In Chicago, March is the time of year where retailers, brands, manufacturers, media, chefs, and restauranteurs travel to McCormick Place to attend the International Home and Housewares Show. It is a show that people like me love! Three buildings filled with the latest kitchen, dining, laundry, garage, bathroom and closet finds. Miles and miles of cooking equipment, tools and gadgets; dinnerware, flatware, glassware, barware; gadgets, tools, cutlery, cutting boards; electrics from rice cookers to espresso machines to air fryers to water purifiers and beyond; food storage containers, bakeware, pepper mills, linens and the list continues. So much to see, to admire, to want.
Here are just a handful of my favorites to share with you. Most are in stores now for you to see and investigate on your own.
To give you an idea of what the show looks like and how very big it is, this is just one small portion of one hall:
I get asked about innovative knife blocks all the time. This is just a sampling of what this creative and quality made Italian company is designing. (http://www.artelegnodesign.it)
Spatulas with a silicone band that won’t slip out of your hands. http://www.corehome.com/kitchen
Want to grind your own grains and legumes? Check out this super useful machine. (NutriMill Classic Grain Mill)
Best way to make a healthy version of fried food…with an air fryer by Kalorik. Crunchy french fries, vegetables, fish, and chicken nuggets without all the oil. (http://www.kalorik.com)
1950’s have come back in design with these Smeg products. You can find them at www.bloomingdales.com home stores. (http://www.smegusa.com)
Love color and innovative designs? Then these French Bull dinnerware, cookware, storage and entertaining pieces are perfect for you. (http://www.frenchbull.com)
Multi compartment cooler. (http://www.igloo.com)
Make a crispy pizza in just five minutes? Yes! (Black + Decker P300S 5-Minute Pizza Oven and Snack Maker, Silver
Make a slushy with any drink you like – sweetened or not. Perfect for summer beverages or that iced coffee.(The Chill Factory Chill Factor Slushy Maker, Blue)
Silicone baking pans that have a metal frame so they don’t collapse in your hands. Awesome! (Trudeau 6 Count Muffin Pan)
So many more fascinating items were shown at the International Housewares Show than what I can begin to share here. Hope this at least gives you an idea of how innovative people and brands are. If you wonder if they are listening to your wish lists, they are!
Thanks for stopping by. Happy Cooking!