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Tabletop Lines Reflect Trend Toward Whimsical Yet Versatile Pieces BY THERESA GRANT

Whimsical, yet multi-purposed and practical, is the latest trend in tabletop pieces, designers and manufacturers say. Bold colors continue to be popular, with more neutrals, blacks and grays entering the serveware tablescape. The move toward natural fibers and sustainably produced products continues, and metallic accents in silver and gold are beginning to emerge. Whimsy is definitely the theme of Arbiter’s Legnomagia line, which features animal shapes that are “fun, simple and decorative,

but also serve a purpose,” said Robin Lynch, Co-Owner of the Arbiter Collection (www.arbitercollection.com). The pieces, which range from refrigerator magnets to wine stoppers and coasters, are all created in wood from sustainable sources and feature nontoxic finishes to meet the growing demand for products that incorporate sustainability into their production.

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Chicago Housewares Show Packed With New Lines, Newcomers BY A.J. FLICK

More than 2,100 exhibitors from 125 countries arrived at the sold-out, newly expanded, four-day 2012 International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, 500 of the exhibitors making their debut before more than 60,000 attendees. To meet the demand for space from firsttime companies, the International Housewares Association created a New Exhibitor Area. Newcomers included such high-profile companies as Dyson,

Neato Robotics, L’Atelier Du Vin, Robinson Home Products and Vanderbilt Home Collections. “The sold-out status is continued evidence that the housewares and home goods segment is standing up well in the face of our current economic situation,” said Phil Brandt, IHA President. The show coincided with the one-year Continued on Page 17

Attendance Increase, Brisk OrderWriting Headline Winter 2012 SFIGF Trending upward since its 2009 acquisition by Urban Expositions, attendance at the February 2012 edition of the San Francisco International Gift Fair at Moscone Center reached its highest level to date under the new management team. Exhibitor reports of steady order-writing and new accounts, coupled with buyer feedback on the expanded selection, new resources and overall show upgrades, created an optimistic, upbeat atmosphere on the show floor.

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Urban Expositions acquired the San Francisco International Gift Fair from dmg world media in 2009, with the ownership transition taking place immediately following the August 2009 edition of the semi-annual show. “We’ve focused tremendous effort on rebuilding and enhancing the San Francisco show and it’s rewarding to see the steady progress,” says Doug Miller, Continued on Page 19

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General News Cookware Maker WMF Makes Major Move Into U.S. Kitchens WMF Americas Group Inc., a fully owned subsidiary of the leading German cookware manufacturer WMF Group, is introducing its innovative Silit brand of cookware throughout the United States. “Based on our tremendous success with cookware and embracing healthy living as

a core value, WMF Americas Group Inc. knows the time is right to launch the Silit brand in America,” said Deborah Corrado, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for WMF Americas Group Inc., which is based in the Charlotte, N.C., area. In recent years, primarily through the

Internet and in specialty outlets, Americans have experienced Silit’s high quality in a limited capacity. Now, WMF Americas Group Inc. is broadening access at a time when its other brands are enjoying robust sales growth worldwide. Corrado said that WMF Americas Group Inc. is confident that price-conscious American consumers will embrace the opportunity to equip their kitchens with this upper-end brand cookware. In particular, she said U.S. households will be attracted to

Silit’s tradition of durability, cooking efficiency, dedication to healthy eating habits and fashion-forward color collections. “Americans want to bring high-quality products into their lives that will last,” she said. “This recession has taught us that, while we are historically a ‘throw-away’ society spending on a product that maintains its usefulness and adds to the quality of our lives is a better investment. The Silit brand satisfies those needs.” WMF Americas Group Inc. also has hired industry veteran Buzz Leer as National Sales and Brand Manager. “We believe in the Silit brand and product to such an extent,” Corrado said, “that as lean of a company as we are, it was important to bring on a national sales brand manager to focus the Silit brand’s U.S. launch.” For more information, visit www.wmf.com and www.wmfamericas.com.

Broward to Helm AmericasMart Global Expansion Douglas Broward has been appointed to the newly created office of AMC Senior Vice President/Branding, a key position created to help accelerate and expand AmericasMart’s growth in the global tradeshow/trade mart arena, said Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., President and Chief Operating Officer. Broward is charged with creating and sustaining AmericasMart brand continuity across all shows, markets and business lines through all marketing communications channels and in the AmericasMart on-site brand presence. The new position further entrenches AMC’s mission as a global marketing services company and elevates the celebrated AmericasMart brand as a driving force in delivering superior customer service, Portman said. “Douglas brings his creative prowess to bear on every aspect of our business,” Portman said. “He will help lead the charge to express AmericasMart in cutting-edge, harmonious ways through all internal and external expressions of our brand.” Broward joins AMC following his leadership as Chief Creative Officer at Grizzard Advertising, which is part of the global advertising and marketing firm Omnicom Group. At Grizzard, and in other agencies and firms, Broward served at the creative forefront with highly successful branding and strategic creative programming developed for a large stable of clients.


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Ballarini Creates North American Subsidiary With Luigi Bormioli Italian-based cookware manufacturer Ballarini SpA, in a joint venture with Italian glassware company Luigi Bormioli, has created a Ballarini North American subsidiary. The business will be managed by Steve Schalk, Vice-President of Sales & Marketing, who brings more than 30 years of experience in the cookware and housewares industry, and will share North American headquarters with Luigi Bormioli in Horsham, Pa.

owned Italian companies with a combined experience of more than 185 years of strong success. The companies share a great deal of heritage and culture with their factories 30 miles apart in northern Italy.

The joint venture between Ballarini and Luigi Bormioli unites two proud family-

The creation of the Ballarini subsidiary with Luigi Bormioli brings a U.S. level of

Noted Chef José Andrés to Host sofi Awards at SFF Chef José Andrés will host the 40th annual sofi Awards to be presented at the Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C. Named “Outstanding Chef ” by the James Beard Foundation, and internationally recognized as a culinary innovator, Andrés will serve as keynote speaker and presenter of the awards at a red-carpet ceremony on June 18. The sofi (specialty outstanding food innovation) Awards are considered the top honor in the $70 billion specialty food industry. They recognize excellence in specialty foods and beverages in 32 categories from outstanding appetizer, antipasto or dip to outstanding vinegar. The awards event is a highlight of the Summer Fancy Food Show, the largest marketplace for specialty foods and beverages in North America. It is owned and operated by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade Inc. The show will take place June 17-19 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Andrés is credited with introducing Americans to avant-garde and traditional Spanish cooking, and is a passionate advocate for food and hunger issues. His ThinkFoodGroup is responsible for some of the most noted dining concepts in Washington, D.C., including minibar by josé andrés, Jaleo, Zaytinya, Oyamel and America Eats Tavern. In honor of his participation in the sofi Awards, NASFT will donate Andrés’ speaking fee to World Central Kitchen, a global organization he leads that is committed to ending world hunger and DC Central Kitchen, the renowned nonprofit in Washington he has long supported. For information about NASF T and its Fancy Food Shows, go to specialtyfood.com.

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Both companies produce high-end products that represent an exciting fusion of Italian lifestyle, craftsmanship and leading edge production technology that is “Made in Italy.”

service to match the high quality of Ballarini’s cookware. Retailers may purchase items on a direct import basis from Italy as well as thru the state-ofthe-art warehouse Luigi Bormioli owns in South Carolina. “Our plans are to duplicate the tremendous success Ballarini has globally here in the United States market by offering the highest quality of non-stick cookware with a long-term market commitment,” Schalk said. “We will be introducing four new titanium-based lines of cookware at the Chicago housewares show. “In addition to the technological advancements that are synonymous with Ballarini cookware, we are also bringing

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to the market over 120 years of manufacturing experience with a product truly Made in Italy with every attention to every detail.” “For the past 25 years,” said Marcel Trepanier, President of Luigi Bormioli Corp., “Luigi Bormioli has provided an unsurpassed level of service and reliability to U.S. retailers, combined with a consistent product offering of fine Made in Italy products. The heritage of Ballarini is a perfect match for Luigi Bormioli, and it allows both companies to leverage the logistical expertise we have established here in America.” For more information, visit www.ballarini.it and www.luigibormioli.com.


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Key Brands Expected to Return to Gourmet Housewares Show Scores of leading gourmet products and housewares resources from around the world are expected to return to New York City in August for the Gourmet Housewares Show at the New York International Gift Fair. The second annual edition of the Show will feature refined concentrations of both housewares and tabletop suppliers, as well as a new four-day date pattern running Sunday, Aug. 19, through Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. “The Gourmet Housewares Show is a proven marketplace for housewares suppliers wishing to expand their reach into the gift, home and lifestyle markets,” said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF Director and GLM Senior Vice President. “There is a dynamic synergy between NYIGF’s design-driven resources and the Gourmet Housewares Show's upscale gourmet products, offering clear benefits for buyers and exhibitors.” The Gourmet Housewares Show presents some 175 suppliers of high-end resources in cookware, bakeware, kitchen gadgets, kitchen textiles, bar and wine

accessories, small electrics, specialty food, cookbooks, storage/containers, and picnic/barbecue accessories. Key companies expected to return for the 2012 edition include: Aladdin; Blockhouse featuring Arc, Durand and Mikasa Brands; Core Bamboo; JK Adams; Joseph Joseph; Mastrad; Mepra; Nespresso; Oggi; Picnic Time; Room Copenhagen; Scantrends; Yedi Housewares; and Zoku. Several returning exhibitors have requested larger exhibit spaces, including: Corkcicle, Core Bamboo, DKB, Picnic Time, Pillivuyt USA, Polder and Zevro. The Gourmet Housewares Show’s positioning between NYIGF’s Tabletop and Accent on Design divisions offers synergistic access to complementary design-focused suppliers and specialty tabletop lines. On its northerly side, Accent on Design will present ASA Selection, Blomus, Eva Solo, Mydrap, Stelton and UMBRA; and on its southerly aisle, Tabletop will feature Arte Italica, Beatriz Ball, Deborah Rhodes, Frances Stoia, Juliska, Kim Seybert, Lunares, Mariposa, Match,

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Michael Aram, Mottahedeh, Vagabond House, Vietri. In total, the summer 2012 market will present 350 upscale resources for table and kitchen. Since its inception in 1975, the Gourmet Housewares Show has provided a professional marketplace for the gourmet products and upscale housewares industries, offering a comprehensive mix of innovative new products, leading resources, and industry trends, and the only industry event to focus exclusively on high-end cookware, cutlery, bakeware, gadgets, tabletop, kitchen textiles and specialty food. NYIGF is the nation’s premier gift, home and lifestyle marketplace, with more than 2,800 exhibiting companies featuring an extraordinary breadth and depth of design-driven home fashion products and complementary giftware. Some 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 85 countries worldwide are expected. Information and registration is available online at www.nyigf.com. For exhibitor inf ormation, contact Marc Delman, sales manager, at 914.421.3260, or mdelman@glmshows.com. Information and attendee registration is available online at www.thegourmetshow.com.

