The International Home + Housewares Show is a constant swirl of special events, highlighted by the celebrity chef-driven Cooking Theater in the South Building, the Housewares Foundation Charity Gala and the attendee reception.
A perennial favorite, the Gourmet Food + Specialty Products category, located in the South Building, is a go-to destination. The Specialty Food Marketplace, sponsored by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT), presents a broad look at what's new in gourmet specialty foods. Many products are featured in a tasting area adjacent to the Cooking Theater.
One of the most popular destinations at the show, the Cooking Theater features continuous live demonstrations by many renowned chefs, including Rick Bayless, Cat Cora (pictured below), Chris Costentino, Paula Deen, Todd English, Gale Gand, Masaharu Morimoto, Gail Simmons, Ming Tsai and Fabio Viviani. Also appearing are Devin Alexander, Cooking with Caitlin, Michael Feker, Bernard Guillas, The Hearty Boys, Ryan Hurtmacher, Alan Jackson, Theo Kalogeracos, Anupy Singla, Mich Turner and Marcella Valladolid.
For the most up-to-date schedule, visit www.housewares.org/HousewaresConnect365 and select "Cooking Theater," or use the updated smartphone app, which is available for download from iTunes and Google Play.
Mobile App 2.0
The 2013 ih+hs mobile app offers several new features, including searchable information on Cooking Theater appearances, educational events and displays; a QR code reader; search capability for brands, licenses and exhibitor booths; and exhibitor listings with additional contact information. In addition, it offers access to real-time social media feeds through Twitter and Facebook.
Housewares Charity Foundation Gala
In a collaborative effort among industry manufacturers, retailers and allied industry partners, the nonprofit Housewares Charity Foundation (HCF) will host the Housewares Charity Foundation Gala to raise funds and honor its leaders.
This year, the 16th annual gala will take place Monday evening, March 4, at the Chicago Hilton. To date, HCF has raised more than $22 million and contributed more than $12 million to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). In addition to the New York-based BCRF, contributions will be made to two charities connected to Hurricane Sandy rebuilding efforts: the American Red Cross—Hurricane Sandy Relief and Long Island Cares Inc.—The Harry Chapin Food Bank.
Kathryn Bufano, president and CMO of Belk Inc. in Charlotte, N.C., will receive the Lifetime Humanitarian Award, and Keith Jaffee of Chicago-based O2 Cool will receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award. The dinner will be prepared by James Beard Award-winning chefs Hugh Acheson, Dave Beran, Rick Bayless, Sarah Gruenberg, Maricel Presilla, Emily Luchetti and Jacques Torres.
Monday Night Reception
All buyers are invited to the Monday Night Reception on March 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 406a/Vista Ballroom, Level 4 of the South Building. Hosted by the Housewares Export Council, the reception will provide guests with country music, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, and a few dancing lessons for the boot-scoot boogie. No RSVP is needed.
Diamond Plus Induction series
Woll Cookware USA is introducing a new 12.5-inch Diamond Plus Induction fry pan, model 532DPI. The generous size is perfect for family-style cooking without the use of oil or butter. The 7.5-millimeter induction-compatible stainless-steel base, which is guaranteed not to separate, offers uniform heat distribution for the quick temperature rises and spikes of induction cooking. The excellent heat properties of diamonds also help to give the pan an extremely uniform cooking temperature for browning, searing and deglazing. The German-designed pan performs equally well on gas, ceramic, radiant, halogen or electric ranges.
A computerized robotic nanotechnology coating application process guarantees no cracking, blistering, bubbling or separating of the diamond-reinforced cooking surface. All Diamond Plus Induction cookware is oven safe to 500°F, metal utensil and dishwasher safe, and PFOA-free. The new fry pan carries a limited lifetime warranty and is made in Germany. MAP: $119.99. A covered version, model 532DPIL, features a vented, safety-glass, metal-rimmed cover and will also be available in mid-February. MAP: $149.99. Woll Cookware USA, Parsippany, N.J.,
Flat Iron Grill Press
Lodge Manufacturing Co. is introducing several new items, including two made-in-the-USA items: a 15-inch seasoned-steel skillet and a Lodge Flat Iron Grill Press. SRPs: $90 and $28, respectively.
