NEW YORK, NY, August 14, 2015… Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares Best New Product Awards were awarded today to five exhibitors at NY NOW®, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift, with Typhoon® Homewares’ Typhoon Skandi Cast Iron Casserole 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 bit.ly/NYNOW_HOME. The Summer 2015 edition of NY NOW®, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift, runs through Wednesday, August 19, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.“The slate of winners and finalists for the Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares Best New Product Awards represents exciting new advances in design and utility,” said Marc Delman, Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares sales manager. “This suite of exceptional products points to the incredible diversity in form and function showcased by NY NOW exhibitors.”Winners and finalists of the summer 2015 Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares Best New Product Awards are:BEST OF MARKET: Typhoon® Homewares (New York, NY) for its Typhoon Skandi Cast Iron Casserole, a pre-seasoned cast iron casserole with porcelain lid. It has a 2qt capacity and an elegantly curved body for superb heat retention, which makes it efficient and economical for cooking. COOKWARE:Winner: Zojirushi America Corporation (Torrance, CA) for its Fresh Brew Plus Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker EC-YSC100, which brews coffee at an optimal 200°F for superior flavor extraction. Vacuum insulated stainless steel carafe keeps coffee hot for hours without the “burnt” flavor.Finalist: Arbiter (Saint Louis, MO) for its La Gabbianella Chicken Roaster.Finalist: Gien (Rouen, France) for its Sologne Rectangular Large Baker. DINING:Winner: IPPINKA (Toronto, Canada) for its Grab Opener, a bottle opener that is functionally designed to allow the user to grab and open bottled beverages in one quick action and with one hand. It features a rare-earth magnet which holds the bottle cap in place and keeps it unbent while opening the bottle, and which keeps it on a refrigerator door for easy access..Finalist: Picnic at Ascot (Hawthorne, CA) for its Diamond Picnic Cooler for 4 –Wheeled.Finalist: Mepra S.p.A (New York, NY) for its Due Flatware Rainbow Finish. GOURMET ACCESSORIES:Winner: AvoSeedo LLC (Frankfurt, Germany) for its AvoSeedo, a small plastic bowl featuring an indentation with a hole through which a single avocado seed can be placed in a sufficiently large, water-filled pot for germination.Finalist: ADK® Packworks (Vergennes, VT) for its Floral Market Basket.Finalist: Rolser (Pedreguer,Spain) for its COM MF 8 Shopping Cart. KITCHEN PREPARATION:Winner: Coltellerie Berti for MATCH (Jersey City, NJ) for its Nocciola Knife, with one side of the blade made to slice a fresh piece of bread; and the other side made for spreading.Finalist: Lifetime Brands, Inc (Garden City, NY) for its Reo Standing Basting Brush.Finalist: IPPINKA (Toronto, Canada) for its Abeego Food Sheets. Winners next compete for the NY NOW “Best of HOME” Award, which will be determined through online voting at bit.ly/NYNOW_HOME. “Peoples’ Choice” balloting runs August 15-18, and the winner will be announced on August 19, before the conclusion of the summer 2015 edition of NY NOW.The judges for the Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares Best New Product Awards were: Sharon Franke of Good Housekeeping; Stacey Goldberg of Gourmet Insider; Laurie O'Halloran of Home Style; Lisa Cowley of HomeWorld Business; Alison Zisko of HFN; Amy Stavis of Tableware Today; and Anna Wolfe of The Gourmet Retailer. Criteria for selection includes innovative design, product solution, aesthetic appeal, creativity and new material or technologyAll exhibitors presenting new products in the Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares section of NY NOW’s HOME collection are eligible for the awards. 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 summer 2015 edition of NY NOW, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift, will run Saturday, August 15, through Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. NY NOW’s three comprehensive collections – HOME, LIFESTYLE and HANDMADE, as well as NEW! exhibitors – encompass 100,000 products in myriad product categories. Attendees from all 50 states and around the world are expected. Information and registration is available online at www.nynow.com.
###NOTE: Product and award presentation photos are available upon request to SandyLee@CathySteelAssociates.com