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Nine kitchen products to help you entertain
By Ellen Sturm Niz
August 20, 2010

When a kitchen needs to serve as the hostess with the mostess, these products can make it the perfect space for entertaining guests.

[1] Glastender Cocktail Station
Glastender, Inc., a manufacturer of commercial bar and food service equipment, has entered the residential market with its new line of products especially for the home, including built-in cocktail stations, drop-in cocktail stations, finished tops, cocktail carts, lighted bottle rails and stainless bottle rails. Manufactured with the same level of detail as its commercial equipment, the finished top (pictured in jewel finish) features a stainless-steel sink seamlessly welded into the stainless-steel work surface for easy cleaning. The top also has a welded drainboard with a stamped-pan perforated insert to provide air circulation for drying glassware. Condiment cups are conveniently located at the rear of the cocktail ice bin, which is next to a bottle well. For more information, visit www.glastenderhome.com. [2] Tech Lighting and LBL Lighting Railtones
Railtones, a new wireless audio system, mounts to and is powered by Tech Lighting and LBL Lighting’s low-voltage track lighting systems, making it easy to add surround sound to any room. Additionally, the Railtones system snaps into most popular track lighting systems. Users simply connect the wireless speaker directly to their low-voltage track lighting system as they would any track head and then plug the wireless transmitter into almost any audio device, including a computer’s USB port, an iPod/iPhone or MP3 player, receiver, stereo or television. An infrared remote control adjusts the power and volume of each speaker individually. An adapter also allows connecting the wireless speakers to a recessed downlight. The Railtones kit includes two wireless speakers, one wireless transmitter (plus power adaptor/cords) and one remote control with volume control and four preset equalizer options. Additional speakers and a sub-woofer can be purchased separately. For more information, visit www.lbllighting.com or www.techlighting.com. [3] GE Warming Drawer
The GE Profile Warming Drawer keeps food hot until the meal is ready to serve. Available in 27 in. or 30 in., the drawer can accommodate a large casserole and up to three side dishes. A convenient half-rack provides even heat distribution and allows extra space to keep food warm. The hidden temperature control preserves the sleek built-in appearance of the drawer. Settings include low, medium and high, or a proofing mode for bread dough. A humidity control gives the option of crisp foods or maintaining moisture. The drawer can also be used to warm plates. Available in stainless steel or black, the warming drawer can be installed with a matching wall oven or on its own (pictured with GE Profile Advantium and GE Profile Single-Double Wall Oven). For more information, visit www.geappliances.com.
[4] Edgestar KoldFront Built-in Clear Ice Maker
This undercounter built-in ice maker produces up to 44 pounds of clear ice cubes per day. It includes a removable ice bin with 25 pounds of storage and an ice scoop. At a height of 33 1/2 in. and equipped with a front venting system, the KIM450S can be built-in under most counters; however, it also has finished sides for stand-alone installation. A reversible door with curved stainless-steel handle and an adjustable leg-leveling system enhance the installation options. This ice maker runs on a standard household 115V outlet: For more information, visit www.edgestar.com.


[5] Avanti Mini Keg Cooler and Dispenser
This countertop-size beer cooler and dispenser hold all standard 5-liter mini kegs. The unit uses thermoelectric technology and digitally displays the temperature setting. Tapping kit, cleaning kit and CO2 pressure regulator are included. Lightweight for easy portability, the unit can be used indoors or out. For more information, visit www.avantiproducts.com.


[6] Blanco RONIS Entertainment Sink
With its unique round shape and versatile accessories, Blanco’s RONIS sink is perfect for any party prep. This generously sized one-piece sink features Blanco’s MicroEdge technology, which gives the sink a seamless, flushmount look, and includes an accessory tray that floats in the inside rim of the sink, a glass cutting board with non-slip rubber feet, and two round stainless-steel bowls. The integrated accessories rotate in a complete 360-degree circle to allow for limitless preparation options. The integrated cutting board and bowl bridge save counter space during prep work for a party or just for dinner. For more information, visit www.blancoamerica.com. [7] Sub-Zero Wine Refrigerator
The Sub-Zero 427R Wine/Refrigerator unit offers eight shelves of wine storage above with two refrigerated drawers underneath. The two individually controlled wine storage zones hold up to 78 bottles at the perfect temperature and humidity. Roller-glide wire shelves faced with natural cherry wood accommodate standard 750-ml bottles, half-bottles and magnums. Shelves have a three-quarter extension for easy access to all bottles of stored wine with the door at 90 degrees. While mechanical vibration can damage delicate wines and agitate wines’ sediment, the fridge is equipped with compressors that allow wines to rest undisturbed. A display shelf for prized bottles is illuminated with discreet lighting mounted in the control panel. The inclusion of UV-resistant glass keeps out harmful rays. The unit’s integrated design accepts custom wood or stainless-steel door panels. For more information, visit www.subzero.com. [8] Amana Quick Tap Entertainment Refrigerator
The Quick Tap entertainment refrigerator allows consumers to easily entertain guests, with a beverage reservoir (made with BPA-free, non-toxic plastic) that holds and dispenses 3 liters of beverages, such as mixed drinks, juices and margaritas. Easily removable for cleaning and refilling, the reservoir is connected through the refrigerator door to a self-service dispenser, allowing guests easy access to their favorite party drinks. The Quick Tap comes equipped with a wine rack within the refrigerator cavity that can hold up to five bottles and contains a child lockout feature on the dispenser so it’s easy to keep under-age drinkers from helping themselves. The refrigerator also has 17.6 cu. ft. of storage space and is available in red or silver. For more information, visit www.amana.com. [9] Viking Range with Grill and Griddle
This 48-in. professional-style custom series range from Viking features four burners, a grill and a griddle, perfect for making any meal for guests. The dual-fuel, self-cleaning range offers burner settings ranging from the delicate VariSimmer setting to 15,000 Btu. The Pro Sealed Burner System delivers precision control of all burners. The range is available in myriad standard and festive colors. For more information, visit www.vikingrange.com.
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