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25 October 2012

The Tribal Kitchen...Kitchen News from Around the World


For nearly 50 years, Dacor has been the benchmark for design, manufacture and distribution of luxury kitchen appliances, announced the addition of the Distinctive™ 30” Gas Range and Distinctive 30” Electric Range to their successful Distinctive™ Series.  

Exclusivity and premium price tags have long been the hallmark of affluence, but the newest arrivals from DACOR redefine “luxury” and are focused on  quality craftsmanship and ease of use.  Whether you are looking for a stylish upgrade, or a complete kitchen remodel, the Distinctive Ranges are value-engineered to deliver unparalleled power and performance.

Whether gas or electric, these ranges offer exclusive features you would only expect to find in more up-market units, such as an angled control panel for easy viewing, dedicated Illumina™ Indicator Lights with Dacor’s signature flame-blue glow when a cooktop element or oven is on, and professional heavy-duty die-cast stainless steel knobs with a metallic finish to complement the d├ęcor of virtually any kitchen.  One of the standout features is the 4.8 cubic foot oven capacity, one of the largest oven interiors on the market today.  In addition, the oven is equipped with two GlideRacks™ with easy-pull handles to assist in managing heavy dishes in and out of the oven.  The Distinctive 30” Gas and 30” Electric Range will be available as free-standing and slide-in models. 

The Distinctive 30” Gas Range is fueled with efficiency. Two exclusive 14” extra-wide continuous platform grates allow home chefs the flexibility to prepare gourmet meals over the largest continuous cooking surface in it’s class.  Three sealed gas burners power-up to 15,000 BTU while one SimmerSear™ burner delivers between 800-18,000 BTU to delicately simmer at a food-safe temperature, or sear without scorching.  Dacor’s exclusive Perma-Flame™ Technology guarantees hours of safe, uninterrupted cooking by automatically re-igniting the flame should a burner unexpectedly go out. Optional interchangeable accessories include a 14” wide griddle, a 14” wide searing grill, and a wok ring, which maximize the cooking experience.

The Distinctive 30” Electric Range is the perfect combination of sophisticated style and expert engineering. A triple, a dual, and two single-circuit heating elements beneath an easy-to-clean black glass surface give home chefs seven cookware position options, with up to 2,500 watts of power.  Each element heats pots and pans quickly and consistently with precise control. The electric range ships standard with Dacor’s exclusive Four-Part Pure Convection™ System, a feature typically found in Dacor’s premium luxury Discovery™ Series Ranges and Wall Ovens.  The convection element, baffle, fan, and filter allow home chefs to simultaneously cook multiple dishes without flavor transfer.

And to top it all off, you can personalize your Distinctive Range by selecting one of two handle options, the professional Epicure® stainless steel handle, or the proprietary DACOR integrated stainless steel handle, giving the range a flush and clean contemporary look.  

The Distinctive 30” Gas and 30” Electric Ranges are designed and manufactured in California, along side many more core cooking products. Pricing for the Distinctive 30” Gas Range starts at $3,099 UMRP and the Distinctive 30” Electric Range at $3,299 UMRP. The ranges are now available through authorized Dacor dealers and retailers nationwide.

05 October 2012

The Tribal Kitchen...Kitchen News from around the World!

Refrigeration Named the #1 Most Suignificent Invention in the History of Food!
The  UK's national academy of science. the Royal Society, has selected refrigeration as the #1 most significant invention in the history of food and drink. Some relatively modern appliances, such as the microwave and oven as well as barrels, fishing nets, and the knife, were in the top 20.

The Royal Society said the Top 3 items on the list - refrigeration, pasteurization/sterilization, and canning - were all Anglo-French scientific achievements in the 18th and 19th centuries. The society reported that:
1.  Artificial refrigeration was first demonstrated in Glasgow in 1748 and produced commercially in 1805
2.  The first pasteurization test was completed in France in 1862
3.  A British merchant patented the tin can in 1810 (although a year earlier a Frenchman applied a similar process with glass jars and cork)

 "Royal Society Fellows have played vital roles in improving people's lives for 350 years and science has a major role to play in meeting the global challenges of the 21st century," said Sir Williams. "We thought it appropriate to look at how that innovation has shaped what we eat and drink. The poll reveals the huge role science and innovation have played in improving our health and our lives. This is something to which the scientific community continues to add."

The Royal Society's Top 20 Most Significant Inventions in the History of Food and Drink:

1. refrigeration
2. pasteurization / sterilization
3. canning
4. the oven
5. irrigation
6. threshing machine/combine harvester
7. baking
8. selective breeding / strains
9. grinding / milling
10. the plough
11. fermentation
12. the fishing net
13. crop rotation
14. the pot
15. the knife
16. eating utensils
17. the cork
18. the barrel
19. the microwave oven
20. frying

24 September 2012

The Tribal news from around the world


BLANCO, the innovative German sink and faucet manufacturer has taken a modern spin on the traditional "farmhouse" sink with the new BLANCO CERANA Apron Front sink. CERANA is BLANCO's first Fireclay sink in the U.S., made of a natural material that is highly resistant to shock, heat and chipping as well as discoloration.

