The 2017 Peter Salerno Inc. Christmas Party Photos

The 2017 Peter Salerno Inc. Christmas Party Photos

Peter Salerno Inc. held its 2017 Christmas party inside the beautiful confines of its award-winning design showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey earlier this month. As usual, the event was attended by family, friends, associates, staff and a few very special (and very cute) guests!

2017 brought several new babies into the Peter Salerno Inc. family – Gabrielle Salerno-Mayer’s daughter Brielle and Nadya Russov’s daughter Olivia join Anthony Salerno’s daughter Jesse as the next generation of passionate designers! As you’d expect, these beautiful little ladies were the main attraction at this year’s Christmas festivities.

Of course, something that’s always a featured treat at Peter Salerno Inc. showroom gatherings is Peter Salerno’s culinary creations! For 2017, Peter made a few of his special sauces . The first two sauces was a bolognese sauce with three meats, sweet peas, shredded prosciutto and a splash of merlot. The second sauce was a metro sauce, featuring plum tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, prosciutto and heavy cream.

Peter Salerno was joined by some of his most cherished business associates at the Christmas 2017 party as well. Guests included longtime friend and photographer Peter Rymwid, Nicole Sakosits (owner of Stratta, the Tile Boutique), and staff from New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Peter is also blessed to be surrounded by his family this holiday season – his wife Tracy, son Anthony, daughter Gabrielle, daughter-in-law Eve, son-in-law Bryan, father Rosolino, and two beautiful grandchildren (the adorable Jesse and Brielle mentioned earlier).

There are many reasons for Peter Salerno and the Peter Salerno Inc. family to feel blessed during Christmas and the 2017 holiday season. The most important of all, as always, is the love and bond of family and friends, and the time and talents of Peter’s professional family.

Enjoy these exclusive photos from the 2017 Peter Salerno Inc. Christmas Party – we hope they add a little warmth and love to your day!

Exclusive Culinary Institute of America Recipes: A Sneak Peek!

Learn Culinary Institute of America Recipes And Tips!

No, don’t worry – this list of “CIA Secrets” won’t get you in any trouble! Recently, Peter Salerno (of our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc.) and his son Anthony took a trip to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, to experience a day of cooking and culinary craftsmanship with master chefs.

While each chose to take a separate CIA cooking class, both learned incredible CIA chef recipes that they will certainly use for the rest of their lives. Anthony attended the Under the Sea (seafood) course, while Peter Salerno chose the Mediterranean Cuisine cooking class.

Peter Salerno and his son Anthony at Culinary Institute of America in New York.
Peter Salerno and his son Anthony at Culinary Institute of America in New York.

We know what you’re thinking – isn’t the Culinary Institute of America just for aspiring chefs? No! There’s an exclusive section of the CIA website for “Enthusiasts”  that promises “CIA classes to satisfy your culinary cravings”. You don’t have to enroll in a full course of study – take individual classes that fit your passions!

From Boot Camp Culinary Vacations to cooking and baking classes to wine and beverage courses, the “Enthusiasts” program is a real winner. Check out their locations here.

Both Peter and Anthony raved about their experience at the Culinary Institute of America – not to mention they each brought home enough food for days!

Peter Salerno was so enamored with the recipes he learned at his CIA Mediterranean Cuisine cooking class, he’s sharing two of them with you today:

  • Chicken Tagine with Apricots and Golden Raisins
  • Paella with Quail, Shrimp and Chorizo

Both dishes are fresh takes on classic Mediterranean fare, and Peter and his family were thrilled with the results. We hope you are too! Please enjoy these recipes and share them with your loved ones.

CIA Chef Recipe: Chicken Tagine with Apricots and Golden Raisins

CiA chicken tagine recipe

CIA Chef Recipe: Paella with Quail, Shrimp and Chorizo

CIA paella with quail recipe

CIA paella with quail recipe

KBIS 2017: Photo Review of An Amazing Week in Design! [Part 1 of 2]

Exclusive Photos from the KBIS 2017 Conference in Orlando!

Every year, the annual KBIS conference is THE foremost week of design in North America, and the 2017 KBIS conference was no exception. From January 10-12, 2017, KBIS 2017 took over Orlando with stellar design exhibits, contests, seminars and the largest array of design industry exhibitors North America will see all year.

KBIS 2017 took over Orlando from Jan. 10-12, 2017. (Photo credit: KBIS and NKBA)
KBIS 2017 took over Orlando from Jan. 10-12, 2017. (Photo credit: KBIS and NKBA)

Thanks to our friends at Peter Salerno Inc. (winners of more North American design awards than anyone since 2002, and NKBA members), we’re able to bring you exclusive photographs from INSIDE the KBIS 2017 Convention! 

