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!

A Papal Panettone: A Sweet Gift Commissioned by The Pope!

A Glimpse At the Delicious Panettone Commissioned by Pope Francis

If you are an Italian (and especially an Italian Catholic), chances are you’re familiar with the Italian presepe (Il Presepe), or representation of the Nativity scene. A presepe nativity scene is the special exhibition, particularly during the Christmas season, of art objects representing the birth of Jesus, that is traditional to the Napoli (Naples) region of Italy.

The Pope's Panettone: a Dolce Presepe commissioned by Pope Francis!
The Pope’s Panettone: a Dolce Presepe commissioned by Pope Francis!

Nothing’s quite as sweet as the Dolce Presepe, a beautiful Panettone created by Fiasconaro. The Dolce Presepe is a delectable Panettone with white chocolate Nativity elements, and is a staple of the Italian Christmas tradition.

Every year, a small batch of Fiasconaro Dolce Presepe are commissioned by Pope Francis himself to celebrate the Christmas season. This year, one of these rare “Papal Panettones” was given as a gift to Peter Salerno and his family by his cousins Setimo and Joe, owners of E&S Foods.

This Panettone was crafted by dessert artisans in Castelbuono, Sicily. With an annual allowance of just 4, these Pope-commissioned Dolce Presepe are a treat to be savored with love and gratitude!

The Pope's Panettone: a Dolce Presepe commissioned by Pope Francis!
The Pope’s Panettone: a Dolce Presepe commissioned by Pope Francis!

Precious gifts like this one remind us all that Christmas is truly about two things – celebrating the miracle of the birth of Jesus on Earth, and celebrating the miracle that is the love and warmth of our families and loved ones.

On behalf of our parent company Peter Salerno Inc., Peter Salerno and his family (wife Tracy, Anthony and Eve, Gabrielle and Brian), we wish you happiest of holiday seasons and healthiest, most blessed of New Years to come.

Give The Christmas Gift of Custom Handcrafted Cutlery in 2016!

Click Here for Exclusive Christmas 2016 Custom Cutlery Deals!

For the serious home chef, restauranteur, fine chef, sommelier, or culinary arts expert in your life, there’s nothing quite like a handcrafted piece of custom cutlery. For our money, there is no better Christmas 2016 custom cutlery gift option than a piece of fine knifeware from EDGES Custom Cutlery.

The brainchild of designer and knifemaker Anthony Michael Salerno (AKTI, NKBA Member), EDGES is a state-of-the-art custom cutlery and knifeware line designed for the individual user in mind. Each piece of EDGES cutlery is handcrafted and made to order based on client specifications – ensuring that your piece of EDGES custom cutlery is wholly unique, never to be duplicated.

Yes, every piece in the EDGES custom cutlery line is made by hand!

EDGES Custom Cutlery is a line that brings pro chefs and serious home chefs some of the finest performing ergonomic cutlery that can be offered. EDGES is distributed in Wyckoff, NJ at Peter Salerno, Inc., and is available at BuyKitchenKnives.com.

Each of the knives pictured below (and on BuyKitchenKnives.com) is currently priced TO MOVE for the 2016 Christmas and holiday season. This includes the stunning, world-class Sommelier Collection, in which each piece uses genuine American White Oak from used wine barrel staves.

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.

Anthony designed these knives with three aspects in mind: Performance, Handling, and Looks. Each knife has its own distinct look and feel while remaining balanced, ergonomic, and light. All EDGES custom knives are perfectly balanced at the ricasso with contoured handles to ensure your knife feels like an extension of your hand.

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 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.

Signature Series Acid Splash High Carbon Blade from EDGES Custom Cutlery. Retail $750 (with custom leather pouch).
Signature Series Acid Splash High Carbon Blade from EDGES Custom Cutlery. Retail $750 (with custom leather pouch).
Black and Blue Paring Knife from EDGES Custom Cutlery. Retail $250.
Black and Blue Paring Knife from EDGES Custom Cutlery. Retail $250.
The Red Monarch, one of the debut knives in the EDGES custom cutlery collection from Peter Salerno Inc.!
The Red Monarch, one of the debut knives in the EDGES custom cutlery collection from Peter Salerno Inc.!
EDGES custom cutlery is now available at BuyKitchenKnives.com!
EDGES custom cutlery is now available at BuyKitchenKnives.com!

