Today’s consumers are sharpening their personal tastes and expectations in a lifestyle-driven food culture. And food trends naturally intersect with gourmet housewares retailing.
Independent kitchenware store operators in a recent GOURMET INSIDER® Roundtable during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market stressed the importance of cultivating a deep knowledge of and responsiveness to fast- evolving food trends. This presents an opportunity to retailers looking to differentiate themselves as experts and tools and techniques needed to prepare, cook and serve new food ideas that can blossom virally into full- blown movements virtually overnight.
The Gourmet Insider Roundtable retail panel in Dallas included David Barrette, Main Street Kitchens in Hanover, NH; Tony Curtis-Wellings, Faraday’s Kitchen Store in Austin, TX; Anne Dowell, Apron Strings in Hutchinson, KS; Coryanne Ettiene, Ettiene Market in McKinney, TX; Pam Gabriel, Sweet Gourmet in Tyler, TX; Karen Hughes, Artichoke in Cincinnati; Brenda Isgott, Kiss The Cook in Wimberley, TX; Mike Suchan, Look What’s Cookin’ in Kearney, NE; and Jodi West, In The Kitchen in Pittsburgh.
Hosted by the Dallas Market Center, the roundtable was sponsored by The Legacy Companies, Heritage Steel/ Hammer Stahl and Linden Sweden and moderated by Emily Cappiello, editor-at-large of Gourmet Insider, who sat down with the panelists to discuss the responsibility of specialty kitchenware merchants to identify and embrace evolving food trends.
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