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Le Creuset Is Releasing More ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Cookware …

The limited-edition pot will be available online and in stores on September 15.

You can now invite even more people to be your guests for dinner with the newest limited-edition Beauty and the Beast-themed pot from Le Creuset.

As part of a branding event held in conjunction with the release of Walt Disney Studios’ live-action Beauty and the Beast film earlier this year, Le Creuset and Williams Sonoma teamed up to offer fans of good food and a great Disney classic a limited-edition cobalt blue enamel cast iron soup pot. Now, they’re releasing more Beauty and the Beast-inspired cookware that is sure to beautify your kitchen and perhaps put you all on par with the skills of the Beast’s very own stove/cook, Chef Bouche.

The newest version of the special pot will come in Soleil, a bright yellow reminiscent of Belle’s iconic dress.

“We realized both Le Creuset and Disney fans are hungry for more, which led to the creation of the soup pot inspired by Belle’s beautiful yellow dress,” Faye Gooding, CEO of Le Creuset of America, said in a statement.

While only 500 of the blue pots were released, 1,000 of the yellow pots will be available, priced at $280 each. You can purchase them starting September 15 through either the Le Creuset and Disney websites or in Le Creuset Signature stores.

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Also an enameled cast iron pot, the Belle-themed soup cookware shares an almost identical design to its “beastly” cobalt counterpart. Like the lid of the original version, the Soleil yellow will feature two iconic red roses (like those from the story) and a handle with the inscription, “Be Our Guest.” The pot holds 2 3/4 quarts and coupled with its fated match, you may be able to feed nearly an entire provincial town.

With the announcement of the first exclusive Disney collaboration, Faye Gooding, CEO of Le Creuset of America, shared the reasoning behind “the magical collaboration” as part of Le Creuset’s mission “to inspire and empower people everywhere to make joy through cooking.”

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The Dobson Digest: Made-in-Miami Winart Pottery still collected by enthusiasts

In the 1950’s, a company that specialized in unique pottery and dishware was lured to Miami by the city’s Chamber of Commerce.

The product’s brand originated from the merging of the couple’s last names who owned the business, Clara Winchell and David Arter. They would enjoy a robust business until the early 70s.

First manufactured in Sapulpa, OK, the Arters agreed to relocate their pottery factory/showroom in Miami at the site of the present-day Braum’s Ice Cream store, 2215 North Main. They set up shop in the Pierce Pennant Terminal building, an early-day upscale travel center boasting Colonial revival architecture built in the 20s.

At one time the factory employed eight men and women. An early newspaper article spotlighting local industry reported a production of “$75,000 worth of beautiful dinnerware pieces which eventually grace homes in almost every state in the union and parts of Canada.”

The company produced clay casseroles, salt and pepper shakers, pitchers, dinnerware, coffee services, beverage sets, ash trays, oven ware, lazy suzans, salad bowl sets and other decorative pieces.

The pottery was designed exclusively by the Arters and was sold in retail stores in major cities.

Mr. Arter would attend markets in large cities to promote Winart.

Each piece would begin from a lump of Tennessee clay mixed with talc from Texas in the basement of the plant. Other materials are added to make the “batter.”

The mixture would then be aged and agitated in a 1,500-gallon tank and placed in plaster of Paris molds.

Items would then be removed from the molds, trimmed and finished before being fired six hours in 2000-degree heat in the plant’s kiln.

The next step included the item being dipped in a colored glaze, once again returning to the kiln.

A case is on display at the Dobson Museum, filled with a variety of Winart pottery with its unique “drip” design feature.

Eventually Winart Pottery relocated to Steve Owens Blvd., known then as Third Avenue Southeast at the site of present-day Enterprise Rent-a-Car and a personal loan business.

The “Serendipity Shop” showcased seven styles of coffee mugs, coffee services, dinnerware, pitchers, and ashtrays. The pottery was available in the “finest Majolica glazes” in twelve colors. The company also offered a special line of decorated coffee mugs created to a customer’s specifications.

The showroom also featured imports from 32 countries including baskets from Poland, Yugoslavia, Spain and Portugal. Woodcarvings from Kenya, copper and brass pitchers and plaques from Belgium and Holland could be purchased.

Glass candy boxes, decanters, vases and figurines from Czechoslovakia and bud vases from Sweden were also available.

There were music boxes from Germany, hand-carved olive wood camels from Bethlehem and figurines from the finest Venetian glass from Italy.

In 2010 a feature story appeared in the Miami News-Record by Mary Ellis that focused on the extensive Winart collection owned by Miamian Judy Judkins who had obtained nearly 400 pieces.

Today, collectors still treasure the unique pottery. A vintage collection of four coffee cups from the 50s is advertised on eBay for around $50, a single dinner plate on Etsy for $30.

There’s much more to see at the Dobson Museum, where there is no admission charge.

Hours are Sun., Wed., Fri., and Sat. from 1 to 4 p.m.

A special salute to Dorothy Amphlett, the Ottawa County Historical Society volunteer of the month for September. She serves as the organization’s treasurer and donates many hours each week in this capacity.

Let’s make history together!

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The Dobson Digest: Made-in-Miami Winart Pottery still collected by enthusiasts

In the 1950’s, a company that specialized in unique pottery and dishware was lured to Miami by the city’s Chamber of Commerce.

The product’s brand originated from the merging of the couple’s last names who owned the business, Clara Winchell and David Arter. They would enjoy a robust business until the early 70s.

First manufactured in Sapulpa, OK, the Arters agreed to relocate their pottery factory/showroom in Miami at the site of the present-day Braum’s Ice Cream store, 2215 North Main. They set up shop in the Pierce Pennant Terminal building, an early-day upscale travel center boasting Colonial revival architecture built in the 20s.

