Help! I Need a Host Gift Suitable for a Food Professional

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Q: I recently started an internship with a local food blog/forum that has me interacting with a group of people totally outside my social circle. Professional food writers, chefs, etc.

I'm going to my first dinner party tonight and I am at a loss for what to bring as a gift for the host. A nice bottle of wine is out of my price range. Would some local cheese or a jar of homemade jam be appropriate or am I better off bringing nothing at all? Please help!

Sent by Renai

Editor: Renai, well, as a professional food writer, let me just say that you shouldn't overthink this too much! Just because someone is a professional chef or food writer doesn't mean that they need something super-special. In fact, they probably found this career because they love all sorts of food.

Personally, I don't mind at all when guests show up empty-handed. But I also love it when guests come with a little something — a few cookies, a bar of good chocolate. It's just something fun and interesting to squirrel away in the pantry or to share after dinner. Heck, even a piece or two of good seasonal fruit would be lovely. I also love the herb bundle pictured above.

Readers, any thought for Renai?


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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.