Paul Ward-Willis Joins Welcome Home Brands As Director of National Sales Paul Ward-Willis has joined Welcome Home Brands in the newly created position of Director of National Sales, as the company expands its paper bakeware and ceramics business. Ward-Willis will be responsible for maintaining and expanding the company’s growing sales base of key account retailers and independent retailers, as well as managing its sales representative team. He will sell the company’s award-winning oven-safe Paper Bakeware to major national accounts, specialty stores, supermarkets, and retail stores. The extensive Paper Bakeware collection is available in more than 2,000 stores in the United States and 400 stores in Europe. Ward-Willis will report to Sam Sheppard and Richard Aslanian, Co-Founders and Co-CEOs of Welcome Home Brands. Ward-Willis joins Welcome Home Brands with 15 years of marketing and sales experience in housewares, tabletop and giftware. Before joining Welcome Home Brands, he was the National Sales Manager of Boska Holland, USA, a specialty cheese and equipment housewares manufacturer. Previously he was the National Sales Manager of Wüsthof-Trident of America. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Marketing from The State University of New York in Purchase, N.Y.

Microplane Appoints Janice Friedman to Nat’l Sales Manager, Kitchen Products Microplane announces the appointment of Janice Friedman to the position of National Sales Manager, Kitchen Products.Reporting directly to Joel Arivett, Vice President at Microplane, Friedman will be responsible for management of all sales activities, customer relationships and market development. Microplane’s independent sales representatives will report to Friedman. Dayna Butler, the company’s former National Sales Manager, has left the company. A skilled veteran of the housewares industry, Friedman was most recently VP Sales, Eastern Region at SodaStream, where during her three-year tenure, she successfully launched the brand at Macy’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, Bloomingdale’s, Frontgate and other retail businesses. Friedman has also worked as National Sales Manager at Terraillon Corp., and as Regional Sales Manager for Polder Inc. Earlier in her career, Friedman was Cookware Sales Manager at Lynns Concepts, a Key Account Manager at T-Fal Corp., and held various buyer and managerial positions for Macy’s East.


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Demarle USA Launches New Website for Silpat Demarle USA has launched a new website, www.silpat.com, named for the original nonstick baking mat for which it is widely known. The new website showcases the expanded line, including five rectangular Silpat sizes, an octagonal Silpat designed for microwave use, Silpain for the best in bread baking, and three sizes of Roul’Pat, the ideal non-stick countertop workstation for bakers. Enhancing the customer service experience, the site provides easy-to-

understand use and care instructions for all products, plus answers to frequently asked questions and links to product demonstration videos for Silpat, Silpain and Roul’Pat. Demarle’s customer service phone number is prominent on every page. There is also a link to Silpat’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/mysilpat, for fans to share experiences, recipes and more. In its “Shop” section, the site refers

June FINDS Dallas Temp Show Features Staggered Opening, Closing Dates Dallas Market Center has announced that the FINDS Dallas Temp Show will be held Thursday through Sunday, June 2124, for all categories with staggered opening and closing dates by category. This allows for additional buying opportunities in key locations of the growing marketplace. The show is held in conjunction with the Dallas Total Home

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& Gift Market ( Wednesday through Tuesday, June 20-26). Below are the dates for each FINDS category: • Design FINDS (Trade Mart first floor atrium), Home & Hill Country FINDS (World Trade Center sixth floor), & Santa Fe International Folk Art Market Collection (Hall of Nations, World Trade

consumers to the many major retailers that carry the Silpat line. The site also tells the Silpat story. In the 1960s, M. Guy Demarle, an experienced baker in northern France, began experimenting with non-stick silicone coatings in his search for ways to create the perfect baguette.

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eco-friendly initiatives. For more information, contact Demarle USA at 609.395.0219 or visit www.silpat.com.

The company continues its dedication to the baking and patisserie businesses, as both a foodservice baking essential and a favorite for home bakers. Demarle’s commitment to quality and the environment is an important part of its heritage. The company’s production facility is ISO 9001 certified, and the site catalogs its many Center first floor atrium): WednesdaySunday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. • World Trade Center 12th floor and World Trade Center 13th floor FINDS temporaries: Thursday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Categories located in Market Hall including Vintage Home FINDS, Furniture FINDS, French Market FINDS, and Cash & Carry FINDS: Thursday-Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Dallas Market Center website is available at www.dallasmarketcenter.com.

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Among the exciting product trends we saw this year were many, many items designed to help cooks create chef-quality food in their homes. Those ranged from the Herb Savor Mini Pod from Prepara, a beautiful way to keep cut herbs fresh and available, to Fissler’s induction-ready pressure cookers, gorgeous Aeternum nonstick sauté pans from Bialetti, the whole Mario Battali line from DANSK, and the new paella pans from Magefesa.

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Products responding to consumer demand for environmental consciousness and safety were everywhere in evidence. BergHOFF’s FernoGreen line as well as the ceramiccoated pans offered by ELO Stahlwaren and other manufacturers offer nonstick performance as well as being better for the environment, and that’s a combination that’s sure to be embraced by consumers. We saw cutting boards made from recycled materials, Microban-treated water bottles from Case Logic, biodegradable food storage containers, replenish cleaning products in innovative packaging that’s kinder to the environment and safe for pets and people, and the Spoiler Alert from FreezCube – all products designed to appeal to consumers’ desire to protect the planet as well as their families.

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Over the next year, we expect to see major retailers as well as mom-and-pop stores offering an array of great products proudly labeled as Made in the USA. Those include recycled tableware for kids offered by Green Eats, pepper grinders and rolling pins from Vic Firth Gourmet, cutting boards from Architec, J.K. Adams and Catskill Crafts, Jewel Stik diamond knife sharpeners, and Lenox fine bone china, which is made in North Carolina. When you’re putting those displays together, think about including baking pans from USA Pan, All American pressure cookers/canners, Chef ’s Design cookware and American Maid plastics. American workers are eating more lunches at their desks, and they’re finding that brown bags and food storage containers with press-on lids aren’t meeting their needs. They want lunch boxes they can fill with food prepared at home, and they don’t want leaks when they’re jostled on the train. And because the American workforce is increasingly culturally diverse, these families want their lunch boxes to accommodate more than a sandwich and an apple – they’re likely to want to pack along the pasta or posole left over from last night’s dinner and a garden salad with dressing on the side. Aladdin, which has been making lunch kits for kids since the 1950s, is stepping into the market with container sets with clip-closed and screw-top leak-proof containers designed for consumers with varying preferences for their lunch-time meals. Picnic Time and Picnic Plus both offer attractive kits sized for meals for one. Megatrade is offering a whole range of insulated containers that’ll keep a multi-course meal hot or cold for hours. PACKiT has a great line of freezable cooler bags that fold up in the freezer and then unfold to carry food and keep it cool for hours.

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Overall, this year’s show revealed an industry that’s been thinking hard about how consumers’ lives are changing and what products will appeal to their values and answer their concerns as they evolve. Americans will be shopping for more than just a price point this year – they want quality, they want functionality, they want products that are safe for their families and good for the environment, and they want value. The housewares industry has them for sale.

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Atsushi Semimoto, Executive Director of Business Development at the Japan Export & Trade Office ( JETRO) New York branch, tells us why retailers should take a closer look at homeware from Tohoku, a region that is known for craftsmanship and design. The region was the focus of the Japan Pavilion at this year’s IH+HS. Q: I understand there is a tradition of design and craftsmanship that is particular to Tohoku. Can you tell us a bit about this tradition and how it is reflected in these modern products? A: Tohoku, in the Northeastern region of Japan, has long been famous for its rich history of detailed craftsmanship. Our exhibitors continue these traditions with their stunning, one-of-a-kind, handcrafted creations in natural materials, including wood, iron, lacquer and glass. While they may also employ modern techniques and processes, their products are not mass produced as is the case for most homegoods today. They follow the famous Mingei movement of folk and traditional art, which is what Tohoku is so well known for. In fact, world-renowned designer Sori Yanagi always praised Tohoku’s craftsmanship, and you can see the great handcrafting skills in all of our exhibitors and their respect for upholding tradition. Q: These products’ origin story is unusually compelling. Do you see more interest from retailers in a product’s story? What about consumers? A: Today’s shoppers are "experience" shoppers as well as product shoppers. They want something unique, special, different when they make a purchase. They want something that "tells a story," that can make what they bought more than a useful object but one that has a background, that can become a topic of conversation over dinner. Heritage, tradition and background help add to a product's mystique—and all that applies a great deal to the Japan Pavilion exhibitors as each has a great story to tell. Also, since shoppers worldwide are becoming "greener" and more involved with the ecology and sustainability, all of the products displayed by our exhibitors are 100 percent produced in Japan with natural or eco-friendly materials. Q: With a cookbook on Tohoku cuisine coming out soon (by culinary expert Elizabeth Andoh), do you think this is an effective way to merchandise any of the items, or to display them with food items such as sakes? A: Showing a cookbook with the utensils

and the serving products— and coordinated accessorized with softening elements (cloths, napkins, place mats, flowers, simulated food)— does make an intriguing setting in store windows, or in-store focal areas. It also helps a great deal that Japanese cuisine has dramatically risen in popularity around the world, including in the U.S. in recent years, and I see so many Japanese restaurants opening all over the country. This trend makes Japanese cookware and housewares more relevant than ever to the American public. The growing interest in sakes, and the ease with which they can be paired with international foods, or foods with which Americans are already familiar, is another logical connection that retailers can establish with their customers. Serving sakes with authentically Japanese sake accessories will help you create the right atmosphere, especially for entertaining.

Q: This interview is happening before the IHA show, but some of these products have been to a few major shows elsewhere. Can you tell us a bit about their success there? A: The idea for a Japan Pavilion comprised solely of exhibitors from the Tohoku region arose from the Japan government as a result of the March 2011 disaster. Consequently, the Tohoku region was presented as part of the Japan Pavilion at Ambiente 2012 in February, and some exhibitors even participated in Maison et Objet in Paris. All of the Tohoku exhibitors were very well received in Europe by both international and U.S. buyers. For example, the cast iron cookware and children’s design items and toys even attracted retailers from New York. I think their success is a tribute to the high quality and uniqueness of their products. Q: Is there any detail that can be shared about how supply lines have been rebuilt to assure consistent deliveries? A: According to government statistics, more than 90 percent of overall Japanese manufacturing managed to restore their

supply chains very quickly after the March 11 quake and tsunami. We are fortunate that the Tohoku exhibitors have withstood the hardships of the disaster, actively have re-established their supply lines, and are now able to present their magnificent products to buyers in the U.S. and in Europe. In fact, we hope retailers and consumers will see past the recovery effort and simply appreciate our exhibitors’ products for what they are: beautiful and unique items that can add a great deal of international charm and sophistication to consumers’ lives.


