Our go-to Wedding gifts of 2017

by Kitchenworks24. April 2017 12:45

Wedding season is here again! Let us help you find the perfect gift to celebrate the happy couple. Below are our favorite go-to wedding gift ideas. Check them out online or come and see us in person!

 

Handcrafted Cherry wood salad tongs


These 11" salad tongs are handcrafted from unstained Cherry wood in Louisville, KY, USA. Constructed with solid brass hinge fittings and finished with a food-safe mineral oil. A beautiful addition to any kitchen!

$17.95. View online

  

 

The possibilities are endless with this set of 3 Cuisinart mixing bowls. Constructed of 18/10 stainless steel, the bowls are both dishwasher and freezer-safe; hand-washing is recommended for the plastic lids. 1.5 quarts, 3 quarts, and 1.25 gallons.

Only available in-store. $22.95.

 

 

Epicurean's wood fiber cutting boards always make beautiful gifts. Being that we're in Chapel Hill, we're especially partial to this North Carolina specialty board! Dual-sided, dishwasher safe, and American-made, this cutting or serving board is one of our favorites.

NC only in-store. $25.95. View online selection

 

 

Escali's Primo Digital Scale is the only kitchen scale we carry - and with good reason. The simple 2-button control panel is easy to use and is sealed to protect against spills. It has an 11 lb capacity, and measures in ounces, pounds, and grams.

$29.95. View online

 

 

 

 

Still one of our favorite gadgets, the Oxo Tabletop Spiralizer is a unique and versatile gift for anyone! See our in-depth review here. 3 blades and storage case included.

Only available in-store. $44.95.

 

 

 

 

For the person who has everything! All Clad's Stainless Steel Measuring Cups are a beautiful addition to any kitchen. Styled like miniature All Clad saucepans, the heavy 18/10 stainless cups come in 1/4-, 1/3-, 1/2-, 2/3- and 1-cup sizes.

Only available in-store. $50.00.

 

 

 

The Oxo Chef's Mandoline Slicer is the best of the best in mandolines. An adjustable dial switches the blade between thin, thick, julienne or french fry slices. Flip the blade over for a crinkle cut!

$69.99. View online

 

 

 

 

The Donvier 1 qt Ice Cream Maker features the patented Chillfast cylinder which freezes ice cream, sorbet, and more with minimal effort. Healthy homemade ice cream has never been easier!

$79.95. View online

 

 

 

 

 

If a trip to Italy isn't in the cards, enjoy handmade pasta right at home with the Atlas 150 Marcato Pasta Machine. Made in Italy, this pasta maker is iconic. Comes equipped to make 3 styles of pasta, with additional attachments available. Bon appetit!

$89.99. View online

 

 

 

Prices and availability are current as of April 2017.

Haitian Art

by Gia3. November 2013 18:37

 Across the back wall of our store, we have a huge Haitian art display.

Each item is a unique, handcrafted, piece of art imported straight from Haiti. 

 

 Using recycled 55-gallon oil drums, the artist first removes both round ends of the drum and places these inside the cylinder along with dried banana or sugar cane leaves. He sets this on fire, to burn off any paint or residue. When cooled down, the artist then cuts the round drum from top to bottom. The flattening process is a sight to behold, as one of the artists’ helpers will climb inside the drum and using all his weight, push with feet, legs, arms and shoulders to open it up.  It is then pounded into a flattened "metal canvas" of approximately 3" x 6". With chalk, the design is drawn onto the metal sheet. Using hammer, chisel and various primitive tools, the shape is cut and the various decorative patterns are pounded into the metal. The finished design is signed by the artist and coated with a protective finish.

 

 

Haitian steel art began in the early 1950's with a simple blacksmith: Georges Liautaud. In his small shop, he made and repaired tools and created primitive metal crosses for the graves in the Croix-des-Bouquets cemetery. It was at the encouragement of an American teacher, DeWitt Peters, who in 1944 opened the Le Centre d'Art in Port-au-Prince, that Georges Liautaud expanded into the creation of decorative metal sculptures. A few talented men apprenticed under him, and this tradition has continued. 

Click here to check out our Haitian Art! 

