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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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!

Miele's Generation 6000 built-in appliances in their "Pure Line" finish. (Photo: Miele)

Miele’s Generation 6000 built-in appliances in their “Pure Line” finish. (Photo: Miele)

 

You test drive a car before you buy it, so why wouldn’t you want to see a high-tech range top perform before you plan your kitchen around it? That’s why you should head to Capital Distributing tomorrow for a lunch-and-learn event that will show you all of the fabulous things Miele’s new line of appliances can do.

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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!

 

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When it comes to designing a dream kitchen for an expert home cook, the cost can be frightening. Though it’s easy to get carried away in the pages of Architectural Digest and drool over pristine statuary marble countertops, you shouldn’t feel obligated to indulge in every high-end kitchen accessory and appliance. After all, it’s not the kitchen that makes the chef; it’s the chef that makes the kitchen.

Here’s a little guide on where to spend and where to save in your kitchen:

Spend: A good gas range.
What to look for: A range with 6 burners is ideal. Get a range with a convection oven (or double oven) below, that way you can go from stovetop to oven without walking two steps.
Here’s why: I don’t care what anyone says about electric stovetops, gas is the way to go. You can get an instant flame, rather than an electric cooktop which might take a few minutes to get heated. Plus, you never know when you’ll need a flame to blister eggplants for your famous babaganoush. Viking, Thermador, and La Cornue are at the top of my list.

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Save: Go with countertops you can afford.
Here’s why: Countertops are all about cosmetics; if you can’t afford marble or granite go with an alternative such as Formica laminate that still looks good and is easy to clean. Don’t worry about it being scratch resistant. No one uses their granite countertops to chop vegetables without a cutting board anyhow. Go for the more affordable route and get yourself a good cutting board.

Spend: A built-in refrigerator.
What to look for: Dual refrigeration with separate sealed systems to ensure your food tastes fresh. Ample space and shelving is also important. If you often buy bulky items at the grocery store, keep that in mind. A produce drawer — every chef needs one.
Here’s why: In addition to saving space in your kitchen, President of Capital Distributing Michael Davis adds, “Built in refrigerators offer a great high-end look and integrate into your cabinets.”  In a dream world, I’d have a Sub-Zero refrigerator. The brand promises the highest quality to ensure your food will stay preserved.

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Save: Pass on the built-in fryer.
Here’s why: Unless you find yourself making fresh donuts or fries on a daily basis, save on the extra cost. A good chef can go the old-school route by frying in a pot.

Spend: A ventilation hood.
What to look for: A low fan sound level so that you can still hear your guests while you’re cooking. One that can easily fit over your range and that can vent to the outside, to prevent smoke and too much heat inside. Look for a vent with the Home Ventilating Institute label to ensure it’s a good quality and certified system.
Here’s why: Good ventilation is essential when it comes to cooking in the kitchen. The last thing you need is smoke permeating through the house, rather than the smell of your food. “A great ventilation hood or hood enclosure offers a great design expression and serves an important function of removing moisture, odors, and grease,” Davis explains.

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Save: Give up the microwave.
Here’s why: For starters, anything that can zap your food to the point that it’s steaming hot in 2-minutes cannot be good for your health. Nothing ever tastes the same if it has been reheated in a microwave.

Spend: A built-in combi steam oven.
What to look for: An oven that is large enough for your needs — think about what you’ll be steaming. You only need one combi oven, especially if you’ve got double convection under your range.
Here’s why: Use that money you would have used for a microwave and apply it to a combi oven — an oven and steamer, in one appliance. “They can produce a moist cooking environment which produces amazing results and is great for ‘refreshing’ leftovers,” Davis says. In my fantasy world, I’d invest in two Miele Combi-Steam Ovens.

Rachael AbramsRachael Abrams is a personal chef and freelance writer who is obsessed with home decor and practically mainlines Pinterest. Find out more about Rachael and her excellent taste by following her on Twitter.