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Retailer Profile Bridge Kitchenware Sells Quality BY LORRIE BAUMANN

A customer who walks into Bridge Kitchenware in Madison, N.J., is likely to get this advice from owner Steven Bridge and his wife, Kathy: Buy quality. If you cannot afford it all at once, wait and add pieces over time. Buy the biggest roasting pan, stock pot, and fish poacher you ever think you’ll need—you can always put less in it. Bridge absorbed that wisdom himself as he grew up working in the kitchenware store that his father, the late Fred Bridge, started with his mustering-out pay after World War II. The business, originally known as The Bridge Company, was born in the heart of New York City in 1946 as a kitchenware supplier to the restaurant trade. As soon as he was old enough to be put to work there, Bridge was busy in the store. “I learned to count by playing with the money in the register,” he says. Over the years, he’s worked in all aspects of the

business. The Bridge Company has evolved into Bridge Kitchenware, supplying retail customers with professional-quality cookware that will last them a lifetime. “What I sell you, you’ll give to your children,” he says. “I don’t carry glass mixing bowls because they don’t bounce well. I don’t carry ceramic knives because they shatter when they’re dropped. Yes they’re nice, but breakage is a concern. I’m all about the functionality.” That evolution from restaurant supply store to retail shop with a strong restaurant following began in the mid-1960s, when cooking shows by Jacques Pepin and Julia Child exposed the American public to the range of kitchenware available at that time only to professional chefs. Customers began seeking out the kitchenware they saw on TV, and in New York City, they found The Bridge Company on the east side of Manhattan. In 2008, the store moved closer to the Bridges’ home in New Jersey to lessen

their commute, enabling a better quality of life for their family. “We were working from nine to six in urban retail. We would leave home before 6:30 in the morning, and by the time we had done our banking, we were getting out of the city at 8:30,” he says. “Our children were 5 and 3 years old. We weren’t getting time to spend with them. Had we still been in the 52nd Street location, I think we would have moved our home instead.” They moved the business into their existing warehouse, previously used to receive ocean containers of merchandise from Europe. Within a short time, their business partner needed to sell the warehouse, so the Bridges opted to move down the street to a much larger facility. Two years later, the gas company bought that building to expand a gas pipeline. Walk-in business declined steeply with the move out of New York City, but so did the cost of doing business. “My rent is one-twentieth of what I was paying in New York,” he says. The new storefront in Madison is a 600-square-foot shop that carries a smaller selection of kitchenware. A 4,300-square-foot warehouse of additional stock is a few miles away in East Hanover. If a customer needs something that doesn’t happen to be in the shop, Bridge can usually have it there the next day. “We don’t need to have a warehouse in a retail location. That realization opened up more opportunities to be along the train route,” he says. The hit to the store’s walk-in retail business was mitigated by the large proportion of Bridge’s business that comes from the Internet. Bridge traces the beginnings of that to the mail-order

catalog he started in 1992. Bridge Kitchenware went online when he launched the shop’s first website in 1996. In those days, the mail-order customers came from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California and Texas. The last paper catalog was published in 2003, a victim of the costs of printing and distributing it, and now the Internet draws in business from all over the world, including Australia, France and Italy. “I sell French cookware, and I have customers in France who order that from me. I have a customer in Russia now,” Bridge says. “It’s not cheap to ship to her.” In 2009, Travel & Leisure magazine named the store one of six throughout the world as must-visit shops for cooks. Steven and Kathy Bridge are still selling the same kinds of products that Fred sold in that original Manhattan store: classic items of professional-quality cookware and very little kitchen gadgetry. Bridge will sell an item that’s new on the market only if he sees that it’s a real improvement on its predecessor, he says. “A lot of other stores are interested in selling what’s hot, but we aren’t one of them,” he says. “I look at function. They’ve got to function well. All of our cookware goes in the oven, goes in the dishwasher.” Even though most of his sales are to customers from around the world that he’s unlikely ever to meet, Bridge still enjoys seeing the customers who visit his Madison shop. “I enjoy meeting all my customers. Putting a face with a name always means a lot to me,” he says. “Customer service is important. I believe in that. But the quality means everything.”


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Product Reviews Snapi Allows Single-Handed Serving for Many Uses BY A.J. FLICK

We’ve featured KitchenHappy’s Snapi® in previous issues of Kitchenware News & Housewares Review and have seen how the fun, single-hand servers has become so popular that the line has expanded to include seven colors: Grape (purple), Tangerine (orange), Mango (yellow), Ice (white), Kiwi (green), Watermelon (red) and Berry (blue). KitchenHappy likes to say that Snapi is “the fun way to serve food,” so when it came to testing the Snapi at home, I decided to have a little fun with it. First, though, I wanted to see how good it was at its primary function: serving food. I whipped up a batch of penne pasta with Alfredo sauce and fresh, parboiled broccoli. As expected, the Snapi was a breeze to use and I was able to grab tasty handfuls of the pasta easily. Cleanup was simple, too. The Snapi is

dishwasher safe and just as easy to wash by hand. Clearly, Snapi would be just as handy when it comes to tossing and serving salads. I don’t know about you, but sometimes using salad tongs leads to more salad on the counter than in the bowl. The Snapi gives you a lot more control with slippery salads. I wondered if Snapi has other uses, too. I don’t have an automatic ice-maker in my freezer, so I buy bags of ice and use a scoop. The Snapi is great for this use. I keep it in the freezer and its BPA-free plastic doesn’t adhere to my skin as it grabs the ice. It’s also handy to throw in the ice chest for cookouts and such. You know how you reach in for a can and come out with a frozen hand? Next time, get a Snapi and, unless you’re digging on the bottom of the cooler, your drink will be

ClickClack Cubes Make Countertop Storage Classy BY A.J. FLICK

You usually never appreciate good storage containers until you get a bad one and pull out a stale cookie; find one on its side in the fridge with the contents dripped three levels below; or grab one with slippery hands, only to have the container crash to the floor and your flour dusting every surface. ClickClack prides itself on making stylish, functional kitchenware that’s user friendly, airtight, durable and with a quality design. ClickClack Cubes are pleasing to the eye with their sleek, modular design. The Cubes come with clear bodies and white, black or red soft-toggle lids. They are designed to stack when in use or nest when not.

To test the air-tightness, I used one container to store cereal, which came out as fresh as it went in. I also put water in one and set it on its side in the refrigerator, proving it didn’t spill. To test the durability, I put flour in one and dropped it on the floor. The lid stayed in place and the BPA-free plastic body didn’t crack. I also put water in a container and froze it, which didn’t faze the Cube at all. To test the stylishness, all I had to do was stack the containers on my kitchen counter and, without even pointing them out, had a friend remark about how nice they looked. Cubes come in sets of three: one with .9 L/1 qt., 1.9 L/2 qt., 3.3 L/3.5 qt.; and one with 1.4 L/1.5 qt., 2.8 L/3 qt., 4.3L/4.5 qt. For more information, please call 800.884.4543, e-mail usinfo@clickclack.com or go online to www.clickclack.com.

ice-cold, but not your flesh. What else is the Snapi good for? Well, I’ll tell you one thing it isn’t. Playing with your cat. My Siamese seems to think my hands are great to chew on, so I thought I’d see if she’d like to chew on a Snapi instead. She seemed interested at first, when I approached with an open Snapi, but when I clicked it shut, she gave it such a look of disgust that I was afraid to approach her for an hour.

In sum: Pasta, salads, yes; ice coolers, yes; cats, no. Snapi retails for less than $10. It’s available in point-of-purchase counter, floor and clip strip displays for all seven colors. Each Snapi also comes in bulk packaging and includes a hang tag ready for replenishment on custom displays. For more information, go online to http://wholesale.kitchenhappy.com, e-mail smiles@kitchenhappy.com or call 248.453.5177.


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NY Tabletop Market Showcases Hermès, Ralph Lauren Home Showroom Openings Two iconic international luxury brands top the list of showroom openings at Forty One Madison Avenue when The New York Tabletop Market gets underway, April 17-20. Hermès and its stable of tabletop beauties will be making a statement with the completion of its new 3,000-square-foot location on the 22nd floor. On display here under the company’s home division banner, Art de la Table, are La Table Hermès branded dinnerware and accessories, Saint-Louis crystal and Puiforcat silver. The space, designed by Rena Dumas Architecture d’Interieur also has been configured to include executive offices for company management. “We are very pleased to join Forty One Madison,” said Olivier Pechou, Vice President Art de la Table/Interior Design Projects, “and are eager to have a space to welcome press, architects, designers, as well as our partners all year long.”

Newly opened on the 22nd floor will be Ralph Lauren Home, in a 2,500-square-foot space showcasing its impressive breadth of gifts and decorative accessories. The sophisticated signature collection reflects quality and craftsmanship with a timeless sensibility. Several introductions will be featured among an extensive array of enduring classics. Tzeng Shyng is another Forty One Madison newcomer. Its U.S. operations occupy a 2,500-square-foot space on the third floor that includes showroom and offices. At Market, it will take the wraps off of its ecofriendly tabletop designs of GML Green Melamine and Bio Bamboo Fiber, among other collections. Charles Guthrie III, President, of Tzeng Shyng Group, said, “We made a strategic decision to redirect our marketing efforts to a ‘factory direct’ platform and focus our efforts toward direct service venues with our key accounts.

“In this transition,” he continued, “we felt Forty One Madison offered the premiere location and venue for showcasing our new product offerings and attracting the retailers we currently do business with plus those who are potential partners. Laurie Burns and the management of Forty One Madison have demonstrated their keen ability to host the best suppliers in a world-class facility, and we desired to be a part of that success.” A sign of revived commerce and industry growth is that several showrooms are expanding this spring. One of the biggest moves of note is Tervis, which heads to the recently renovated eighth floor and a location that will triple where it previously was housed. Michael Aram, which moved into Forty One on the eighth floor just a year ago, also is taking on additional space on the floor. Another neighbor, Circle Glass, is increasing its real estate by 50 percent, an expansion that also comes within a year of moving into the building. “With these additions and expansions, Forty One Madison will showcase even more solid resources and products at the upcoming show,” said Laurie Burns, Senior Vice president and Director. On April 18, Forty One Madison is hosting

a breakfast seminar headlined by Simon Doonan, who for 27 years was creative director at Barneys New York, putting the retailer on the map with his fantasmagoric windows and displays. Now as Barneys creative ambassador at large, he’s been appearing in-store coast-to-coast to promote his latest book (his fifth), “Gay Men Don’t Get Fat.” It is a deliciously hysterical read that includes, among other topics, commentary on food, which he defines as either gay or straight. With a career in fashion that spans more than 35 years, Doonan has won many awards for his window designs and was invited by President and Mrs. Obama to decorate the White House for the 2009 holiday season. “Simon Doonan is guaranteed to start everyone’s day off in high spirits,” said Burns. “His skewed vision is irresistible, and we’re excited to be able to host him at The New York Tabletop Market.” In addition to taking questions following his presentation, Doonan also will be available to sign books, with each guest receiving a complimentary copy courtesy of Forty One Madison (while supply lasts.) With seating limited, reservations for this event are strongly recommended at swainberg@rudin.com or 212.686.1203. Martha Stewart Weddings has said “I do” to creating the Forty One Madison Avenue Lobby Tables, and editor-in-chief Elizabeth Graves is promising brilliant treatments that will send sparks of creativity flying among all market attendees, be they bridal-focused or others. The settings will be on display throughout the show. Editor-At-Large is co-sponsoring Interior Designer Day on April 19. It’s the one special day during Market for professional interior designers and architects to have direct access to the resources and company principals in the building. It’s also an ideal occasion for exploring the showrooms and sizing up the potential finishing touches for their design projects. Kicking off the day will be a breakfast and panel discussion with some top-name designers who’ve successfully increased their businesses by helping their clients with tableware and barware selections. Following this informative session, guests will be free to roam the showrooms. EditorAt-Large will film throughout the morning, as well, and post highlights on its popular website, editoratlarge.com. The Café on Level A will take on a bit of a French flair as Bridal Guide serves “April in Paris” themed eats. It’s a popular spot in the building for meetups with colleagues in between appointments and showroom visits. Enjoy the complimentary foodservice Tuesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday, noon4 p.m.; and Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


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neutral colors that look like they are made of river stones and pebbles, the pieces are molded acrylic resin and extremely versatile, Lynch said. “Customers start with a bowl, which works both as serveware and as a decorative piece, then over time, they’ll add servers, a platter, a vase, and other pieces they can use with tableware they already have.” Arbiter’s Egizia line, which is glassware with applied silver, includes a vase that doubles as an ice bucket.

