This post originally appeared on July 23, 2019, in “Add to Cart” — the weekly newsletter for people who love shopping (almost) as much as they love eating. Subscribe now.
Ever since Holly Golightly wandered by the windows of Tiffany & Co. with a pastry and coffee in her hands, eating while shopping has been a timeless activity. It’s how I normally spend my Sundays, wandering around gripping a smoothie while I pop in and out of stores and buy approximately nothing.
This Saturday, the whole Eater team will do the same at the Young Guns Summit, where we’ll have a “marketplace” set up for perusing between eating, listening to speakers like Alison Roman and Amy Sedaris, food workshops, cocktail making, and more eating.
The marketplace is tightly curated (no, really!!!), so there will be stuff like kitchen tools and pantry items from a small selection of brands, including:
- Burlap & Barrel, a spice company that sources from smallholder farmers
- Chubo Knives, maker of sleek Japanese knives
- Great Jones, the colorful cookware darling of the cool-startup world
- Shaquanda Will Feed You, a Brooklyn-based line of hot sauces
- Tilit NYC, a popular purveyor of kitchen aprons and those ubiquitous jumpsuits
So if you’re coming on Saturday, get ready to shop. And even if you’re not, check out those brands and the rest of the companies featured in the marketplace — I think it’s a really good list.
Things to buy
- There are lots of pretty dishes and other dining items on sale at West Elm right now, including these rose gold cheese spreaders – a handy knife size not only for cheese but also for jams. (You are serving jam with your cheese plates, right?)
- If you’re into bright stuff (I personally am far too afraid of anything not black, beige, or army green), the yellow kitchen chairs from the Hollywood Reporter’s “Peak Food TV” cover last week are available at Ikea.
- Can’t find mangosteens in the closest Whole Foods or supermarket? Try Etsy.
Things to know
- Food52 rolled out its own line of kitchen products, Five Two, back in the fall of 2018, with an emphasis on deep crowd-sourcing and community feedback. The first product was a double-sided wooden cutting board; the latest is the silicone oven mitts and pot holder set, created “with the help of 25,000 smart community opinions.”
- Who knew there were so many different kinds of swizzle sticks (and people who collect them)?
- Another day, another company getting in on the faux meat game: Starting in August, Blue Apron will put recipes using Beyond Meat on its menus. (Whether the buzzy addition will do much to save the struggling meal kit brand is another story.)
- The only food critic I need is Mindy Kaling reviewing pints of ice cream.
- As if Macy’s didn’t already have enough problems, these plates are so, so bad.
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