Best Food Gifts of 2017, According to NorthJersey.com

Best Food Gifts of 2017, According to NorthJersey.com

The season of stylish 2017 gift-giving trends continues here on “Design Your Lifestyle”! In this article, we feature another wonderful list of gifts for the 2017 holiday season – this time, centered around food, the kitchen and kitchen design.

The list, compiled by NorthJersey.com (part of the USA Today Network), is a fine collection of food items, pantry items, cutlery, glassware and sweets. Much like the previous list we featured, we selected Esther Davidowitz’s piece for its scope of options, selective nature and inclusivity (there’s a little something for everyone on your list). Ms. Davidowitz serves as the Food Editor for NorthJersey.com, and her expertise certainly shines here.

Try a pickle subscription as a cool 2017 holiday gift idea! (Photo credit: Wiki Commons)
Try a pickle subscription as a cool 2017 holiday gift idea! (Photo credit: Wiki Commons)

For the rest of Esther Davidowitz’s wonderful list of 2017 holiday food and kitchen gift ideas, please visit her full article on NorthJersey.com!

We’ll admit a little bias – as we’re based in northern New Jersey, this list is of particular appeal to us. Each item on the list is created by a local artisan, shop or chef in the northern NJ area. However, that doesn’t exclude the rest of you – a majority of these items are available to buy online, or to ship directly to you through the individual storefront or merchant.

The intent of this article is not only to inform holiday gift buyers, but to support local business and small businesses during the 2017 holiday season – a concept we absolutely love. As Esther Davidowitz explains in the opening to her article:

Of course you can show your appreciation with a bottle of wine or a bouquet of flowers, but if your host is a food lover (isn’t everyone?) consider giving a food gift. Not just any food, but rather a treat that isn’t just delicious but also made in North Jersey. This way you can nourish your host and support your local businesses simultaneously.

That’s the kind of smart, stylish thinking that we can get behind when it comes to 2017 Christmas shopping and holiday shopping in general, Esther!

Here are a few of our favorite gems from Ms. Davidowitz’s list of 2017 food gifts and kitchen gifts, as featured on NorthJersey.com.

Selections from Esther Davidowitz’s 2017 Food Gift Ideas

1. Pickle Subscriptions from Pickle-icious

We know this one made you look twice – and that’s why we love it. Never mind that Pickle-licious is well-known in northern New Jersey as a go-to for pickle lovers – the store ships nationwide and offers a variety of pickle options in 3 and 6-month subscriptions. Pickle-icious offers subscriptions in quart and gallon sizes as well. What’s not to love?

2. Essie Spice Blends, Essie Spice

Essie Spice Blends are a tremendous way to introduce yourself to the flavors of west Africa in a genuine way. Owner Essie Bartels grew up in Ghana and sources all of her core spice blend ingredients from west Africa directly. Essie’s spice blends have achieved enough acclaim to be available in northern NJ Shoprite and Whole Foods locations – so they certainly have a place in the kitchen of any adventurous, flavor-loving cook.

3. Custom Handmade Cutlery, EDGES Custom Cutlery

EDGES Custom Cutlery Sommelier Collection, 2017.
EDGES Custom Cutlery Sommelier Collection, 2017.

Avid readers of “Design Your Lifestyle” already know all about our obsession with EDGES Custom Cutlery, one of the finest unique, hand-crafted cutlery houses in the United States. Rather than talking about the EDGES collections again here, check out what we’ve said about them in the recent past!

4. Chocolate Ganache Leather Notebook, Sook Pastry

Sook Pastry’s “The Notebook” isn’t just another chocolate gift assortment for the holidays. “It’s a gift of a lifetime,” owner Izzy Yanay told Esther Davidowitz in her article. Not only do you get a beautiful assortment of chocolate ganache pieces, but you receive them in a stunning faux-leather memory box that you can re-purpose after eating your treats!

For the rest of Esther Davidowitz’s wonderful list of 2017 holiday food and kitchen gift ideas, please visit her full article on NorthJersey.com!

Design New Jersey Releases 2017 “Great Gifts” Holiday List

Design New Jersey Releases 2017 “Great Gifts” Holiday List

We lean heavily on a few sources for much of our inspiration here at “Design Your Lifestyle”. One of those sources, the team at Design New Jersey, released their Great Gifts list for the 2017 holiday shopping season – and we love it!

The article, entitled “11 Great Gifts to Round Out Your List” (written by Marirose Krall), covers a lot of ground with a smartly selected group of 11 gift ideas for virtually everyone on your list this holiday season.

