Sprinkles of powdery, pre-ground pepper and iodized salt are no way to season your culinary creations. Treat yourself to the bold flavors of the good stuff: fresh ground salt and pepper bursting with flavor, courtesy of Vic Firth. From the same company that makes the industry-standard drumsticks and percussion instruments come these precision-crafted salt and pepper mills, handmade in Maine. Ranging from traditional styles in homey wood finishes to sleek, chic colorful numbers that add spice to your kitchen before, during and after cooking, these professional-quality mills are built to last a lifetime.
Anyone familiar with Mario Batali’s empire of restaurants (Babbo, Po, Del Posto), cookbooks (<i>Molto Gusto</i>, <i>Italian Grill</i>) and television shows (<i>Molto Mario</i>, <i>Ciao America</i>) knows that wood-fired cooking is every gourmet’s secret weapon. So it’s no surprise that Batali has created a line of wood-burning brick ovens for the home chef that are perfect for baking bread, making pizza, and roasting and smoking meats and fish. He’s also concocted a collection of pasta sauces (including his favorites, arrabiata, vodka and marinara) that let you bring the Batali touch to your own Italian dishes. Buon appetito!
Take one for the home team: This group of offerings is stuffed with home-décor treasures from a list of American designers that reads like an honor roll—Calvin Klein, Kim Seybert, Kelly Wearstler, Michael Aram, DayNa Decker, Sandy Chilewich, and more. Go for a sculptural accent piece like Michael Aram’s nickel-plated Vine Table Stand, which looks like effortlessly climbing plant life; or opt for a movie-star-grade bedding option like Kelly Wearstler’s Diamond throw in 100% cashmere, with its offset geometric pattern. Throughout, find plenty of high-design takes on the essentials we all need—like Bodum’s Crema coffee maker, Star Home’s swoop-y water pitcher, and Nambé’s elegant sugar bowl and creamer made from mouth-blown lead crystal.
Vic Firth’s love of woodturning led the former Boston Symphony Orchestra timpanist to embark on two post-music careers: manufacturer of industry-standard drumsticks for percussionists, and maker of some of the world’s best salt and pepper mills. Sample the latter at this sale, which features a dozen models created in conjunction with superchef Mario Batali. Take your pick of sizes and colors, with most rendered in maple or cherry wood — although there are a few stainless-steel options, too.