The newest twist in modern design finds its roots in a practice first used in the late 19th century. Fireclay sink is created by using intense heat of over 2100 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 20 hours. BLANCO CERANA keeps the tradition alive while adding modern benefits of computer aided kiln production that keeps temperatures consistent for high quality control, a tight radius and a smooth non-porous finish that is extremely durable, plus easy to clean. The hand-finished CERANA combines artisan technique, high tech automation and a special recipe of fine granular materials, which give the ultra slim, sink its high mechanical strength.

"The luxurious BLANCO CERANA makes a statement on many levels," states Tim Maicher, Director of Marketing for BLANCO. "We're seeing the fusion of traditional and contemporary in kitchen design today. Comfort and durability blended with sophisticated styling. The same is true of CERANA. Today, age-old fireclay artisans blend computer engineering to take fireclay to the next level in slimness and functionality. CERANA is also uniquely reversible which allows a designer or homeowner the choice of installing it with a traditional rounded or contemporary contoured look.

What's old is new - translating material function and traditional beauty into today's modern kitchen."

21 September 2012

THE TRIBAL news from around the world

Professional Cooking for the Home

Swedish based appliance manufacturer, Electrolux, launched Electrolux Grand Cuisine for the European market. The ultra-luxury kitchen appliance line is designed to be the first professional cooking system specifically created for home use and to make it possible to fully recreate a 5-Star restaurant experiences at home.

Electrolux consumer research has identified that there is an increased consumer interest in fresh ingredients, health, seasonality, provenance, and quality. This comes with an increased focus on culinary and restaurant experiences.

Up until now, there has only been limited possibilities to recreate top restaurant experiences at home, because amature home  chefs could not preserve the quality of food or use techniques employed by their professional counter parts.

Electrolux's professional appliances are used by almost half of all Michelin-starred restaurant kitchens in Europe. These same appliances are now being released for residential use. 
Grand Cuisine collection offers features to make it easier for the home chef to get professional results. "Intuitive and interactive touch screens make the products incredibly easy to use,"

The Electrolux Grand Cuisine line includes nine appliances:

Combination Oven
Blast Chiller
Induction Zone
Precision Vacuum Sealer
Gas Hob
Sear Hob
Surround Induction Zone
Stand Mixer
Bespoke Ventilation Systems

At the core of the collection is a Molteni, the iconic French stove

The cooking system is made to order and handcrafted according to individual requirements of the client. Starting price for a full range, excluding the Molteni stove, will be around $110,000.00USD. The cooking appliance system comes with an in-home briefing from a top chef.

10 September 2012

The Tribal news from around the world

Imagine a cook top with no clearly defined boarders or cooking zones, just one large open surface where you can set any pot or pan down and begin cooking without restrictions of limited burner space.  Imagine no more...

Miele, the German based appliance company, unveiled the simple-to-operate but highly versatile FlexTouch induction hob (cooktop) during the IFA trade show in Berlin Aug. 31 through Sep. 5, 2012.

Miele designed the 90 cm (36”) wide FlexTouch to be adaptive to the personal preferences and cooking habits of users. An intuitive user interface allows pots and pans to be placed anywhere on the ceramic cooking surface which covers 36 individual induction coils combine to form overlapping power zones. The cook top recognizes the size and position of pots and pans automatically and shows their position in the display.

MultiMode covers most everyday needs: cooking vessels of varying size and shape can be placed and arranged anywhere on the ceramic surface. Up to five pans can be used simultaneously, a feature that is deemed exclusive to Miele.

SoloMode is designed for special occasions such as family gatherings - all induction coils under the cooking surface are united to form a single large zone. This makes it practical for cooking with several large pans at the same time.

TrioMode allows cooks to work with several different temperature ranges. For example: while meat is kept warm on the far right, the central zone serves to simmer vegetables and on the left water for pasta is brought to a rolling boil.

The cook tops will be available in the German market by the end of October 2012.  No release date has been set for North America.

07 September 2012

THE TRIBAL news from around the world

GE consuer research shows that American consumers are looking for an alternative to stainless steel as a premium appliance finish, GE Appliances annouced that it is launching a new finish called "Slate" across its  entire appliance brand.

Stainless steel accounts for 35% of all kitchen appliances sold today, but according to GE research, a large portion of homeowners are looking for something different.

"Slate" is described as a warm, gray metallic with a low-gloss finish that complements a wide spectrum of wall colors, countertop materials, and floor and cabinetry finishes. The finish is intended to be a fit for homeowners who are remodeling an entire kitchen in one appliance color, or to blend with other stainless steel, black, or white appliances. The matte finish on the exterior of the appliances is designed to be easy to clean and to resist fingerprints.

According to Lou Lentz,Director of Design at GE, "Slate is a universal, neutral finish that will suit consumers who want a premium finish that can complement or even replace stainless steel,"

The new finish launches in September 2012 in a full suite of appliances, including two French Door refrigerator models, two freestanding gas range models, two freestanding electric range models, two built-in dishwasher models, and an over-the-range microwave.