A Foodie’s Disneyland: The International Home and Housewares Show, Day Two: The Products!

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Since the International Home and Housewares Show is held at the enormous McCormick Place in Chicago, this antique Le Creuset delivery truck might have been a fun way to get around.  But alas, we only had our own two feet, and by the second day they were tired.  I don’t even know if it’s possible to see everything.

Yesterday, I wrote about the chefs at the show, and today is all about the products. There are hundreds of exhibitors in addition to a new travel goods area.  Thousands of ideas and products are introduced at the show, which is considered the premier home products event in the world.  It is divided into several areas: the “Wired and Well” area is all about home care and home environment like household and kitchen electrics, major appliances, personal care products, and air and water health.  The “Clean and Contain” area contains items of home organization, outdoor living, closet and clothes care, bath and shower, furniture, hardware, and pets.  The “Global  Crossroads” has many varieties of international products of very kind.  The new travel show is all about luggage, backpacks, business cases, computer bags, handbags, travel accessories, and umbrellas.  The “Dine and Design” area is all about cookware, bakeware, kitchen tools, china, crystal, silver, home decor, giftware, home textiles, tabletop, specialty kitchen items, gourmet foods, and cookbooks.  Guess where we were most of the time..

It’s hard to decide where to start.  Of course, I usually check out all the cookbooks first, then onto the rest.  Cookbooks are so addictive- I just can’t get enough.  I could spend hours just at each cookbook booth.  After getting my fill of the books for the moment, we headed out to Kitchen Aid, which has a massive area of all their products.  First of all, this sight was breath-taking if you are a Kitchen Aid mixer fan:

There is every color of Kitchen Aid mixer imaginable, and this is just a small shot!   What we found in all of the kitchen items of every kind is color and more color.  Everything from mini spatulas to the mixers is like a crayola box.  Pick any color of kitchen and I bet you would find almost anything to match. 

Next we headed to the Cuisinart area, which is also huge and just as fun.  There were lots of food demos going on with a variety of appliances.  This one caught our attention.  It looks like a regular blender, but it also has a heating element.  Have you ever made a soup or sauce where you cook part on the stove, take it to the blender to puree, and then return to the stove to add more ingredients and re-heat?  Now you don’t have to!  The blender will keep your mixture hot and ready to serve.  No more going back and forth to pans.

We had to make a stop at the Bialetti cookware booth because Kristina had an appointment to interview Top Chef finalist and restaurateur,  Fabio Viviani.  The cookware looked beautiful, and Fabio wasn’t so bad, either.  When he met Kristina, he didn’t shake her hand, he kissed it!  We joked later that Kristina should marry him and become Kristina Vanni Viviani!
Here is the cookware used by Fabio.  Color and more color again!
Speaking of Top Chefs, if you watch the series, you know that many chefs are fond of cooking with a sous vide.  The appliance used in restaurant kitchens is large, but now the company is offering a size for home cooks!  The food to be prepared is vaccum sealed and cooked to perfection.  Top Chef Richard Blais was demonstrating how to prepare cuts of meat.  Doesn’t this look amazing?
Here is the Sous Vide consumer size!  I can’t wait to try it!
Does anyone speak French?  What does this say??
Kristina and Top Chef Richard Blais
Another area we always love is Nordic Ware.  It’s so easy to spend a long time in this area.  There are so many new and exciting ways to bake anything in just about any shape.  The one I loved was the mini wedding cake mold.  Kristina and I agreed it would be a darling item to make for a wedding shower.  They come out the size of a cupcake, and could be decorated in endless ways!  How cute are these?

Nordic Ware also makes all kinds of cooking and grilling items.  My husband loved this stovetop smoker:

If you are into grilling and being green at the same time, take a look at this solar barbecue.  Called the CookUP200, it runs on solar energy, it can be folded up and carried,  and is perfect for grilling, stewing, or steam cooking.  There are no tools required, easy to assemble, and you can cook wherever you like, whatever the season.  It is a green design with environmentally-friendly materials.  For more information on this item, go to http://www.idcook.com/
Just like yesterday’s blog, I could go on forever about the incredible items, but I have to stop somewhere.  Next year can’t come soon enough to enjoy this show again.  If I have tempted you to come to the show next year, go to http://www.housewares.org/   and read about how to attend.  Hope to see you there!
I think you know where you will find me:

2 Responses to A Foodie’s Disneyland: The International Home and Housewares Show, Day Two: The Products!

  1. March 15, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    What a great show! I’m going to look for some of those new cooking toys.

    The t-shirt says “Would you like to sous vide with me this evening?”

  2. March 15, 2011 at 6:34 pm #

    Thanks, Priscilla! I was afraid I had posted a t-shirt with something not meant on a family blog!

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