Chef Max Hardy of COOP Detroit shares delicious gift ideas for food-and-wine connoisseurs this holiday season
The handmade crystal glasses from Riedel Glassware — which come in various shapes for wine, Champagne and spirits — make great gifts for anyone who needs an excellent wine set for hosting. Sommeliers influence the collection, and the quality is perfect.
Source Booksellers I love being in the kitchen, but I enjoy learning from other chefs how to expand my palate and skills. Swing by this little independent bookstore in Midtown and grab some of my favorite cookbooks from Midwest chefs: “Sister Pie” by Lisa Ludwinski or “Fix It With Food” by Michael Symon of Roast.
Wine from Brown Estate Brown Estate was established in 1980 in Napa Valley, and it’s the region’s first Black-owned winery. The taste and quality are superior. I recommend ordering a bottle (or two) of Chaos Theory, a blend of Cabernet and Zinfandel.
I try my best to support local businesses because you can experience the passion. Mongers’ Provisions in Ferndale is the place to go for small-batch cheese and one of the best cheese shops I have ever enjoyed. Try the Challerhocker and Flory’s Truckle Cheddar — and pick up some good preserves and local honey while you’re at it.
Chef Max Signature Spice Blends I love flavor and spices, and my handcrafted spice blends — from Caribbean Curry to Moroccan Rub — are the perfect way for home cooks to add a touch of my expertise to their meals. My team is also gearing up to launch my sauce line just in time for the holidays.
Max Hardy is the head chef and owner of COOP Detroit. His new restaurant, What’s Crackin’, is scheduled to open in Detroit this fall.