KBIS 2017: The KBIS NeXT Stage

A major highlight of this year’s conference was the KBIS NeXT Stage, presented by the NKBA and sponsored by HomeAdvisor. The KBIS NeXT Stage showcased the industry’s latest trends and insights shared by leading kitchen and bath experts.

The NKBA 30 Under 30 recipients together at the KBIS NeXT Stage, KBIS 2017.
The NKBA 30 Under 30 recipients together at the KBIS NeXT Stage, KBIS 2017.

One of KBIS NeXT’s prominent features was the NKBA 30 Under 30 presentation, featuring a crop of outstanding home, kitchen, and bath design professionals under 30 from across North America. By the way – congratulations to Peter Salerno Inc.’s Anthony Michael Salerno for being one of this year’s 30 Under 30!

Anthony Salerno (of Peter Salerno Inc.) at the NKBA 30 Under 30 presentation, KBIS 2017.
Anthony Salerno (of Peter Salerno Inc.) at the NKBA 30 Under 30 presentation, KBIS 2017.

Anthony’s selection as a 30 Under 30 recipient gave us incredible access (and photos) to the KBIS NeXT Stage, so we can thank him for some of the awesome photos you see here!

Anthony Salerno's 2017 NKBA 30 Under 30 Award, KBIS 2017.
Anthony Salerno’s 2017 NKBA 30 Under 30 Award, KBIS 2017.

KBIS 2017: Appliance Trends, La Cornue + Rangecraft

We also LOVE the new appliance trends at KBIS 2017 – most notably, what La Cornue had to offer. The featured color of La Cornue range on the KBIS Conference floor was a true jaw-dropper and the talk of many design exhibitors and attendees.

The stunning La Cornue display range at the KBIS 2017 Conference.
The stunning La Cornue display range at the KBIS 2017 Conference.

It was also great to see Rangecraft featured so prominently. Makers of fine custom range hoods from a diverse assortment of materials, Rangecraft is (in our opinion) an “IT” company to watch in 2017. If you love the concept of a custom range hood (especially stainless steel) in your home or professional kitchen, Rangecraft is certainly a brand to keep in mind.

Peter Salerno and Gabrielle Mayer with David Podwyszynski & Ramona Panus of Rangecraft at KBIS 2017.
Peter Salerno and Gabrielle Mayer with David Podwyszynski & Ramona Panus of Rangecraft at KBIS 2017.

If you love the photos you see featured in this article and want even more – fear not! We’ll be back in just a few short days with Part 2 of our Photo Review of KBIS 2017!

Chefs and Wine Lovers – This is YOUR Holiday 2016 Custom Cutlery Set!

The Perfect Custom Cutlery Set for Chefs and Wine Lovers

Yes, yes, we’re supposed to be impartial. But if you don’t purchase this custom cutlery set designed for lovers of fine wine soon, we will. (Without hesitation!)

The Sommelier Collection from EDGES Custom Cutlery is a limited edition series of custom cutlery, in which each knife handle is created from genuine American White Oak wood from used wine barrel staves. In other words, every handle of every knife in this custom cutlery collection was once part of a gorgeous, aged wine barrel.

The EDGES cutlery Sommelier collection: the perfect 2016 holiday gift for chefs and wine lovers.
The EDGES cutlery Sommelier collection: the perfect 2016 holiday gift for chefs and wine lovers.

Think of the history of fine wine nestled and stained forever in the handles of these beautiful, unique pieces. Each knife carries inside its handle a rich history of wine making and craftsmanship, not to mention being cut from the finest American White Oak.

The Sommelier Collection arrives just in time for 2016 holiday shopping, and is the quintessential gift for wine lovers, professional chefs, home chefs, and sommeliers alike. The EDGES Custom Cutlery Sommelier Collection includes 4″ paring knives, 6″ utility knives, and 8″ professional chef’s knives. These world-class cutlery pieces are available for individual purchase, or at a special price rate as a 3-piece knife set.

The EDGES cutlery Sommelier collection: the perfect 2016 holiday gift for chefs and wine lovers.

EDGES Custom Cutlery is currently a proprietary brand of Peter Salerno Inc., enriching its status as a world-class mecca of custom craftsmanship. Since its inception, EDGES has quickly established a reputation as a state-of-the-art balance of performance, handling, and looks. The ergonomic design of each custom EDGES cutlery piece is perfectly balanced at the ricasso with meticulously contoured handles.

The EDGES cutlery Sommelier collection: the perfect 2016 holiday gift for chefs and wine lovers.

After speaking with dozens of home-cooks and professional chefs, Anthony Michael Salerno, AKTI, NKBA Member, designed a collection of simple yet elegant designs for both the home kitchen and professional kitchen. Peter Salerno Inc. collaborated with Aldo Bruno (New Jersey Steel Baron) to use only the highest quality materials and ensure that each knife is hand-ground and hand-assembled right here in New Jersey to bring each client a truly custom piece by local knifemakers.

