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Colorado Springs abounds with foodie gift options for culinary enthusiasts

December 20, 2017 Updated: December 20, 2017 at 1:59 pm
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Teresa Farney March 7, 2013. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

Scratching your head over what to get the foodies on your holiday gift list? Consider cooking classes, kitchen gadgets, equipment, beer-of-the-month club memberships, or wow-ee culinary trips. Here are a few ideas and places that may be just the ticket:

- The Cooks Marketplace, 4697 Centennial Blvd., store stocks a dazzling array of kitchen equipment and gadgets and has a full schedule of cooking classes taught by local chefs. If you're overwhelmed by the choices, gift cards are available in $10, $25, $50 and $100 denominations. These aren't physical cards; they're delivered by email with instructions for redeeming them at checkout either online or at the store with no additional processing fees. Gift cards can be used to buy goods or classes. Details: 960-4414, thecooksmarketplace.com.

- The French Kitchen Culinary Center, 4771 N. Academy Blvd., is a bakery, boutique, café and cooking school. The class selection is abundant, with new ones constantly popping up. Gift cards have a $10 minimum and take a week to be delivered by mail. Give yourself a treat - stop by and check out the stunning selection in the pastry cabinet along with salads, sandwiches, quiche and breads. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Details: 528-6295, tfkcc.com.

- Local Relic, 320 S. Weber St., is the brewery tasting room where you can sample some unique and delicious suds. The gift here is giving someone access to even more exclusive and limited beers through a beer-of-the-month club membership. You can buy a three-month membership for $135, and each month you'll get four 500-ml bottles of beer not available to the public. How special is that? Details: 270-0077, localrelic.com. Tasting room hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays; 4 to 10 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 3 to 10 p.m. Saturdays; and 3 to 9 p.m. Sundays.

- Paragon Culinary School, 4595 HiltonParkway, is offering a 10-person "Jambalaya & Jazz" culinary adventure April 20-30. The first five days will be spent in classes, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the school covering the history of New Orleans food and cooking of gumbo, jambalaya, etouffee, dirty rice and blackened fish, among other Cajun-Creole dishes. Each class ends with a shared meal of the foods cooked that day. The five remaining days will be spent in New Orleans, where Victor Matthews, owner of Paragon and a former chef in the French Quarter, will give guided tours of the city. Everyone will be given VIP passes to the New Orleans Jazz Fest. Cost is $4,950 for the classes, breakfast and brunch in New Orleans, transportation to and from New Orleans and accommodations. Food and beverages at the Jazz Fest not included. Details: 578-5741, chefmatthews@aol.com.

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