Some customs have clear logic behind them, while others are more obscure. Waving hello makes sense as a way of getting someone’s attention, but why, for instance, do we shake hands as a greeting? With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching and millions of romantic dinners to be had in its name, many may be wondering why do we toast drinks at special occasions. View Full Article…
Hosting a holiday meal, a gala for clients, or a summer brunch on the deck of a lakeside home can be made all the more sublime with accouterments that highlight your own style. Your personal refinement will be revealed to your guests when you gracefully wand gravy across rich meats with an embossed silver ladle, deftly pour Lady Grey tea into the delicate cups of an ornate tea set, or carry in afternoon mimosas in crystal flutes on a silver serving tray. The serving pieces that make a party or event feel special have never gone out of style.
Arranging your perfect summer dinner party can be quite the task, especially when it comes to setting the table. Fortunately, Fortessa has a beautiful, elegant solution that will help take care of your worries– at least those about your flatware. View Full Article…
Summer means it is time for some relaxing vibes, fun in the sand, and drinks to quench that thirst while under the heat of the summer sun. Aside from sipping coconuts with those cute umbrellas, the summer cocktail scene is the most colorful and refreshing.
This year, what drinks will be making waves as the weather continues to heat up? Here’s a low down on the top predictions for the cocktails that you’ll surely want to serve at your backyard barbecue this season: View Full Article…
On the first Saturday in May, Louisville is besieged with
visitors that have come to witness the most prestigious thoroughbred horse race
in America. From a birds-eye view, Churchill Downs Race Track becomes a moving
flotilla of expressive hats showing a flash of silver cups.
Surrounding a dirt race track are stands full of race
enthusiasts, socializing as they wait to see who is going to become the winner
of the first leg of the Triple Crown trifecta.
This “Run for the Roses” race is full of
traditions that date back to 1875. It has run every year since. Three-year-old
papered thoroughbreds gather to race a mile and a quarter for the most exciting
two minutes in American sports.
Crowds fill the infield singing “My Old Kentucky Home”
by Stephen Foster during the post parade, then toast the winner with the
traditional Mint Julep libation. The late afternoon sun sparkles on the specially
designed silver Mint Julep cups as race traditions are upheld.
If you’re looking for something especially classy, look no further than Fortessa flatware. You’ll find whimsical pieces, like fish forks, espresso spoons and even chopsticks, that competitors simply don’t offer. Another elegant touch is the punched Fortessa logo. Such luxury is more commonly found on high-end European flatware.
Many loyal customers had never heard of Fortessa, which is relatively new on the scene, until they inquired about the silverware in their favorite upscale restaurants.
Since 1875, the Kentucky Derby has enthralled spectators from around the world, making it the oldest continuous sporting event in America. You needn’t have a stake in the outcome or even know much about thoroughbred horse racing to get swept up in the excitement. An appreciation for boozy Southern drinks and outrageous hats will suffice.
The big event is all over in a couple of minutes, so start your celebration early.
To the delight of rich folks all over England, separate courses became a way of dining and showing off in the 1850s. Twenty-four-piece place settings were not uncommon. Even guests who didn’t know any better found it hard to prop their elbows on the table.
Seafood utensils, some of the most misunderstood pieces of flatware, emerged during this time. Most are lovely and unusual, but a few are downright intimidating. Guests often wait nervously until a savvier dinner companion leads the way.