The EDGES cutlery Sommelier collection: the perfect 2016 holiday gift for chefs and wine lovers.

The rest of the active EDGES custom cutlery line currently available for sale can be viewed (and purchased) at BuyKitchenKnives.com, the premier online source for custom-crafted knives, cutlery, and artwork – OR by contacting Peter Salerno Inc. at (201) 251-6608 or via the contact form below.

NKBA Reveals 30 Under 30 Award Recipients For 2017 [LIST]

View Full 2017 NKBA 30 Under 30 Award List Here

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) released their prestigious 30 Under 30 Award Recipient list for 2017, and we have it for you here!

The NKBA’s mission statement is to inspire, lead and empower the kitchen and bath design industry through the creation of marketplaces, networks and certifications. Fifty years after its inception, the NKBA has a membership of more than 60,000 members and is the proud owner of the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS).

NKBA logo, all rights and credit to NKBA.

Part of the NKBA’s commitment to inspire and lead the kitchen and bath design industry is to promote the future of the business. The 30 Under 30 Awards were created in 2013 to recognize the elite young future of the industry and promote their growth through recognition, education and career enhancement opportunities.

From the official NKBA press release, a quote from NKBA CEO Bill Darcy:

“We are pleased to be able to recognize these outstanding young professionals”, said Bill Darcy, NKBA CEO. “They are truly the future of the industry and I look forward to hearing from them in Orlando and presenting them with this opportunity to help further their careers.”

Special congratulations are in order to Anthony Salerno of Peter Salerno Inc. (the parent company of this blog), who is a 2017 NKBA 30 Under 30 Award inductee.

The official list of 2017 NKBA 30 Under 30 Award recipients.
The official list of 2017 NKBA 30 Under 30 Award recipients.

Here is the list of the 2017 NKBA 30 Under 30 Award Recipients, in no order:

  • Dylan Beavers, Norm Tessier Cabinets, Inc., Rancho Cucamonga, CA;
  • Alicia Beck, Signature Companies, Haymarket, VA;
  • Samantha Bowen, Bowen Remodeling & Design, Crofton, MD;
  • Craig Couture, Cypress Design Co., East Providence, RI;
  • Celestina Demers, Spokane Carpet One The Showroom II, Spokane Valley, WA;
  • Corbin Dickson, Remodeler’s Warehouse, Martinez, GA;
  • Natalie DiPiazza, Custom Design & Construction, El Segundo, CA;
  • Christina Dragota, GE Monogram, Chicago, IL;
  • Thomas Farago, Caplan’s Appliances, Toronto, ON;
  • Paige Fuller, B.C.D. Interiors, Traverse City, MI;
  • Kirsten Gable, Taze and Hewitt, Hanover, MD;
  • Shivain Handa, Valley Acrylic, Mission, BC;
  • Brianne Hughes, Casey’s Creative Kitchens, London, ON;
  • Nicole Kemp, Homes by Avi, Calgary, AB;
  • Kyle Le, Timeline Design, Inc., Saratoga, CA;
  • Ed McDonald, McDonald Contracting, Arlington, MA;
  • Kari Mitchell, Artistic Cabinetry, Loomis, NE;
  • Nick Ochtman, Jacuzzi Luxury Bath, Chino Hills, CA;
  • Austin Pike,ShowroomMarketing.com, Watertown, MA;
  • Cathy Pitts, Classic Kitchen & Bath, Harrisonburg, VA;
  • Ashlee Richardson, Nar Fine Carpentry, Inc., Carmichael, CA;
  • Casey Rup, Waterworks, New York, NY;
  • Anthony Salerno, Peter Salerno Inc., Wyckoff, NJ;
  • Bridgette Schwarz,Signature Kitchen & Bath Design Inc., Cupertino, CA;
  • Suzanne Scott, Suzanne Kristine Interiors, Carnation, WA;
  • Brad Sherwood, Epic Plumbing, Phoenix, AZ;
  • Jacob E. Smith,Starline Distributors, Inc., Flushing, MI;
  • Stephanie Stead, Cambria, Denver, CO;
  • Rebecca Sutton, Kitchen Design Concepts, Dallas, TX;
  • Michelle Timmerman, Direct Supply Inc., Grand Rapids, MI.

The 2017 NKBA 30 Under 30 Awards inductees will be a centerpiece of the KBIS 2017 convention. Their research, work and team-building focus will conclude with a KBISNeXT 2017 stage presentation and question-and-answer session on January 11, 2017. For more information on KBIS 2017 Orlando, visit the official KBIS 2017 website.

