Kitchen Supplies Pepper The Region
By Dale Stewart
As the season turns chilly, our thoughts turn from summer salads to hearty stews. Want to do early prep for holiday cooking? Or make an early fall butternut squash soup? There’s a gadget for that. Rural Intelligence has rounded up a handful of some of the finest kitchen superstores that sharpen up our region, all stocked with the latest and greatest in foodie tools.
Warren Kitchen & Cutlery
Don’t let Warren Kitchen & Cutlery’s unassuming location fool you; this is the region’s preeminent one-stop culinary-prep destination. Aisles are chock-full of choices, including Rosle angled perforated spatulas ($32.00), thermometers, oven gloves, and a dozen tools to peel an apple or press garlic. If you’re looking for a French cast-iron skillet, Warren stocks classic colors from Le Creuset, Emile Henry, and Staub. They also appear to have every type of microplaner imaginable, from classic graters to ribbon graters and zesters ($12.95 & up), plus a robust collection of over 1,500 different knives from Germany’s Zwilling J.A. Henckels, Wüsthof, and Japan’s Shun, and they offer in-store sharpening ($10 & up) and engraving services. Shelves are deep with stainless steel, nonstick, and eco-friendly pots and pans ($19.95 & up). Apple pie on your mind? There are rows of baking and pastry supplies, pie cutters, tart pans, several versions of mandolins like the Benriner Mandolin Slicer ($35,) and a mind-boggling array of gadgetry to cover every egg-boiling possibility or slicer-dicer option you can imagine. They also offer a wide selection of local food items, including honey, a large selection of chocolate, and teas (plus strainers and teapots). And for those starting out or starting over, Warren offers a Gift Registry.
6934 Route 9
New Preston Kitchen Goods
In what is proving to be a high-watt block, kitchen-supply shop New Preston Kitchen Goods is an oasis, with everything from fine white truffle oil to a striking selection of Simon Pearce tableware. It all comes vetted by owner Marty Rook, a trained Culinary Institute of America chef who’s worked in some top-notch outfits, like The Moors and Chester on Cape Cod, to Picholine and La Grenouille in New York City. Rook’s hands-on knowledge of what it takes cook the perfect meal goes from start to finish. The store highlights dozens of must-have cookbooks and top-of-the-line brands like All-Clad French skillets ($125) and a collection of Emile Henry bakeware ($99) that would make Julia Child proud. Metro shelves are full of Catskill butcher blocks ($49.95), glass cake stands, Swiss glassware, and Le Creuset cast-iron pans. There are white porcelain servers, linens (from simple to all-out farm-y toile), French wooden spoons with long or short handles ($6.95), and a large selection of Chilewich placemats, Peugeot salt and pepper mills ($69), and Nespresso espresso makers ($219).
11 East Shore Road
New Preston, CT
bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy
If there ever was an art gallery masquerading as a kitchen-supply store, it’s Rhinebeck’s bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy. The shop is overflowing with distinctive, carefully selected culinary must-haves like the ultra-hip slow juicer by Huron ($299) and the Francis Francis X1 iperEspresso Machine designed by Italian architect Luca Trazzi ($595). Pair with a Pantone coffee mug ($13), Jakob Wagner artfully designed “Propeller” Trivet, and Bodum’s sleek Yohki Glass Storage line ($19.95 & up).
Owners Gregory Triana and Sean Nutley go German for their knives, like Messermeister’s hand-crafted knives and its combination zester/channel knife ($6.50), and they go French for their classic cookware, like Emile Henry’s oval stewpot ($225), and French again for their linens like the Le Jacquard Francais tablecloths and tea towels ($25 & up). They swing Italian for tabletop items, like iittala Dewdrop Kastehelm 60’s designed glass plates and servers ($19 & up) and iittala 5-piece Renzo Piano designed flatware ($98). But bluecashew is not only about chic Euro design; they also stock Vermont-made J.K. Adams Company’s wooden cutting boards, pot racks, and French rolling pin ($12), the (almost) exclusively USA-made Chilewhich recycled vinyl placemats and floor mats ($23 & up), and USA Pan recycled stainless steel home bakeware patterned after its commercial products.
6423 Montgomery Street
Hammertown, thought by many to be the region’s arbiter of fine home furnishings, effortlessly transfers all of its well-edited decor knowledge to kitchenware. Its cookware department includes perfect Fishs Eddy double-fired ceramic cereal bowls ($6 & up), Dansk Kobenstyle cookware ($99 & up), and crisp (machine washable) hemstitch linen table runners ($24 & up). Hammertown stretches across our region with three locations, each with a little slice of kitchen heaven, but arguably the best culinary equipment is in its Rhinebeck location. Interspersed within the kitchen finery are condiments, spices, and a selection of tea from quality purveyors such as Bellocq Tea Atelier ($36) and local faves Harney & Sons ($10.95). They also stock vintage bistro flatware ($3.95 per piece), French tumblers ($4.95 & up), and a good quality assortment of serving bowls and platters ($19.95 & up). Everything in the Hammertown kitchen section is countertop-worthy, from the white ceramic egg crate ($9.95) to the super-curated stash of classic and current cookbooks, including Pig: Cooking with a Passion for Pork and Le Pain Quotidien Cookbook ($29.99). Hammertown also has a small area carved out for home housekeeping supplies, including Caldrea cleaning sprays ($7.95 & up) and Christophe Pourny’s much sought-after line of furniture and leather tonics ($18 & up).
6420 Montgomery Street
3201 NY Route 199
Pine Plains, NY
Hammertown Great Barrington
325 Stockbridge Road
Great Barrington, MA
For other purveyors, check out the Related RI Story: The Kitchenware of Columbia County