The holiday season is drawing closer, and this month we’re turning our attentions to all things food, wine, and spirits. We’ve curated some of our favourite products to help turn your kitchen and home bar into decadent havens as the days get shorter. It might be cold outside, but inside, we’re ready to entertain.
There is perhaps no finer, more decadent chocolate than that which comes from Brussels. Established in 1857, Neuhaus is an institution that is recognized by chocolatiers around the world as one of the finest purveyors of coveted Belgian chocolates. The Natan + Neuhaus Luxury Gift Box was born from a collaboration between Belgian fashion house Natan, courtier Edouard Vermulen, and, of course, Neuhaus. Belgian court purveyors themselves, Neuhaus and Natan have a passion for decadence and exclusivity, and this box of chocolates is fit for royalty. Filled with pralines made from 100% hand-made artisanal nougatine, each is hand-filled with smooth, fresh cream or ganache and coated in fine milk or intense dark chocolate. Presented in a luxury gift box that is itself fine enough to become the star of any dessert table, these are a must for entertaining the guests you want to impress.
The holidays are coming, and that countdown means a season of parties, dinners, and entertaining. For those who like to commandeer the bar and impress guests with artisanal cocktails (and perhaps a little showmanship), this collection from VonShef is a must. With its etched copper coating and stylish display stand, this is one set begging to be shown, not stored, and makes a handsome countertop accessory year-round. Its cocktail shaker boasts an impressive 500 mL capacity—ideal for making multiple rounds at a time—and is accompanied by a matching muddler, 9″ double ended bar spoon/fork, Hawthorne strainer, 2x pourer, and double-ended measuring jigger. Is it cocktail hour yet?
Victoria Arduino has been making the world’s finest espresso machines since 1905. Founded in Italy by Pier Teresio Arduino, whose vision was a superior espresso machine that did not comprise on quality, materials, or performance, the company now produces machines that are used by the world’s best baristas. (In fact, Victoria Arduino was the 2015-2017 official partner of the World Barista Championship.) The company has been known for its special heritage models, and this model is a particular star of the line; created in honour of the company’s centenary, it is built using just one hundred numbered pieces. The first model of the line, numbered 000, was gifted to Pope Benedict XVI, a professed lover of espresso.
Luxury is built to last, and a common thread throughout this month’s gift guide is the staying power of the featured companies; some of the finest luxury houses and purveyors in the world have been around since before our grandparents’ time. Christofle is no exception. House of Christofle was founded in 1830 by jeweler Charles Christofle, and quickly earned a name for itself as one of the finest silversmith establishments in Paris.
Today Christofle works with far more than just silver, producing jewelry, flatware, tableware, and curiosities in a variety of luxurious metals. MOOD is a series of flatware sets that come in striking display cases. These cases call to mind the silhouette of a Fabergé egg, those coveted Russian ornaments that are the very epitome of luxury. Selections include a silver-plated 24-piece flatware set, an 18-carat rose gold espresso spoon set, and a 24-piece flatware set in either 18-carat pink gold or 24-carat gold-gilded metal, the latter of which retails for an impressive $12,000 USD.
Self-taught British industrial designer Tom Dixon rose to prominence in the 1980s and remains a household name to this day with his distinguished line of lighting, furniture, and accessories. Several of his works have been acquired by the world’s most prestigious museums, including the Museum of Modern Art New York and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. This sugar bowl showcases the signature welding that helped Dixon earn his name; the bowl is fashioned from a welded brass sheet, which is then polished and dipped in a warm gold wash. A rough matte look is achieved by leaving the piece un-lacquered. Each dish bears a logo etching on the base.
Jaune de Chrome was founded in the mid-1980s with a showroom on the prestigious Parisian street Rue de la Paix. The brainchild of ceramicist and painter Christian Le Page and fashion designer Catherine Badaire, the line reimagines functional tableware as fine art. The latest collection from these makers of fine French porcelain is Aguirre, a bespoke line toted as one meant to ‘conquer the elusive’, via ‘tenacity, reign, and power.’ The service is entirely customizable and individually tailored to suit the client’s needs. We love the depth and texture of this collection, with its warm hues that are simply perfect for the autumn harvest table.
Fera at Claridge’s is an upscale restaurant in London with an award-winning wine list of over seven hundred bins. Known for its experimental, hands-on approach to food—at the Fera Development Kitchen, for instance, guests may join the chefs to explore new techniques and dishes in an interactive cooking experience—it should come as no surprise that the restaurant is now toting its own bespoke spirits. Head bartender Ale Villa has teamed up with the restaurant’s sommeliers and kitchen team to create Fera Gin. According to Bar Magazine, the gin is developed using a rotary evaporator and British-sourced ingredients in line with the restaurant’s philosophy over food. Interested in serving Fera at your next cocktail party? Act fast — at a production rate of only ten bottles per week, this may just be one of the most exclusive spirits in the world.
We love a contemporary twist on classic pieces, though the challenge, especially when it comes to wine glasses, is maintaining the sophistication of traditional goblets. How to get creative without going kitsch? Fferrone seems to have mastered this challenge with the Margot White White Goblet. Crafted from the finest quality fluted Boroscilicate glass, without, believe it or not, the use of molds, this collection features intricate detailing on the interior of the glass, creating visual amusant without clunky additional textures. Each piece is carefully handcrafted in the Czech Republic. Want to get creative laying the table for your next dinner party? Go Margot.
Kelly Wearstler is one of the most exciting interior and product designers in the world today. And with taste as discerning as hers, look no further than her carefully curated shop for inspiration. Here Wearstler presents her own bold creations alongside her favorite products from other designers, and the entire store is enough to fill any savvy shopper’s wish list. The Poglia knife reflects the handcrafted quality so near and dear to Wearstler’s heart. Hand-drawn and forged from repurposed steel, this versatile utility knife is perfect for adding visual interest to a scrumptious buffet table. With a handle carefully crafted from wood, horn, and bone, and a handmade leather sheath, the Poglia is essential for the holiday cheese board.
If you’re a lover of the woody nose of spirits aged in casks and have a knack for distilling at home—or simply like the idea of getting creative with cocktails—this is the bar staple for you. The Oak Bottle is the first of its kind: an oaking vessel that accelerates the oak aging process. Handcrafted with American white oak, the vessel is internally charred to a medium toast level through a traditional process. And while the typical oaking process can take months or years, the Oak Bottle provides the same depth of flavour in mere hours. Cheers to a cozy, palate-pleasing November.