World-Class Custom Cutlery – Buy Kitchen Knives is Online!

Save 10% For Fall: Buy Custom Kitchen Knives Online!

For serious home cooks and professional chefs, the premier destination for world-class custom and semi-custom cutlery is Buy Kitchen Knives – a brand-new one-stop shop for the finest brands in custom cutlery and kitchen knives.

We love Buy Kitchen Knives - a one-stop online shop for custom cutlery and knives! (BuyKitchenKnives.com)
We love Buy Kitchen Knives – a one-stop online shop for custom cutlery and knives! (BuyKitchenKnives.com)

The website’s name is simple enough, but the products it provides are anything but ordinary. Created, owned and operated by fine knifemakers and cutlery artisans for serious, discerning chefs, Buy Kitchen Knives aims to bring the very best knife and cutlery brands to the consumer in one attractive, easy-to-navigate website.

And believe us – it succeeds!

The initial fleet of custom cutlery and knives is impressive – EDGES Custom Cutlery, Falls Cutlery (owned by the renowned Aldo Bruno), AMS Knifeworks and Sapphire Cutlery are among the world-class custom cutlery brands which feature on the official launch of Buy Kitchen Knives.

EDGES custom cutlery is now available at BuyKitchenKnives.com!
EDGES custom cutlery is now available at BuyKitchenKnives.com!

It’s a great time to get to Buy Kitchen Knives – as of this posting (Aug. 26, 2016), all knives across all brands on the site are 10% off in honor of National Knife Day. Simply use promo code “knifeup” at checkout to claim this valuable discount.

A feature we love on this website is the “Shop Sizes” feature. Rather than browse by particular cutlery line or brand, Shop Sizes allows you to browse the cutlery selection on Buy Kitchen Knives by knife size and type. This feature saves you valuable time and energy by allowing you to refine your search to the exact style of knives and/or cutlery that suit your needs.

The official Buy Kitchen Knives Instagram and Facebook pages are tremendous social media resources for making intelligent cutlery purchase decisions. We have found these sites to be full of useful information, photos, and cutlery specs, making the buying process a breeze. If you’re not sure which paring knife, chef’s knife, or custom cutlery brand is right for you, we suggest you start here.

Again, take advantage of the launch of Buy Kitchen Knives (and National Knife Day) by using promo code “knifeup” at checkout to receive 10% off your order across all styles and brands. As the site grows in popularity and expands in brand and style offerings, we will be sure to update you!

Whether you’re a professional chef or just an avid home cook (like us!), you’ll be thrilled to have this new custom cutlery purchasing tool in your life!

Summer 2016 Recipe: Homemade Melon and Pepper Salsa

Summer 2016 Recipe: Homemade Melon and Pepper Salsa

Let’s be honest – not everyone loves “flaming hot” salsa. Sometimes, a fresh, homemade salsa with a blend of sweet and savory flavors is the perfect way to liven up your summer dining table – and we’re here to help!

Direct from the kitchen of Anthony and Eve Salerno comes this wildly popular homemade salsa recipe. Like most families, some of the Salernos aren’t able to eat overly spicy foods, so Anthony & Eve developed this fantastic recipe which blends traditional salsa flavors like bell peppers, onions and cilantro with interesting, fresh twists like white beans, black beans and fresh watermelon.

The result is a fresh, homemade salsa that everyone is sure to love, with just the right blend of sweet and tangy. Enjoy our homemade salsa recipe with corn chips, tortilla chips, toasted Italian bread or as a garnish over chicken or salmon.

Want a fresh take on a summer classic? Try our melon & pepper salsa recipe!
Want a fresh take on a summer classic? Try our melon & pepper salsa recipe!

Summer 2016 Fresh Recipe: Homemade Melon & Pepper Salsa

Ingredients

* 1 green, yellow and red pepper diced
* 1 1/2 red onion
* 3 tbsps fresh cilantro
* 2 tomatoes diced
* 1 can each of white and black beans
* 1 can sweet corn
* 3 tbsps crushed garlic
* 4 tbsps olive oil
* a little brown sugar
* salt and pepper to taste
* 1/2 bottle roasted garlic rice vinegar
* diced watermelon (amount varies based on your taste!)

Directions

* Dice peppers and onion and place finished, diced vegetables into a large serving bowl.

* Chop fresh cilantro finely and add to bowl with diced tomatoes, white and black beans, sweet corn, crushed garlic.

* Dice watermelon based on your personal taste. Personally, we prefer small chunks no bigger than the pieces of diced pepper. Add as much watermelon as you’d like; again, personally, we prefer an equal watermelon-to-pepper ratio.

* Add olive oil, a dash of brown sugar, roasted garlic rice vinegar to bowl. Stir until ingredients are well-coated.

* Add salt and pepper to taste.