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Conner’s Kitchen + Bar part of downtown Marriott’s new restaurant lineup

Welcome to Property Lines! I’ll be serving up some restaurant and retail news today, and the main course is a pair of new establishments opening in the recently renovated Indianapolis Marriott Downtown at 350 W. Maryland St.

The 650-room hotel overhauled the restaurants as part of a $40 million renovation project by Merrillville-based White Lodging, which acquired the property along with Carmel-based REI Investments from Bethesda, Maryland-based LaSalle Hotel Properties for $165 million in 2016.

Conner’s Kitchen + Bar, which opened Wednesday and replaces Champions, describes its menu as “elevated Midwest cuisine.” The food and beverage department at White Lodging, which manages the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, created the concept specifically for the property. White Lodging affiliates own the hotel.

Conner’s serves breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch and dinner, local craft brews and offers outdoor patio seating. Menu items include salads, burgers and comfort-food dishes like fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, ribs and meatloaf.

Set to open Monday at the Marriott is Rye Bar, which the hotel describes as “a plush comfortable lounge for wine and classic cocktails.”

To round out the blog “plate,” some side dishes: 

— The grill and pub franchise Wings Etc. Inc. will open another Indianapolis location, at 1399 N. Shadeland Ave., on Tuesday. Franchisees are Jayne and Bob McClain, who have more than 20 years of experiences as franchisees with Arby’s. Wings Etc. was founded in 1994 and is based in Fort Wayne. The company has 54 stores in eight states. Its Central Indiana locations are in Indianapolis, Crawfordsville, Franklin, Greenfield, Noblesville and Plainfield. 

— Bell Racing USA LLC has opened a Bell Helmets pro shop at 1330 Main St. in Speedway. The space includes an office, showroom and custom shop.Based in Champaign, Illinois, Bell Racing sells helmets and accessories for the auto racing industry.

— Macy’s Inc.’s new store-in-store outlet concept, Macy’s Backstage, opens Saturday at its Greenwood Park Mall and Tippecanoe Mall (Lafayette) locations. As IBJ reported last month, the Greenwood shop will occupy 17,500 square feet of space on the first floor of Macy’s 154,900-square-foot store. Macy’s launched the Backstage concept in 2015. The retailer had 52 Backstage locations at the end of last year, with plans to open another 100 this year. The outlets sell a variety of merchandise, including clothing, jewelry, handbags, pet supplies and gourmet food.

— A Kate Spade store is set to open this summer at Edinburgh Premium Outlets, the mall has announced. The 3,521-square-foot store will sell clothing, accessories, handbags, jewelry, shoes, select home goods, fragrances and cosmetics. A specific opening date has not been announced.
 

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Dishin’ About Dinnerware | Antiques & History | lancasterfarming.com

GRANTVILLE, Pa. — “If you like a style of (dinnerware), collect it. Don’t worry about its value, just use it,” advised Wade Seibert during the recent “Dinner Is Served” program.

He and his wife, Jean Seibert, gave the presentation about antique dinnerware to the East Hanover Township Historical Society in Dauphin County in March.

The Seiberts are residents of Hummelstown and members of the neighboring Hummelstown Area Historical Society. Wade is a retired university professor, while Jean is a practicing attorney. At the East Hanover program, the couple exhibited an assortment of the Hummelstown Historical Society’s dinnerware from the early 1800s to the latter part of the 20th century. Attendees at the event were also encouraged to bring along dinnerware from their own collections to display and discuss. Many types of china, stoneware, redware, graniteware, pewter, tin and Depression glass were exhibited, along with paper cups, paper plates, melamine, plasticware and Corelle dinnerware.

Jean Seibert explained that hundreds of years ago a Chinese emperor created pottery dishes, or “china,” which then became the general term used for dinnerware made from various types of clay. By 1400 A.D., the making of pottery dishes had spread westward from China to Europe, where pottery compositions varied according to the types of clays found in different regions. Even modern-day china plants in the United States are located close to good sources of clay, she said, with Ohio and West Virginia historically having numerous dinnerware manufacturers.

