Turn Your Kitchen Into an Entertaining Hub With These 26 Essentials


Get your kitchen party-ready with these helpful appliances, cooking utensils, and tableware that will turn your space into a hosting haven this holiday season.

The large, naturally lit kitchen is the heart of the house. Messmate-clad cupboards and huge expanses of glass dominate the space where Angelucci uses the sink, Gorman works at the kitchen island, and Pepa and Hazel look on. Play in the courtyard between the kitchen and garage is easily supervised and enclosed from the alley behind the house.

Vinglac Wine Bottle Chiller

Have some chill time. When youre uncorking a white wine or a ros, maintaining its chill factor is of the utmost importanceespecially on warm nights. Enter these double-walled, vacuum-insulated heroes. Simply pop in a bottle (wine, bubbly or even water), and itll stay cold for about four hours. An elegant profile stays condensation free for an overall happier, more enjoyable sipping experience. Photography by Ty Mecham, Rocky Luten & Bobbi Lin

Snowe 4-Piece Table Settings

Bringing together timeless design and the highest quality Limoges porcelain, this 4-piece table setting sets the stage for all that's to come. Photo Courtesy of Snowe

Alessi Mami Casserole With Lid

Since graduating from the University of Florence in 1978, Stefano Giovannoni has worked out of Milan as an interior and industrial designer and architect. Hes designed a variety of unassuming kitchenware for Alessi, all part and parcel of what he refers to as "poetics of emotion," by which he breathes new life into normally ordinary objects. A reinterpretation of ancient terra-cotta pots, Mami Cookware (1999) is playful yet eminently functional, with hollow ear-shaped handles that retain less heat and allow easy lifting. Available in silicone resin-coated or mirror-polished stainless steel. Suitable for electric, gas and induction stovetops. Made in China. Photo Courtesy of Design Within Reach

Brizo Litze Single Handle Pull-Down Spray Kitchen Faucet

The Litze Kitchen Collection melds innovative engineering and artistry to strike a balance that is equally at home in modern classic environments and urban industrial spaces. Litze single-handle pull-down kitchen faucets with square spout and industrial handle MagneDock Technology magnetic docking system Euro-motion Diamond Valve with InnoFlex waterways Two-function pull-down wand: spray and stream 1.8 GPM maximum flow rate 360-degree spout rotation 8-1/2" spout height 9" spout reach Single-hole installation Accommodates up to 3" deck thickness Quick connect hoses Brizo Litze Single Handle Pull Down Spray Kitchen Faucet Photo Courtesy of Hausera

The Citizenry Vishu Kitchen Towels - Tan - Set of 3

Hand-loomed from locally-sourced cotton, this set of kitchen towels is lightweight, absorbent, and oh-so-soft. Featuring a minimal, color-block design in a soft palette of tan and off-white, they bring a light, airy look to any counter. These towels are handcrafted by a group of 32 master weavers in Kannur, India. From start-to-finish, each one is made in a fair-trade environment.

Rig-Tig Modern Compact Colander

Shake, rattle and roll. Ooh baby, this colander is fun. And brilliant. And cute. Did we mention fun? All you have to do is fill it with produce, close it, rinse, and shake. The water from your faucet goes right through the handle, so you dont have to spray over an entire basket. When youre done rinsing, its a simple shake, shake, shake and your produce is clean and good to go without losing a single bite. This smooth, teardrop-shaped colander is great for smaller, more delicate produce, like salad greens and berries. And when youre ready to put it away, it swivels around and folds up nicely for small-space storage. Made in: China Made of: Acrylonitrile styrene (AS) plastic Size: 14" L x 7" D x 4" H Maker: Rig-Tig Photography by Rocky Luten

Victorinox Swiss Army Swivel Knife Block With Tablet/Cookbook Stand

From the creators of the Swiss Army knife comes this multifunctional knife block that features 13 slots on one side, and a ledge on the other that's perfect for propping up iPads or cookbooks. It all rests on a 360-degree swivel base, making it easy to switch between your tools and recipes.

