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 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.

Observe 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service With Us!

Observe the 2017 MLK Day of Service With Us!

As a wise relative once told us, “Your small blessings can become very big when you share them with the world.”

Monday, January 16, 2017 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States – a day on which to remember one of the greatest social influencers, champions of peace and public servants in American history. It’s a day to reflect on how we can change the world in a positive manner – but it’s also a day to DO something to make the world better!

(And yes, we are a style and design blog – but nothing is more stylish than serving others.)

Take part in the 2017 MLK Day of Service!
Take part in the 2017 MLK Day of Service!

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, the 2017 MLK Day of Service “is a way to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community service that helps empower and strengthen local communities.”

Their motto (which we LOVE): Martin Luther King, Jr. Day might be a holiday – but it’s not a day off, it’s a day on!

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” — The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The mission statement of MLK Day of Service is to form a three-step plan to positively impact your community and the world around you.

  1. PLAN. Develop a plan to help those in need in whatever way you can. If you can donate to a local food bank (like our parent company does every Thanksgiving), go for it! If you’re involved in a trade, help fix up housing in disrepair. Whatever you can do to help is welcome – share your time and talent with those who can benefit from it!
  2. SERVE. If you are having trouble figuring out how to spend your MLK Day of Service, use this official list of recommended community projects to find a worthy cause in your neighborhood. Whether it’s on Martin Luther King Day or a day shortly after, make the commitment and devote some time!
  3. IMPACT. Tell the world about your Day of Service (or days!) and register your pledge to serve. Pledge a number of hours in your state, and note what area of service is receiving your time and effort. Not only will you inspire others to follow suit, but you will also help local government and charitable organizations see what areas of need still exist in your community!

Honor Dr. King's legacy with MLK Day of Service!
Honor Dr. King’s legacy with MLK Day of Service!
No matter what you choose to do for 2017’s Martin Luther King Day of Service, take the initiative and DO SOMETHING! Together, we can change the world – but only if we get up and try.

We, along with our parent company and staff at Peter Salerno Inc., honor and revere the legacy of non-violence, social activism, and peaceful progress that was left by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and wish you all a day of peace, love, and service.

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

Take Our 2016 Thanksgiving Turkey Donation Challenge!

Take Our 2016 Thanksgiving Turkey Donation Challenge!

Thanksgiving 2016 is almost upon us (Thursday, November 24, 2016). It’s a time to give thanks for family, friends, food and shelter – things we often take for granted. Sadly, these basic comforts are not always guaranteed in life.

It is with open hearts and loving thoughts that we, on behalf of our parent company Peter Salerno Inc., invite you to take part in our 2016 Thanksgiving Turkey Donation Challenge!

Take Peter Salerno Inc.'s Thanksgiving 2016 turkey donation challenge - donate to your food pantry today!
Take Peter Salerno Inc.’s Thanksgiving 2016 turkey donation challenge – donate to your food pantry today!

For years, Peter Salerno Inc. has pledged to donate no less than 75 turkeys every Thanksgiving season to its local food bank – the St. Andrew’s Parish Food Pantry in Westwood, NJ. St. Andrew’s is a spiritual home for Peter Salerno and his family, where Peter’s children Anthony and Gabrielle were both married.

It is with great honor and pride that we announce Peter Salerno Inc. made a donation of 99 turkeys to St. Anthony’s Food Pantry for Thanksgiving 2016. Now, we’re asking you to make a similar pledge!

If you’re reading this article, it’s likely you can afford to donate at least one turkey to your local food pantry or food bank. If it’s not a turkey, food pantries are grateful to accept non-perishable food items, canned goods, coffees and shelf-stable drink items, stuffing, etc. – anything you can think of to make someone else’s Thanksgiving table more plentiful this holiday season.

Take Peter Salerno Inc.'s Thanksgiving 2016 turkey donation challenge - donate to your food pantry today!
Take Peter Salerno Inc.’s Thanksgiving 2016 turkey donation challenge – donate to your food pantry today!

You can use this helpful Food Pantry locator guide courtesy of Feeding America to find a local food bank or pantry near you that is in need of what you can afford to give.

Here’s a list (for reference) of items listed as “currently in need” by many organizations:

Coffee, Macaroni & Cheese, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Cereal, Tuna Fish, Dish Detergent, Hand Soap, Shampoo, Deodorant, Body Wash, Bar Soap, Toothpaste, Tooth Brushes, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Paper Plates, Paper Cups, Napkins, Laundry Detergent, Fabric Softener, and Cleaning Supplies.

Whether you can donate 100 turkeys or a few bars of soap, some peanut butter and jelly or a large array of non-perishable food items, your Thanksgiving 2016 donation WILL ALWAYS BE HELPFUL!

Remember, you are blessed to be a blessing! On behalf of the award-winning custom kitchen and bath design team at Peter Salerno Inc., we challenge you to donate with a full heart and generous thoughts. Let’s all strive to make everyone’s Thanksgiving as rich and plentiful as we would wish our own to be.

For more information about Peter Salerno Inc., please fill out the contact form below.

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.