The Lodge Enamel line's new additions include a purple 6-quart Dutch oven with an SRP of $105. The new 10-ounce Lodge Enamel Cocottes are available in red and black matte enamel, in both round and oval shapes. SRP: $50 per 2-pack. Silicone Assist Handle Holders for Lodge Cast Iron and Lodge Pro-Logic are also new. Both protect hands from heat of up to 450°F and are dishwasher safe. SRPs: $5-$6. Lodge Manufacturing Co., South Pittsburg, Tenn., www.lodgemfg.com,
Edgeware, the maker of the Housewares Design-nominated Better Zester, introduces two tools: the Box Grater and the Container Grater.
The Box Grater features three nonstick blades with v-shaped etched teeth—extra-coarse, coarse and zester (fine)—as well as a fourth slicer blade. The clear side includes measurement markings. The unit has a soft-touch handle and nonslip base, and comes with a plastic cover for storage. Available in Stealth Charcoal Gray. SRP: $29.99.
The Container Grater includes three styles of v-etched stainless-steel blades—extra-coarse, coarse, fine and a slicing blade, all of which are nonstick-coated for easy cleaning. Blades store inside the container, which has a no-slip bottom. The storage container features measurements. Dishwasher safe. SRP: $39.99. Edgeware, Hot Springs, Ark.,
800-221-4156, www.edgewareproducts.com, IHHS S651
The initial launch of VacuVin's new PlusTools collection features 10 food preparation tools. Every product has an additional tool in the handle. The Cake Server + Divider easily divides cake, pie or quiche in eight, 10 or 12 pieces. The server features a serrated edge for easy cutting. Other PlusTools include the Kitchen + Nutmeg Grater, the Turner + Tongs, the Apple Corer + Knife, the Pasta Spoon + Timer, the Whisk + Brush, the Citrus Grater + Zester, and the Vegetable Knife + Brush. A Peeler + Holder and Cheese Slicer + Rind peeler were introduced in Q4 2012. SRPs: $6.99 to $14.99. Vacu Vin, Indian Trail, N.C.,
Casabella is expanding its line of kitchen tools. Among its new items is a hand-held egg slicer. The one-handed operation makes this implement extremely easy to use. Stainless-steel wire slices eggs and mozzarella quickly and precisely. Top-rack dishwasher safe. Available April 30. SRP: $10. Casabella, Congers, N.Y., 845-348-0012, ext. 160, www.casabella.com,
IHHS N8505 and S1703
New from Dreamfarm is the Mini Supoon. This 8-inch teaspoon fits easily into skinny jars. It's heat resistant to 500°F. Features a built-in spoon rest. Available in red, black, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, purple and pink. SRP: $7.95. The 11-inch Supoon, previously available in red and black, is now available in six new colors: orange, yellow, green, turquoise, purple and pink.
Also new is the Chopula Steel, a chopping sit-up spatula (pictured). This spatula/flipper features a concave stainless-steel head design that's flexible in one direction—so it can slide under fragile foods for easy lifting—and rigid in another direction for chopping food as it's cooking. Perfect for using on the barbecue. Dishwasher safe. SRP: $15.95 Dreamfarm USA, San Francisco, 415-686-3333, www.dreamfarm.com,
Joseph Joseph has redesigned the Mezzaluna, a traditional utensil for chopping herbs that takes its name from the Italian word for "half-moon." Its pivoting handles and sharp stainless-steel blade slices through fresh herbs and garlic with ease. After use, the handles can be folded back over the blade for storage. Wash and dry by hand. SRP: $15. Joseph Joseph, Mineola, N.Y.,
Limited LTD Cutlery Series
Kyocera's new Limited LTD Cutlery Series combines Japanese craftsmanship with ceramic technology. In a first for the Kyocera line, the traditional pakka wood handles are handcrafted by expert artisans in Seki, Japan. Their gently curved shape is contoured to the palm. Made with steel bolsters and rivets, the knives have black handcrafted blades featuring Kyocera's proprietary Zirconia 206 ceramic, which offers superior edge retention. They're lightweight and perfectly balanced. A 5-Inch Utility Knife, 5.5-Inch Santoku Knife, 6-Inch Chef's Knife, 6-Inch Nakiri Knife and 7-Inch Chef's Knife are available. SRPs: $109-$139.