Much of the early dinnerware in America came from Europe, with England, Germany and France being the leading suppliers. Limoges, France, became known for its milky looking china. Germany’s Bavarian china was very thin, while Dresden china often featured cut-out designs around the dish borders.

In England, Josiah Wedgwood founded his china company in 1759. Blue was one of the first pigments used to color china. However, Wade Seibert explained that the British disliked the early dark blue tones, desiring more delicate shades for their fine china. Since blue was a favorite color in the American colonies, many of these early blue pieces were shipped to America.

In East Hanover, a display of blue-patterned tableware by British manufacturers included a small Staffordshireware tureen from about 1810. It had a missing top piece that exposed the coarseness of this china’s texture. Jean Seibert pointed out that Staffordshire didn’t have a fine clay to work with for its pieces.

Flow Blue china is another example of early Americans’ love for this English-produced color. The original pieces were actually the result of a mistake, with their blue designs becoming indistinct during the firing process. The British eventually discovered that adding lye to the cobalt oxide pigment resulted in less blurring.

By 1830, transferware became popular, using a complicated system of inking engraved metal plates, applying the inked engravings to tissue paper, placing the tissue paper over a blank plate, and then glazing and firing the piece. Blue became only one of many colors, including red, green, black, mulberry and brown. There would come to be thousands of patterns.

Jean Seibert called attention to a circa-1830s English “ABC plate,” with raised letters of the alphabet inscribed around its border and a storybook picture and caption in the center of the plate. These plates were used as learning tools to help children with their letters.

Imported china was expensive, so it was only a matter of time until America began making its own dinnerware. Companies often started out making functional items like match safes, tureens and chamber pots, then switched to dinnerware. Most imported china bears a “back stamp” with the name and country of the manufacturer; however, American pottery companies would disguise their efforts by not including a back stamp, or would give misleading names like “Royal” to their wares to make them seem imported.

The formal Victorian era was a heyday for dinnerware. The Victorians “had a plate for everything” according to Wade Seibert. There were oyster plates, artichoke plates, bone dishes and butter bowls, among others. Old dinner plates were relatively small, because Americans ate considerably less in times past

Commercial china made for institutions, restaurants and the military was introduced in the early 1900s. It was heavier and plainer in design, to withstand daily use, and replacement pieces remained available for 10 to 15 years. Railroads and hotels often had distinctive china bearing their logos.

Hard economic times in the 1930s led to Depression glass in various pastel shades. Molded to look like expensive cut glass, these pieces were affordable “luxuries.” Five and ten stores like Kresge’s carried pretty plates at reasonable prices. Attractive promotional dinnerware was “free,” and used as an incentive inside boxes of laundry soap, given away at filling stations or offered during “dish nights” at movie theaters.

Introduced in 1936, Homer Laughlin Co.’s Fiestaware is the most collected brand of American dinnerware. Marigold and turquoise were the two earliest colors; green remains the rarest of the 47 Fiestaware hues.

The 20th century brought unbreakable melamine and Corelle plates, as well as plastic picnic sets. Paper plates originated in 1904, while three years later, paper “health cups” got their start after a little girl was seen drinking from a shared cup which had just been used by a man with tuberculosis.

For those desiring to get rich selling their antique dinnerware, Wade Seibert brought bad news. Market values have fallen for most dishes, in part because the younger generation, or millennials, have little interest in them, preferring microwavable and dishwasher-proof wares. Regarding vintage dinnerware, he advises that, “Value is how it resonates with you. If you’ve got it, use it, and if you know someone who wants it, give it to them.”

Seibert added, “If you have china in your cupboard and you know its history, write it down for future generations.”

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How to Take Care of a Cast Iron Skillet

If your Instagram account is anything like ours, there’s probably a shocking amount of “cast iron porn” peppered throughout your feed. It seems as if the world has rediscovered the beauty of this age-old cooking tool, which works as well over a campfire as it does on a gas-fired range.

“There’s something romantic about the cast iron skillet,” says Chris Muscarella, who along with his brother Stephen spent years developing The Field Skillet, a modern take on the kitchen staple. “It’s an item that you use every day for your entire life. It will outlive you and you’ll hand it down to your kids. We live in a disposable world, and the idea of making something that doesn’t expire has an appeal to it.”

