Last-minute Mother's Day gift ideas for the foodie mom

Still trying to find that perfect gift for mom? Is she the kind of woman who appreciates a meal of many courses, served in small but exquisite portions? When she comes over to your house, does she dump out your salt cellar and refill it with Maldon Sea Salt? Does she love to cook but already has every kitchen gadget ever made, and you're wondering if you'll ever find a gift to convey how much you appreciate her?

Well, have no fear. Any of the items from the following list are sure to thrill and delight foodie moms everywhere.

Last-minute Mother's Day gift ideas for the foodie mom
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Custom gift baskets from Local D'Lish
Head over to this adorable mom-and-pop shop in the North Loop and fill up a "made especially for you" gift basket for mom. Local D'Lish features local, regional, organic goodies of all kinds. Dried pasta, jams made from seasonal local fruit, chemical-free skin care products, fancy chocolates, fresh produce -- a room full of gourmet treats. Not sure what you have in mind? The friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you put together a great basket.

Hit up the olive oil bar at the Oilerie
What a treat it would be to spend the afternoon sampling tasty olive oils imported from Italy. Take mom and head to St. Paul (or Maple Grove) to taste your way through the olive oil bar and stock her up on high-quality oils and vinegars. All the products at the Oilerie are hand-selected by the owners, ensuring that mom will flip over all the flavors to be found.

Chef's Night Off at Kitchen in the Market
Want to give your mom the chance to get up close and personal with local chefs? Get her registered for Kitchen in the Market's Chef's Night Off. Chefs from around the Twin Cities (Adam Vickerman of Cafe Levain is up next on May 21) will create a dinner inspired from local ingredients available at the market that day. Participants in the class will create the dishes working side by side with the chefs. Not to mention, proceeds from Chef's Night Off goes to fund local nonprofit Renewing the Countryside. Mom will have a blast and earn good karma at the same time.

Last-minute Mother's Day gift ideas for the foodie mom
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The Kitchen Table at Corner Table
The Kitchen Table at Corner Table in Kingfield seats two to six people, and you'll literally be in the kitchen of the restaurant. At $125 per person, this gift idea ain't cheap, but in Corner Table's own words, it "is a gastronomic feast of gluttonous enjoyment accompanied by beer and wine pairings." Whoever is going along for the ride at this table is in for a rare treat: 15 courses, 25 courses, 30 courses--the kitchen will cook for your party until someone cries "Uncle!"

Cocktail tasting with the NorthStar Bartenders Guild
If mom is the type to revel in a nice, stiff cocktail, get her tickets to the next NorthStar Bartenders Guild party ASAP. Each event features libations designed within a theme and crafted by some of the best bar professionals in Minneapolis and St. Paul. NSBG's next event will be a patio party at Sea Change on May 26, so keep an eye out on the NorthStar Bartenders Guild website for details.

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