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At Maison Yaki, the newest project from the team behind Olmsted, the distance between Paris and Tokyo has never been shorter.

Petits plats meet yakitori on Executive Chef Greg Baxtrom’s expressive menu, and the front of the house mirrors Chef’s creativity and daring.

Contrast abounds throughout the restaurant. Servers sport black and white striped shirts in true Parisian fashion, while custom red striped Figgjo Klassik plates evoke the land of the rising sun. What’s black, white and red all over? Maison Yaki, of course.

Reinventing the rectangle, Maison Yaki’s tables are set with satin matte black rectangles from Felt+Fat that serve as the perfect share plate during a meal designed for reaching, passing, and maybe some grabbing.

Skewers fly to the table on Figgjo’s Gastronorm 1/8 trays. This 6” x 4-¾” dynamo is a small but mighty plate that shines in Figgjo’s classic optic white. It’s part of an extensive range that travels beautifully from the pass to the table and is equally suited for both.

Aruba flatware from Steelite winks at classic French cafes everywhere. This pattern features a subtle cross-stitch added to the traditional Contour pattern to create an elevated take on a traditional favorite you’ll find all across Europe. Nested inside a branded napkin fold alongside ruby red chopsticks, it’s the ideal setup for Baxtrom’s menu of unforgettable fare.

We’ve been working with Baxtrom’s team at Olmsted since the restaurant’s inception in 2016. This Star Chefs Rising Star continues to rise to the occasion with this new neighborhood-friendly and creative concept.

Add a Vesper or another playful take on a classic cocktail, served in Gold Miners glassware, and you’re on your way to an unforgettable evening. Either in the dining room or at Maison Yaki’s outdoor patio, a meal at this newcomer is not to be missed.

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Morgan Tucker took a trip down under last month to visit the holy grail of pottery. At the Robert Gordon factory, Tucker brings us behind the scenes of one of the world’s most beloved ceramic design studios, one that’s drenched in natural sunlight and steeped in tradition. With an eye toward the future – Earth is set to arrive in our warehouse in just one month – Tucker explains why this factory will be on our radar and in our hearts for many years to come.

Read the full Total Food Service article here.

Crucial Detail’s Boro explores light, transparency, and playful interactions – asymmetrically. It is made of low expansion glass which can easily handle a wide temperature range, allowing for tremendous creativity in plating and presentation, and is available in 6”, 8”, and 10” diameters. LMT is honored to be the first to bring this collection to the foodservice industry.

Boro is the culmination of years of Martin Kastner’s exploration of non-traditional manipulation of borosilicate glass. His goal was to simply create a depression in a flat pane of glass. A key element, Boro’s striking asymmetry, was also an impediment to manufacturing. Conventional techniques simply didn’t meet Martin’s exacting standards – they rarely do! After much experimentation, he developed a flame-forming technique and specialized tooling, that enabled a clean, perfectly fluid transition between the flat plane and a bowl. The bowls are now individually flame-formed and annealed at Crucial Detail – one of a kind production for a truly unique collection.

For more than a decade, Crucial Detail has explored the synergy of food and design, working at the forefront of fine dining in collaborations with the world’s best chefs. Each piece in the collection, whether for the tabletop or bar, is uniquely stylish, chef-driven, and forward thinking. Founder Martin Kastner has established himself as the most influential tableware designer in modern American history, sweeping design awards and helping Team USA secure their historic silver and gold wins at the world’s most prestigious culinary competition, Bocuse d’Or.

Shop the collection of Crucial Detail here or for more information contact us at lmt@singerequipment.com.

The steak knife has taken on far more responsibility than it was originally…cut out for.

As the industry’s awareness of meat consumption continues to increase, we’re now seeing the steak knives we’ve come to know and love adapted into alternative main courses. Restaurateurs are sticking our classic French handles from Laguiole into everything from cattle to cauliflower steaks.

We’ve found our latest blade obsession. New Age, designed by French cutler Jean Dubost, sleekly pairs a black ABS handle with a black serrated blade. Depending who you ask, it’s the black tuxedo or little black dress of knives. It’s the perfect addition to a set of PVD flatware or a tabletop studded with matte black accents. Our recommendation: Metropole black, a glossy black flatware line featuring long, slender lines.

New Age is for a new era of dining, where utensils are more than mere tools, and guests are enabled to steer their experience in new and thoughtful ways. While honoring the past, we look toward a New Age in culinary and hospitality innovation.

For more information and samples, please contact LMT@singerequipment.com.

Each of our vendors and each of our customers have a story to tell, and it’s our privilege at LMT to help weave the two together.

The next time you find yourself in Portland, Oregon, listen to the stories the Woodlark Hotel’s tabletop settings tell. Their roots are found in the Woodlark building’s century of history, while their ultimate blossoming is very much in the present. What was once home to a wholesale pharmacy and office space has since been relaunched and expanded to “The House of Welcome.” This concept speaks to a mission of food and hospitality that goes beyond style and design.

The cocktail hour begins at Abigail Hall, a charming room on the hotel’s first floor, dripping in vintage-inspired floral wallpaper in shades of forest green and a rosy spectrum of pinks. The space was once home to the Ladies Reception Hall. Activist (and namesake) Abigail Scott Duniway held early suffragist meetings in this very space. In this latest incarnation, Chena Pink share plates and Figgjo Strok dinnerware serve as classic canvases for an elevated bar snack menu, while Gold Miners, Hospitality Brands’ Timeless collection and julep glasses serve as playful glassware vessels for a speakeasy-inspired bar.

After cocktails, visit Bullard, the Texas meets Oregon barbecue restaurant at the entrance to the Woodlark. You’ll enjoy Chef Doug Adams’ elevated country cuisine in Haand Hospitality dinnerware in matte white, framed by Cardinal’s Renzo Patina flatware, bringing a polished and tiled space down a few notches with touches of rusticity. Think about hipster glamping on the Oregon Trail and enjoy shrimp and grits, crackling fried chicken and bright vegetable-forward fare.

The tablescape at Bullard inside the Woodlark Hotel.

When it’s time for a nightcap, adjourn to your guestroom and enjoy your tipple of choice in Nude’s Big Top glassware paired with Luigi Bormioli’s Bach flute and decanter. This thoughtfully chosen beverage service features striking vertical lines in a subtle nod to what was once Portland’s tallest skyscraper.

In every outlet of the hotel, Woodlark’s tabletop settings speak to a mission of foodservice that goes beyond design to imbue the entire space with warmth and authenticity. Their hospitality team’s commitment to staying true both to Portland’s diverse history and signature artistic flare is readily apparent from the moment you enter the hotel.

For product and tabletop consulting inquiries, send us an email at LMT@singerequipment.com.

On the heels of our one year anniversary with FELT+FAT, Morgan Tucker muses on the importance of supporting sustainable collaboration in our local hospitality communities.  Fueled by respect of the craft of ceramics, Tucker and the team at the Culinary Vegetable Institute partnered with Nate Mell to experiment with local clay varieties at the Chef’s Garden in Milan, Ohio. Together, they foraged and fired a new experience in dinnerware creation. Read the full article via Total Food Service magazine here.

Shop FELT+FAT’s collection here or for more information contact us at lmt@singerequipment.com.

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