Tuesday, April 5, 2011

And They Carved Happily Ever After

It's kind of a tradition in our family to give carving sets as wedding presents. I'm not sure how it got started but we all have them, some with fancy sterling silver handles, others with beautiful wooden ones. My Beloved's is a handsome set of Gerber blades with brushed metal handles, presented in a beautiful hardwood case.

My Beloved's nephew will marry a lovely young woman of whom we heartily approve (not that our approval makes any difference but it's always nice when we feel the couple really is just right for each other) at the end of this month, so we went shopping on the internet and discovered a marvelous cutlery shop in the historic shopping district of Petaluma, Kentucky Street.

Sonoma Cutlery. I've never seen such an array of knives in my life, everything from serrated grapefruit cutters to wickedly curved hunting knives to chef's knives of every description. They also carry a nice selection of carving sets and even this honking big bamboo cutting board, complete with a juice moat around the edge. We wanted a set like MB's, but they are no longer made. The sales person couldn't have been nicer or more helpful, either - she knew her stock inside out and she helped us to make a good decision.

If you are looking for a special knife, you couldn't go wrong by visiting Sonoma Cutlery to see what they recommend. They cater to chefs, culinary students and serious cooks, so you will almost certainly find what you need there. They also do an online business, if you aren't lucky enough to be within driving distance of Petaluma.

And, don't worry, the nearlyweds don't read my blog, so I haven't let the cat out of the bag.


Blogger Chilebrown said...

EBay is a wonderful source for knives no longer in production. I need more knives.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011  
Anonymous JANN said...

Petaluma has knifes, a great kitchen store, and lots of fun places to eat. Let's explore again soon.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011  
Blogger namastenancy said...

Gorgeous knives - better than a samurai sword for the serious cook!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

What a nice wedding gift. I have to admit, my Cranky and I buy knives kinda often, because we wreck them. If you get over (if you CAN get over) the idea that a knife is for a lifetime, it feels just fine to replace them.
Love the bamboo board.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011  
Blogger Annie Robertson said...

its such a golden movement wedding life.movement should not come hole life.................

Wednesday, April 06, 2011  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Chilebrown, shoulda checked eBay, but we didn't, so the kids get these instead. Thanks for the tip for the future.

Jann, Okay, I'm with you on that idea!

Nancy, the hardest part was choosing among all the lovely alternatives!

Cookiecrumb, I started out with crummy knives and am replacing them one at a time. If they aren't good knives, I'm happy to replace them.

Annie, you spammin' me? If so, cut it out (so to speak). :-)

Wednesday, April 06, 2011  

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