NEW YORK, NY, January 30, 2015… Five companies won the winter 2015 edition of the semi-annual Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares Best New Product Awards, with Sagaform®’s Mini Greenhouse Planter recognized as “Best of Market.” Additional winners were recognized for excellence in four categories – cooking, dining, gourmet accessories, and kitchen preparation – and all five honorees qualify to compete for NY NOW’s “Best of HOME” Award, to be determined by online balloting at http://bit.ly/NYNOW_BNP_HOME during the Winter 2015 edition of NY NOW®, the Market for Home + Lifestyle, which runs through Wednesday, February 4, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.In addition to the “Best of Market” distinction, Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares Best New Product Awards were presented in four product-specific categories: cookware (cookware, bakeware and small electrics); dining (tabletop, serveware, bar/wine accessories, picnic/barbecue accessories, cutlery); gourmet accessories (specialty foods, kitchen and dining textiles, cookbooks, storage/containers) and kitchen preparation (kitchen gadgets, chillers, infusers, knives and cutting tools).Winners and finalists in each category were selected by a panel of editors based on innovative design; creative use of materials/construction; and use of new materials/ technology. The winners and finalists of the winter 2015 Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares Best New Product Awards are:BEST OF MARKET: Sagaform® (Marlton, NJ) for its Mini Greenhouse Planter. The glass dome creates a greenhouse effect for growing fresh herbs on the kitchen windowsill.COOKWARE CATEGORY: Winner: French Bull® (New York, NY) for its The Super Cooker, made for gas stoves, hot plates, the oven and microwave. Can resist over 750 degrees Fahrenheit of temperature change. Finalist: Zoku®, LLC (Hoboken, NJ) for its Zoku Iced Coffee Maker. Finalist: Golden Rabbit II (Arlington, VA) for its Shrimp Stock Pot.DINING CATEGORY: Winner: Q Squared NYC (New York, NY) for its Hampton Toile. 100% melamine, BPA-Free, hospitality-grade. Unbreakable and dishwasher safe. Finalist: Caskâta Artisanal Home (Sherborn, MA) for its “Tabletop” plate. Finalist: Mariposa® (Manchester, MA) for its Bamboo Handled Serving Board.GOURMET ACCESSORIES CATEGORY: Winner: Typhoon® Homewares LLC (Westbury, NY) for its Typhoon Teardop Duo Drizzler. Two compartments of handmade glass are ideal for storing oil and vinegar. Bottle has capacities of 250 and 30ml. Finalist: Rosanna™, Inc. (Seattle, WA) for its Buon Gustaio porcelain serving dishes. Finalist: The French Farm (Houston, TX) for its Truffle Honey.KITCHEN PREPARATION CATEGORY: Winner: Savora™ (by Lifetime Brands, Inc) (Garden City, NY) for its Savora Berry Colander made of high-quality stainless steel body with a premium, baked-on finish. Features drainage holes designed in a vortex pattern. Finalist: Talisman Designs LLC (Minneapolis, MN) for its Vivid Salt & Pepper Shakers Finalist: Reo (by Lifetime Brands, Inc) (Garden City, NY) for its Reo Garlic Shredder.“The slate of winners and finalists for the Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares Best New Product Awards represents the leading edge of design and function in each product category,” said Marc Delman, Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares national sales manager. “Our panel of judges took a number of factors into consideration, including product performance and an adaptability to home cooking and entertaining.”The winners automatically compete for the NY NOW “Best of HOME” Award, which will be determined through online voting at http://bit.ly/NYNOW_BNP_HOME. “Peoples’ Choice” balloting runs January 31-February 3, and the winner will be announced on February 4, before the conclusion of the winter 2015 edition of NY NOW.The Best New Product Award judges were: Sharon Franke of Good Housekeeping; Barbara Thau of Gourmet Business; Duke Ratliff of HFN; Laurie O'Halloran of Home Style; Lisa Cowley and Stacey Goldberg of HomeWorld Business/Gourmet Insider; Kate Birch of Tableware International; Amy Stavis of Tableware Today; and Anna Wolfe of The Gourmet Retailer.Presented as part of NY NOW’s HOME Collection, Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares features 350 exhibitors offering high-end resources in cookware, bakeware, kitchen gadgets, kitchen textiles, bar and wine accessories, small electrics, specialty food, cookbooks, storage/containers, and picnic/barbecue accessories. The winter 2015 edition of NY NOW®, the Market for Home + Lifestyle, will run Saturday, January 31, through Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.NY NOW’s comprehensive collections – HOME, LIFESTYLE and HANDMADE, as well as NEW! exhibitors – will encompass 100,000 products in 400+ product categories. Attendees from all 50 U.S. states and more than 80 countries worldwide are expected. Information and registration are available online at www.nynow.com.
###NOTE: Product images and a group award presentation photograph is available upon request. Contact SandyLee@CathySteelAssociates.com to request images.