Also new is an Electric Ceramic Knife Sharpener with an electric diamond grinding stone that can shave up to 0.5 millimeters off a blade, achieving a 35-degree angle. SRP: $79.95. Kyocera Advanced Ceramics, Costa Mesa, Calif.,
800-537-0294, www.kyoceraadvancedceramics.com, IHHS S1745
The OodleTip bag is a durable, one-piece, food-filling and decorating bag with an attached tip. It comes in three versions: a 16-inch retail size, a 12-inch child size—known as the Little OodleDoodle—and a 21-inch commercial pack. The retail box includes 10 disposable bags. The tips can be customized by shape and size with a quick scissor snip. SRP: $9.99. BonNosh, Estero, Fla.,
239-247-5300, www.bonnosh.com, IHHS S2380
The Homer Laughlin China Co. unveils its new Fiesta Dinnerware color for 2013—Lapis. The hue is reminiscent of Sapphire, a Fiesta color made in 1996-1997 for a limited time. Fiesta's 2013 color palate includes White, Black, Shamrock, Cobalt, Lapis, Peacock, Turquoise, Paprika, Lemongrass, Ivory, Sunflower, Tangerine, Flamingo, Scarlet and Plum. The Homer Laughlin China Co., Newell, W.Va., 800-452-4462, www.hlchina.com, IHHS S2003
Constructed from flexible and heat-resistant silicone, this versatile measuring and mixing vessel from CuizineToolz is ideal for combining and pouring wet or dry ingredients, making it perfect for baking. The item's squeezable silicone construction makes it simple to shape a spout and control pouring for no-mess transfer of ingredients to stand mixers.
The FlexPour has interior capacity markings to measure both wet and dry ingredients. Five- and 3-cup sizes are available. SRP: $18 and 16, respectively. CuizineToolz, New York,
914-763-6351, www.cuizinetoolz.com, IHHS S871
Stackable Appetizer Maker
Architec Housewares' Stackable Appetizer Maker makes multilayered, bite-size appetizers. With easy-to-follow instructions, the Stackable Appetizer Maker can be used to create mini Cuban stacks; bacon, egg and waffle stacks; and taco pizza stacks.
The process begins by lacing the cut-and-carry base in the main body, followed by the layering of ingredients. Once in place, the appetizers are easy to cut into pieces through the guide posts, and handles make them easy to remove. The Stackable Appetizer Maker comes with the main body, cut-and-carry base, a tamper, a spreader/serrated knife, and a cookbook with 25-plus recipes. A demo video is available online. All four pieces snap together for storage. Available in red, blue and black. SRP: $19.99. Architec Housewares, Delray Beach, Fla.,
561-272-0018, www.architecproducts.com, IHHS S1417
Tovolo has added cupcake art, floral images, patriotic designs and wild animal prints to its Spatulart line. Some of the new designs feature etched wooden handles. The spatula has a completely smooth surface that allows for easy and even spreading. The tool is perfect for mixing, folding, serving, spreading, scraping or flipping. The silicone-imprinted design and head won't scratch cookware or fade, and are heat resistant. Each spatula features a different design on front and back. Mini spatulas are perfect for use on sandwiches and cleaning out jars. SRPs: $6.99-$9.99.