Do you have a friend who’s “the life of the party”? What about new parents, design hobbyists, wine lovers and gourmets? This single list from Design New Jersey has them all covered! Whether it’s Christmas shopping, Chanukah gifts, a “Friends-mas” get-together or a birthday that falls during the holiday season, Ms. Krall’s gift list will provide you thoughtful, stylish guidance!

We strongly encourage each of you to visit the Design New Jersey website and read the full article for yourself. As a way to whet your appetite, we’ve selected several of Ms. Krall’s “Great Gifts” for 2017 that we love the most.

Enjoy!

Our Favorites: Design New Jersey’s 2017 “Great Gifts”

1. EDGES Custom Cutlery’s Sommelier Collection

EDGES Custom Cutlery Sommelier Collection, 2017.
EDGES Custom Cutlery Sommelier Collection, 2017.

We’ve featured EDGES Custom Cutlery numerous times on our blog, so we were thrilled to see its inclusion on the Design New Jersey “Great Gifts” list. This list features the stunning Sommelier Collection, a set of stunning hand-crafted knives with handles made from the American White Oak of actual wine barrels.

The result is a world-class knife blade with a unique wood handle, and a backstory to share with its users for generations to come.

2. Decor Kitchen Appliances’ WineStation

The Decor Kitchen Appliances WineStation. (Credit: Decor Kitchen Appliances)
The Decor Kitchen Appliances WineStation. (Credit: Decor Kitchen Appliances)

From the Decor website:

The WineStation® is the first automated, temperature controlled, four-bottle wine dispensing and preservation system for the home. The connoisseur can choose the right wine and just the right amount – a taste, a half glass or a full glass – with the touch of a finger. A perfect addition to your home, in the kitchen, bar, den, game room or wine cellar, the WineStation maintains the freshness of your favorite wine selections for up to 60 days without the loss of flavor or natural aroma.

3. Land of Nod’s Jungle Pavilion Playhouse

Land of Nod's Jungle Pavilion Playhouse. (Credit: Land of Nod.)
Land of Nod’s Jungle Pavilion Playhouse. (Credit: Land of Nod.)

We adore this safari-influenced playhouse for the young ones in your life. Inspire the explorer in every child with this playhouse from Land of Nod, which features cotton canvas side panels that can be rolled up and secured. At 55″ tall and nearly 50″ in diameter, there’s plenty of room for little ones to play, imagination, and spot their favorite jungle animals!

A Kitchen Designer Shares His 2017 Home Thanksgiving Photos

A Kitchen Designer Shares His 2017 Home Thanksgiving Photos

Peter Salerno Inc. is the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century. So it stands to reason that in the Salerno family home, Thanksgiving is a pretty big deal.

“[F]amily dinners are all about food, love and more food,” Peter Salerno quipped on social media during Thanksgiving 2017, posting a series of photos of his immediate and extended family sharing a sumptuous Thanksgiving dinner in their stunning Bergen County, New Jersey home.

Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.
Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.

Peter Salerno was joined for Thanksgiving by his wife Tracy, his father Rosolino and his mother-in-law Jo. Peter’s son Anthony was accompanied by his wife Eve and daughter Jesse, and Peter’s daughter Gabrielle came with her husband Brian and their daughter Brielle.

Peter was sure to thank the renowned Goffle Farms for the family’s delicious 18 pound turkey. The main course was accompanied by some outstanding side dishes, from the traditional (mashed and roasted potatoes, string beans) to the unconventional (a delicious lime and pineapple mold).

Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.
Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.

The meal also featured a beautiful and delicious pasta course – homemade pumpkin fettucine with a creamy sausage sauce. The fettucine was a huge hit with the family!

As the 2017 holiday season swings into full force, it’s important to take these moments to cherish those around you – both in your professional and personal lives. Peter Salerno takes great care to maintain a good work-life balance, and takes the time to nurture his work family alongside his own.

Thanksgiving 2017 was a pretty beautiful day for Peter Salerno and his family, but nothing compares to the warmth he felt in his own home. Peter sincerely hopes you had a blessed, safe and satisfying Thanksgiving full of love this year.

Enjoy these exclusive photos from Peter Salerno (of Peter Salerno Inc.)’s 2017 home Thanksgiving!

Peter Salerno's pumpkin fettucine with creamy sausage sauce.
Peter Salerno’s pumpkin fettucine with creamy sausage sauce.
Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.
Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.
Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.
Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.

