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The First-Ever Holiday Gift Shopping Night at Central Market

If you're struggling to shop for friends, family, or colleagues here's a tip: everyone loves food. On Wednesday, December 15, from 5-9 p.m., Central Market will host an evening dedicated to the season of giving with their Holiday Gift Shopping Night. The first-time event will feature wreath-decorating workshops in the floral department at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., live caroling, and hot peppermint cocoa to fuel your holiday cheer.

Hot items in the store this year include Cannoli Kits (screw the cookies, make cannolis), John Kelly Truffle Fudge, Ann & Allen Gooey Cake mixes, Goldy's Handcrafted Cheese Spreads in seasonal flavors like Cranberry Walnut and Spiced Pumpkin, Laura Santini's Taste No. Five Umami Paste, Sister's Gourmet Cookie Mixes, Trias cookies from Spain (a Central Market exclusive), locally roasted coffee blends, Italian holiday specialties from Sorelle Nurzia and Paluani (pannetone, pandoro and torrone), and custom gift baskets, selected by you and packaged on the spot. Click here to view or download "Season's Feastings." Central Market's 2010 Holiday Guide.

We asked Central Market cooking school manager David Kiser what was at the top of his list this holiday season.

"My top picks for foodie gifts this year are the new Central Market 'Ultimate Gifts.' We have three to choose from: the Ultimate Cheese Lover Gift, Ultimate Meat Lover Gift and the Ultimate Central Market Foodie Gift Basket. These gifts include items ranging from a 75-pound wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, a whole Kobe beef rib roast and a half hour session with our master butcher, and some of the best foodie items we have to offer this holiday season."

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Central Market's David Kiser suggests:

The Ultimate Cheese Lover Gift

An entire 75-pound wheel of two-year-old Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, cheese-cutting tools, a cheese cookbook and a book on Parmigiano Reggiano, and a half-hour session with the Central Market cheese expert to learn how to properly "break" and cut this particular cheese.

The Ultimate Meat Lover Gift

For the carnivore on your list: A whole Kobe beef rib roast, a special carving knife and sharpening steel, a copy of Primal Cuts: Cooking with America's Best Butchers, and a half hour session with Central Market master butcher, Brian Cooke.

The Ultimate Central Market Foodie Gift Basket

The food lover in your life will flip for this enormous handmade basket packed with store favorites ranging from savory to sweet, cooking tools, cookbooks, hand-selected wines, and a few tasty surprises. Specially selected by Central Market's own Phil Myers and David Kiser.

The best part of the evening may be that once you find what you're looking for, gift-wrapping is free.

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