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Meyer Debuts Anolon Vesta Cast Iron and Stoneware in New Umber

Anolon Vesta image for webFollowing the success of Anolon® Advanced™ Umber, a rich brown hue offered in Anolon hard anodized cookware, Umber is the newest color addition to Anolon Vesta™ Cast Iron cookware and Anolon Vesta Stoneware. The new Umber color in Vesta Cast Iron and Vesta™ Stoneware will be available at retail nationwide in June 2017.

Anolon Vesta Cast Iron cookware merges cast iron’s superior durability and heat retention with distinctive stovetop-to-oven-to-table style and performance. The nonreactive, matte black enamel cooking surface resists stains and does not require seasoning, while the beautiful porcelain enamel exterior – now offered in rich, warm Umber – is both easy to clean and beautiful to display. The self-basting lid features a nubbed-interior for natural redistribution of flavorful cooking liquid back into the pot for continuous self-basting properties. The lid also features an elegant and generously proportioned stainless steel handle large enough to fit an oven mitt. Similarly, side handles are styled with a wide flare to make them easier to hold. For the ultimate in versatility and convenience, each item in the collection is suitable for all ranges, including induction cooktops, and is oven safe to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Anolon Vesta Cast Iron cookware in new Umber is offered in a 10-inch Skillet; 12-inch Skillet; 4 Quart Oval Dutch Oven; 5 Quart Covered Braiser; 5 Quart Round Covered Dutch Oven and 7 Quart Round Covered Dutch Oven. Other colors offered in Anolon Vesta Cast Iron include Paprika Red and Cobalt Blue.

Complementing Anolon’s cast iron cookware is the elegantly styled Anolon Vesta Stoneware collection of durable oven-to-table bakers, casseroles, ramekins, and more. Made of non-reactive and stain-resistant stoneware with a rich glaze in solid hues, each item features sturdy flared side handles for easy lifting and carrying from the oven or cook top to the table. All items are dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe, and oven safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Anolon Vesta Stoneware is available in new Umber as well as Paprika Red, Pumpkin Orange and Cobalt Blue.

Lodge Celebrates Successful Succession

Lodge®, America’s Original Cookware Company, promoted Henry Lodge to CEO in mid-2016. Henry Lodge previously served as company COO-President, beginning in 2001. Henry Lodge succeeds Robert (Bob) F. Kellermann, who has served as the company’s Chairman-CEO since 2001.

Kellermann, president of the company from 1984 to 2001, is Lodge CEO Emeritus until his retirement in December 2017. Henry Lodge will retire at the end of 2019. Upon Henry Lodge’s retirement, the company will have its first ever non Lodge-Kellermann family members in senior management positions.

Through the years Henry Lodge and Bob Kellermann, great-grandsons of company founder Joseph Lodge, led the company through the most successful era in its history. In 2002, Lodge launched foundry seasoned cast iron cookware, Lodge Logic. The product enhancement earned accolades throughout the housewares industry, with Lodge Logic receiving a Good Housekeeping “Good Buy” Award in 2003. During the remainder of the decade, sales of the U.S. made cast iron cookware reached unprecedented heights, leading to a major foundry expansion (2013-15) and the construction of a new 127,000-square foot foundry and 212,000-square foot distribution center (2016-17). The new foundry will increase production capacity by 75 percent and is expected to be commissioned in late fall of 2017.

In 1991, Henry Lodge, acting as Executive Vice President, set the standard for environmentally sensitive manufacturing, replacing a coke-fired cupola melt system with induction furnaces. The update in technology changed the company’s status from a large quantity generator of hazardous waste to a small quantity generator. Tennessee Governor Ned McWherter, praised the innovation, bestowing Lodge Manufacturing Company with the 1994 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Hazardous Waste Reduction.

Members of the Lodge/Kellermann family have maintained senior leadership positions since Joseph Lodge opened the Blacklock Foundry in 1896. Successive leaders include Richard Leslie Lodge (1931-1949), Charles Richard Kellermann, Jr. (1949-1973) and William Leslie Kellermann (1973-1984).

FINEX Cast Iron Cookware Unveils Ultimate Gift Sets This Holiday Season

FinexJust in time for holiday shopping, FINEX Cast Iron Cookware has curated the must-have cookware sets for everyone on that gift list. The Portland, Oregon-based perfectionists craft heirloom quality cast iron pans with unique design and functional qualities. All cookware sets (and individual pans) are now available at, and select retailers nationwide.

FINEX Essential Kitchen 2-Piece Set ($275)
This set includes cast iron essentials for smaller homes, camping or new cooks just getting started. The FINEX No. 10 Cast Iron Skillet was born for searing hamburgers, golden pancakes or baking cornbread. The FINEX No. 8 Cast Iron Skillet is ideal for browning meats and sauteing vegetable side dishes but also sees plenty of early morning breakfast duty.

