The Gift of Good Taste

Get cooking with a selection of inspired objects to appeal to chefs, epicures and those who entertain at home.

Berard Olive Wood Cheese/Butter Board
Made in France from sustainably forested olive wood, prized for its rich tones. Indented surface; knife with built-in holder included. No two pieces are exactly alike. 13 in. long x 7 in. wide. $70. Rains of Ojai, 218 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, 805.646.1442,

Oil and Vinegar Sprayer
Perfectly dressed greens, every time. This handy spray bottle delivers a consistent, fine mist of oil and vinegar (or any other liquid ingredients) to your food. Adjustable dial allows you to select the ratio. Mess-free dripless spout. 8.25 in. high. $29.99. Vom Fass, 451 E. Main St., Ventura, 805.641.1900,

Stone Coaster Set
Chill these stone coasters for 30 minutes in the freezer or refrigerator to help keep beverages ice cold in the summer heat. A 2.5 inch diameter indentation will fit most standard 12 oz. bottles. Handmade from reclaimed New Hampshire granite with a handsome wood and aluminum caddy for storage, display and transport. Each coaster measures 3.88 in. square x 1.25 in. high. $68. Uncommon Goods,

Adventurous cooks will love a monthly subscription to fresh, locally sourced spices, herbs and blends. Each shipment includes 3-4 recipes, along with the spices and a California-made product necessary to make them. Selections can be made based on some dietary restrictions. One through 12 month subscription plans available. $24.95-239.95.
Spice-Topia, 576 E. Main St., Ventura, 805.628.3267,


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