In addition to the romantic appeal, there are also practical reasons to use cast iron. “It retains a lot of heat, so you can get that sear that locks flavor into the food easier with cast iron than with other cookware,” Muscarella says.  

Myths and misunderstandings surround cast iron, so we asked Muscarella to provide some tips to help you maintain a skillet so it can be handed down from one generation to the next.

Here are Muscarella’s four simple rules for taking care of cast iron.

1. Keeping seasoning.

“Seasoning” is the natural coating that happens when oil hardens onto the pan. Most new cast iron skillets will come pre-seasoned, which means a layer of oil has already been baked onto the surface and you can start cooking with it right away. Continue that seasoning process simply by cooking with it, starting with non-acidic foods like onions and vegetables in butter, which will add additional layers of seasoning.

2. Don’t be scared of washing.

There’s a myth about never using soap in a cast iron skillet, which might have been true 100 years ago when soap had lye in it, but modern dish soap is just a degreaser. It will take the grease out of your pan, but it won’t damage the cast iron. If you do wash it, be sure to rub a dab of coconut oil on the surface afterward to start the seasoning process again.

3. But don’t put it in the dishwasher.

Water and cast iron don’t get along. Don’t boil water in it, don’t leave water sitting in it overnight, and don’t put it in the dishwasher.

4. Less is more.

After you cook with the pan, dry it thoroughly with a towel, then rub a dab of coconut oil or lard into it before storing it.


We picked five cast iron skillets we’re in love with right now, from old standbys to more modern takes on the classic.

The Field Skillet ($100)


(Courtesy The Field Company)

This 10.5-inch skillet is up to 50 percent lighter than most cast iron pans you find on the market today making it easy to handle with one hand on the stove and in the fire. The smooth iron also provides a better non-stick surface than traditional pans.

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Finex Skillet (From $125)


(Courtesy Finex)

Another modern take on cast iron, this skillet has a unique wire sprung handle which stays cooler than normal iron handles. Multiple angles allow for easy pouring.

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Lodge Pan (From $20)


(Courtesy Lodge)

Lodge Cast Iron has been an institution in the U.S. for more than 100 years. Today, the skillets are ubiquitous and inexpensive. They’re also pretty good. Although heady, they cook evenly and you can get all kinds of specialized skillets, like this pre-seasoned grill pan.

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Le Creuset Dutch Oven ($200)


(Courtesy Le Creuset)

Le Creuset is a French manufacturer that’s known for its enameled cast iron. Their Dutch oven utilizes cast iron’s heat retentive properties making it an ideal slow cooker for roasts or stews.

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Stargazer Cast Iron ($90)


(Courtesy Stargazer)

Founded in 2015, Stargazer follows the contemporary principles of being relatively light and incredibly smooth for easier cooking. The copper finish inside the pan comes from a special oil blend used in the seasoning process.

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Orion LED Lighting System Upgrade Led by BC Energy Delivers $150000 in Annual Energy Savings for Delta Faucet …

JACKSON, Tenn. and MANITOWOC, Wisc., April 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Orion Energy Systems (NASDAQ:OESX) (Orion Lighting), a provider of enterprise-grade LED lighting and energy project solutions, and sales agent BC Energy Solutions, were selected to upgrade Delta Faucet Company’s Jackson, TN facility with Orion’s LED lighting solutions. Delta Faucet produces well-made, stylish faucets, showerheads and other kitchen and bathroom accessories.

The project involved upgrading Delta’s 580,000 square foot Jackson production facility from T5 HO and T8 fluorescent lighting to Orion’s energy-efficient APOLLO® LED High Bay Gen 3 fixtures and Orion LED replacement tubes, which deliver improved illumination with greater lumens per watt energy efficiency.