FINEX 10″ Grill & Sear 2-Piece Set ($295)
The FINEX 10″ Grill & Sear 2-Piece Set is for perfect grilling and searing indoors and out. The FINEX No. 10 Grill Pan is designed to grill or sear favorite meats and vegetables with wider extra-deep grill ribs patterned after commercial barbecue grates to easily drain rich foods. The FINEX No. 10 Cast Iron Skillet is a great choice for lighter meals, large side dishes and big breakfasts.

FINEX Classic Family 4-Piece Set ($395)
The FINEX Classic Family 4-Piece Set features the best cast iron combination for maximum flexibility and any portion size. The original FINEX No. 10 and No. 12 Cast Iron Skillets have deep walls for hearty portions, making them perfect searing machines for steaks. Matching pre-seasoned FINEX 10″ and 12″ Cast Iron Lids are included for slowly simmering sauces or poaching eggs. The FINEX No. 8 Cast Iron Skillet is the perfect everyday skillet, and the FINEX Laser Cut Cherry Wood Trivet is precision-cut from American Cherry Wood with carefully dip-stained edges and non-slip silicone feet to protect wood surfaces.

FINEX Complete Heirloom 7-Piece Set ($700)
The FINEX Complete Heirloom 7-Piece Set has every size for every possible cast iron creation. The set includes the FINEX No. 10 and No. 12 Cast Iron Skillets, matching pre-seasoned 10-inch and 12-inch cast iron skillet lids, the FINEX No. 8 Cast Iron Skillet, the FINEX No. 10 Grill Pan, and the FINEX Laser Cut Cherry Wood Trivet.

Le Creuset Turns 90

Le Creuset limited-edition 90th Anniversary Original CocotteLe Creuset, the pioneering manufacturer of enameled cast iron cookware, is launching a worldwide celebration of its 90th anniversary. During its nine-decade history, the brand has manufactured over 300 million products for more than 70 countries. To commemorate this milestone, Le Creuset will be releasing a limited-edition replica of its original product, launching an online ‘time capsule’ initiative and hosting celebrations worldwide throughout the month of September.

“For decades, Le Creuset has been at the center of so many family memories. In the kitchen and around the table, our cookware is prized and passed down to the next generation. Every piece – from our classic French ovens to our Moroccan tagines – becomes part of someone’s story, and that’s what we’re celebrating. Ninety years of stories,” said Faye Gooding, CEO, Le Creuset of America.

Nine decades ago, a French enameling specialist and a French casting expert came together to make superior cast iron cookware, coated in a porcelain enamel glaze. The two opened a foundry in Fresnoy-le-Grand, a small town in Northern France, and began producing colorful enameled cast iron—a revolution in a time when cookware was dull and gray. Their first color, in fact, was a bright ‘Flame’ orange inspired by the vibrant tones of molten cast iron. Since then, Le Creuset has grown into a global company offering a full collection of premium cookware, bakeware, kitchen tools, wine tools and kitchen accessories, but the brand’s commitment to handcrafted quality and vibrant color endures today.

As a tribute to this milestone the company will introduce a limited-edition 90th Anniversary Original Cocotte – a specially-designed replica of the very first French oven, or cocotte, Le Creuset produced. Only 1,925 of these cast iron pieces have been made in honor of the company’s founding. Le Creuset aficionados will notice that the original cocotte features many of the design details still found on current Le Creuset cookware – a testament to Le Creuset’s timeless style and craftsmanship.

“It’s no surprise that Le Creuset’s first Flame-colored cocotte came in 1925 – a time when France led the world in reinventing modern cuisine. Le Creuset has always been at the forefront of design and color,” said Paul Van Zuydam, Chairman of Le Creuset. “It’s why cooks around the world feel so passionate about our products. They trust our quality, but they also treasure us for the color and joy Le Creuset helps them create in their kitchens. I am excited to celebrate 90 years of our rich legacy—and even more excited about all the future holds.”

“From the beginning, our founders were committed to designing cookware that lasts for decades. Now, nine decades later, we are delighted to pay tribute to their colorful vision and craftsmanship—and to all the ways Le Creuset cookware has made an impact on people’s lives,” added Van Zuydam.

In addition, the brand will share its 90th anniversary with the world through an online ‘time capsule.’ This interactive anniversary website will invite Le Creuset fans to memorialize their personal experiences with Le Creuset cookware in photos, videos and text tributes. Set to launch with the 90th Anniversary Cocotte release, the website will provide an ever-changing portrait of what of Le Creuset means in the lives of cooks around the world. In addition to the website, Le Creuset divisions in different countries will commemorate the brand’s 90th anniversary with their own celebrations and initiatives all year. The microsite will launch on 9/1 at

Social Media-Worthy Meal Presentation

Le Creuset Marseille Lifestyle 3There are dishes you simply serve and then there are dishes that you post. The food post has become a ubiquitous tenant of the social media accounts of foodies across the world. A quick scroll through any Facebook, Twitter or Instagram feed will quickly produce a shot of somebody’s food, either home cooked or served in a restaurant. Sometimes the food looks great, sometimes it looks like it would be best left unposted.

