Have you started your holiday shopping gift list yet? Now that the holiday season is upon us, you may be wondering what to buy the chef in the family, friend who enjoys cooking or possibly a coworker you work with in the restaurant industry. While Central primarily sells commercial kitchen equipment and supplies, many items we sell anyone can use!
Below we’ve compiled a list of gift ideas from CentralRestaurant.com for the chefs and foodies in your life. Some gift ideas are stand alone products while others have a mix if you wanted to package a few things together.
Best of all, if you are within driving distance to Indianapolis, you can also find all of these items in our local showroom! We are located at 7750 Georgetown Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46268. Stop by anytime Monday through Friday anytime between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (We are closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas, feel free to call 800-215-9293 for questions about holiday hours).
12: Bartender Set
Before getting to the cooking items, let’s start with a gift idea about drinks! Pair a few different items together such as a wine chiller, cocktail shaker, ice bucket and a bottle opener to give a variety of neat tools for drink enthusiasts.
11. Waring Pop-Up Toaster
Waring’s four slice pop-up toaster is a great gift idea as it is more rugged than your typical retail toaster. It can accommodate a variety of products such as bread, bagels and English muffins–and can cook up to 225 slices per hour!
For a person to make a pizza a particular way, they must have the right tools. Pizza peels are a traditional choice that make it easy to put freshly prepared pizza into an oven. For crispy pizza, check out pizza stones or even perforated pizza pans as their holes allow for ventilation while cooking. Last, if you have a deep-dish lover, a deep dish pizza pan might be the perfect gift idea!
One can never have enough measuring cups! Especially ones with an easy pour spout. And since they come in a variety of sizes you could include some as stocking-stuffers!
Vollrath’s Wear-Ever line of pots and pans are great because they are heavy duty and stand up to the daily use and abuse of a kitchen. Then to tie it all in, consider a portable butane stove! These are great for private functions, food trucks and more!
Waring’s NuBlend® commercial bar blender is the perfect solution to making and serving drinks in seconds.
You can’t go wrong with anything from Vollrath and their Heat ‘N Serve cooker/warmer is designed to rethermalize which takes a container of cooked food from a chilled state to a serve safe temperature of 165°F.
With a meat tenderizer, meat can be marinated quickly and flavors can be absorbed deeply. It’s a great gift for someone who enjoys cooking steaks, burgers and more.
Any chef will stress the importance of a good knife. Even better, one can never have too many knives which make them a great gift idea. To pair a few things with it, you could include a cutting board, many of which have non-slip grips and hooks for easy and sanitary storage. If you choose a wooden cutting board, or know someone has one, gift them John Boos Board Cream! It is a surface maintenance cream that will help extend the life of a wooden surface.
Many chefs are loyal to their Kitchenaid mixer and will be excited to know that Kitchenaid now has a commercial line for heavy duty daily use! This addition to Kitchenaid was added a few years ago so it is fairly new. What a nice surprise for someone to have this as a gift–a stand mixer more suitable for their daily use!? And if you are going all in, be sure to check out the various attachments (such as a meat grinder or slicer) or even Kitchenaid’s hand mixer too.
And if you are in need of some items to help with your holiday food preparations, be sure to check out our blog “Turkey Time: Having the Right Kitchen Tools Makes Thanksgiving Prep a Breeze.”