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While attending EuroCucina, the International Kitchen Furniture Exhibition, in Milan, Italy, BLANCO Design Council members had the unique opportunity to dine at Don Carlos which boasts some of the best cuisine in Italy.

According to Dining City, it is one of the most exclusive restaurants in Milan and merges high level gastronomy, refined service and an incredible atmosphere. In the wine cellar, which houses about 200 labels, are the remains of an ancient Roman wall dating back to 250 AD.

Chef Mauro Moia shared with us some of his tips and secrets for creating the tasting menu he served BLANCO’s Design Council in Milan. Tasting menus consist of many small plates or courses that always leave you wanting more. It’s an exciting way to try new foods and to entertain friends. Just in time for holiday gatherings, here are just a few from the menu to try at home:

Course 1: Scallops, tomato sauce tarragon and crispy bacon

Tips: Sauté scallops; make warm, thick tomato sauce with bread, garlic and basil; add tarragon leaves boiled and mixed with oil salt and pepper.

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Course 2: Roasted octopus, corn sauce and capers

Tips: Cut pre-boiled octopus in three pieces; roast it; mix the corn sauce with an addition of water and make it warm. Cut the capers.

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Course 3: Tatin of onions caramelized, basil ice cream and Caprino soft cheese

 Tips: Red onion julienne cut; braised with butter, red vinegar, red wine and sugar; maintained the preparation above the thin dough and put in the oven for 15 minutes; served with basil ice cream made with olive oil, parmesan and nuts.

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Course 4: Linguine with pistachio pesto and tiger prawns

Tips: Boil linguine; place the heads of the prawns with garlic in a pan and, reduce all; add linguine, add pistachio, pesto and a crumble of fresh pistachio.

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Guest Post By: Andie Day, BLANCO Design Council Member

Approximately 300 people attended the event

Approximately 300 people attended the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Gala event including, C.I.O of St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Robert Machian as well as the Chairman of Angels Baseball, Dennis Kuhl

My family and I are remarkably fortunate. My three adult children have never encountered the life threatening health issues faced by those in the care of St. Jude Children’s Hospital (SJCH). Sure, we’ve made many trips to the ER for stitches, broken bones and the like over the past 30 years, however, the prognosis was positive each and every time. With my youngest graduating from college in May I decided the time was right to show appreciation for being blessed with every mom’s greatest wish: good health for her children. I joined a local SJCH fundraising later that month and have been working with the committee to produce a meaningful gala in October.

Celebrity Lisa Rinna was the guest host, also in attendance was her husband, actor Harry Hamlin

Celebrity Lisa Rinna was the guest host

Learning that It costs nearly $2MM daily to keep SJCH’s life-saving operations in motion has made it easier to ask for support from industry friends. As a newbie to this arena, I have to admit that my first call was to BLANCO to ask for their support by donating products to help raise money for this cause. For me, as well as many of my colleagues, BLANCO is much more than one of the largest manufacturers of luxury sinks and faucets. Throughout the years, BLANCO has proven how much they truly care about people through their strong support of the design community. From my perspective, BLANCO is deeply concerned with what captivates the attention of the consumer, the design community and its own team. There’s a reason why over 50% of their employees have proudly remained with the company for 10 years or more. This interest translates into superior product innovation, trade support and worthwhile causes.

With the encouragement and backing of BLANCO and many other brands, the gala was a tremendous success. The community worked together and because of their exceptional efforts revenue for this event increased by 31% over the previous year.

On behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, we would like to thank you for your donation of products to the OC Gala auction. Your generous support of our organization has helped to save lives.

How to Save a Child

  1. Volunteer/Support: You can make such a difference. Contact St. Jude in your community http://www.stjude.org/volunteers
  2. Get your family and friends involved in an event
  3. Donate Now: https://shop.stjude.org/GiftCatalog/donation.do?cID=14262&pID=24671
  4. Donate Monthly:    https://shop.stjude.org/GiftCatalog/donation.do?cID=14262&pID=24671&frequency_selected=1&sc_icid=dropdown1
  5. Purchase your holiday gifts at St. Jude and help save a life
JT and Friends, a 40 piece band provided wonderful entertainment for the event.

JT and Friends, a 40 piece band provided wonderful entertainment for the event.

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Photos Courtesy of Evan Dorian. Kaptured Images http://www.kapturedimages.com/

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BLANCO is a 2014 Interior Design Best of Year (BOY) Winner for the beautiful BLANCO ATTIKA™ sink. ATTIKA has been highly recognized this awards season for its distinctive raised architectural rim including: Good Design Award, the “Best of The Best” at the Interior Innovation Award, iF Product Design Award and a Red Dot International Design Award.

BLANCO has been recognized by the design community at the Interior Design BOY awards over the last six years for their innovative products, including MicroEdge™, SOLON, RONIS, CULINA, CRYSTALLINE, MODEX and now ATTIKA. (Four of the seven were BOY Winners.)

