Mother's Day- - the day of the mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, or generally special woman who has made a difference in your life. It is right around the corner, and chances are you've probably procrastinated until now to even attempt finding the perfect gift for the woman who reared you from childbirth, helped you grow, and made you much of the person you are today. Don't worry, we've got you covered.
Going out for Sunday brunch is a pain as it is, and while waiting in line might offer some quality bonding time, there are certainly better options out there. So this Mothers Day, why not try one of these five foodie alternatives for a treat she will never forget.
1. Cookie Baking Class at Knead Patisserie
Cookies are one of those desserts that is easy enough to make, yet extremely difficult to make well. Shauna DesVoignes of Knead Patisserie plans on changing all of that for you, teaching you her very own secret tips and tricks to solid sweets: think creaming and mixing methods, temperature control, and troubleshooting. During the two hour class, expect to make at least three types of cookies - brown butter triple chocolate chunk, walnut butter, and shortbread -- with a few more additions if time allows. Each participant will take home baked goods, raw dough to use at home, and a recipe guide for even more creations. While the class itself takes place the Sunday after Mother's Day, you can tack on $5 beforehand and take home a half-dozen cookies with a card describing the class to give on the 12th and inform your mom of the sweet evening ahead. Sunday, May 19, 6-8 p.m. at Knead Patisserie (3111 24th St., Inside Local Mission Eatery), Sign up at Knead or via email email@example.com, Cost: $40
2. Chocolate Box from Charles Chocolates
That special woman in your life has probably received her fair share of boxes of chocolate, and while you can wrong with the classic standby, it's always nice to up the ante just a nib. Score some bonus points for originality instead and impress her with a chocolate box...of chocolates. The box itself is entirely edible, including a white chocolate lid adorned with a pink floral motif, and inside you'll find 18 different pieces or candy including both dark and milk chocolate peanut butter butterflies (like an adult Reese's cup) and a variety of Fleur de Sel caramels. It's a chocolate inception gift that your mother will dream about for years to come. Order online from Charles Chocolates or swing by their new storefront at 535 Florida Street, Cost: $65 per box
3. Rhubarb Bash at 18 Reasons
We all know that rhubarb and strawberries go together like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong, but there is much more to this fibros fellow than mere pie filling. Join former New York Times Magazine food stylist, writer and recipe tester Jill Santopietro on Mother's Day as she reveals the hidden flavors behind this seasonal vegetable in a 3-hour, hands-on cooking class. "Stalk" up on recipes for both sweet and savory renditions of rhubarb and come away with a newfound appreciation for all that the ruby red rascal has to offer. Sunday, May 12, 4-7 p.m., 3674 18th Street, Cost: $100 for Members, $125 for Non-Members via Brown Paper Tickets
4. Dandelion Chocolate and Barrel Strength Bourbon Tasting
For a boozy outing with mom, skip the bottomless mimosa brunch and join Lisa Gallinger, chocolate maker at Dandelion Chocolate and Michael Lazar, bar manager at Hog & Rocks as they team up and pair three chocolates with three distinct bourbons. This will be an opportunity to learn about the production of both vices, understand how to best taste and evaluate each, and then experience the glory of their combination. Rare highlights of the evening include the recently released Cumboto chocolate, which Lisa herself developed, and the long sold out 2012 release of George T. Staff bourbon. Saturday, May 11 at Hi-Lo BBQ, 3416 19th Street, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Cost: $40 via Eventbrite
5. Luke's Local Mother's Day Box
Can't decide on that perfect gift to get for mom? Luke's Local is delivering a smorgasbord of Bay Area bites and beauty to the door of your choice. Inside, find a Spinach Quiche Breakfast kit with Marla Bakery par-baked crust, quiche filling, six eggs and a recipe assembly guide, as well as SōW Hummingbird juice (orange, lemon, strawberry and kumquat), freshly-picked strawberries, salad greens, NoshThis caramels, and sunflowers from McGinnis Ranch. And since the box feeds 3-4 people, chances are you're probably going to reap the benefits as well. Note: boxes can only be delivered on May 11. Order through Luke's Local GoodEggs page, Cost: $65