6 Ideas for Truly Unique Culinary Experience Gifts Last Updated: November 2023

Is there a foodie on your shopping list this holiday season? Or a wine and cheese aficionado? How about a chocolate lover? We teamed up with our CT Ambassadors from UnlockingConnecticut.com to share a few amazing culinary experience gift ideas your friends and family won’t soon forget.

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Give the flavors of New Haven

Buy that special foodie in your life a ticket to experience some of the best cuisine and satisfying drink establishments in downtown New Haven. Choose from several themed walking (or biking) foodie tours, like the Pizza Lovers or Theater District Tour...with a designated guide from Taste of New Haven.


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Plan a murder mystery dinner

Gift the sleuth on your list an experience of mealtime mystery-solving! The Dinner Detective in Hartford and New Haven offers a theatrical, interactive experience paired with a four-course meal. Plan a private event or give a gift certificate! For more unique culinary experiences, buy gift cards to these unusual dining spots. Even if they can't be redeemed immediately, the wait will be worth it and the recipient will have a blast!


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Present a perfect pairing of chocolate and wine

For those who want a little wine with their chocolate, send them to Goshen with a gift card to a tasting of five award-winning Sunset Meadow Vineyards estate wines paired perfectly with five specialty chocolates from nearby Fascia’s Chocolates. Extend the chocolate experience in Waterbury at Fascia's to learn about the origins of chocolate and how it gets from bean to bar. Even make a custom chocolate bar with tasty toppings!

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Gift a lesson in cheese making (CT Ambassadors Pick)

Fairfield Cheese Company is a cheese lover’s dream! If you live in the area, be sure to visit the store in either Fairfield or Greenwich, for the full sensory experience, where you can order a Cheesemonger Box for the lucky cheese lover on your list. Or give the gift of classes led by certified cheese professionals, like Cheese & Cocktail Pairings and Cheese and Wine of the French Alps. Book an online class or wait until in-person classes resume — either way it'll be fascinating and delicious!      --Unlocking Connecticut

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Feed their inner gourmet with a cooking class (CT Ambassadors Pick)

The Fig Cooking School in Milford is firmly on our culinary experience shopping list. It has a wide variety of cooking classes: hands-on, or the one we have our eye on, hands-off. The gift of just sitting at the copper and marble counter watching the expert culinary team cook for you and teaching you a thing or two! Heide Lang is not only the founder and chief instructor of the school, she recently took on the role of editor-in-chief and creative director for Fine Cooking. Either enjoy their innovative new online classes or wait for an in-person class. No matter what, you'll have a delicious experience!
    --Unlocking Connecticut

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Give honey to your honey

Join the hive! Here's an idea for those with an appetite for adventure: Choose a four-, six- or twelve-month monthly subscription to a bottle of delicious honey from Red Bee Honey in Weston...and pair it with some Red Bee skincare products including lip balm, body oil, foot rub and more!