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!

 

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:

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By Lifestylist® Suzanne Felber

I’ll be the first to admit it, this Lifestylist is very curious, and I’m always in search of the newest, most innovative products and places.

While I was visiting the Thermador headquarters in Irvine, Calif., I was told there was a room full of Bosch appliances that hadn’t been introduced but would probably be shipping early Summer. Of course I had find it and to take a look as well as get photos that I could share with the CandysDirt.com readers.

Bosch has always been at the head of the class for their dishwashers and sleek European design, but these new cooking and refrigeration products are going to give the other brands a lot of catching up to do. These are such hot ideas — I want all of them!

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I wasn’t the only one that was super excited about this frameless induction cooktop — it’s amazing and the grill accessory was a great idea I would use all of the time. Installing ovens horizontally makes so much sense, especially for those of us who are aging in place. Add to that these horizontal swing doors … I think I’m actually speechless.

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Bosch is also known for making the most out of every square inch, and this new 24-inch, built-in refrigeration shows why. This would be ideal in a second home, pool house, or highrise that doesn’t have a lot of space in the kitchen and you want to make the most of it.

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Rumor has it that these appliances will be showing up soon in some of the finer new homes in Dallas and in the Capital Distributing showroom — ask your builder if they have the hottest new products in town in their homes — Bosch, and let them know you discovered them on CandysDirt.com!

Suzanne FelberSuzanne Felber is a design and branding expert who runs the website Lifestylist.com. An Oak Cliff resident and lover of all things design, keep up with Suzanne by following her on twitter.

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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.

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By Lifestylist® Suzanne Felber

I hate my range. Cooking on it is something I do almost every day when I’m home, and every time something cooks unevenly or dinner burns I regret spending a lot of money for something I had no knowledge of.

When I bought the Home Idea Factory, it truly was an old factory in Oak Cliff that was being used as a live/work space, but the previous owners spent money on the work side and neglected the live side. That worked out for me (I would have gutted it anyway), but the range that came with it was dangerous and had to be replaced right away.

I went to a national store that I had bought appliances from in the past and let the salesperson talk me into a really pretty new model with lots of fancy knobs and features, but after I got it home and cooked on it I discovered “pretty” didn’t translate to “function.” Even though I bought the extended warranty, the convection oven has never cooked evenly — in fact their warranty department told me that convection isn’t supposed to be an even heat. What? I’ve still got this albatross, and now that the convection function doesn’t even work I’m saving my money to buy my dream machine.

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Last week I was invited to visit the Thermador showroom in Irvine, Calif., with a group of esteemed kitchen specialists from all over the country. I wanted to not only learn more about the Thermador advantage, but to also use their appliances so I could really understand the difference. After we talked, played, and “looked under the hood,” we shared what we thought with the Thermador team, which was flown in from all over the world to hear our thoughts.

Thermador was founded in 1916 and they aren’t just another pretty face — every detail contributes to helping consumers create the perfect meal for ourselves, our guests, and our families. Getting to help cook a meal in their beautiful kitchen was such a delight, and yes, the food tasted as good as it looks. They also have Chef Kyle there, who cooked for us all day long to demonstrate how the different products work. The results were so good they might have me either considering a move to California, or talking Chef Kyle into coming back to Texas with me!

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I pretty much winged my contribution to our group meal — I made dessert, which was crepes covered with fresh bananas and a brown sugar sauce. No recipe, just making it up as I went but it worked. The signature Thermador star burners helped me to cook the crepes perfectly and the simmer feature helped keep the sauce at just the right temperature without burning or turning it into a crystalized mess. When I got home I decided to spend some time perfecting the recipe which I have now named “Mardi Gras Banana Crepes” which can be found on my Lifestylist® website.

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Trying to replicate the dish on my pretty but perplexing range as compared to cooking it on the Thermador Pro Grand Steam range made it very obvious that you get what you pay for. There’s no doubt about it after this exercise, my next range will be a Thermador. Replacing my current appliances with a dependable, luxury brand like Thermador makes financial sense as well as practical sense. One of the biggest selling features in a home is the kitchen, and a luxury appliance manufacturer shared with me that they have seen an average of a 4 percent increase in value if you have well-known luxury brands in your kitchen when you are ready to sell your home. Any good inspector would not approve my current range to a seller, and by replacing it now I get to enjoy my new appliances until I do decide to sell my home.

The Dallas Sur la Table store has Thermador appliances in their cooking school, and Capital Distributing now has two working Thermador kitchens in their showroom. Before you decide which appliance you want to upgrade to in your kitchen, find a place where you can actually cook on them and see how they perform. It will be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make in your home-buying and remodeling decisions.

Suzanne FelberSuzanne Felber is a design and branding expert who runs the website Lifestylist.com. An Oak Cliff resident and lover of all things design, keep up with Suzanne by following her on twitter.

Miele OvensCapital Distributing is North Texas’ first choice for all of the high-end appliance brands you can imagine, but if you’ve ever wanted a try-before-you-buy experience, then head to tomorrow’s Miele lunch and learn.

The event, hosted by Capital Distributing, combines delicious bites with hands-on demonstrations of Miele’s top-of-the-line appliances. There are four spots open for tomorrow’s event, which starts promptly at noon at the Capital Distributing showroom at 2910 N. Stemmons Freeway.

You can reserve your spot by emailing jennifer@capitaldistributing.com.

ASID 2013 Best Appliances AwardCapital Distributing is one of my favorite places in Dallas to shop. I have known the place and people behind it ever since their very first store over on Hi Line Drive many, many moons ago. It’s been family owned and operated for 39 years! I’m nuts about them not just because you see them here around CandyLand, I love them for always having exactly what the Doctor orders when it comes to great appliances or really, just about anything for the home.

I even buy my laundry detergent there.

Comes word from Mike Davis that Capital has won — yet again — ASID’s Best Appliances Award in the Designer’s Choice Awards. Details are forthcoming, but we are very excited… and also, kind of saying “we told you so!”