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In a world where manufacturers are peering over each others shoulders for inspiration, Martin Kastner’s Chicago-based studio stands in a league of its own. Crucial Detail constantly surprises us, no matter the venue or materials used, to create some of the most innovative and design-driven tabletop pieces in the world. In this month’s Thoughtfully Curated column in Total Foodservice Magazine, Morgan Tucker talks about why Kastner has changed the world of dinnerware and some of the studio’s newest creations we can’t wait to get our hands on. Read the full article here.

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.

This freshly stocked flatware pattern is our newest darling.

Vintageware is 18/0 stainless steel in the same, classic and adaptable “Austin” pattern of Goldware (brushed gold), Roseware (brushed copper) and Matteware (matte black).

   Wait no longer than 1-2 business days for your vintage-inspired flatware now available at an incredibly low price point. Frame your food with a bit of antique inspiration and set your table in style with this cozy collection. The Austin pattern was pioneered by the LMT team in 2017 and has seen success among chefs and operators looking for a bit of low key attitude in their flatware.

Vintageware is now in stock in these six functional sizes:

Salad/Dessert Fork, 7 ¼”

Table Fork, 8 ¼”

Table Knife, 8 ¼”

Table Spoon, 8 ¼”

Dessert Spoon, 7 ¼”

Teaspoon, 5 ¾”

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

Photo credit: Eric Medsker Photography

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.

Photo credit: @steeliteusa on Instagram

  Only an artist can take steel and transform it into a sinuous, undulating wave, imbuing a solid item with the illusion of motion.

  Robert Welch has done just that with his Drift collection of barware and tea service now available in the United States through Steelite. These pieces are designed to be both aesthetically unique and highly functional and are as luxurious as they are hardworking.

  The Drift collection is comprehensive. There are single and double-walled wine and Champagne buckets, serving trays, and tea service, which includes a three-tiered cake stand.

  Each piece is made from 18/10 stainless steel and hand polished to a light-reflecting mirror finish. The gentle curves of the collection create a softness that belies its solidness and durability.

  Drift will transform your bar or tabletop, adding a dramatic, organic wave in cool metal.

  We’re thrilled to offer this UK-designed collection stateside. It will be on display at our booth (#1602-1729) during the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show in New York City, from March 3rd-5th. We hope to see you there. For more information about this collection and the IRFSNY 2019 Show, send an email to lmt@singerequipment.com.

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.

We’re ringing in the new year toasting to our new website, new Instagram handle and a fresh take on the services we provide restaurants and hotels on a national scale. Read the full Total Food Service article by clicking here.