Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Come Wine & Dine With Us - For A Good Cause!

This coming Monday, July 25th, we'll be participating in a great event at the Shilshole Bay Beach Club to help launch the new book "Food Lovers' Guide to Seattle" by Seattle based food blogger Keren Brown.

We are partnering up with Ritrovo Italian Regional Foods, who also happen to be our neighbors here in South Seattle, to offer some tasty tidbits and demonstrations of popular tools available through

The best part about this fun evening event is that the proceeds from ticket sales go to FareStart of Seattle, which provides culinary job training and placement for the homeless. For those of you who have never been, FareStart has its own cafe right here in the Rainier Valley and serves up some delectable soups, salads and sandwiches - all prepared and served by youths in the FareStart training program.

Details about, as well as tickets to the event can be found at Brown Paper Tickets. If you don't have your tickets, get them now and come join us for a fun evening on the waterfront! We hope to see you there!

Monday, July 25th, 2011
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Shilshole Bay Beach Club
6413 Seaview Ave NW

Visit us to sample some fantastic Ritrovo Italian foods:
~Ritrovo Selections Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar on Bruschetta
~Truffle and Salt Almonds by Miller Farms
~Michele Ferrante Controne Beans cooked with Olive Oil and Salts

And enter to win one of 2 gift baskets with a hand-picked selection of top selling Ritrovo and ChefTools products!

Monday, July 18, 2011

ChefTools Customer Profile: Cakes By Kemi

ChefTools, being an online business, sees a huge variety of customers. On any given day, people from all 50 states and Canada will shop at Some are shopping just to shop, some are buying supplies for their business, and some just need 100 aluminum funnels for their laboratory (true story!). 

The notion of the huge variety of people who shop at ChefTools struck me today after noticing one particular order. Today, Adekemi Fowler bought a jar of American Silver Disco Dust from us. I did a little digging and found out that Adekemi owns her own cake catering and decorating business, Cakes By Kemi, in Jonesboro, Ga., just about 30 minutes south of Atlanta. 

Fowler is a well-trained baker and decorator, having graduated from a Le Cordon Bleu school – yes, the world-famous cooking school founded over 100 years ago in France – in Georgia. Take a look at the photo gallery on her website and you’ll see a host of incredible cakes that prove her training. She makes wedding cakes, themed cakes (one shaped like a movie theater popcorn box, or one themed on Georgia Tech’s mascot), and cupcakes – just all kinds of cakes covered in ornate fondant, frosting and decorations.

And, the cakes come in all these off-the-wall and delicious sounding flavors: raspberry limeade, humming bird, pink lemonade, pina colada …

A cake by Kemi.
“If you don’t see a specific flavor or filling listed, just ask! I can make just about any flavor combination you can imagine!” she writes on her site. 

It’s really cool to know that the little jar of Disco Dust will travel from our warehouse here in Seattle thousands of miles to Adekemi in Georgia. And then – even better – that Disco Dust will adorn one of Adekemi’s unique cakes, which later a bride and groom, or a birthday girl or boy or whomever will enjoy.

I hope to use this blog to highlight more of our customers – you’re all very important, and you’re all probably doing cool things with the stuff you buy from us. So, if you want to tell us about what you’re cooking or how you’re using something you bought on ChefTools, please email me  at Otherwise, you might get an email from me one day bugging you to tell me your story. And thanks to Adekemi for letting me share hers!