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The hospitality industry has coveted Pascal Naessen’s industrially inspired flatware range for several years, but it always seemed a bit…out of reach. It was almost too cool.

Now, in 2019, we’re excited to announce that this beautiful stonewashed pattern is in stock for immediate delivery.

The designer of this unique collection is Pascal Naessens, a Belgian food and lifestyle personality who created Pure for Serax with comfort, function and effortless style in mind. Her flatware range injects a bit of funk and warmth to a cold, stainless world of flatware options in the foodservice market. She’s a female artisan we have our eye on in 2019 and beyond. Just this year, she launched a new range of cookware and utensils that we think we’ll be seeing in open restaurant kitchens and banquet spaces very soon. In addition to flatware and cookware, Naessens’ first product launch with Serax was a refined rustic stoneware that compliment the full Pure portfolio.

If you are unfamiliar with Serax, get familiar. This creative thinktank applies the same school of thought to its various flatware patterns that it does to dinnerware, glassware, serving pieces and furniture. Serax supports designers and artisans that take functional items and stretch their forms until the final product straddles artwork and utility, leaving the guest with a memorable experience and unforgettable presentation. That thought process is similar to what the world’s greatest chefs use in the creations of their menus and various restaurant concepts, and that is perhaps why so many chefs choose to source Serax for their tabletops.

PURE originally launch in a stonewashed black that left owners and operators drooling. Now this pattern can be yours in stonewashed black, copper or stainless as we are stocking all three available finishes.

PURE flatware is now in stock in these eight following sizes:

Salad/Dessert Fork, 7”

Table Fork, 8 ¼”

Table Knife, 9”

Dessert Knife, 7 7/8”

Table Spoon, 8 ¼”

Dessert Spoon, 7”

Teaspoon, 5 ½”

Espresso Spoon, 4 1/3”

              For samples and more information on this collection, please email lmt@singerequipment.com.

Bocuse d’Or just culminated. Next time we’ll see the culinary Olympics in Lyon will be in 2021. Why does it take two years to become a culinary star? In this month’s issue of Total Food Servive magazine, Morgan Tucker reflects and sets the stage for the next demonstration of culinary greatness, at a local level: Star Chefs’ Rising Stars New York. Read the full article here.

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Chelsea’s ultra-mod Hotel Americano has added a splash of spice and flair to its lobby with the opening of La Central.

This Pan-American restaurant, led by Executive Chef Franklin Becker, has a menu influenced by Mexican and Peruvian cuisine and heightened with the flavors that ignite passion in his team of chefs. A canvas of modern neutrals allows this diversity of spices, textures, and flavors to shine, and integrates seamlessly with the hotel’s décor. Becker and his team have chosen to set their tables with Felt + Fat’s signature B&B plate in slate, a cool, satin-matte black finish, framed by Sambonet’s Hannah flatware collection.

When it’s time for a drink, have one of Michael Parrish’s sharp and balanced cocktails in equally balanced glassware. The Broken Shaker alum is using Bormioli Rocco’s Bodega and Rona’s Minners, both from Steelite, to showcase his creations.

Figgjo’s Pax collection serves as the stage for Becker’s delicious and thoughtful cuisine that honors tradition while updating it – delectably. You’ll see Figgjo’s porcelain throughout your meal, in optic white and in subtle tones of grey and beige. Tacos arrive in a stainless steel taxi atop the Pax 8” racetrack oval, a unique shape that is growing increasingly popular on the tabletop. Order the enchiladas and you’ll receive Figgjo’s Ting 8-1/4” plate with a slanted lip, perfect for not leaving a morsel behind.

La Central also makes thoughtful use of Anfora’s Chena collection, made in Mexico. Shallow bowls in matte black and white are used for a range of shared plates and appetizers, including crudités paired with four salsas that come in a custom wood caddy from Culinary Wood Designs.

Don’t skip dessert; sugary salty sweet churro waffles are served in Chena White as well, contrasted with Chena Black coffee service to send you along your way in sueños of La Central.