Serving With Style

Revive your home’s culinary and entertainment scene with these picks from around town.

Compiled by Brooke McGrath

After all of the holiday hubbub, it’s time to do something for yourself. This month, one of re-emergence and resolutions, vow to bring your focus inward, revitalizing your culinary and entertainment staples. With some help from local kitchen experts and design gurus, here’s how to refresh the heart (and soul) of your home.

Kid-friendly Setting

Let the younger generation join in the fun with a table appropriately set just for them. The Disney Sketchbook Dinnerware Collection, found at Function Junction in Crown Center, is whimsical in its sketched animations that won’t fade. Each piece, made of high-fired porcelain, is microwave- and dishwasher-safe. Price: Mickey Mouse mug, $7.97; Mickey Mouse bowl, $9.97; Mickey Mouse jumbo mug, $9.97; Mickey Mouse salad plate: $7.97; Disney serving platter, $29.97.

 A Precise Cut

Known as the king of the knives, Wusthof cutlery is precision-forged from a single blank of high carbon stain-free steel. Simply put, they can smoothly cut through just about anything, so go ahead and try your hand at some fancy food designs. The Classic Ikon set includes a 6-inch extra-wide cook’s knife and 4-inch extra-wide paring knife. Price: $210 (on sale for $99.99) from Pryde’s Kitchen & Home.


Illusion of Movement

Versatile in style, Arhaus’ Aubrey chandelier, a bestseller, is handcrafted in iron and adorned with glass crystals. Ideal for dressing up the island or dining table, this chandelier will rival any gourmet meal that sits under it. Size: 24 inches across x 24 inches high. Price: $1,299.

A Dainty Dab

You’re not tailgating, so put the paper napkins away. For a dinner party, a classic choice would be embroidered linens. This napkin, with a 20-inch white hemstitch, is machine-embroidered with coral and yellow thread. Add in a few more complementary colors by setting it with purple or pink stemware from the Rebel Waterford Collection, perhaps? Available at Sharyn Blond Linens in the Fairway Shops. Price: $52 per napkin.

Cheers…to the Stemware

“Creating something that no one expected and everyone wants” was the basis of the Rebel Waterford Collection, combining the image of toughness and elegance in one simple design. Each piece— from jewelry to stemware—showcases golden metal with crystal in shades of plum, amber, blush, pink and purple. It’s the signature piece that will wake up any place setting. Cocktail glass shown: $50 from Halls.

Steamed to Perfection

In kitchen designer (and CEO and principal of Portfolio Kitchen and Home showroom) Geri Higgins’ opinion, this “amazing” appliance is a must-have in any kitchen: the 48-inch Pro Grand steam range by Thermador, a company that’s celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. A Christmas gift for Higgins from a generous Santa, this steam oven is the “next generation of surface cooking,” Thermador’s website states; with the introduction of the professional grill and its ceramic briquettes, it closely mimics the power of an outdoor grill. A steam and convection combination oven, this appliance also offers a full-size, large-capacity convection oven; warming drawer; patented Star burners; 22,000 BTUs of power on the Power burner; a QuickClean base; and two-hour rapid self-cleaning. Go all in with Thermador’s preservation columns, warming drawer, wine storage and integrated coffee makers. Price range (depending on model): $13,749 and $16,499.

Gold Display

You dress to impress, right? Your table should, too. The wave vase, available in two sizes, is made of gilt cast aluminum, sure to amaze guests in all of its gold glory. The best part? For an additional cost, have Trapp and Company’s floral professionals arrange a show-stopping arrangement in this gem. Price: $130, small; $215, large.

Ringing in the New Year

The centerpieces of all centerpieces, the Corbin Rings— also described as sculptural accessories—were designed by local artist Tom Corbin to “add artistic allure to your dining table through elevation and volume” and do so without hindering dinner conversation. Axis ($4,185, shown) features a black/brown patina, Orion ($2,590) shines in a white patina, and Lynx ($4,185) sparkles in its light golden brown patina with polished highlights. Limited edition, signed and numbered.

Skillet Sensations

Le Creuset’s Ultimate Cast Iron set features five colorful core pieces in enameled cast iron, which evenly distributes heat and locks in the optimal amount of moisture. Its design includes ergonomic handles; chip-, crack- and stain-resistant interior enamels; and easy cleaning. Found at Le Creuset’s Town Center Crossing location, the set includes a 5 1/2-quart round Dutch oven, 6 3/4-quart oval Dutch oven, 3 1/2-quart braiser, 1 3/4-quart saucepan and a 10 1/4-inch skillet. Price: $999.99 (effective through January 2016).

Not Your Average Cupboards

Whether you entertain or not, storage is a must. But when custom cabinetry looks as good as Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry does (especially in its custom Benjamin Moore’s Northwood Brown paint color and high-gloss finish shown), it almost takes over as the life of the party, ahem, kitchen. Within this lower-level remodel in North Kansas City, transformed into a space for the ultimate host and hostess with help from Kitchen Studio: Kansas City, this wet bar features cherry wood cabinetry with a natural finish and endless custom storage options (just think, a custom drawer with dedicated space for each and every one of your utensils).

Photo by Bob Greenspan