Peter Salerno Inc.’s Design Showroom Is Decked Out For Christmas!

Peter Salerno Inc.’s Design Showroom Is Decked Out For Christmas!

When you’re the Most Innovative Showroom in North America, it’s hard to get more festive. But Peter Salerno Inc. is out to Deck the Halls for Christmas 2016 in a big way, and you’re invited to celebrate!

The flagship Peter Salerno Inc. custom home design showroom was awarded the prestigious KBIS Most Innovative Showroom award, and is truly a sight to behold. Add a glass or two of champagne and fine wine, a visit from Harper the office puppy and Elliot the Elf, and the Wyckoff, New Jersey showroom is the place to be for the holidays!

Elliot the Elf wishes you a Merry Christmas from Peter Salerno Inc.!
Elliot the Elf wishes you a Merry Christmas from Peter Salerno Inc.!

The Peter Salerno Inc. building at 511 Goffle Road, Wyckoff, NJ, is also home to Stratta, the Tile Boutique, and Oberg & Lindquist Fine Appliances. Together, this trifecta of storefronts is your one-stop luxury stop for the pinnacle in custom home, kitchen and bath design, decor and appliances.

Part of Peter Salerno Inc.'s award-winning staff (circa 2015)
Part of Peter Salerno Inc.’s award-winning staff (circa 2015)

There’s so much to see at the flagship Peter Salerno Inc. showroom, including the world famous Corvette bar (pictured below), the La Cornue kitchen, and the brand-new Miele transitional kitchen that provides a new “wow” factor!

Can you find Elliot the Elf in Peter Salerno Inc.'s showroom?
Can you find Elliot the Elf in Peter Salerno Inc.’s showroom?
Even Harper the office puppy is ready for Christmas!
Even Harper the office puppy is ready for Christmas!

Christmas 2016 Decor: Six Jolly Shades of PANTONE Green

The Six Best Green Tones For Your 2016 Christmas Design

In our last article, we showed you the 6 “it” PANTONE shades of red for Christmas decor and design in 2016. From jewel tones to earthy reds to jazzy lighter hues, you’re now equipped with all this year’s trendiest reds.

So now that you have your Poinsettia, Crimson and Goji Berry, we’ve got one more traditional Christmas color to play with. Let’s stuff your stocking with our favorite shades of green for 2016!

It’s a GREAT year to design with green for the holidays. From this summer’s Green Flash to the fall’s Lush Meadow, green is a major player in fashion and decor in 2016’s Pantone color reports. 2016 has also been a bounce-back year for earthy tones and hues, making green a wonderful complementary shade to the core neutrals or cool colors in your home design.

Pantone, the world’s foremost color matching system, has put names and coding to every shade of green you could possibly imagine. But which of these green shades are right for your 2016 Christmas decor and designs?

We’re basing our decisions on the “it” shades of green for this holiday season on a few core principles on Pantone trends from 2016:

  • A nice jewel-tone green never hurt anyone;
  • Earth-toned greens make for an inviting color option;
  • When in doubt, pick a green that pairs well with a neutral.

Let’s pair up those 6 shades of red from our last article with our favorite six green hues (courtesy of the Pantone color matching system) for the 2016 Christmas design and decor season!

Christmas Design 2016: Our Six Favorite Pantone Shades of Green

1. Sprucestone (14-6316 TCX)

Sprucestone Pantone color, Christmas 2016 green Pantone colors

2. Classic Green (16-6340 TCX)

Classic Green Pantone color, Christmas 2016 green Pantone colors

3. Mistletoe (16-0220 TCX)

Mistletoe Pantone color, Christmas 2016 green Pantone colors

4. Holly Green (16-5932 TCX)

Holly Green Pantone color, Christmas 2016 green Pantone colors

5. Pistachio Green (13-0221 TCX)

Pistachio Green Pantone color, Christmas 2016 green Pantone colors

6. Smoke Pine (18-5718 TCX)

Smoke Pine Pantone color, Christmas 2016 green Pantone colors

Christmas 2016 Decor: Six Beautiful Shades of PANTONE Red

The Perfect Shades of Red For Christmas 2016 Decor

Christmas 2016 is right around the corner! One of the most beautiful times of the year for decor and design, the holiday season is full of festive, inviting colors – not the least of which is red!