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introduced a new line, named Jerk, in honor of the soda fountain glassware from which it was inspired. The pieces feature vintage, ’50s diamond-wheel engraving, with splashes of color on the bottoms that, while reminiscent of Depression glass, are new elements on a classic shape. Poeting explained that Rolf is in the unique position to be able to do small test runs, and then tailor its lines to those that are most successful. The company is expanding its reach from gift and destination stores into gourmet shops, as well. “Our school of fish design is now on 25 different items, including bowls, carafes and martini glasses,” said Poeting.

The perfect blend of whimsy and practicality is realized in the glassware/barware created by the artisans at Rolf Glass (www.rolfglass.com) in Mt. Pleasant, Pa., now the only manufacturer left in what was once the Lennox Christmas Factory. Using glassware produced by U.S. manufacturers—Libbey, Arc and Anchor Hocking—Rolf's engravers and glass cutters transform utilitarian pieces into something more personalized.

“Take a tumbler,” said Owner Rolf Poeting. “They all look alike, and are as practical as they are boring. We can take the same tumblers and make 30 different versions.” Rolf ’s glassware includes nautical and coastal lines, which Rolf said are by far the company’s most popular. “People like them for vacation spots and second homes.” There also is a growing demand for vintage and classic looks, especially when they incorporate a new twist. Rolf recently

At Eusamex, designers continue to work with bold colors. “We’re seeing an interest in funky colors, like oranges, purples and reds,” said Nathalie Johnston, Managing Director/Partner Eusamex USA, Inc. (www.eusamex.com). “Eggplant continues to be popular, as well as turquoise. People are attracted to deep, rich tones that are more bold in color,” like those depicted in the company’s images d’Orient line. And, according to Johnston, grays, reds and blacks will be popular in tableware for the winter holiday season. The black and white Hammen line was introduced at the International Home + Housewares Show this month.

The trend toward metallic accents can be seen in textiles from Chilewich (www.chilewich.com), which recently introduced its Metallic Lace line of table coverings. “At first glance, it appears to be real metal,” said Pat McNellis, Vice President of Wholesale and Hospitality at Chilewich Sultan LLC. “However, upon closer inspection, it is clearly a very intricate and refined textile. This open abstract netting is printed with silver foil and becomes a truly contemporary lace.” McNellis said the tabletoppers are in line with trends seen in both fashion and tabletop for metallic silver and gold colors. Of its silver-accented Egizia glass line, Arbiter’s Lynch said, “We refer to them as everyday luxuries. Instead of buying a lot of something, the trend is to buy something really nice that will hold its value,” which describes the buying trend for most buyers in any market.

Not exactly whimsical, but certainly reflecting the trend, is customers’ attraction to historical components of the images d’Orient line, which features coasters that depict legendary characters. The back of the coasters reveals biographical information. “People like looking at the historic characters and learning something about the culture,” said Johnston.

FLIP & TUMBLE SALT + PEPPER SQUEEZERS STARFRIT CAT CORA HEAVY GAUGE FORGED NON STICK COOKWARE SET With practical, oversized sauce pans and a steamer ideal for healthy cooking, the Cat Cora by Starfrit 10piece Heavy Gauge Forged Non Stick Cookware Set is sure to become an essential part of the home kitchen for years to come! The heavy gauge, forged, non-stick set features an extrathick base that browns meat perfectly and has a scratch-resistant, PFOA-free inner coating that is eco-friendly and a breeze to clean. Due to its heavy gauge

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forged base, the set is durable enough for everyday use while providing even heat distribution and even cooking.The exclusive riveted stainless steel and silicone handle is heat resistant up to 392°F/200°C, providing a secure grip. The glass lids allow the user to watch the food without lifting the lid. The stunning set is available in blue, red and black and includes a limited lifetime warranty. Suggested Retail Price: $229.95

Abbiamo Tutto, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, works only with Italian artists and manufacturers. Its products are 100 percent made in Italy, start to finish. One of its new products introduced earlier this year is the Pomodori collection (pomodori means “tomato” in Italian). Suggested Retail Price: $14-78

These Salt + Pepper Squeezers from flip & tumble are a fun and modern alternative to the traditional salt and pepper shaker. Just give them a squeeze for a fun new way to dispense salt and pepper. Once you’re done, give them a roll to pass them along. Each set includes two squeezers and one base. Available in black/white, green, and orange. Suggested Retail Price: $24

Starfrit [tel] 514.871.1671 www.catcora.com

Abbiamo Tutto [tel] 703.790.0172 www.e-abbiamotutto.com

flip & tumble [tel] 415.830.5624 www.flipandtumble.com


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JEWELSTIK DIAMOND KNIFE SHARPENER

Hand knitting has been popular in Ireland since the 17th century, originating on the Aran Islands, which lie on the most westerly point of Europe, across from Galway Bay. The designers at Belleek have been inspired by the rustic but beautiful patterns found in Aran hand knitting. Each unique pattern originates from different families and holds its own name and story. The Aran collection is complemented by accent patterns, such as Cable and Tree of Life, which can be mixed to enhance your table. Belleek is resilient and functional, microwave/dishwasher-safe, yet it is light and exquisitely detailed.

No worries on the beach, poolside, patio, picnic, boating, camping or other outdoor dining with Daloplast drinkware.Traditionally elegant designs, but so carefree in use.The whole family will enjoy the variety of styles with new colors for 2012. Stemware consists of wine, ice tea/beer, tall champagne and cordial.The tumblers are designed to stack for easy storing.Tumblers come in two convenient sizes: 12 oz. and 17 oz. Summer is coming—get ready for outdoor activities. Daloplast drinkware features include: shatterproof; top-rack dishwasher safe; made of BPA-free SAN (styrene acrylonitrile); food safe; available in four colors: purple, aqua, semi-clear and lime; and made in Sweden.

JewelStik Diamond Knife Sharpeners have been quite a hit. Hewlett Manufacturing has been making the ever-popular diamond oval knife sharpener for almost 50 years and its top priority is U.S.A.-made quality. Hewlett is proud to always have been entirely produced, assembled and packaged in Pennsylvania since its inception almost 50 years ago. New customers are still seeking to carry the JewelStik as an addition to their cutlery line and are pleased to offer an American-made product. The JewelStik 1-2-3 series is unique by offering three diamond grits on one handle. A coarse grit (270), which will give an edge to any dull blade, should not be used on a regular basis. The medium grit (600) is standard in the industry for maintaining a consistent edge. The fine grit (1800) is supreme for finehoning your thin blades used for slicing or skinning. JewelStik is an entire line of sharpening needs, oval two sided or three side or flat sharpeners. All styles are available in lengths of 5", 10", 12" and 14".

Core Bamboo’s prep station with colorful silicone measurement bowls is ideal for all food prep, presentation and serving. Made of durable, long-lasting renewable bamboo that is harder than most traditional hardwoods, this board won't dull knives and is maintenance free. The measuring bowls can be used to keep spices handy and measure out ingredients when preparing a meal with this large surface prep board. The board was designed to be raised above counter level so that you can slide a plate or pot right under the surface, making it easy and mess free to transfer ingredients. Prepare everything from weekday meals to a holiday dinner with this durable cutting board and present your newest culinary creation at your table with pride.

Belleek [tel] 855.212.0547 [email] salesna@belleek.ie

Linden Sweden [tel] 608.756.8741 www.lindensweden.com

Hewlett Manufacturing [tel] 814.683.4762 www.jewelstik.com

Core Bamboo [tel] 646.845.6000 www.corebamboo.com

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ISLAND BAMBOO TABLETOP TRIO The Island Bamboo™ Tabletop Trio is also an elegant way to store and present teas, spices and snacks. Crafted from light and durable Moso bamboo, these pieces are great for everyday use and will not absorb or impart odors.The Tea Box, which stores up to eight varieties of tea bags, features a flip-top lid that seals out moisture to maintain freshness.The Triple Scoop Box has three compartments with a long-handled bamboo spoon recessed inside to conveniently serve up sugar cubes, cinnamon sticks and ginger or chocolates, nuts and mints. Perfect for showcasing and protecting gourmet salts or dry spices, the Salt Cellar has a simple yet elegant design with hinged lid to seal out moisture. Island Bamboo is known for having the largest selection of eco-friendly bamboo kitchenware. Trees for Shade…Bamboo for Boards, Island Bamboo makes bamboo alternatives to traditional wood products. Island Bamboo products are an earthfriendly choice for kitchenware products because they are high quality with a long, useful life; manufactured from bamboo, a renewable resource; and thoughtfully packaged to reduce waste. Each sold separately; these and other bamboo serveware are available in the 2012 Island Bamboo Product Catalog. Suggested Retail Price: $9.99-25.99 Island Bamboo [tel] 949.492.9921 www.islandbamboo.com

VIETRI RECYCLED PRISM DRINKWARE A dimpled texture adds rich dimension to your table in a variety of lightcatching hues. Made in Spain of recycled glass. Dishwasher safe. Suggested Retail Price: $9-32 Vietri Inc. [tel] 919.732.5933 www.vietri.com

PLACETILES CERAMIC LABELS PlaceTiles are stylish erasable ceramic accent labels, perfect as table place cards for guests or as a descriptive accessory for each dish being served. No more cheap paper or plastic tags, PlaceTiles are a nice, personalized finishing touch for a dinner party, reception or any gathering, giving the VIP treatment to guests and highlighting each dish. Comes in a variety of styles such as Medallion, Fleur-di-Lis, Vine, Shell and more. Suggested Retail Price: $35 for a set of 6

TEAQUARIUM A traditional tea flower is a visual treat and the TEAquarium offers the best way to brew them. This fluid design includes a drink through filter located at the top of the glass and perfect for many that enjoy green tea, matte and many herbal teas keeping the tea in the cup. The top has a fine mesh food safe stainless filter and a simple press fit with the food safe silicone insulation. The hand made double wall 9 oz glass features our new single wall drinking and elegant with or without the filter for tea or any beverage. This is new design 9 oz double wall glass includes a silicone base. Highwave is celebrating 30 years 2012. Every year we develop new designs and for 2012 our theme is Fluid Design for Coffee, Tea, Beer, Wine & Spirits and Water. Stop by and visit High wave at the International Tea Show in Las Vegas to see other new Fluid Designs. Highwave Inc. [tel] 800.444.4928 www.highwave.com