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Qualified interior designers and architects selected BOY product design finalists during a two-week period in October via an online vote, and category winners were determined by a jury of leading architects and designers. The competition drew more than 900,000 page views and 60,000 unique visits online. More than 900 people from the design community attended the BOY awards celebration hosted by Interior Design Magazine, on December 4, 2014, at the IAC Building in New York City.

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BLANCO is honored with the prestigious 2014 APEX Award for Publication Excellence for its highly successful BLANCO-by-Design blog.

The award is based on success in graphic design, editorial content and exemplary communications effectiveness in an innovative manner.

This year’s 26th annual awards competition included 2,075 entries in 11 major categories.

“It brings me great pride to be recognized with the 2014 APEX for BLANCO-by-Design,” states Tim Maicher, director of marketing for BLANCO. “The award acknowledges all the hard work and dedication we put into the resourceful blog which is greatly appreciated by designers, builders, bloggers and consumers.”

The influential BLANCO-by-Design blog is a space for ideas to be exchanged and a tool for homeowners and design professionals to share information on the latest product trends, introductions, support tools, design ideas and more. The blog brings a great deal of insight from well-known designers who frequently submit guest posts.

BLANCO’s agency of record is Frank Advertising who has won numerous awards for creative and strategic work on behalf of BLANCO.

It’s that time of year again! The cool fall weather mixes perfectly with mouth-watering recipes for everyone to

enjoy.

Jen Frey, field expeditor at Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly, Inc. shares with readers her favorite fall recipes that are easy to make and fabulously delicious!

Recipe #1- Zucchini Cakes

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  • 1 large zucchini grated, excess water removed  (Note: To do this, after you grate the zucchini, put the grated zucchini into a kitchen towel and squeeze to release the water)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/8 teaspoon
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  1. Combine all ingredients, except olive oil, in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Using a heaping tablespoon from the mixture, form into 8 patties.
  2. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Once heated, add patties and cook until golden brown. About 3-4 minutes per side. Serve.

Tastes great with a dollop of ranch dressing!

Bacon Jam

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Note: You can make this and jar it, or just store it in the fridge. Tastes good on burgers, sandwiches, eggs and more!

  • 12 slices of thick bacon, cut into 1/2 inch slices, cooked until brown (not crispy)
  • 4 tablespoons of bacon grease, reserved from frying up bacon
  • 1 large red onion, diced into 1/4 inch squares (yielded about 2.5 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon mined garlic
  • dash of salt
  • 1/4 cup diced jalapenos (this amount makes it spicy, use less if worried about the temperature)
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (don’t use imitation or artificial syrups)
  • 3/4 cup brewed coffee

Note: Do not cook bacon until it is crispy. You want it to be brown and chewy. This allows the liquids in the recipe a chance to flavor and marinate the bacon.

  1. In a medium size sauté pan, add 2 tablespoons of bacon grease.  Wait until it is hot enough to sauté and add the diced onion and garlic.  Cook until the onions are clear – 8 minutes on medium heat, stirring every once in a while.  If they start to stick to the bottom of the pan, add a bit more grease.
  2. In a medium saucepan, add the vinegar, brown sugar, maple syrup, 2 tablespoons of bacon grease, coffee, jalapenos and bacon.
  3. When the onions and garlic are done, add these to the medium saucepan too.
  4. Bring the jam to a boil and then reduce heat to medium low – the jam should simmer for 45 minutes. Check the jam every 15 minutes and stir once.

Note: You will know it is done because almost all of the liquid is gone when the jam is stirred.

Keep refrigerated!

The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMH-LI) is entering Phase II of Project Design, a renovation initiative that will bring together more than 45 of America’s leading interior designers. We are proud to partner in the project which features BLANCO sinks and faucets inside a stunning Poggenpohl kitchen.

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BLANCO donated the following products for this project that is a respite for families for seriously ill children located in New Hyde Park, NY.

The Phase II renovation included an expanded 1,600 square foot open and universally accessible kitchen space in which multiple families can cook and dine together. The kitchen area was designed and built by Vasi Ypsilantis of Vasi Ypsilantis Design Associates and owner of Poggenpohl Long Island, Margreet Cevasco of Margreet Cevasco Design, along with Mitco Construction.

“Our combination of design and contracting expertise enhances the project’s creativity and functionality since Margreet and I both employ a similar design aesthetic,” states Vasi Ypsilantis. “Teaming up on renovations can be a challenge, but we’ve enjoyed 10 years of successful show house projects, residential renovations and endearing friendship. We both have the same goal – which is to make these dream kitchens and living spaces a reality for parents and families.”
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The new kitchen layout functions to support both cooking, storage and eating anytime during the day or night with multiple integrated appliances for convenience. The kitchen and dining areas include fresh inspirational ideas that can be adapted to any kitchen renovation, such as creating a focal point with a bold accent color on walls or pantry doors, maximizing cooking and storage areas with double islands, expanded pantry space for large families, coffered ceilings and bringing the outside in with the juxtaposition of bold and neutral colors.
About the Ronald McDonald House on Long Island
The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island is the 100th House of over 300 House programs worldwide. Located in New Hyde Park on the campus of theSteven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, the House accommodates families in a warm and supportive environment. For more please visit www.rmhlongisland.org

441591_DIAM_1.75_LOWDIV_CD_WBBLANCO recently introduced the BLANCO DIAMOND 1-3/4 Bowl Low-Divide with a reverse option that allows for the prep area to be on the left or right side. Part of the popular SILGRANIT® II collection, the new DIAMOND 1-3/4 sink with low-divide offers 8 stylish colors and the ability to prep and clean more easily without bumping a divide that is too high.