Delta Faucet Jackson Plant Lighting Retrofit:

Watch Installation Video Here: Delta Faucet Jackson Facility Before and After LED Retrofit

Vance Brewster, Delta Faucet’s Jackson Plant Superintendent, commented, “Our Tennessee facility runs 24/7, therefore any facility changes can be disruptive to our operations. The BC Energy team was able to work around our operations and complete the installation in a safe and timely manner. They worked hard to ensure we installed the right products to maximize our energy savings while minimizing labor and maintenance, and Orion Lighting’s LED high bay solutions and LED replacement tubes were ideally suited for our needs. BC Energy has proven their ability to tackle such projects for Delta at multiple locations, and we look forward to a continued partnership.”

Nick Quiroz, President Founder of BC Energy, commented, “After completing energy projects at multiple sites for the Delta team, it is clear that their environmental and sustainability goals are front of mind. We are excited to be a partner as we work alongside Orion to help Delta improve illumination, and capture massive savings; all while creating a positive impact on the environment.”

Orion VP Sales, Josh Kurtz, commented, “We are proud to partner with BC Energy and Delta Faucet to deliver impactful LED lighting solutions that meet Delta’s lighting and energy management needs. Our LED lighting solutions not only improve Delta Faucet’s plant illumination and enable substantial reductions in energy consumption, but also advance Delta Faucet’s environmental and sustainability goals. We are proud of our BC Energy and Delta Faucet relationships and hope to replicate the benefits of this LED lighting upgrade to other Delta Faucet facilities.”

About Delta Faucet Company (www.deltafaucetcompany.com):
Founded by Masco Corporation in 1954 with the introduction of the single-handle faucet, Delta Faucet Company is proud to be America’s faucet innovation leader, featuring Delta®, Brizo® and Peerless® products. A WaterSense® partner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Delta Faucet is a global organization offering kitchen and bath faucets, showerheads, tub and shower systems, toilets and related accessories, selling products in more than 53 countries. For more information, visit www.deltafaucetcompany.com.

About BC Energy Solutions (www.bcenergysolutions.com):
BC Energy is a nationally recognized energy management and reduction firm with the mission of helping companies drastically reduce their energy consumption. With operations across the entire U.S., BC Energy not only provides local sites with turnkey energy reduction projects; but also delivers enterprise-wide solutions. Trusted by notable Fortune 500 giants, and small – medium sized private businesses, BC Energy has set a new standard in commercial energy management.

About Orion Energy Systems, Inc. (www.orionlighting.com):
Orion is a provider of enterprise-grade LED lighting and energy project solutions. Orion manufactures and markets connected lighting systems encompassing LED solid-state lighting and smart controls. Orion systems incorporate patented design elements that deliver significant energy, efficiency, optical and thermal performance that drive financial, environmental, and work-space benefits for a wide variety of customers, including nearly 40% of the Fortune 500.

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Barbecue Accessories Market – Competitive Landscape & Technological Breakthroughs Analysis

Barbecues are designed with a metal tray to hold the wood or charcoal and with a gridiron above it to hold the meat or vegetables. As the market developed, there are more models featuring accessories such as grill levels and spits for turning the meat. Earlier, grills tended to be small so that they could be packed up and easily taken for outdoor picnics. However, bigger size barbecues were created as the market grew and with more demand for barbecues. The food truck industry is also growing and most of them today use compact barbecues, which they can take along. As more and more customers are looking to cook outdoors for enjoyment, manufacturers are launching new and advanced products to make cooking easy—from appetizers to dessert—irrespective of the customer’s location.

When spending the day outdoors, it is important to have everything one needs at easy reach. New inventions such as countertops with drawer storage and drink coolers make it easy to enjoy outdoor parties. With full sinks, refrigerators and lighting, all amenities of the indoor kitchen can be brought outdoors. Grills with cook boxes made of a denser stainless steel retain heat better. These cook boxes take a long time to heat up; however, once they reach the preferred temperature, they maintain it well, even when their lids are opened for a few minutes while checking on the food. Grills made with thinner steel are less efficient as they lose heat through the lid, leading to drier, overcooked meat.

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Barbecue accessories include pizza ovens, barbecue tools, outdoor oven cooking tables, steel skewers, hot dog and sausage grill baskets, brush and flavoring pots, mesh grill toppers, ceramic grill grids, skillets, meat thermometers, terracotta pizza ovens, grill cleaning tools, grill covers, grill attachments, baskets, racks and toppers, barbeque gloves, cutlery and knives.