PlaceTiles [tel] 678.467.4776 www.placetile.com

SPEED-PULL DECORKER WITH BUILT-IN FOIL CUTTER The only handheld uncorking machine that easily fits into a kitchen drawer with all the power of a bigger machine! Get rid of those bulky corkscrews. Builtin foilcutter also eliminates the problem of losing the foilcutter. Compact, innovative design opens bottles in seconds. Place machine over bottle. Squeeze side handle and turn the bottle to activate foil cutter. Comes in a pearl chrome finish, stands 81⁄8" tall, 4¾" wide. Comes in a four-color box. Suggested Retail Price: $19.99 Franmara [email] info@franmara.com www.franmara.com

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These wooden trays from the Foxy Fall Collection designed by tag, feature rope handles and come in a set of two. Suggested Retail Price: $96

The Mary Harper Group represents some of the finest manufacturers in the gift, tabletop and home décor industries from Frances Stoia and Murval to Phaidon Press, Seda France and Tocca. The Rosanna collection from the very gifted designer and artist, Rosanna Bowles, features many products designed for carefree elegant entertaining. Rosanna offers a wide array of china, flatware, glassware and accessories.

tag [tel] 773.871.1300

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Acacia Creations takes recycled materials and reinvents them into beautiful bowls and tabletop pieces for the home. Recycled magazine bowls and fallen olive wood tableware are among the beautifully handcrafted pieces Acacia Creations offers. Using only recycled and reclaimed materials found in Kenya and practicing fair trade principles, Acacia Creations is an eco-friendly company with a true appreciation for its artists. The Olive Wood Collection includes: 3" bowl with teaspoon, traditionally used as salt and pepper servers; 6" bowls, versatile enough for anything (natural or painted); 8" divided hors d’oeuvres bowl, perfect for dry snacks; Salad servers: painted, spiraled, or branched; Double bowl and double spoon; Heart-shaped nesting bowls (set of three). Suggested Retail Price: $7.50-28 Acacia Creations www.acaciacreationsstore.com

ARTEL BANANA LEAVES From Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” to the paintings of Henri Rousseau, the primal mystique of the jungle landscape has long captivated the imagination of the modern world. Banana Leaves transports the viewer into the thick of a dense jungle—no machete required! Similar in design to Jungle Baroque but without the animal depictions, Banana Leaves features overlapping images of thickly veined foliage, bringing a taste of the rainforest to any table setting or home décor. Banana Leaves also differs from Jungle Baroque in its inclusion of an additional production step: After being mouthblown and sandblasted, each piece is painstakingly hand-painted with a golden hue, kiln-fired, and then handcolored and kiln-fired a second time, after which the gold color is only visible on the inside of the glass. The result is a truly unique object that evokes a walk in the tropics – rich with detail, bright color, and the unexpected surprise of sparkling gold flashes on the interior. Artel Glass [tel] 646.216.9415 www.artelglass.com


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Meyer Dedicates Resources to New Tabletop Division Following positive response to the unveiling of new Rachael Ray and Paula Deen Tabletop Collections at both the 2011 International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago and at the recent New York Tabletop Market in October, Meyer Corp., U.S., has signed a multiyear lease for its Forty-One Madison 3,000-plus square-foot showroom (suite 1701). In addition, Meyer has appointed veteran tabletop executive Helene Branisel as Director of Sales in Tabletop, a newly created position. “We’re delighted to solidly move forward in the new year with permanent showroom space at the most prestigious address for the tabletop industry, and to welcome Helene, a highly skilled tabletop sales executive to our newly formed tabletop division,” says Suzanne

Murphy, Vice President of Marketing at Meyer Corp., U.S. “Our beautiful and professionally designed showroom will be a focal point for introducing new Rachael Ray and Paula Deen collections at each Tabletop Show in 2012 and beyond, and Helene’s industry expertise and leadership will ensure our success in quickly establishing market share for our two coveted celebrity brands.” Before joining Meyer, Branisel was National Accounts Manager at Fitz & Floyd for 13 years, where her responsibilities covered sales for all retail channels and management of the tabletop company’s sales force. Branisel reports to Darrin Johnston, Senior Vice President of Sales at Meyer Corporation, U.S. FUSIONBRANDS SERVEITUP

AMERICAN FEITIAN ROOSTER BOWL KRI KRI STUDIO'S VIT DINNERWARE Kri Kri Studio introduces artist Kristin Nelson’s VIT line of dinnerware. VIT (pronounced “veet”) porcelain dishes are elegant, clean and crisp. Vertical or horizontal hand-drawn white lines detail the five VIT colors; gray, taupe, yellow, coral and jade green. The handmade quality enriches a simple, Scandinavian sensibility. Place settings include dinner and salad plates, two bowl sizes and a mug. VIT also offers a large serving bowl and vases. Pleasingly thin, this line is durable and dishwasher safe. Wholesale Price: $18-60 Kri Kri Studio [tel] 206.790.3301 www.planetkrikri.com

Elevate your favorite plate with the serveitup—the first stand that provides a secure lift to any size or shape plate or bowl. Put your everyday plate on a pedestal and instantly raise the bar on serving and entertaining.The serveitup has a porcelain base, topped with a suction cup that securely affixes to flat, non porous dinnerware. Small stand holds 6-8" plates and bowls. Large stand holds 10-12" plates and bowls. Suggested Retail Price: $20 (small), $30 (large) fusionbrands www.fusionbrands.com

This Rooster Bowl from American FeiTian is completely hand-blown and fused with colorful barnyard hues. It provides the perfect place for napkins, sweeteners, utensils or any other items you choose. America FeiTian is the American division of Liao Yang FeiTian, China’s largest manufacturer of handcrafted glass gifts and decorative accessories. The company has been distributing glassware in the United States since 2002. With more than 2,000 employees, the factory produces a wide range of items, including glass flowers, vases, plates, bowls, candleholders and glass figurines. All of the company’s items are proudly blown by highly skilled craftsmen with years of glass-making experience. Teams of designers in China, Europe and the United States scour the markets in a constant search for the latest trends and colors. This ensures that AFT’s products will appeal to the most discriminating consumer preferences in home décor. And, because they are the manufacturer, they are able to offer products at prices that reflect an incredible value. AFT also collaborates with other glass factories in China. As a result, they are able to address the needs of many customers regarding all types of glassware products. Suggested Retail Price: $29.95 American FeiTian [tel] 909.987.6354 www.aftglassware.com

WILLIAM BOUNDS MILLS

Julia Treutiger graduated from the University of Lund, Sweden in 2010 and has already made a name for herself. Julia’s design all have the same combination of form and aesthetics for functional and of course beautiful products. The new Fix series was inspired by the simple designs from our past. Her desire with the Fix line was to create a line that offered clean design and great function. The result is a line of functional and decorative items for the kitchen in stoneware and oak. The Fix line includes the Lemon Squeezer, shown here, as well as ceramic spice mill with container, herb pot, salt and pepper set, bowl with lid and trivet and grater with container. Suggested Retail Price: $18.95 for Lemon Squeezer

Capitalize on quality with Made in the USA line of William Bounds pepper, salt and spice mills, offering retailers a wide assortment of 100 percent American-made products ideal for merchandising for Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, or every day, building sales throughout the year. With more than 30 SKUs, the line appeals to consumers who feel good about supporting American-made products. The mills are identified with a red, white and blue “Made in the USA” ribbon. All mills feature the exclusive William Bounds three-step adjustment ring for a fine, medium or coarse grind. To maximize fresh flavor, the proprietary William Bounds milling mechanism crushes rather than grinds ingredients, releasing the full flavor of the spice. The design features no interlocking parts, so the mill will not jam or wear out. The mills offer versatility and durability for use in the kitchen, at the table and at the grill. Suggested Retail Price: $15-36

Sagaform USA [tel] 856.761.4050 www.sagaform.com/usa

William Bounds [tel] 800.473.0504 www.wmboundsltd.com

FIX BY JULIA TREUTIGER KUHN RIKON BISTRO OIL & VINEGAR CRUETS Designed by award-winning Swiss designer Philipp Beyeler, the Kuhn Rikon Bistro Oil & Vinegar Cruets are fitted with a cleverly-engineered adjustable non-drip spout, allowing oil and vinegar to pour evenly from a drip to flow, adding just the right flavor to your meal. The glass cruets are complemented with colorful and durable tops. The center handle lifts up the base to hold the cruets securely in place when moving from kitchen to table, and helps keep countertops and tables mess free. Measuring 6½" tall, these 3-piece sets are available in three colors: Black, White and Red. Suggested Retail Price: $30 Kuhn Rikon www.kuhnrikon.com

RED CLAY HOME'S INCLINE AT SUNSET BOWLS The delicately sloping edge of this serving bowl creates a beautiful nest to display fruit or corral loose items. Simple yet stunning, the Incline at Sunset bowl is suitable to serve salads or sides, or just add a pop of style to any space. The bowls available in Peacock, Flame, and White, measure 10" in diameter and 5" deep, are Food safe and made in the USA. Suggested Retail Price: $69 Red Clay Home [tel] 415.205.7137 www.redclayhome.com


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SILLY SOULS MILK JUNKIE New this year from Silly Souls is the Milk Junkie melamine kids dinner set. Each set includes five pieces— plate, bowl, cup, spoon and fork—in a gift box. Suggested Retail Price: $22 ($11 wholesale) Silly Souls LLC [tel] 415.615.0397 www.sillysouls.com

INTRADA SIENA Intrada’s Siena collection offers authentic Italian centerpieces and footed bowls, which create an eyecatching attraction to any home or event. Each Intrada piece is 100 percent handmade and hand painted in Italy by master Italian artisans whose skills have been passed down for generations. The collection features various sizes and shapes. Suggested Retail Price: $200-560 Intrada [tel] 800.752.7576 www.IntradaItaly.com

BODUM DOUBLE WALL GLASSES

DESIGN HOUSE STOCKHOLM BAMBOO Bamboo is a grass. Bamboo is fantastic. This rapid-growing grass has provided food and building materials for people for thousands of years. Bamboo is impact resistant; it is rigid and can be cut into. Design House Stockholm has chosen to translate some of its earlier products using this laminated natural material: Pick Up, Stig Ahlström’s combined servers and chop sticks; David Mayhew’s serving set Whale Tongs, which are held together by a magnet; Tray, Rolf Sinnemark’s nest of trays; and Umbra, Signe Persson-Melin’s salad servers. Deisgn House Stockholm got so keen on bamboo that it let a couple of earlier products be born again using the new material: Chop, Ulla Christansson’s chopping boards and Hot Pot, serving mats by Åsa McCormac that can be unfolded or folded up to suit one’s needs.The bamboo collection will expand with several new members in the next few years.

