All posts tagged: Kitchen

Wedding Florals Q&A with Putnam & Putnam

Wedding flowers are no longer your parents’ wedding flowers. With the growth of the ‘gram, and the modernization of weddings, brides and grooms-to-be are getting unlimited inspiration for their wedding florals. But why should wedding flowers end at the reception? We partnered with Mike and Darroch Putnam of Putnam & Putnam to take wedding themes (rustic, black tie, and boho) to your dining room table. Afterwards, we sat down with Darroch to talk what’s trending in florals. Check out what he has to say about an industry that’s very much in bloom! 1. First and foremost, how’d you two meet and find yourself making these amazing flower arrangements together? Michael and I met just about ten years ago while studying in college in Southern California. We moved to New York shortly thereafter to pursue careers in Interior Design and Photography. After a few years in the industry Michael, a bit restless with long days at a desk, began shopping for flowers at farmers markets and the 28th Street flower market on weekends. He’d create arrangements …

5 Kitchen Tools Real Chefs Register For

Back at our Los Angeles Zola Townhouse, we had the pleasure of working with Pace Webb, executive chef and owner of Taste of Pace, her catering company. She’s one of the most sought-after chefs on the LA food scene and after she cooked for our events, we could see why. She makes the type of food that is so pretty, but you’re not-at-all scared to eat it because you know it will be insanely delicious. And it was! Then we started chatting with her and we became full-fledged fans. We asked our new friend to tell us what real chefs like herself would register for. Here are her top five kitchen must-haves. Signature Round Dutch Oven, Le Creuset Flame, 5.5 quart “A right of passage for any adult—chef or not—is to own their very own Le Creuset piece! The Dutch Oven is an absolute staple of any kitchen and can last for generations. This all-purpose cookware is perfect for creating stews, cooking vegetables or grains, and one-pot meals. I love to braise meat in my Dutch …

Best Wedding Gifts of the Spring: Zola Couples’ Favorites

Looking for registry inspiration? Don’t miss out on the best wedding gifts of the spring. Browse through our best sellers list to see what other Zola couples love right now. 1 | SCHOTT ZWIESEL Pure Champagne Flute, Set of 6 Can’t wait to entertain in your new home? These champagne flutes are a must-have for those couples that love to serve a little bubbly at their get-togethers. 2 | OLD DUTCH Footed Colander Proof that a strainer does not have to be bland. Here’s a kitchen essential that is equal parts beauty and function. 3 | BREVILLE Mini Smart Toaster Oven This sleek looking mini oven is perfect for smaller kitchens. With the power of a conventional oven, you will be able to cook full meals for two in cozy spaces. 4 | VILLEROY & BOCH Artesano Original Dip Bowl Need another reason to start planning your first dinner party as a married duo? This dip bowl is a simple yet sophisticated piece that works perfectly next to cheese boards and vegetable platters. 5 | LE CREUSET Rectangular Baking …

Beginner’s Guide To: Casual Dinnerware

One of the most common categories you’ll see on just about every wedding registry is dinnerware. Although a basic necessity, choosing what type of dinnerware and how many settings to register for can be overwhelming. Let’s break down this everyday must-have with today’s Beginner’s Guide. What is it? You know the basic answer to this question – it’s the plates and cups you use to eat your meals. But do you know exactly what items comprise a set? An everyday dinnerware set consists of 4-5 pieces, including a dinner plate, salad plate, soup bowl, and cup/saucer or mug. Another characteristic of casual dinnerware is that the design is versatile enough to use everyday. How many should I register for? The general rule of thumb is to have 8-12 settings worth of casual dinnerware to allow for a group of guests (as well as the occasional broken plate or glass). Remember, 8-12 settings means 32-72 pieces. So when you see a 16-piece set, you’ll need to register for 2-3 sets. If you’re starting from scratch, we recommend registering for …

Getting Started with Cookware

From skillets to pressure cookers to tagines, the cookware arena can be an intimidating one to master. Luckily our experts have broken down these cooking essentials with simple explanations (and photos!) to help you figure out exactly what you need to register for. Below are just a few of your cookware needs. Find our entire Buying Guide here. Skillet & Frying Pan Skillets are shallow to moderately deep with gently curved sides and long handles. Their shape is ideal for frying and searing. Tip: Use a non-stick pan when cooking delicate foods, such as omelettes and croquettes, but choose a traditional finish for browning and deglazing.   All-Clad Tri-Ply Fry Pan with Lid | Nordic Ware Restaurant Skillet Saute Pan Saute pans are shallow to moderately deep with tall, vertical sides. They typically feature a long handle, tight-fitting lid and are ideal for simmering, sauteing, browning, braising and cooking food quickly while using less fat than frying.   All-Clad Tri-Ply Saute Pan with Lid | Mauviel M’150S Saute Pan with Lid Sauce Pan Saucepans are moderately …

Beginner’s Guide To: Food Processors

With healthy food choices on the mind for the new year, a quality food processor will seriously come in handy. But how do you decide among the overwhelming options? We’ve broken down this must-have appliance to help you figure out if you need a food processor, and if so, which one is right for you. What is it? First things first, what is a food processor? A food processor is used for chopping, mixing or pureeing soft and hard foods. What can I make with it? The great thing about food processors is that they can be used to make a whole slew of recipes in variety of categories. Pureeing soups & sauces and preparing salsas, pestos & dips are some of the most common uses. This multi-tasking kitchen tool is also great for making pasta dough, grinding meat, making nut butters, or even grinding your own whole grains into flour. You you can even make healthy smoothies and juices. It’s a truly versatile tool. I need this if… At-home cooks who love entertaining and experimenting in the kitchen are the ideal candidate for the food processor. …

The 5 Knives Every Kitchen Needs

From chef’s knives to shears, cutlery can be an intimidating category. With cutlery blocks of up to 17 pieces or more, how do you decide which knives you’ll actually use? With help from Zola’s experts, we took our Wüsthof knives for a test spin and rounded up the top five knives every kitchen needs. 1. Paring A paring knife is a small, thin knife known for fine cuts and easy maneuvering. You’ll use it for peeling fruits & vegetables. Think prepping your potatoes for some yummy mash. Try this: 2. Chef Chef’s knives are essential all-purpose knives that can be used for dicing, chopping, mincing or any everyday kitchen task. Basically, this is a must-have anytime you’re whipping something up. Try this: 3. Utility A utility knife is a cross between a paring and a chef’s knife. It’s perfect for any task that is not delicate enough to require a paring knife but may be too delicate for a chef’s knife. Tip: It can also be used as an an all-purpose knife for beginners. Try this: 4. Shears Kitchen shears (a.k.a. scissors) have …