The warmth and beauty of red makes it a wonderful choice one of the “official-unofficial” colors of Christmas (green being the other). From Santa’s suit to poinsettia petals, holiday gift bows to Rudolph’s shiny red nose, the color red is everywhere you turn during the holidays.

Pantone, the world’s foremost color matching system, has put names and coding to every shade of red you could possibly imagine. But which of these red shades are right for your 2016 Christmas decor and designs?

2016’s color design trends taught us that our warm colors need to be bright, spicy and inviting. If they’re not, they ought to be rooted in an earth tone or neutral. As such, we’ve focused on six perfect shades of Pantone red to add color to your 2016 holiday decorations.

Each of these six red hues embodies one of these core descriptions of 2016 color and style:

  1. A vibrant, lighter shade of red that beckons the eye;
  2. A deeper red based in an earth-toned brown that serves as a more “rustic” shade;
  3. A rich, jewel-tone red that spices up your surroundings.

No matter your taste, here are six fantastic shades of Pantone holiday red (along with their color codes) that are sure to please as core color elements of your 2016 Christmas decor and design!

Christmas Design 2016: Our Six Favorite Pantone Shades of Red

1. Poinsettia (17-1654 TCX)

Poinsettia Pantone color, Christmas 2016 red Pantone colors

2. Poppy Red (17-1664 TCX)

Poppy Red Pantone color, Christmas 2016 red Pantone colors

3. Goji Berry (18-1659 TCX)

Goji Berry Pantone color, Christmas 2016 red Pantone colors

4. Cranberry (17-1545 TCX)

Cranberry Pantone color, Thanksgiving party Pantone colors

5. Red Ochre (18-1442 TCX)

Red Ochre Pantone color, Christmas 2016 red Pantone colors

6. Crimson (19-1762 TCX)

Crimson Pantone color, Christmas 2016 red Pantone colors

Peter Salerno Inc. Wishes You A Merry Christmas 2015!

Peter Salerno Inc. Wishes You A Merry Christmas 2015!

Merry Christmas From Peter Salerno and His Award-Winning Custom Design Team

On behalf of the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm in North America, Peter Salerno wishes you a very Merry Christmas 2015!

Peter Salerno Inc. says "Bring on the holiday season in 2015!"
Peter Salerno Inc. says “Bring on the holiday season in 2015!”

It may be nearly 70 degrees in New Jersey this Christmas – a completely unheard of temperature, trust us! – but it still feels like Christmas in the air. Even if we’re trading in our ugly Christmas sweaters for t-shirts this year, the magic of the holiday season still surrounds you everyone you look.

The award-winning Peter Salerno Inc. showroom is dressed to the hilt with holiday cheer (including our annual visit from Elliot the Elf!). Peter and his family also love to decorate their homes for the holidays – and now that both of Peter’s children are married, they have plenty of work to do with 3 houses to decorate for Christmas!

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And let’s not forget Peter’s greatest blessing of 2015: a new granddaughter, Jesse Caren Salerno. Precious baby Jesse is growing fast, and her first Christmas is a special moment in the hearts of her parents (Anthony and Eve), Peter and Tracy Salerno, and the rest of the Salerno and Turner families.

What are your special holiday moments for Christmas 2015? Take time out to find one or two for yourself in a quiet moment. Whether or not you celebrate the holiday, Christmas is a season to celebrate all we’ve done and all we love – and those who love us back.

Peter Salerno with his beautiful granddaughter, Jesse Caren Salerno.
Peter Salerno with his beautiful granddaughter, Jesse Caren Salerno.

So from Peter Salerno, his family and his team to you and your loved ones – Merry Christmas. We hope the last week of 2015 is full of joy, warmth and love.