The main drivers of this market are change in lifestyle of people and the change in eating patterns. Consumers are keen on trying new techniques of cooking food such as barbecue as it enhances the taste of the food. The only restraint of this market is high price of the accessories. As barbecue food has great demand, the equipment and accessories are also expensive. A barbecue setup needs open space for smoke to be exhausted; a barbecue is difficult to setup in compact and closed spaces. This market has great opportunity for growth as the number of restaurants and hotels are increasing and more people are opting for barbecue food. Over the five-year period from 2012-2017, growth in the barbecue and grill manufacturing industry has progressively augmented with the exception.

The most important factors of growth for the barbecue industry are establishment of brand names, market research, and understanding and development of new products. However, the dominance of existing operators creates a significant barrier for new entrants to establish links with key suppliers and buyers. Potential entrants face relatively large start-up costs to establish manufacturing facilities.

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The barbecue accessories market is huge, dominated by many key players such as Weber, Napoleon, Char-Broil, Coleman, Kenmore, Blackstone, Char-Griller, Landmann, Lifestyle, Grand Hall, Outdoor Chef, Global Sources, Broil King Signet, Broil King Baron, and KitchenAid.

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Global Gas Barbecue Grills Market by 2023: Broilmaster, KitchenAid …

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Conner’s Kitchen + Bar part of Marriott Indianapolis Downtown’s new restaurant lineup

Welcome to Property Lines! I’ll be serving up some restaurant and retail news today, and the main course is a pair of new establishments opening in the recently renovated Indianapolis Marriott Downtown at 350 W. Maryland St.

The 622-room hotel overhauled the restaurants as part of a $40 million renovation project by Merrillville-based White Lodging, which acquired the property along with Carmel-based REI Investments from Bethesda, Maryland-based LaSalle Hotel Properties for $165 million in 2016.

Conner’s Kitchen + Bar, which opened Wednesday and replaces Champions, describes its menu as “elevated Midwest cuisine.” The food and beverage department at White Lodging, which manages the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, created the concept specifically for the property. White Lodging affiliates own the hotel.

Conner’s serves breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch and dinner, local craft brews and offers outdoor patio seating. Menu items include salads, burgers and comfort-food dishes like fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, ribs and meatloaf.

Set to open Monday at the Marriott is Rye Bar, which the hotel describes as “a plush comfortable lounge for wine and classic cocktails.”

To round out the blog “plate,” some side dishes: 

— The grill and pub franchise Wings Etc. Inc. will open another Indianapolis location, at 1399 N. Shadeland Ave., on Tuesday. Franchisees are Jayne and Bob McClain, who have more than 20 years of experiences as franchisees with Arby’s. Wings Etc. was founded in 1994 and is based in Fort Wayne. The company has 54 stores in eight states. Its Central Indiana locations are in Indianapolis, Crawfordsville, Franklin, Greenfield, Noblesville and Plainfield. 

— Bell Racing USA LLC has opened a Bell Helmets pro shop at 1330 Main St. in Speedway. The space includes an office, showroom and custom shop.Based in Champaign, Illinois, Bell Racing sells helmets and accessories for the auto racing industry.

— Macy’s Inc.’s new store-in-store outlet concept, Macy’s Backstage, opens Saturday at its Greenwood Park Mall and Tippecanoe Mall (Lafayette) locations. As IBJ reported last month, the Greenwood shop will occupy 17,500 square feet of space on the first floor of Macy’s 154,900-square-foot store. Macy’s launched the Backstage concept in 2015. The retailer had 52 Backstage locations at the end of last year, with plans to open another 100 this year. The outlets sell a variety of merchandise, including clothing, jewelry, handbags, pet supplies and gourmet food.

— A Kate Spade store is set to open this summer at Edinburgh Premium Outlets, the mall has announced. The 3,521-square-foot store will sell clothing, accessories, handbags, jewelry, shoes, select home goods, fragrances and cosmetics. A specific opening date has not been announced.
 

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