History and info courtesy of http://www.haitimetalart.com/

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Staff Picks: Joanna

by Gia4. October 2013 12:16

Joanna is a New England native with an eye for design and a soft spot for a great deal. Come check out her fabulous window displays at our University Mall location!

Name: Joanna

If you could choose your last meal, what would it be?

Steamers, Lobster (with lots of melted butter for dipping) and fresh sweet corn on the cob; all to be shared with close family and dear friends.

What are your three favorite meals to prepare?

  • Party Appetizers
  • Sunday Dinners
  • Baking on a Snow Day

What are your favorite restaurants?

  • Crook's Corner (Chapel Hill, NC) - Shrimp & Grits on the patio: heaven!
  • Antonia's (Hillsborough, NC) - Perfect place for a leisurely Sunday afternoon brunch.
  • The Silver Shores Shanty (Falmouth Height, Cape Cod, MA) - Best fried clams on the cape!
  • Allen & Son BBQ (Pittsboro, NC) - Always good and tasty. They never dissappoint!

What are your top 5 essential cooking tools?

What are your top 5 essential kitchen tools?

What products would you like to receive as gifts?

Staff Picks: Gia

by Gia19. September 2013 14:59

Gia is our Web Store Manager. She is a proud Yankee with an insatiable sweet tooth and a weak spot for cute dogs with funny girls. Check out her favorites below!

Name: Gia

If you could choose your last meal, what would it be?

My grandmother's Penne with Sauce, Breaded Chicken Cutlets and Eggplant Parmesan + my mother's Roasted Cauliflower and a fresh Mixed Salad with 18-year aged Balsamic Vinegar and fresh Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Aged Parmesan Cheese and Crusty Sourdough Bread.

What are your favorite meals to prepare?

What are your favorite restaurants?

This was like choosing my favorite child...I went a little overboard...

What are your essential cooking tools?

What are your essential kitchen tools?

What 5 products would you like to receive as gifts?

Staff Picks: Martha

by Gia19. September 2013 11:08

We're kicking off our birthday week with our first staff picks post by our fearless leader - Martha! Click here to see all of Martha's favorite products.

Click here to see all of our staff favorites - on sale for our birthday month!

Name:

Martha

What are your favorite meals to prepare?

  • Sundried Tomato and Cayenne Pepper Angel Hair Pasta with Herbed Lemon Mustard Grilled Chicken
  • Colerain (Eastern NC) Barbeque Chicken with Homemade Vinegar Slaw and Corbread
  • Chicken Marbella - from Silver Palate Cookbook
  • Pickled Shrimp with Onions on Crackers
  • Psari Plaki - Greek Baked Fish with Fresh Tomatoes, Onions, Lemon Juice and Dill

What are your favorite restaurants?

What are your essential cooking tools?

What are your essential kitchen tools?

What 5 products would you like to receive as gifts?

After 40+ years in the business, I have all of the small kitchen tools I could want, so here's a wishlist:

  • A Butcherblock Countertop
  • A Screen Porch - to be able to eat outside without mosquitos
  • A Double Set of Ovens
  • A Case of Veuve Clicquot Champagne
  • Champagne Glasses - exactly like my Govino plastic ones but in elegant glass.

Staff Picks: CL

by Gia11. September 2013 14:46

Our pinch hitter extraordinaire, CL, tells us about his favorite products and the meal for which he'd give up vegetarianism.

Name: CL

If you could choose your last meal, what would it be?

Pot Roast; I'm vegetarian, but if I'm on the way out...

What are your three favorite meals to prepare?

  • Vegetarian Lasagna
  • Vegetarian Meat(less) Loaf
  • Vegetarian Chili

What are your three favorite bars/restaurants?

What are your top 5 essential cooking tools?

What are your top 5 essential kitchen tools?

What 5 products would you like to receive as gifts?

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Staff Picks: Banshion

by Gia11. September 2013 14:25

Banshion is our Operations Manager and something of a superhero around the store (hence his chosen image). He is a musical theater geek and a non-so-secret ninja who enjoys happy hour and entertaining small children.

Name: Banshion

If you could choose your last meal, what would it be?

Lasagna

What are your three favorite meals to prepare?

  • Beef Stew
  • Cheesecake
  • Raw Gumbo

What are your three favorite bars/restaurants?

What are your top 5 essential cooking tools?

What 5 items would you like to receive as a gift?

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