Individually mouth-blown by expert artisans, the proprietary Bodum Double Wall Glasses feature two walls of breathable glass with air in between, creating a highly effective layer of insulation. The result? This innovative drinkware keeps hot drinks hot without burning the user’s fingers and cold drinks cold without the messy condensation.The Double Wall Glasses are the perfect vessels for beer, cocktails, cold drinks and desserts as well as coffee, tea, hot cocoa and any hot beverage, forever eliminating the need for a coaster. It is a stronger yet lighter, high-quality glass. Due to the properties of borosilicate glass, the Double Wall Glasses are temperature resistant, scratch-resistant and dishwasher safe. In addition, these glasses will not cloud or become dull over time, even after 1,000 dishwasher cycles. Suggested Retail Price: $15-25 apiece; $30-40 set Bodum www.bodum.com

MOSO BAMBOOWARE Pandas everywhere will rejoice at the launch of the new Moso Bambooware Collection, which was shown at the 2012 International Home + Housewares Show by Robinson Home Products. Named for one of the few species of bamboo that pandas don’t eat, Moso sustainable kitchen tools augment its attractive two-toned design with a gift that gives back: Robinson will donate about 4 percent from the sale of each Moso item to the renowned World Wildlife Fund. All Moso utensils are safe to use with non-stick cookware, and the use of Moso bamboo to craft this collection was strategically selected for durability. The Bowl and Salad Server Set feature gently scalloped edge detail and offer a generous 5-quart capacity. The servers are 11½" in size. Product development to further expand the Moso collection is under way. Suggested Retail Price: $39.99 (bowl) $9.99 (server set) Robinson Home Products www.robinsonus.com

Design House Stockholm Inc. [tel] 845.731.9566 www.designhousestockholm.com

BLUE CRAB BAY CO. STONEWARE

ONEIDA CHEF'S TABLE CHIP AND DIP HAMPTON SILVERSMITHS STITCHED FLATWARE

Oneida's popular Chef's Table collection has eight new pieces, which were debuted at the International Home + Housewares Show, including a 14" Chip and Dip tray. Launched two years ago to an enthusiastic reception at retail, the Oneida Chef’s Table collection offers the pristine look of bone china with the stronger durability of porcelain. As with the rest of the collection, the Chip and Dip tray comes with a three-year no-chip warranty, “restaurant rolled edge” and “fingertouch grip” that ensures it will stand up to everyday use. Suggested Retail Price: $24.99

Hampton, a leader in innovative flatware, cutlery, barware and kitchen solutions, debuts the stunning Hampton Silversmiths Stitched flatware design. Stitched displays a decorative cross-stitched embossed pattern that creates movement up the center of the handle to complement both table and linens. The flatware is made of 18/0 stainless steel, which is particularly resistant to corrosion and rusting; available in all mirror, or frosted and mirror finish; and dishwasher safe with a limited lifetime warranty.

Robinson Home Products www.robinsonus.com

Hampton Forge www.hamptonforge.com

Blue Crab Stoneware by Dovis Designs, distributed exclusively by Blue Crab Bay Co., are original designs of Eastern Shore artisan José Dovis, who also created the Blue Crab Bay Co. logo in 1985. All items prominently feature a hand-painted blue crab, the quintessential gem of a coastal Virginia location. All are microwaveand dishwasher-safe as well as leadfree. The line focuses on kitchenware, dinnerware and serveware. Kitchenware items include a deep mixing bowl, canister, utensil holder, spoon rest and trivet. Dinnerware pieces include: dinner plate, salad plate, pasta bowl ,mug, soup/chowder bowl, dessert/bread plate and cereal bowl. Serveware includes: round platter, oval platter, large pitcher, sugar jar, cream pitcher, tureen/casserole, serving bowl, condiment dish, salt-andpepper set and seasoning shaker.

Among Birdkage's collection of bib, Aline and vintage aprons with matching tea towels is Madison—100 percent multicolored floral printed cotton canvas with metal “sail cloth” grommets. The aprons are great for wearing in the kitchen, at the BBQ grill, in the garden or even for crafts such as scrapbooking. Suggested Retail Price: $22-55

Blue Crab Bay Co. [tel] 757.787.3602 Ext. 104 visit www.baybeyond.net

Birdkage [tel] 917.655.0833 www.birdkagestyle.com

BIRDKAGE MADISON APRONS, TEA TOWELS


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Marketwatch HOUSEWARES (Cont. from Page 1) anniversary of the devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami. The Japanese government has launched a program to help the three most affected regions— Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures—by easing the way for companies to come to significant trade shows such as IH+HS.

“One hundred years into the future, somebody may not know what these are for, but as an object, they might be curious and find them attractive,” Kirihara said. “I’m hoping people in the future will have a feel for these and think that they have captured some beauty as with the Japanese tea ceremony.”

“What we hope will happen is that we support them now and next year, they will be able to come themselves,” said Shingo Nagai, Director of Business Development and PR for the Japan External Trade Organization. Some of the designers were able to make it to the IH+HS show, though others chose to be closer to home on March 11, the anniversary date. Masanori Kirihara brought his iPod/iPhone docks and explained through an interpreter that he was inspired by the timeless beauty of Japanese tea ceremony dishware.

“We have a game in the kitchen,” added Michael Voltaggio, grinning. “‘What can we put in the pressure cooker next?’” Fissler was intrigued by the Voltaggios’ use of pressure cookers in their restaurants, and jumped in when the company heard the cookers were being discarded after three months when they were worn out. “The good news about the Vitaquick is that it will last,” said Bryan Voltaggio, who makes “CLT” (Chicken, Lettuce and Tomato) sandwiches in one of his restaurants from chicken skin cooked in a Vitaquick then ovendried crisp like bacon.

There was no shortage of celebrity chefs at this year’s IH+HS, from Paula Deen to Guy Fieri to charming Aussie chef Curtis Stone, who debuted his new cookware line and could be seen on the show floor in the waning hours tirelessly promoting his Curtis Stone Kitchen Solutions. Chef David Burke’s cutlery line was inspired by and named after his four restaurants. The cutlery line was created in part because customers kept swiping steak knifes at Primehouse. Kitchenware by David Burke includes the same style of steak knives used in Primehouse and no waiter will be docked when you take the knives home. Bravo’s “Top Chefs” were well represented by Fabio Viviani, Stephanie Izard and the personable Voltaggio brothers, who demonstrated Fissler’s redesigned Vitaquick pressure cooker in several demonstrations throughout the show. “It’s the one, most-used piece of equipment in my kitchen,” Bryan

EMSA BY FRIELING SAMBA QUICK-PRESS CARAFE Emsa by Frieling's popular Samba Carafe with its Quick-Press closure, now comes in eight new vibrant, translucent fashion colors: raspberry, light yellow, tansparent white, green, light green, orange, eggplant and lavendar. SRP: $25.50 Frieling www.frieling.com

Voltaggio said.

Alessio Alessi, CEO of Alessi USA, brought the iconic Italian manufacturer’s newest lines to IH+HS, including Guido Venturini’s playful All-Time cutlery in vivid colors. “It begins with a love of food,” Alessi said of his family’s devotion since 1921 to bring

innovative and inspired design to the housewares marketplace. “You can’t invent anything new, but you begin with tradition and you take it into the future.” The IH+HS show also could be fertile ground for inspiration as well, even in the simple act of a visitor carrying a water bottle along during a meeting with Alessi. “We should have a water bottle!” Alessi remarked, perhaps sparking another journey.


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Marketwatch With more than 2,100 exhibitors at the 2012 International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, there were hundreds of new products to see. Here are a few that caught our eye:

PREPARA ROASTING LAUREL Bend the Laurel to any position to make sure your roast isn't sticking to the bottom of your pan or soaking up the grease. The heat-resistant, silicone Laurel also can be used as a trivel and is pretty enough to decorate your kitchen, too. Suggested Retail Price: $24.99 Prepara www.prepara.com

BODUM SANTOS VACUUM COFFEE MAKER

REVOL FROISSÉS Just in time for the 2012 Olympics, Revol, the top manufacturer of French culinary-grade porcelain, expands its popular crumpled cup collectiion to include a patriotic “Country Collection” as well as other designer colors. Suggested Retail Price: $12.99-99.99 Revol www.revol-porcelaine.fr

First introduced in the late 1950s, the Santos returns with a newly designed Tableside Gas Burner & Stand, has a 34 ounce capacity and features an estimated brewing time ranging from five to 11 minutes (entertainment value immeasurable).

EVRIHOLDER HOT DOG SLIC’R The Hot Dog SLic’R™ creates bitesize pieces for picky eaters with a simple push and, with the “doggie bowl” for condiments, makes good eating kids’ play. Suggested Retail Price: $5.99 Evriholder www.evriholder.com

ISI TWIST ‘N SPARKLE DIRECT CARBONATION SYSTEM

Bodum www.bodum.com

WARING PRO SNOW CONE MAKER The new Waring Pro Professional 80 Watt Snow Cone Maker can shave enough for up to five cones in less than a minute using stainless steel cutting blades. It includes two fold-down cone holders for storage and comes with four BPA-free reusable cones and 12 paper cones.

The Twist ‘n Sparkle carbonator is designed to turn ordinary beverages into sodas—and you know everything's healthful when you're the one controlling the ingredients, from cranberry juice to coffee to water. Comes with a reusable, sparking want; three Sparklets CO2 soda chargers, replaceable cap and recipe booklet. Suggested Retail Price: $49.95 ISI www.twistnsparkle.com

Waring Pro www.waringpro.com

FISSLER VITAQUICK Building on the pressure-cooker craze, Fissler has redesigned its Vitaquick to suit modern needs with a sleeker, conical shape that allows for stacking in storage; polished stainless steel exteriors; blue pressure indicator; coolto-the-touch handles; four deep cookers and two sizes in the unique skillet shape; an audible locking indicator and more. Fissler www.fisslerusa.com

HUROM SLOW JUICER The classic white Hurom Slow Juicer has been such a hit that the company is adding two updated styles in metallic black with silver accents and silver with black accents and a stylish new smokey gray strainer along with new packaging designed for an enhanced in-store experience and a new cookbook, “100 Gourmet Recipes for the Slow Juicer.” Hurom www.slowjuicer.com

YOUCOPIA CHEF'S EDITION SPICESTACK

NOGENT EXPERT RANGE CHEF'S KNIFE

The new Bisbell Magmates line of blade guards and knife racks, designed in the U.K., is now available in North America through Fissler. The Magmates, which come in bold colors, keep knifes handy yet safe.

