot Gris. Perhaps the best attribute to this delectable wine happens to be the fact that 50% of the income generated from sales goes to the Fondazione Villa Russiz, an orphanage housed within the winery and vineyard properties.
Tom Dixon is known for eccentric designs and playful iterations of everyday objects, and his glorious Bump Jug is no exception. With a high-arching handle, tall spout, and curves for days, it’s a charming design. (Not to mention its dreamy, translucent pink and grey hues). This vessel can hold 750ml and does so with style.
Suntory has established itself as a powerhouse in the whisky world—winning awards for products ranging from the entry level Toki to the overwhelmingly magnificent Yamazaki. International travelers may already be familiar with Suntory’s Roku Gin, but this year it has made its way to the US market. Featuring six distinct Japanese botanicals—including the divine Sakura flower, prickly Sanshō pepper and nuanced Yuzu peel—on top of eight traditional gin botanicals, Roku Gin’s bouquet rewards unlike any other in the category. This is a gin some should actually drink neat.
Marion, from Arizona-based Superstition Meadery, is a fuller-bodied honey wine with dark notes of blueberry, blackberry and raspberry. With a rich, juice-like hue, this 13.5% ABV mead’s flavor profile is unexpected, excellent and award-winning. It’s also best to open this sooner rather than later as fruited meads can age but not for too long.
From stylish kitchen essentials start-up Milo comes a three-piece set of their cast iron cookware. Included are two enameled cocottes (measuring 5.5 and 3.3 quarts) and a 10-inch skillet. Whether for a cooking rookie or somebody setting up house, this set is a kitchen essential.
Between its pyramid shape and glossy golden color, this grater from W&P is certainly a bold kitchen accessory. Thankfully, it’s also functional—with an inverse pyramid handle and four shredding options. Made from plated stainless steel, it’s (of course) food safe, but should be washed by hand.
With a motif inspired by Rio de Janeiro’s Sugarloaf Mountain, this bright plate has been hand-painted in Portugal. Measuring 11 inches in diameter, it’s safe for overs and microwaves—and there are matching bowls and salad plates available too.
Everything needed to create a mini herb garden comes in this set from Potting Shed Creations. That includes a recycled US steel box, soil, organic seeds and instructions. An ideal gift for green thumbs and cooks, this window box—if tended with care—will result in fresh and aromatic basil, chives and oregano.
Elegant and creamy, this champagne’s allure lies in a subtle and more accessible effervescence. Made by France’s number one selling champagne brand domestically, Nicolas Feuillatte, it’s a balanced blend—equal parts pinot noir and chardonnay—that’s nuanced but bright. Whether drinking it as an aperitif or with food (think seafood, fish, or even citrus desserts), this is a wine to share with loved ones. The dramatic, textured bottle only adds to the occasion, and was apparently inspired by an opera diva (and her ever-present black pearls) who beguiled Feuillatte.
A collaboration between weR2 and MarieBelle Chocolates New York, these dark chocolate bars look as good as they taste. Four different Donald Sultan-designed boxes represent each flavor—composed of rich 70% dark chocolate combined with either ginger, orange, almond or pistachio. Best of all, a portion of the proceeds from this weR2 product goes to the Foundation For The Carolinas, in response to the devastating effects of 2018’s Hurricane Florence.
The humor and ingenuity of the duo behind beloved New York City restaurants Contra and Wildair translates onto every single page in their debut cookbook, A Very Serious Cookbook: Contra Wildair. Jeremiah Stone and Fabián von Hauske cook hyper-seasonally, with undeniable skill, wit and a bit of humility. There’s nothing stuffy about their food—or their love of natural wine—and it has rewarded them and will reward readers.
With 100+ years of printed menu graphics, Menu Design in America is more than a design book—it’s a big slice of nostalgia. With plenty of information by design writer Steven Heller and culinary historian John Mariani, the pages offer a plethora of history surrounding the culinary and graphic arts. Whether the creations are classy, kitsch or somewhere between, they each add value to the rich catalogue.