The Brooklyn boom is no secret. However, many were surprised when StarChefs made the move to host their annual International Chefs Congress there just three short years ago. But just as the team behind StarChefs has demonstrated the ability to discover exemplary talent in emerging markets for 14 years, moving their headquarters and flagship event to the borough was a calculated, strategic decision that has reminded all of us of their ability to unearth the next great trend.
In preparation for our 6th ICC, as the exclusive distributor partner, we have lots to do. We are working in tandem with Steelite International on the Art of Presentation Pop-Up headlining New York Rising Star’s Community Chef Aaron Bludorn of Café Boulud. He’ll be exclusively using wares from our Little M Tucker collections produced by Steelite International factory partners for his 3-course tastings. All proceeds go to C-CAP, a non-profit organization that prepares high school students for careers in the hospitality industry. We’re packaging 2,200 gift boxes, which will feature Little M Tucker by Hospitality Glass Brands glassware in sustainable packaging from fellow sponsor Packnwood. We’re sponsoring main stage demonstrations by customers like Daniella Soto-Innes from Atla restaurant… who’ll be using products from another Little M Tucker vendor, PolyScience. And we will be front and center for business discussions with some of our favorite customers like Executive Chef and Partner of Sunday in Brooklyn, Jamie Young. He’ll be addressing the concepts of running all-day restaurants and how to connect with community.
No ICC theme resonates deeper with the inherent ethos of Brooklyn than this years: “Cook Your Culture.” The dedication to heritage exemplified with the 2017 chef lineup is rock solid.
Whether you will have the opportunity to join us at ICC later this month or not, I would like to introduce you to some of our other favorite personalities handcrafting wares for hospitality in Brooklyn well before Star Chefs came into town.
First, the Queen, Ms. Connie Pezulich. For 50 years, RCP Design has been manufacturing custom catering equipment and food serving products in Brooklyn. Her company boasts a customer list, which includes Eleven Madison Park and The Grill. Recently, we designed a custom tequila cart for Alex Stupak’s Empellon Midtown. Unparalleled craftsmanship and exceptional service are two reasons why their partnership with The Singer Equipment Companies and Steelite International works perfectly.
Want something on your tabletop that literally no one else has? Let’s talk about custom leather from Forty Knots No Smoke, also born in Brooklyn.
“I don’t know if there’s anything else on the planet that improves with age, except for wine. It’s wine and leather,” quotes the company’s founder, Theo Ginsburg. An affordable and thoughtfully curated source for leather goods, FKNS has the ability to create anything your heart desires.
And then there’s ceramicist Wynne Noble. Since the 80’s, she’s been slinging clay out of an unassumingly artful studio in Dumbo. Inspired by nature and the culture of her local community, as well as the cellular structures and different organic materials of both, her custom work can been seen in restaurants all around town. When the new 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge opened earlier this year, they were committed to supporting local artisans. Each guest’s room is stocked with Noble Plateware Mugs. Her dinnerware also graces fellow Star Chef sponsor Valhronas’ L’Ecole in Dumbo, so you know it has to be the highest quality product.
If you are coming over your bridge of choice to join us at ICC this year, we can’t wait to meet you. We’ll be showing off the latest collections from our closest factory partners. If you’re looking for a ticket to this annual extravaganza, and would like to participate in active discussions about the evolving cultures painting the food world today, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you in Brooklyn!
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