Delta Essa Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet

Delta Essa Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet Essa Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet MagnaTite Docking uses a powerful integrated magnet to snap your faucet spray wand precisely into place and hold it there so it stays docked when not in use and doesn't droop over time Soft, rubber Touch-Clean spray holes allow you to easily wipe away calcium and lime build-up with the touch of a finger DIAMOND Seal Technology is less hassle to install and helps your faucet perform like new for life, reducing leak points and lasting twice as long as the industry standard High-arc pull-down swivels 360degrees Everything you need is together in one convenient box, including integrated InnoFlex PEX supply lines ADA Compliant 1 or 3-hole 8" installation Delta Essa Single Handle Pull Down Spray Kitchen Faucet Backed by Delta Faucet's Lifetime Limited Warranty Photo Courtesy of Hausera

MINNA Modern Cotton Apron

MINNA's new Spring inspired collection includes all of your kitchen staples - napkins, towels, oven mitts, potholders, and aprons! Grab everything in the same color, or mix and match colors and stripes to liven up your kitchen.Features an adjustable loop tie for around the neck, a pocket, and two tool loops for your spoons, spatulas, or matching tea towel. Handwoven by a family run cooperative in Chiapas, Mexico. Photo Courtesy of Food52

JK Adams Reversible Carving Board

See you on the flip. There are a lot of good carving boards out there, but theres one the pros come back to again and again. We love its versatility: On one side, youve got a nice, flat surface for carving up your weekend roasts. And on the other, youll find an indentation that cradles your holiday turkey or weeknight roast chicken so it doesnt tip or slide. Both sides feature generous grooves that are deep enough to hold a half cup of liquid (about the amount that runs out from a roast chicken thats rested for 30 minutes). And since this carving board is relatively compact, it doesnt hog counter space and makes washing up a breeze. Photography by Ty Mecham & Bobbi Lin, Courtesy of Food52

The New Wine Rules: A Genuinely Helpful Guide to Everything You Need to Know

There are few greater pleasures in life than enjoying a wonderful glass of wine. So why does finding and choosing one you like seem so stressful? Now, becoming a happier, more confident wine drinker is easy. The first step is to forget all the useless, needlessly complicated stuff the "experts" have been telling you. In The New Wine Rules, acclaimed wine writer Jon Bonn explains everything you need to know in simple, beautifully illustrated, easy-to-digest tidbits. And the news is good! For example: A wines price rarely reflects its quality. You can drink ros any time of year. Dont save a great bottle for anything more than a rainy day. Publisher: Ten Speed Press Photo Courtesy of Ten Speed Press

Brizo Solna Single Handle Pull-Down Spray Kitchen Faucet

Inspired by contemporary Scandinavian furniture, the Solna Kitchen Collection by Brizo features crisp lines and a beautifully simple form in both a pull-down and articulating faucet delivering a sleek, sophisticated look to any culinary space. Solna single-handle pull-down spray kitchen faucet 360-degree rotating spout 1.8 GPM maximum flow rate MagneDock Technology magnetic docking system Euro-motion Diamond Valve with InnoFlex waterways Two-function wand: spray and stream Hidden pull-down wand Single-hole installation Accommodates up to 3" deck thickness Faucet and Finish Lifetime Limited Warranty Brizo Solna Single Handle Pull Down Spray Kitchen Faucet Photo Courtesy of Hausera

Frieling Stainless Steel Pot Strainer

Ditch the colander and opt for a straining attachment instead. This clever gadget eliminates the need for an extra bowl, making your go-to pasta dishes officially one-pot dinners.

Chef'n FreshForce Magnetic Can Opener

Say goodbye to the days of fishing for a loose lid and risking a cut fingerthis can opener comes with a magnetic end that effortlessly removes the jagged metal.

Frederick Arndt Artworks Mid-Century Modern Napkin Holder

Never another flyaway napkin. Fred Arndt has been impressing us with his intricate wood-cutting technique since we first launched his pieces on Food52. He's designed this napkin holder exclusively for us -- it reflects the clean lines of modern design and is small enough to carry outdoors, on a picnic, or to any table.To create such a delicate, elaborate pattern, blocks of walnut are precision-cut into sharp angles and lines -- the result is one of the most eye-catching pieces on our table. Photography by James Ransom

Zline RAS-WM-30 30" Slide-In Dual Fuel Colored Series Range

ZLINE's Professional 30" Range is complete with a 4 burner gas cooktop for energy efficiency, temperature control, and even-cooking. The 4.0 cu. ft. of deep oven capacity provides a large cooking area thats perfect for multiple dishes at once and easily handles large baking sheets, like an 18" pizza. Photo Courtesy of