“We’ve raised the bar on innovation by lowering the divide on the sink, allowing for more flexibility with large items like pots and pans,” states Tim Maicher, Director of Marketing for BLANCO. “Diamonds are forever – and our BLANCO Diamond sink is no exception as our SILGRANIT II surface delivers unsurpassed cleanability backed by industry leading 7 patents!”

The BLANCO DIAMOND comes in eight SILGRANIT II colors options including White, Biscuit, Biscotti, Café Brown, Truffle, Metallic Gray, Cinder and Anthracite. Custom accessories including Stainless Steel Grids and Steel Colander are optional and sold separately.

Details

  • Low-Divide Bowl
  • Bowl depths for both styles are 9/1/2”
  • 80% solid granite
  • Heat resistant up to 536º F
  • Resistant to scratches, stains including all household acids and alkali solutions
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Did you know that according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 5.1 million families in the country live in multi-gen homes?

A recent Metropolis Magazine panel discussion explored the topic of designing kitchens for multi-gen homes. The panel event, “Generation Shift: Designing kitchens for the multi-gen era,” was held at the Poggenpohl Kitchen Design Studio in downtown New York City. The three expert panelists, Paul Makovsky, Editorial Director for Metropolis; Roger Zierman, Showroom Manager and Designer for Poggenpohl as well as Tim Maicher, Director of Marketing and Product Development for BLANCO explored trends, technology, products and design for the multi-generation kitchen.

If you want to learn more about designing for the multi-gen kitchen, watch this short video for nearly 20 clever design ideas including installing integrated toe kick ladders, low divide sinks for better ergonomics, integrated LED drawer lighting, smart handleless design and more. Click on the image below or on this link to connect to the video. 

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Click on image to play video.

We have really enjoyed hosting the #BLANCOSmile Caption Contest featuring the artwork of Instagram artist, Kerstin Hiestermann. We had nearly 600 very creative caption entries and awarded  iPad minis to the winning captions below. The winning caption this final week was:

“Spray it With Flowers” by Louann Wojtalik. Congratulations Louann! Thank you for your creativity. You have won an iPad Mini.

Thank you so much for sharing your creativity. Thank you to Modenus for helping to promote and judge the entries (www.modenus.com) and to Kerstin for her wonderful artwork and inspiration (http://www.spielkkind.de/ and instagram.com/spielkkind).

Winning Caption: It's worth traveling to the ends of the earth to find a little beauty.

Winning Caption for week #1: “It’s worth traveling to the ends of the earth to find a little beauty.”

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Winning Caption for week #2: “When every detail of your home is uniquely you, it just feels right.”

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Winning Caption for week #3: “Blanco…..just the right amount of spice for your kitchen.”

Winning Caption: "Sprinkle some Style into the Kitchen."

Winning Caption for week #4: “Sprinkle some Style into the Kitchen.”

Winning Caption for Week #5: “Full Spray Ahead.”

Winning Caption for Week #5: “Full Spray Ahead.”

Winning Caption for Week #6: “The right accessories always add a little zest to your kitchen.”

Winning Caption for Week #6: “The right accessories always add a little zest to your kitchen.”

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Winning caption week #7: “Spray it With Flowers.”

The winner of ”People’s Choice” award  for the most popular caption was Georgiann D’Angelo with 336 votes across all 7 weeks of the contest. The most popular caption was from week #7: “The Beauty and The Bend.” Congratulations!

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Enter the #BLANCOsmile contest for a chance to win an iPad Mini 

Our contest is entering its final week and almost 500 captions have been entered so far! This is the last week for a chance to win!

The winner of each week will be awarded 1 of 7 iPad Minis and the people’s favorite caption across all 7 weeks will win the 8th iPad Mini.

Write a caption for this week’s image of a BLANCO kitchen faucet below, for a chance to win.

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The winner of our contest for week #6 was Kelly Novak with the caption:

The right accessories always add a little zest to your kitchen.

Congratulations! You have won an iPad Mini.

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Winning Caption for Week #6 was “The right accessories always add a little zest to your kitchen.”

And remember to vote for your favorite captions! We’ll announce the winner of the popular voting on 10/23/14.

Modenus will be helping to judge the winning captions weekly (www.modenus.com).

Also don’t hesitate to head on over to http://www.spielkkind.de/ and instagram.com/spielkkind to check out more of Kerstin Hiestermann’s artwork.

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