Consumers demanded more spice storage and YouCopia delivers with the Chef's Edition SpiceStack, which holds 30 full sizes or 60 half sizes of spice bottles—the largest capacity spice organizer on the market yet it still fits in all standard-sized kitchen cabinets. Suggested Retail Price: $29.99

With 90 years of experience and tradition behind it, iconic French cutlery maker Nogent debuts a chef's knife to its Expert Range that includes the company's microserration technology—the Affidenté cutting finish that never needs sharpening. Suggested Retail Price: $60

Bisbell www.bisbellmagnets.com

YouCopia www.youcopia.com

Nogent www.nogent3etoiles.com

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Special Feature 2012 SFIGF (Cont. from Page 1) President, Urban Expositions. “We’ve worked to bring back vendors who had left over the years, added new lines and categories like our new Tabletop, Gourmet & Housewares section, significantly expanded our marketing outreach, and are planning even more new initiatives and promotions that promise to keep the momentum going.” Among the newest initiatives was the debut of the Tabletop, Gourmet & Housewares section featuring cookware/ bakeware, kitchen gadgets, specialty food, small electrics and tabletop accessories. In addition to expanding this category’s offerings on the show floor, Urban Expositions also built a number of events and programs around the section. Among them, Urban expanded its full-scale show seminar series to include a special program for wineries led by Beverly Armstrong on the effectiveness of merchandise sales in a winery tasting room. Special guest appearances and cookbook signings by leading bay area chefs were also part of the line up with Andrea Froncillo of The Franciscan Crab Restaurant, The Stinking Rose, Bobo's, The Dead Fish, Calzones and Crab House at Pier 39 and Mitch Rosenthal of Town Hall, Salt House and Anchor & Hope. “This show has far exceeded our expectations,” said Tabletop, Gourmet & Housewares exhibitor Michael Raffetto, The Lundgren Group. “We’ve opened a number of new accounts.” In addition to the new Tabletop, Gourmet & Housewares section, the Urban Expositions sales team has continued

to expand the exhibitor base with each successive show. The February 2012 edition brought together close to 700 companies representing thousands of lines conveniently categorized in 11 product sectors on the show floor. In addition to the new Tabletop, Gourmet & Housewares section, buyers could also explore offerings in Gifts & Collectibles, World Style Handcrafted, Museum, Village Arts, Design, Home & Garden, Handcrafted, Personal Style, Vintage Collection and Treasures to Go.

the show keep growing. And, feedback from these retailers was overwhelmingly positive about the selection and size of the February 2012 show’s exhibitor base.

From specialty and department stores to wineries, resorts, and chain stores to buying groups and associations including the Museum Stores Association, California Association of Hospitals and Health Systems and the Frontier Duty Free Association, the numbers and types of buyers attending

“I’m very impressed by the depth and diversity of the lines on display at the San Francisco International Gift Fair,” said Ann Conlin, Connor Hotel Shop, Jerome, Ariz. “We found fun and exciting new lines and enjoyed placing orders with our current vendors, too. I can’t wait to see what’s on offer this summer.”

“The San Francisco International Gift Fair just keeps getting better with each successive show, attracting more and more highquality vendors,” said Jeri Webb, The Field Museum, Chicago. “A number of my regular vendors have started showing here, too, and they are loving it.” “The quality of merchandise was the best I have seen in many years,” added Gaye Scott, Virginia Mason Gift Shop, Seattle.

Looking forward, Urban Expositions has

already begun working on programs and promotions for the Aug. 4-7 edition. Plans call for further expansion of the new Tabletop, Gourmet & Housewares section to coincide with the buying season for this industry; continued growth of the exhibitor roster and show categories; and expanded marketing efforts and enhanced buyer service offerings for retailers throughout the show’s key trading areas of northern California, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona and Utah. For more information on the San Francisco International Gift Fair, visit www.sfigf.com or call 800.318.2238 or 678.285.3976.


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BUYERS GUIDE Artistique Design Food Server

From the Glitter Collection comes an 11" x 3¼" food server that is nickel plated with silver glitter designed handle. Made to last a lifetime, it is nontarnishable and dishwasher safe, too. Great for serving rice, brownies, fish, potatoes and almost every food. It is an elegant and fashionable way to serve food. Suggested Retail Price: $39.99

Artistique Design [te] 877.744.2785 www.artistique5.com

Ashton Sutton Metal Table Clock

The Ashton Sutton Co., manufacturer of home decor products, recently introduced its double-sided metal table clock with arrow element, an all metal table clock with cut-out and hand welded arrow .The double sided clock sits on the top of a revolving stand. The dials have black numerals and are easy to read. Requires two AA batteries. Suggested Retail Price: $42 (wholesale: $17.50)

Ashton Sutton Co. [tel] 413.743.1260 www.ashtonsutton.com

metalware

Basic Spirit Measuring Spoons

This rooster measuring spoon set has been hand-crafted with fine pewter in Nova Scotia, Canada. These sets are available in many different designs and come gift boxed. Ten percent of the profits fund charitable projects. Suggested Retail Price: $52

Basic Spirit [tel] 877.245.3821 www.basicspirit.com

Home Wet Bar Ultimate Lighted Grill Tongs

An illuminating idea, the Ultimate Lighted Grill Tongs from Home Wet Bar lighted grill tongs make grilling or barbecuing at night easy as day. These BBQ grill tongs feature a cleverly designed removable led flashlight that lights up food on the grill. They lock closed for easy storage, are a generous 20 inches long so grill masters do not burn their hands, and feature sturdy steel arms that will not buckle, insulated high temperature handles with deluxe contoured grips, and a handy grill hanging loop. Additionally, the flashlight removes quickly allowing easy cleaning in the dishwasher. Tongs are one of the most important tools a grill master owns, and with these tongs, he or she will have the grasp, protection, and the light needed to get the job done right! Suggested Retail Price: $19.99

Home Wet Bar www.homewetbar.com

Kuhn Rikon Pineapple Knife Colori

Kuhn Rikon brings the spirit of hospitality to the kitchen with the colorful, stylish and fun Pineapple Knife Colori. In the tradition of Kuhn Rikon’s highly functional specialty knives, this durable 8-inch knife makes preparing pineapple slices and cubes quick and easy. Its sturdy, serrated nonstick Japanese carbon steel blade slices pineapples easily and the blade features a pineapple cutout design that helps prevent sticking. The green plastic handle is ergonomically designed for either left- or right-handed use, and provides maximum comfort and leverage for cutting through the tough skin of a pineapple, and ease of maneuverability when slicing through the flesh of the fruit. This versatile knife can also be used to cut through cakes and large desserts, homemade breads and tough-skinned vegetables. The sharp serrated edge slices through tough fruit and vegetable skin or bread crust with the slightest bit of pressure and the stainless steel blade stays sharper longer. The Pineapple Knife Colori comes with a safety sheath, with decorative cutouts, to protect the knife during storage and transport. The Pineapple Knife and protective sheath are both dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. Suggested Retail Price: $25

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Giftware tea time

The Cup That Cheers Giftware Retailers BY LORRIE BAUMANN

Many a shop that's using tea accessories as an ancillary profit center is primarily a restaurant, florist or hospital gift shop. What you'll sell them depends on how you brought them into the store. LaDonna Olmstead, Co-Owner of Tea Madame Tea Shop in Sumner, Wash., is primarily a loose-leaf tea merchant. Customers come into her 450-square-foot shop looking for high-quality tea. They may add items with which to serve the tea to their order while they're there, especially around Christmas, Mother's Day and Easter, when there's a seasonal bump in the demand for beautiful tea sets intended as gifts. Most of Mary Jane Fay's customers at My Grandmother's Teapot in Adamsville, Pa., come in for afternoon tea, often a

traditional cream tea with scones or sandwiches. In the seven years she's been in business in her rural community, she says, “We found out a long time ago that the money is not in the tea; it's in the retail shop.” She carries products made in the British Isles and the U.S., including teapots, tea cups and mugs, scoops, tea caddies, and infusers, in addition to teas blended for Welsh tastes and a variety of books that celebrate tea and its traditions. Of the teapots she sells, the most popular are the simple Brown Betty clay pots—she says most of her customers have at least one. “They're kind of a staple. They're not as pretty, but they keep your tea hot longer,” she says. Giftware wholesaler Burton & Burton of Bogart, Ga., sells teapots to a lot of florists and hospital gift shops. “In a lot of towns,

WILLIAM BOUNDS SILI GOURMET TEA BALL

JURA ENA MICRO 1 The newest addition to Jura’s awardwinning line of advanced automatic coffee centers, the ENA Micro 1 is an ultra-compact, one-cup espresso machine that brews the ultimate in espresso and crema coffee. It fills an important niche in the U.S. market by offering a true bean-to-cup experience without frothing options, dramatically expanding the brand’s target audience by reaching out to a broader audience.This compact micro brewing unit allows the user to program three different cup sizes of ristretto, espresso or coffee, each at two different aroma levels. It is the world’s smallest automatic coffee center—just 9" wide, 17.5" deep and 12.7" high—which is 11 percent smaller than Jura’s ENA model that previously held that distinction. The ENA Micro 1 is Jura’s first machine equipped with a bean container cover with an aroma preservation seal to keep coffee beans fresh and flavorful. Suggested Retail Price: $899 (avialable for shipment in October) Jura Capresso www.us.jura.com

William Bounds Ltd. presents its popular and easy-to-use Sili Gourmet Tea Ball in Eggplant, the latest fashion color that adds drama and style to tea brewing. This handy tea infuser combines stainless steel and silicone to create the perfect environment for steeping any type of loose leaf tea without leaving wayward leaves in your cup. The small holes in the tea ball prevent loose-leaf tea from escaping the ball during infusion and depositing in your cup. A silicone cap makes it easy to fill and to close securely. A sturdy, brushed stainless steel handle extends above, never slipping into the brewed tea. A stay-cool silicone teardrop at the top of the handle makes it easy to grasp to remove from the cup or teapot. Once steeping is complete, the tea ball can be placed on the silicone drip tray, which has a small lip to prevent any residual liquid from dripping and staining the counter or table. Easy to clean, it can be rinsed by hand or placed in the dishwasher. Comes in 12-piece CDU with assortment of eggplant, blue, green and orange. Suggested Retail Price: $9.99 William Bounds Ltd. [tel] 800.473.0504 www.wmboundsltd.com

the hospital gift shop is the only gift shop in town, so for the customer interested in buying teapots, it's a one-stop source,” says Burton & Burton Media and Communications Manager Steve Rose. Teapots with nature themes are selling very well. Floral-motif teapots do very well in floral shops, and teapots that feature butterflies do very well indeed. A replica of a tea set from the Vanderbilt family's Biltmore House is also selling exceptionally well right now, Rose says. Anna Marie's Teas is part of a complex that includes a tea shop and venue for private tea parties, gift counter and bed and breakfast in Liberty, Mo. Owner Brenda Hedrick sells filters, spoons, canisters, tea cabinets, teapots, tea cozies, electric filtering tea pots and even samovars. Some of her customers buy lemon curd, scone mix and note cards to

pop into a gift basket with a packet of loose-leaf tea. Her retail prices for tearelated merchandise range from a couple of dollars up to a few hundred dollars for a samovar. Over the past two to three years, Hedrick has seen a lot of interest in macha, ground green tea whisked into hot water and drunk as part of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. She sells the tea, bamboo whisks, mixing bowls and clay cups in which the tea is served. That tea tradition has, as has so much else, been dealt a blow by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster. That accident contaminated tea grown in Japan, and Hedrick, among other U.S. retailers, has had to find other sources. She can still buy tea from a few importers with stocks of the macha that were sealed before the accident, but once that supply is gone, she'll be obtaining the green tea from plantations in India, China and other places that aren't Japan. “There will be nothing from Japan after the accident,” she says. “It breaks our hearts.”