September 8, 2017 is Stand Up To Cancer Day

September 8, 2017 is Stand Up To Cancer Day

The second Friday of September is Stand Up To Cancer Day, a day where we honor those affected by cancer. This year, Stand Up To Cancer Day falls on Friday, September 8, 2017.

According to the American Cancer Society, 50% of men and 33% of women will suffer from cancer in their lifetimes. That’s a staggering figure, and one which we must face – but one which we do not have to accept as fact for the future. It’s also a percentage that virtually guarantees each of us will be touched by cancer in some way – either personally or through the experience of a friend, acquaintance or loved one.

The 2nd Friday in September is Stand Up To Cancer Day. Join the fight!
The 2nd Friday in September is Stand Up To Cancer Day. Join the fight!

2017 marks the 11th anniversary of Stand Up To Cancer Day, which was first observed in 2007. The organization Stand Up To Cancer is determined to fight, cure and eradicate all forms of cancer through fundraising, awareness and community support.

From the official Stand Up To Cancer Mission Statement:

Stand Up To Cancer’s (SU2C) mission is to raise funds to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking translational research that can get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now.

SU2C brings together the best and the brightest researchers and mandates collaboration among the cancer community. By galvanizing the entertainment industry, SU2C has set out to generate awareness, educate the public on cancer prevention and help more people diagnosed with cancer become long-term survivors.

Cancer may seem like an indomitable foe, but if each of us takes on a small amount of effort, the results can be incredible. Peter Salerno (the owner/founder of our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc.) takes part in the annual Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk, a New Jersey-based walk to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research.

Peter Salerno at the 2017 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk.
Peter Salerno at the 2017 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk.

It’s a small gesture and a small commitment of time and energy, but walking for cancer awareness (and research funding) makes a world of difference. If each of us took the time to walk, donate, fund research, offer support to those fighting cancer and their families, or simply inspire those around us to join the fight, think of the massive steps we could make as a world community in the fight against cancer!

The most direct way to take part in Stand Up To Cancer Day is to make a donation and use the hashtag #StandUpToCancerDay on social media. It’s a simple and effective combination that will ensure you are raising money and awareness to combat cancer.

Stand up. Take part. Join the fight. Together, we can take steps to Stand Up To Cancer and make this disease a thing of the past. Thank you!

August 17th is National Nonprofits’ Day: Join In!

August 17th is National Nonprofits’ Day: Join In!

August 17th is National Nonprofits’ Day in the United States. It’s a day when individuals, businesses and organizations are encouraged to find, support, donate to and raise awareness for nonprofit organizations that resonate with them.

The 2017 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk logo.
The 2017 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk logo.

Nonprofit organizations don’t just raise funds and awareness for worthy causes; they are a vital part of the American economy. According to Johns Hopkins and Tactical Philanthrophy Reports, the nonprofit sector provided 5.4% of the entire U.S. GDP in 2012 – a figure that rounds out to $887.3 billion dollars.

The primary goals of nonprofits are, of course, altruism, research and awareness. Each of us has been positively impacted by a nonprofit in some way during our lives, whether directly or to the benefit of friends or family. National Nonprofits’ Day is the perfect opportunity to “jumpstart” your altruistic side and support a nonprofit that means something special to you or your business.

Peter Salerno at the 2017 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk.
Peter Salerno at the 2017 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk.

For our parent company Peter Salerno Inc., that support manifests itself every year in the form of the Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk. The walk occurs in Lavallette, New Jersey, and is hosted by the American Cancer Society, the Tone Foundation and the Lavallette Municipal Alliance. August 6, 2017 marked the 14th annual Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk.

Peter Salerno once again participated in the walk on behalf of his company and family, as well as family and loved ones who have bravely battled breast cancer. Peter Salerno Inc. is a proud sponsor of the 14th annual Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk.

Peter Salerno Inc. is a proud sponsor of the 2017 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk.
Peter Salerno Inc. is a proud sponsor of the 2017 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk.

The ways you can support a nonprofit you care about are innumerable. From donations of money to donations of time, from raising awareness to collecting goods and capital, getting involved with a nonprofit organization is rewarding to you and the world around you!

Take it from us – nonprofit organizations are always happy for your support, so don’t be shy about reaching out to one that means something to you! 

Celebrate National Parents’ Day With Us July 23rd

Celebrate National Parents’ Day With Us July 23rd

July 23rd is National Parents’ Day, and that’s starting to mean more and more in our office as the years go by.

After all, there are now FOUR generations of Salernos involved in the life of our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc. – the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design firm of this century.

