In the pantheon of clichéd holiday gifts, the food basket is up there with the fruitcake and the bacon-of-the-month club. Which is why we asked four great chefs and one cocktail whiz—Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi of Torrisi Italian Specialties and Carbone; the Spotted Pig’s April Bloomfield; Del Posto pastry maestro Brooks Headley; and PDT’s Jim Meehan—to personalize the impersonal by curating fantasy theme baskets.

Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi stock a larder that any cutting-edge Italian grandma would be proud to call her own.

    1. Dancing Ewe Farm’s Pecorino ($23 for a quarter-wheel; $80 for a whole wheel, below pistachios at right, at “They make the best sheep’s-milk cheese in the area.”
    2. Deruta hand-painted ceramic pasta bowl ($60 to $135 at La Terrine East, 1024 Lexington Ave., nr. 73rd St.; 212-988-3366). “On top of every Italian-American grandma’s refrigerator, just waiting for a crowd to show up.”
    3. Della Terra Fine Pasta’s whole-grain durum-wheat semolina pasta ($9 per pound at SOS Chefs, 104 Ave. B, nr. 7th St.; 212-505-5813). “A former Del Posto cook started this Oklahoma City business.”

READ THE ARTICLE HERE:  The Holiday Gift Finder 2013: Regifting-Proof Food Baskets  

Photo: Bobby Doherty/New York Magazine – (published November 24, 2013)