XTREMA BY CERAMCOR Xtrema by Ceramcor’s line of 100 percent ceramic teaware is sustainably made from natural minerals derived from the Earth’s crust and never leaches any metal or chemicals into the tea brewed in it. Simply put, Xtrema produces healthier and better-tasting tea that maintains its ingredients’ true flavor. Lighter than competing teaware, Xtrema is surfaced with a revolutionary advanced, 100 percent ceramic glaze on the inside and outside that will never emit gas or toxins at any temperature and will never peel or flake. The non-scratch, easy-to-clean Xtrema ceramic surface provides additional protection from the formation of bacteria and helps keep each piece looking brand new, year after year. Unlike metal tea and porcelain pots, there is never a concern for damage or meltdown of Xtrema teaware should the Xtrema product ever accidentally boil dry after being left on a heating element for an extended period of time. This also reduces the risk of stove damage and a potential fire. Further, Xtrema retains heat longer than most traditional tea pots, so liquids heated in Xtrema stay hot longer when served. Suggested Retail Price: $89.99 Ceramcor www.ceramcor.com

HIGHWAVE TEAFISH/BREWFISH Brewfish is a patented tea infusion brewing and drinking design. Brewfish uses the entire glass for infusion. The innovation simply shuts off the tea brewing 100 percent when you press to drink.The new TEAfish design features the hand/mouth blown vertical modern tea statement and unique is the single-wall drinking on the double wall body to keep it hot much longer. Brewfish 2 filter has a flower edge design on a drink-through top to maximize the heat retention with its 360 no-look drinking. Stir in very fine or bulk leaf tea, let it steep with filter on top and add any sugar or honey just before you press. When done, remove filter and add hot water again for one more time. Comes in 16 oz./473 ml. Highwave Inc. [tel] 800.444.4928 www.highwave.com


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BABYCAKES SMALL BAKING APPLIANCES RED POMEGRANATE PANSY CANAPE PLATE Red Pomegranate is hand-gilded, foodsafe tableware. Red Pomegranate is hand gilded with gold silver or copper layered with pigment to create beautiful high-end designs with function, yet priced for every retailer's budget. New for the 2012 season is the 6.5" Pansy Canape Plate in assorted colors and gift-box set. Suggested Retail Price: $67.50 for set of four ($27 wholesale) Red Pomegranate [tel] 650.728.5613 www.redpomegranate.net

Babycakes’ line of small baking appliances are perfect for making homemade sweets in no time. Babycakes makes it easier than ever for hostesses to create gourmet treats to impress their guests with minimal kitchen time. Whether it’s trendy cake pops for an afternoon tea, bridal shower dessert, individual quiches for Easter brunch or homemade donuts for a mom-to-be, Babycakes has an option for all occasions. Each appliance comes with all the necessary tools for baking and decorating, as well as suggested recipes. Suggested Retail Price: $24.99 (Cake Pop Maker) Babycakes www.thebabycakesshop.com

CHABA DECOR COASTLIFE V-COASTERS Chaba Decor's Coastlife V-Coasters, which come in a set of four handmade in assorted coastal colors, are made from recycled wood salvaged from old houses and boats in Thailand. Crafted by Thai artisans for functionality and style utilizing the characteristic v-joint. Versatile, the coasters can be used as drink coasters or as little containers such as for keeping small jewelry, loose change, mints or for serving small finger food to party guests. The Vcoasters are truly a great accent for any table or room because of its attractive coastal and pastel color schemes. Each coaster measures 4" by 4" and 0.75" deep. Chaba Decor [tel] 562.320.0298 www.chabadecor.com

EMSA BY FRIELING SAMBA FOR TEA Emsa by Frieling thermal carafes bring a long tradition of beauty and functionality to beverage serveware. This spring a thermal carafe expressly made for tea is added to the product group: Samba for Tea. Each thermal carafe comes with a durable, BPA free, infuser for steeping tea. It steeps the tea and keeps it fresh and hot for hours. Samba for Tea will be available in four gorgeous translucent colors: red, green, orange and white. The Samba for Tea features the QuickPress closure. To open and close the carafe, simply press the button in the center of the lid. When closed, the carafe is 100 percent leak-proof, excellent for keeping beverages either hot or cold (think ice tea) for up to 16 hours. The drip-free spout and comfortable handle provide for effortless pouring. Made in Germany, the Samba for Tea Quick-Press holds 34 fl. oz. and comes with a threeyear warranty. Suggested Retail Price: $34.99 Frieling www.frieling.com

ROYAL COPENHAGEN BLUE FLUTED MEGA FOOTED BOWL It took a visionary young artist to take on the legendary Blue Fluted design and twist it. With a love for the classic, hand-painted service and the courage to modernize it, Karen Kjældgaard-Larsen was the one to do it—and do it well. Since its introduction, Blue Fluted Mega has become a neo-classic, updating while still honouring the 1775 design. Royal Copenhagen's new Blue Fluted Mega Footed Bowl is a beautiful accessory for any table setting. The bowl measures 8¼ x 6¼ inches. Suggested Retail Price: $250 Royal Copenhagen [tel] 800.431.1992 www.royalcopenhagen.com

CHANTAL ANNIVERSARY TEAKETTLE Chantal is commemorating its 40th year in business with an elegant new teakettle, available in four exciting colors: Sea Blue, Orange, Chili Red and Canary Yellow. Chantal has partnered with Celestial Seasonings for this extra-special teakettle. Each Anniversary Teakettle includes 12 free tea bags and a $1 off coupon from Celestial Seasonings. Suggested Retail Price: $39.99 Chantal www.chantal.com


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Spring is in the air. Spring brings warmer weather, fragrant flowers, luscious fruits and the urge to get outside to play. Gourmet foods, fresh produce and tantalizing treats are just a sampling of the tastes, and interesting keynote speeches, restaurant rock party and innovative programs and pavilions are a few places to play at the shows in May. So, go ahead, play and get a little taste of spring at May’s shows. Special Guest Speakers May’s shows bring big news and big names. Political powerhouse personalities and reality-show celebrities alike bring excitement as they share their experiences and talents at the shows you’re attending, or wish you were attending! Former First Lady Laura Bush will present

ADVERTISER INDEX Bella Tavola/The Alison Group .....................17

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Franmara..............................................................13

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Parrish's Cake Decorating Supplies ..................2

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Wednesday’s keynote address at the general session on May 2 at United Fresh 2012, The Produce Show in Dallas. Bush will share her perspectives on her life experiences and thoughts on how to maintain a positive outlook and provide leadership in turbulent times. The United Fresh 2012 Show runs May 1-3. Former President Bill Clinton will share his unique perspectives and insights into his presidency as well as his work with the William J. Clinton Foundation at his keynote address at The National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show (The NRA Show). This show runs from May 5-8. The NRA Show will also have three of Bravo’s “Top Chef ” reality show’s biggest celebrities—Richard Blais, Spike Mendelsohn and Fabio Viviani—showcasing their culinary expertise to help raise funds for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s Prostart program. The celebrity chefs will host the second annual Restaurants Rock party held on Sunday, May 6. Watch for the chefs on the show floor, where they’ll conduct demos in the World Culinary Showcase. The 2012 Sweeets & Snacks Expo®, happening May 8-10, at McCormick Place, Chicago, offers morning sessions with wellknown, world-class presenters: political pundits James Carville and Mary Matalin, NPD’s leading food trends expert Harry Balzer, former CNBC economist Marci Rossell and business guru Dan Heath. Newest Trends – Nutrition News One of the hottest trends in the restaurant and foodservice industries is children’s nutrition. In keeping abreast of change and trends, both United Fresh Foundation

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and the NRA are right on track. The United Fresh Foundation and produce company partners have joined forces to make fresh, healthy salad bars a reality in Texas schools by setting a goal to donate 100 salad bars. They are asking industry colleagues to join in the charitable commitment and to sponsor a salad bar; the cost is $2,500. On May 1, United Fresh will host a press conference to announce the donation of salad bars to Dallas-area schools; sponsors will be recognizes there and at the United Fresh 2012 Opening General Session. Sponsoring companies will be featured prominently at the convention and on the United Fresh and Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools websites. The NRA is also doing its part to increase awareness and highlight healthier choices for children’s nutrition by launching a Healthier Kids Fare pavilion at the 2012 NRA Show. This special area in the exhibit hall offers members and show attendees a range of nutritious food and beverage products to help develop delicious and healthy children’s menus. In addition, the NRA launched a program this summer, the Kids Live Well program. To participate, restaurants must provide children’s menu items that meet specific and strict nutrition guidelines. Dozens of restaurant companies with thousands of locations nationwide have joined the Kids Live Well program. Kids Live Well will be featured at the NRA Show, booth #6300. Awards for Innovation— Tastes, Tools and Technology Creativity and innovation are valued and prized in any industry—gourmet foods and kitchenware included. Award programs exist to honor and encourage these individuals (and companies) for their ingenuity, commitment and their pursuit of excellence. The following awards will be showcased at these shows:

NRA's 2012 Kitchen Innovation Awards, which recognizes cutting-edge kitchen equipment in the foodservice market. Award recipients, selected by an independent panel of industry experts, will be showcased in the interactive kitchen Innovations Pavilion in the new central location on the exhibit floor at the 2012 NRA Show. The recipients of the inaugural Operator Innovations Awards also will be announced at the NRA Show. The winners, selected by an independent panel of judges, will be recognized as leaders who transform the industry with their creativity and commitment. Winners will be chosen in five distinct categories: Technology Applications, Sustainability, Menu Development, Food Safety and Health & Nutrition. The rebranded “Most Innovative New Product Awards” will be presented at the 2012 Sweets & Snacks Expo. Nominees’ products are taste-tested by a panel of industry experts. Watch as retailers cast the final votes live on the show floor! What Else is New? United Fresh 2012 offers two specialized learning centers this year: FreshTech and Fresh Marketplace. Featuring interactive discussions led by industry experts, these centers are right on the show floor. Also, when you register for United Fresh 2012, you’re automatically entered into United’s Taste of Dallas giveaway and a chance to win gift certificates for dinner at one of Dallas’ finest restaurants. Sweets & Snacks has brought back Innovation Alley, a dedicated area on the show floor, where new-to-the-industry, start-up companies will feature some of the most innovative ideas not yet seen in the marketplace.

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APRIL 2012 17-20 New York Tabletop Market New York Showrooms, 41 Madison, 7 West 34th, 230 Fifth Ave. New York, NY, 212.686.1203, 212.279.6063, 800.698.5617 www.41madison.com, www.7wnewyork.com, www.230fifthave.com 20-22 National Stationery Show Jacob K. Javits Convention Center New York, NY, 800.272.SHOW www.nationalstationeryshow.com 21-26 International Home Furnishings Market High Point, NC, 336.869.1000 www.ihfc.com

24-26 The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show McCormick Place Chicago, IL, 312.791.7000 www.kbis.com

10-11 Market Square’s The Buyers Cash & Carry Greater Philadelphia Expo Center Oaks, PA, 717.796.2377 www.marketsquareshows.com

MAY 2012 19-22 International Contemporary Furniture Fair Jacob K. Javits Convention Center New York, NY, 800.272.SHOW www.icff.com

11-13 NEOCON World’s Trade Fair The Merchandise Mart Chicago, IL, 800.677.6278 www.neocon.com

JUNE 2012 1-4 Kansas City Gift Show Gift Mart of Kansas City Kansas City, KS, 913.687.8059 www.giftmartofkansascity.com

12-14 Licensing International Expo Mandalay Bay Convention Center Las Vegas, NV, 310.857.7620 www.licensingexpo.com 17-19 Summer Fancy Food Show Walter E.Washington Convention Center Washington, DC, 212.482.6440 www.specialtyfood.com



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