Emile Henry Classic Ceramic Pie Dish

Behold: pie perfection. The name behind this beautiful pieceEmile Henryhas been a French bakeware legend for generations. And this pie dish is the latest addition to the brigade: Crafted with French Burgundy clay, it diffuses heat for picture-perfect crusts, while its classic scalloped edges cut a pretty profile all on their own. It's a deep, scratch-resistant number that you can load up with fillings, cut into and scoop out without leaving a mark. Its good up to 520F and can go from freezer to oven if you want to get your bakes ready ahead of time. Photography by Ty Mecham, Rocky Luten & Bobbi Lin

Delta Contemporary Pot Filler

Contemporary Wall Mount Pot Filler Dual shut off on the Delta Pot Filler faucet allows the user to turn the water off at either the wall or the spout, controlling the water flow at the point of use 4 gallons per minute for quick fills 24 in. dual swing joints allow the pot filler to easily fold away when not in use Simple on and off with a quarter turn of the handle Meets standards set by Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Single hole installationAssembled dimensions: 8-1/8 in. H x 21-9/16 in. D x 2-1/8 in. W Delta Contemporary Double Handle Pot Filler Kitchen Faucet Backed by Delta Faucets Lifetime Limited Warranty Photo Courtesy of Hausera

Meater Wireless Meat Thermometer

The world's first 100% wireless meat thermometer. Imagine it: summertime cookout, you're scooping heaping piles of guac onto tortilla chips and sipping a cold one, sinking nothin'-but-grass shots in cornhole all while your tri-tip roast grills to perfection with a little help from Meater. The first wireless smart meat thermometer, Meater connects to your phone and conveniently gives you notifications as your meat cooks (anything from a whole chicken to a pork loin to a tri-tip), letting you know what you need to do at every step of the way, taking a little bit of the pressure off of you at your next cookout and helping you achieve perfect and consistent results every time. Features: Grill, bake, pan fry, and smoke meats with accurate, consistent results every time Wireless probe connects via Bluetooth to an app that guides the cooking process so you can focus on other things whether that's cornhole or other food prep Heat-, water-, and corrosion-resistant construction Rechargeable with over 24 hours of continuous cooking time Battery-powered wooden charger stores and charges the Meater probe Photo Courtesy of Huckberry

Brizo Solna Soap/Lotion Dispenser

Accommodates up to 3" deck thickness 2 3/4" overall height 13-ounce bottle Refillable from above the deck Order RP1001MW for Matte White dispenser option Photo Courtesy of Hausera

Bosch 300 Series Built-In Dishwasher

Bosch's elegantly designed 300 Series Dishwasher is a high-performance machine with style. The onyx black finish adds a modern touch, and the three-rack stainless steel interior provides for high functionality. Photo Courtesy of Bosch

Terrain Herb Snips

Our handiest kitchen tool, these stainless steel snips allow you to snip, strip, and bundle fresh herbs with ease. Photo Courtesy of Terrain

Snowe Cheese Knives

Say cheese: our Cheese Knives coordinate with our classic Flatware and Steak Knives, making for a picture-perfect party set-up. Our set comes with a Spreader, a Hard Cheese Knife, and a Soft Cheese Knife, so you're covered, from A to Z, parmesan to brie. Premium 18/10 Italian stainless steel resists stains and rust. A blend of classic and contemporary design for any occasion. Unique polishing process brightens and enhances durability. Photo Courtesy of Snowe

Potluck Utensil Set

Keep it simple. Twelve no-frills tools for prepping your ingredients and serving your meals. Professional-quality construction for years of reliable use. This tightly-curated set has you covered for countless kitchen tasks, but doesnt include anything that you wont use. Its just right. All pieces are BPA-free. Dishwasher-safe except for the wooden spoon and fish spatula. Photo Courtesy of Verishop

Delta Trinsic Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet with Spring Spout

Trinsic Pro Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet with Spring Spout MagnaTite docking keeps the kitchen pull-down spray wand firmly in place with a powerful integrated magnet, so it stays docked when not in use DIAMOND Seal Technology features a valve embedded with diamonds to ensure like-new operation for the life of the faucet Touch-Clean spray holes allow for easy removal of hard water build-up Meets standards set by Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) High-arc pull-down swivels 360degrees 1 or 3-hole 8 in. installation (with optional escutcheon, not included) Assembled dimensions: 6-3/4 in. H x 13 in. D x 10-1/2 in. W Delta Trinsic Touch Single Handle Pull Down Spray Kitchen Faucet Photo Courtesy of Hausera

Samsung 36" French Door Refrigerator With Family Hub

Samsung's innovative design allows you to connect your refrigerator to your smart home suites. The refrigerator features a stylish French door design, and has high end capabilities and features. Photo Courtesy of

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