But it really does not take a wealth of food knowledge to produce a meal worthy of social media sharing. The right oven-to-table piece can do most of the work and elevate a basic potato dish to one that looks primed for Facebook.

Le Creuset Marseille Lifestyle 2Le Creuset is, of course, no stranger to beautiful meal presentation. A quick search for #lecreuset on Instagram results in over 100,000 images. A simple picture of an espresso cup packed with scoops of vanilla ice cream on a saucer posted by a reality television star earned 320 likes. Even recipes in the midst of cooking or about to go in the oven look tempting when combined with all the many colors of Le Creuset.

The recent re-introduction of Le Creuset’s blue Marseille color just begs to be shared on social media. The bold and vibrant color is inspired by the port city of Marseille in southern France and brings to mind the sea and sky. Pieces from all categories throughout Le Creuset can be found in this new color, including cast iron, stoneware, tools and accessories, stockpots and teakettles. The new shade of matte amethyst is another nice option for instantly sprucing up a mealtime photo.

Emile Henry Chicken baker 3Emile Henry introduced oven-to-table pieces this year that also do most of the work towards making a splash on the dinner table and on social media. The new Emile Henry Chicken Baker raises the bar on the aesthetic of presentation and, combined with the cooking performance of the baker, makes leaving a memorable impression a snap. The baker has a 3.2-quart capacity and features a domed lid that is shaped to fit close to the food so as to diffuse heat and eliminate the need for basting because it causes the steam to circulate around the ingredients. The baker can also be used for any type of meat and has ridges on the bottom to prevent the meat from soaking in its juices. The Chicken Baker is dishwasher, microwave, oven, and freezer safe and is available in burgundy or charcoal colors.

Emile Henry PotatoPotCounterThe Emile Henry Potato Pot is designed for cooking vegetables and potatoes at low temperature on the stovetop or in the oven. The two-piece design of this unique pot enables a style of traditional French cooking with no water or oil. Simply stack the potatoes or vegetables in the pot along with seasonings, put on the top, and place it on the stove or in the oven to cook. When used on the stove, the pot should be flipped every 15 minutes so that the heat diffuses evenly through the vegetables. The two pieces of the Potato Pot are identical, so that either side can go directly on the burner. Since there is no need to use water or oil, the result is a more flavorful potato that cooks in 30 to 40 minutes. The Potato Pot is available in burgundy or charcoal colors.

Emile Henry New ClassicsAlso new from Emile Henry this year, Modern Classics is the French brand’s range of cookware and bakeware designed from the ground up to attract the American consumer while preserving the design elements and the performance properties of Emile Henry. The shapes, capacities, and dimensions were developed with an eye toward American foods, style and recipes. There are five new colors and eight original shapes to start. The colors are spirited and vivacious tones of primary yellow, green, blue, red, and white that would make for a fabulous share on any social media platform.

Mauviel_Valerie_003Mauviel, beautiful in its copper simplicity, is always a sure way to make a lasting impression, in person or online. Any of Mauviel’s paella pans would make for a delightful presentation, like the M’elite Stainless Steel Paella Pan pictured here. The hand polished and hammered exterior makes just as much of a visual impact in stainless steel as do any of Mauviel’s copper cookware. Grand pieces, like the M’tradition Copper Fondue Set, and understated pieces, like the M’cook Mini Rectangular Roasting Pan, are imbued with the Mauviel spirit alike and are equally impactful. A search for #mauviel on Twitter and Instagram brings up as many images of food being cooked as it does images of the cookware proudly displayed in kitchens, hanging from pot racks or neatly stacked on shelves, proving that having the right cookware is half the battle for “Likes.”

Zwilling_12_301716Staub posts come in second after Le Creuset on Instagram, with a search for #staub producing over 46,000 images from people as eager to share their meals as they are to share the Staub mark stamped on the handles of their cookware. A basic chili still on the stove looks mouthwatering in a green Oval Cocotte from Staub. Instagrammers are careful to include the lids too if they are so lucky to have the cocottes topped with a silver knob resembling a chicken, fish, pig, or snail.

The Cast Iron 3-quart Tomato Cocotte is new from Staub this year and is striking enough to cause a social media stir. The cocotte is cherry red and molded after a brandywine tomato with a silver stem branching out from the lid’s center to act as a knob. The Tomato Cocotte was introduced after the success of the Pumpkin Cocotte and is designed to be complementary for the Staub collector. Because the lid completes the look of the tomato, anything served in it is sure to be a Facebook post slam dunk – you don’t even have to show the meal concealed underneath!

This story was originally published in the June 2015 issue of Kitchenware News, a publication of Oser Communications Group.

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