Also new is the Colossal Cube, a silicone ice mold that produces oversized 2.25-inch ice cubes. These slow-melting ice cubes fit neatly in a double Old Fashioned glass. Round and square molds are available in sets of two. Dishwasher safe. SRP: $15. Tovolo, Seattle, www.tovolo.com, 206-633-6066, IHHS S257
Evriholder Products introduces Scrubbee Glovees non-scratch, heavy-duty, waterproof, heat-resistant scrubbing gloves. These incredibly flexible gloves clean all of those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies where normal sponges and brush bristles can't. With a waterproof inner lining, the gloves are covered in a strong yet flexible cushioned non-scratch lurex that's safe for nonstick cookware, silverware and countertops. In addition, they sport an elastic band cuff that prevents water from entering. Additionally, they are heat resistant and can be machine washed cold and line-dried. Available in lavender with pink trim and sold as a pair, Scrubbee Glovees are one size fits most. Available in open stock, clip strip, and side and end caps. SRP: $11.99. Evriholder Products, Anaheim, Calif.,
800-975-0335, www.evriholder.com, IHHS Booths N6924 and S1805
Healthy By Design Plate
Zak Designs is helping kids eat balanced meals and sensible portions with the new Healthy by Design plate.The plate was developed as a way for parents to help their children develop healthy eating habits by providing a quick and easy way for kids to see the appropriate portions of each food group recommended by the USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. The Healthy by Design plate is divided into four sections that are clearly marked on the rim, so kids and parents can learn what proportion of every meal should be fruits, vegetables, grains and protein. Features include high sides, which make it easier for young eaters to keep food on the plate, and the durable construction means that it's made to stand up to even the roughest appetites. Zak also offers some of today's most popular children's characters, including ones from "Cars," and the Disney Princesses. All of Zak's children mealtime items are free from bisphenol A (BPA). SRP: $4.99. Zak Designs Inc., Spokane, Wash.,
970-985-4605, www.zak.com, IHHS S1062
Le Creuset's newest color, Soleil, draws its inspiration from the warm tones of late-afternoon sunlight. Soleil is available across Le Creuset's complete range of products.
This new flower cocotte is available for a limited time only. With all of the features of the traditional cast-iron oven, this whimsical piece is available exclusively in Soleil. The 2.25-quart cast-iron oven comes with two recipes: one savory and one sweet. Available April 15. SRP: $180.
Other new items include stoneware, textiles, a 3.35-quart cast-iron soup pot, a 15.5-quart cast-iron Signature goose pot, and a large stainless-steel roaster and wine tools. Le Creuset of America Inc., Early Branch, S.C., 843-958-0980, www.lecreuset.com, IHHS S3003
Primula Flavor It Pitcher with Flavor Infuser
The Primula Flavor It Pitcher with Flavor Infuser is available in five colors: Lime, Sky, Cherry, Marigold and Black. Embracing the latest beverage trends, it can infuse drinks with the flavor of fruits, herbs or spices. The 2.9-quart BPA-free pitcher fits into a standard refrigerator door and features a non-spill locking lid that also allows it to be stored on its side. It's also scratch resistant and dishwasher safe. Fill the pitcher with a hot or cold steeping liquid, and then fill the Flavor Infuser with a fresh fruit, herbs or spices before placing it in the pitcher. Available in March. SRP: $19.99. Primula Products, Boca Raton, Fla., 561-353-3906, www.primulaproducts.com, IHHS S1657
Classic Two-slice Toaster
The Metal Ware Corp., based in Two Rivers, Wis., has been owned by the same family for all 93 years of its existence. While the company is well known for its assortment of quality roaster ovens and large line of home food dehydrators, Metal Ware is constantly adding new product categories to its line.
New products being introduced in 2013 include a deluxe breadmaker, which makes both 1-pound and 1½-pound loaves; a reversible grill/griddle that measures 15 by 10½ inches; and a quality waffle maker that has a 11⅜-inch diameter. The new classic two-slice toaster is available in stainless steel with ivory, stainless steel with red, and stainless steel with metallic Thunder Gray (a new neutral that's replacing black).
Visit www.nesco.com to view the housewares company's complete line of kitchen electrics, including slicers, grinders, electric pressure cookers, induction cooktop, steamers, and coffee products such as an urn, a coffee grinder, a coffee bean roaster, a tea maker and water kettles.
For additional information, stop by the International Home + Housewares Show, Booth L12702, or call Darlene Schmitz, VP of sales and marketing, at 920-794-3163. The Metal Ware Corp. 920-794-3163 www.nesco.com IHHS L12702