11 Great Cooking Supply Stores in Metro Phoenix
A typically pretty vignette at Crate & Barrel
Prevailing wisdom says great dishes begin with great ingredients. And while that's certainly true, kick-ass cooks and the rare birds who have the Martha Stewart gene for entertaining couldn't do what they do half as well -- or at least not half as easily -- without the proper tools and equipment. Cool-looking plates and serving pieces don't hurt either.
So we offer here 11 great stores and shops -- some corporate, some indie -- that cater to home cooks, professionals and people who just like to throw a good party.
Plate it up at Sweet Basil
It's easy to kill an hour in this cute little shop and hands-on cooking school, crammed with everything from tongs, whisks, Wüsthof knives and Le Creuset cookware to fondue sets, soup tureens, panini presses, and paella pans. The place smells like coffee when you walk in the door because coffee beans are sold here, too, as are teas, locally made salsas and crackers, fancy vinegars, and so much more. SB may be the only place in town to find local ceramicist Lisa Howe's oven-proof, dishwasher-safe stoneware, but it's also a quick pit stop for a ready-made gift basket (they'll customize them if you have more time), a quirky set of animal print coasters or a pretty apron. You'll find everything you need for cool cocktails (including whimsical, hand-painted martini glasses and little umbrellas), and there's a kiddie section to foster the budding cook. Shop for regular cookbooks near the back of the store or do a good deed and buy a gently used cookbook (you'll find at least two or three gems guaranteed), knowing the proceeds of your sale will go to St. Mary's Food Bank.
If you're a bargain hunter, don't overlook these value-priced, corporate stores, the majority of them located in outlet malls around the country. At the moment, Kitchen Collection can be found in Anthem, Chandler and Mesa, but it's also coming to Glendale in the fall. The store carries cookware, bake-ware, small appliances, cutlery, gadgets, dinnerware and pretty much anything else you can think of, including dish towels, compost keepers and utterly frivolous doodads. Need a child-safe hot dog slicer (shaped like a wiener dog, his doggie bowl holding the ketchup) or an ice cream scoop with a hollow handle to hold candy sprinkles? Of course, you do. You'll see name brands like Kitchen-Aid, Cuisinart, Pyrex and Wear Ever here, but you won't pay high prices because what you're getting is factory overstock, warehouse clearance, special purchase items and factory-refurbished small appliances.
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