Outdoor kitchen

Photos courtesy Capital Distributing

Editor’s Note: During the three-day Memorial Day weekend, we’re looking back at some of our great stories about outdoor living in North Texas. Enjoy this great piece by personal chef and freelance writer Rachael Abrams as you contemplate upgrading that lonely grill to an outdoor kitchen.

By Rachael Abrams

When it comes to outside dining, there’s nothing quite as clever as an outdoor kitchen. If you have the space, and you live in the South — where the sun shines most days — an outside kitchen is worth the investment.

“Almost without exception, every custom home or remodel we work on today, the owner or builder either includes or plans for a future outdoor kitchen; at a minimum, [he plans for] a nice outdoor living space,” says Mike Davis, President of Capital Distributing.

In agreement with Davis, here are a few things to consider before building an outdoor living space:

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Pirch's Sourcing Saturday Class was an interactive full-house and full table!

Pirch’s Sourcing Saturday Class was an interactive full-house and full table

Renovating your home presents a million decisions. A bunch of them are in the kitchen. Installing a showpiece kitchen is made more difficult because independent appliance ratings at the upper end are spotty at best. Manufacturers aren’t necessarily hiding anything, but something that sells millions of units will always be reviewed more than something that only sells a few thousand.

It’s also a bit of a shot in the dark selecting appliance features when you’re not sure how they work and so whether you’d actually use them. Enter the smart showroom that offers tasty demonstrations to prospective buyers to give you a hands-on feel for each piece in your new kitchen.

Of course, we all know that you can find just about everything for your luxury kitchen at Capital Distributing’s Stemmons Freeway showroom, but today we’re branching out a bit. In the past few weeks, I have visited Pirch in NorthPark Center, Miele in the Design District, and Sub-Zero Wolf in Oaklawn to see how they educate buyers.

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Get your buns in the oven ... a steam oven, that is! Join Bruce Graf at PIRCH to see a demonstration.

A burst of steam makes all the difference in getting the crust on buns from good to golden.

By Diane Feffer
Special Contributor

Steam Ovens have been used as an essential tool in the restaurant industry for over a decade. We took a recent stroll through PIRCH at NorthPark and realized that consumers now have access to steam ovens for home use by Miele, Gaggenau, Wolf, Thermador, and other manufacturers.

If you’ve only equated steam cooking with vegetables; well, think again. According to home remodeler Bruce Graf, a steam oven can do anything a conventional or microwave oven can do with the exception of making popcorn and heating water.

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Sure, this CDA oven is cute, but is an oven ensconced in pink leather with a heart-shaped window a little too personal?

Flippers and developers use what’s worked successfully in the past. People who renovate their own homes love looking for new cool things. If you’re like me, using the same item twice is almost lazy. The only pieces I’ve used before in my latest renovation are a Bosch dishwasher (they’re just good) and a Grohe Ladylux kitchen faucet (For the record, no, I don’t feel like a lady – lux or otherwise – when I use it).

There are always new cool things to use and live with. Sometimes we renovators see new things that leave us scratching our heads. Sometimes those scratches turn to “Eureka!” and sometimes to “What the *#%*?”

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Every year, Capital Distributing does the appliance store equivalent of cleaning out the closets. Only this time you can score Miele, Gaggenau, Viking, Sub Zero, and more at yard sale prices. Located at Capital’s Clearance center on John Carpenter Freeway (Highway 183), the sale will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday only. There are no holds, everything is sold as is, and you must pick up within 72 hours.

Even if we’re not necessarily in the market for a Wolf range, a new super-quiet Bosch dishwasher, or a sexy new vent hood, or a washer and dryer that does pretty much everything except fold and put away, we have to look! These are all either uncrated, returned, discontinued, or floor-model appliances that will knock your socks off.

Go ahead and treat yo’ self! What are you planning to get at this luxury appliance mega-sale?

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Congratulations are in order for luxury appliance showroom Capital Distributing, as the go-to spot for high-end kitchen brands such as Miele, Gaggenau, Wolf, Thermador, Subzero, La Cornue, and Viking has won “Best Appliances” from the Dallas chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers for the third year in a row.

This family-owned business has been doing upscale kitchens right since 1973, and their showroom off of Stemmons is a wonderful spot to discover the perfect range, ovens, and even laundry system for your home. You can even try before you buy in their amazing kitchen demonstration areas. It’s no surprised that the design community loves this brand, as it’s easy to picture these luxury appliances in a variety of custom kitchens.

“We are proud to be recognized by the design community and appreciate that they voted for our company,” said Michael Davis, president of Capital Distributing. “We must continue to work hard at being the best appliance company in our marketplace.”

Enjoy being top banana for the third year in a row, Capital Distributing!

It's spring! Break out the tasty cocktails!

It’s spring! Break out the tasty cocktails!

Capital Distributing invites you to “Step into Spring” next Tuesday, April 29, for its SubZero/Wolf happy hour. The fun and flavors let loose at 4 p.m. at the Stemmons Freeway showroom, where they’ll have delicious drinks and appetizers, as well as a demonstration of some of their amazing kitchen appliances.

Check out some hot steam ovens from Wolf and some of the incredibly cool SubZero freezers and fridges from which Sous Chef Rebecca Osborn will craft tasty treats for those who attend.

Space for this event is limited, so be sure to RSVP by April 27 (that’s Sunday) to reserve your spot. Email jennifer@capitaldistributing.com to sign up!

 

Photo: Capital Distributing

Photo: Capital Distributing

When it comes to outside dining, there’s nothing quite as clever as an outdoor kitchen. If you have the space, and you live in the South — where the sun shines most days — an outside kitchen is worth the investment.

“Almost without exception, every custom home or remodel we work on today, the owner or builder either includes or plans for a future outdoor kitchen; at a minimum, [he plans for] a nice outdoor living space,” says Mike Davis, President of Capital Distributing.

In agreement with Davis, here are a few things to consider before building an outdoor living space:

(more…)