At one time the factory employed eight men and women. An early newspaper article spotlighting local industry reported a production of “$75,000 worth of beautiful dinnerware pieces which eventually grace homes in almost every state in the union and parts of Canada.”

The company produced clay casseroles, salt and pepper shakers, pitchers, dinnerware, coffee services, beverage sets, ash trays, oven ware, lazy suzans, salad bowl sets and other decorative pieces.

The pottery was designed exclusively by the Arters and was sold in retail stores in major cities.

Mr. Arter would attend markets in large cities to promote Winart.

Each piece would begin from a lump of Tennessee clay mixed with talc from Texas in the basement of the plant. Other materials are added to make the “batter.”

The mixture would then be aged and agitated in a 1,500-gallon tank and placed in plaster of Paris molds.

Items would then be removed from the molds, trimmed and finished before being fired six hours in 2000-degree heat in the plant’s kiln.

The next step included the item being dipped in a colored glaze, once again returning to the kiln.

A case is on display at the Dobson Museum, filled with a variety of Winart pottery with its unique “drip” design feature.

Eventually Winart Pottery relocated to Steve Owens Blvd., known then as Third Avenue Southeast at the site of present-day Enterprise Rent-a-Car and a personal loan business.

The “Serendipity Shop” showcased seven styles of coffee mugs, coffee services, dinnerware, pitchers, and ashtrays. The pottery was available in the “finest Majolica glazes” in twelve colors. The company also offered a special line of decorated coffee mugs created to a customer’s specifications.

The showroom also featured imports from 32 countries including baskets from Poland, Yugoslavia, Spain and Portugal. Woodcarvings from Kenya, copper and brass pitchers and plaques from Belgium and Holland could be purchased.

Glass candy boxes, decanters, vases and figurines from Czechoslovakia and bud vases from Sweden were also available.

There were music boxes from Germany, hand-carved olive wood camels from Bethlehem and figurines from the finest Venetian glass from Italy.

In 2010 a feature story appeared in the Miami News-Record by Mary Ellis that focused on the extensive Winart collection owned by Miamian Judy Judkins who had obtained nearly 400 pieces.

Today, collectors still treasure the unique pottery. A vintage collection of four coffee cups from the 50s is advertised on eBay for around $50, a single dinner plate on Etsy for $30.

There’s much more to see at the Dobson Museum, where there is no admission charge.

Hours are Sun., Wed., Fri., and Sat. from 1 to 4 p.m.

A special salute to Dorothy Amphlett, the Ottawa County Historical Society volunteer of the month for September. She serves as the organization’s treasurer and donates many hours each week in this capacity.

Let’s make history together!

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KitchenAid Debuts High Performance Blender – HomeWorld Business

KitchenAid is expanding its assortment of high-end blenders with the debut of its new High Performance Series Blender, which allows consumers to make a variety of food ranging from soups and smoothies to sauces and dips.

The blender features a 3.0 peak horsepower motor, variable speed dial with nine-speed settings and two switches offering a range of power, a die-cast metal base, 60-ounce jar, ingredient measuring cup and tamper that doubles as a spatula.

The KitchenAid High Performance Series Blender is offered in matte black, matte gray and matte white at a suggested retail price of $564.99.

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KitchenAid’s New Blender Is Stronger Than a Vitamix – Gear Patrol


Today in Gear: September 14, 2017

A mushroom-foraging knife, new Warby Parker glasses, Beats by Dre earbuds and much more.

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Chicago Waffles Opening In Former Vincenzo’s In West Loop

Chicago Waffles will open a second location in the West Loop later this year.

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WEST LOOP — Chicago Waffles is bringing its sumptuous menu packed with sweet and savory waffle dishes to a second location in West Loop.

The South Loop eatery expects to open at 1104 W. Madison St. in the next few months, ideally by Halloween, said owner Gary Kreymer.

“[The] West Loop is a great area,” Kreymer said Wednesday. “I know it’s really growing, and I have a lot of friends who live in the neighborhood. It’s one of my favorite places to go.”

The True West Loop Facebook page was the first to confirm that Chicago Waffles would open in the former Vincenzo’s Pizzeria, which closed last year. Before the family friendly pizza spot opened in 2013, the space was home to the controversial Plush nightclub.

Chicago Waffles will replace Vincenzo’s Pizzeria at 1104 W. Madison St. [DNAinfo/JoAnne Pazderski]

The booming West Loop neighborhood has a growing reputation as a dining destination, but Kreymer said he thinks there is a need for more breakfast places.

He opened the first Chicago Waffles at 1400 S. Michigan Ave. in 2011, while also running a deli with his uncle in Buffalo Grove, where he lives with his family.

But he hopes to continue to expand in Chicago and move to the city after his son graduates from high school, Kreymer said.

The West Loop seemed like the perfect spot to begin branching out. The second Chicago Waffles will have the same menu as the first, with a robust offering of waffle dishes.

For variety, the eatery offers a waffle flight for $13.95, giving diners a chance to sample the red velvet, chocolate, a crispy, brioche-like liege waffle and a green tea waffle, which come topped with blackberries, strawberries, bananas and hazelnut chocolate.

Savory options include a bacon and chicken-topped waffle ($12.95) and a short rib cheddar waffle ($13.95). The cinnamon roll waffle is topped with sliced cinnamon apples and caramel sauce, while the waffle sandwich comes with eggs and bacon between two mini waffle patties (both $9.95).

But there’s way more than just waffles to choose from. Omelettes, French toast, housemade crepes, pancakes, skillets and sandwiches round out the expansive menu, as well.

Chicago Waffles offers delivery and catering and is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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