Peter, Ross, and Anthony Salerno in a custom Peter Salerno kitchen. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Peter, Rosolino, and Anthony Salerno in a custom Peter Salerno kitchen. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

It all started with the “Maestro” himself, Rosolino Salerno (Peter’s father). Rosolino worked tirelessly to become a master cabinetmaker and craftsman in Sicily before coming to the United States to start his family. Rosolino’s son Peter grew up in his father’s workshop and soon developed a love for woodwork, fine craftsmanship and world-class design.

After Peter Salerno’s tour of duty as an ensign in the United States Navy, he came home to begin a design career of his own – and did he ever.

(L to R) Anthony, Gabrielle, Tracy and Peter Salerno in the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom.(Photo: Andrew Bisdale)
(L to R) Anthony, Gabrielle, Tracy and Peter Salerno in the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom.(Photo: Andrew Bisdale)

Since 2002, no custom kitchen and bath design firm has been more awarded or lauded than Peter Salerno Inc. Peter and his wife Tracy have created a legacy of kitchen and bath design that has made Peter’s father proud. All the while, Rosolino has kept a watchful, expert eye over his son’s business, and his knowledge and expertise has been invaluable to Peter’s business.

To the delight of Peter and the Peter Salerno Inc. family, both of his children (Anthony and Gabrielle) became part of the family business, as a third generation of Salernos entered the custom kitchen and bath design industry.

Gabrielle has become an invaluable part of the daily business at Peter Salerno Inc., managing clients, orders, and presenting a warm, friendly face to everyone who enters their showroom. Anthony has become a craftsman and knife designer (EDGES custom cutlery), and was recently named to the prestigious NKBA 25 Under 25 list.

Jesse Caren Salerno christening, photos courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc., 2016.
Jesse Caren Salerno christening, photos courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc., 2016.

In a continuation of family blessings, both Anthony and Gabrielle have welcomed baby girls into the family! Anthony and his wife Eve brought Jesse Caren Salerno into the world, and Jesse was soon followed by Brielle Nova Mayer, daughter of Gabrielle and her husband Brian Mayer.

Professional success is wonderful, but nothing will ever be more important than the bonds, traditions and love of family. Peter Salerno is overjoyed to be surrounded by family in both his personal and professional lives, and takes special pride in this year’s Parents’ Day – as it is an opportunity to celebrate his parents, his children, his wife, and his two grandchildren.

Tracy and Peter Salerno welcome their 2nd granddaughter Brielle!
Tracy and Peter Salerno welcome their 2nd granddaughter Brielle!

To you and your family from ours, please enjoy a safe and fulfilling Parents’ Day 2017!

Welcome Baby Brielle to Our Design Family!

First Photos of Beautiful Baby Girl Brielle

Last week, our design family got a bit bigger!

Welcome baby Brielle Nova Mayer to the Peter Salerno Inc. family!
Welcome baby Brielle Nova Mayer to the Peter Salerno Inc. family!

Peter Salerno Inc. (our parent company) is an award-winning custom kitchen and bath design company, proud to span three generations of the Salerno family. On June 29, 2017, the newest member of the fourth generation came into the world.

Peter and Tracy Salerno’s daughter Gabrielle and her husband Brian welcomed baby Brielle Nova Mayer to the family at 1:09 a.m. on June 29th. Brielle was 18.5 inches long and weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces. Gabrielle’s labor reportedly took less than an hour, so we know that Brielle was incredibly anxious to be a part of the world!

Proud parents Brian and Gabrielle Mayer with baby Brielle.
Proud parents Brian and Gabrielle Mayer with baby Brielle.

(To those moms who went through terribly long labor – please don’t be mad!)

Brian and Gabrielle Mayer are first-time parents who are overjoyed with Brielle’s arrival. This marks the second granddaughter for Peter and Tracy Salerno; the beautiful Jesse Caren Salerno was born to Anthony and Eve Salerno just under 2 years ago.

Baby Brielle is healthy and resting at home with her mommy and daddy, and early pictures highlight her big smile.

We couldn’t be happier with our early July 4th “present” here at Design Your Lifestyle, and are proud to share the first pictures of the newest baby girl to our extended family!

Tracy and Peter Salerno welcome their 2nd granddaughter Brielle!
Tracy and Peter Salerno welcome their 2nd granddaughter Brielle!
Welcome baby Brielle Nova Mayer to the Peter Salerno Inc. family!
Welcome baby Brielle Nova Mayer to the Peter Salerno Inc. family!