1. The FareTrade
Locals Max Block and Jake Ahles started this new kind of curated food subscription basket. The boxes are brimming with with chef-selected artisanal and small-batch goods from around the country, plus recipes on how to use them (and great video tutorials on the website from chefs like South Bay Top Chef Brooke Williamson). Filled with sauces, spices, pestos, pastas, shrubs and more, each handsomely packaged basket is delivered to members’ doors for $65 per month.
Don’t leave the comfort of your own kitchen with this new online video cooking school. A subscription allows access to video tutorials on everything from grilling pineapple to butchering meats from more than 50 of the country’s best chefs, including local culinary heroes Roy Choi, Bestia’s Ori Menashe and Rivera’s John Sedlar. $9.99 a month.
3. Blue Bottle at Home
The coffee obsessed will never be without beans with the new home delivery service from the latest entrant on the L.A. bean scene. The ongoing and one-time gift subscriptions range from $17-$34, and then check out the website for expert brewing tips. It’s easier than going to the Downtown or Venice shops.
For the host who has everything, this service gives easy access to top local chefs who cook full menus in the home and leave the kitchen spotless. The chefs are all vetted by the company, will even cook gluten-free, vegan and Kosher, and user ratings make it easy to choose. Think of it as Tinder for private cheffing. Gift cards are available for any amount.
5. Ice Cream Delivery
Even with the influx of new ice cream shops in town, like McConnell’s new Santa Barbara locale, it’s not always easy to get out for a scoop. Get it delivered instead. Custom-designed gift boxes from McConnell’s, filled with flavors like the addictive salted caramel chip and eureka lemon and marionberries, are shipped within 48 hours of ordering. $10 a pint plus delivery.