We had the opportunity to showcase our custom countertops on the new HGTV show Worst to First. The premise is for a couple to purchase a not-so-pretty home on the block and with the help of a specialized team, turn it into the home of their dreams.
West Wind made this butcher block top to be the focal point of the kitchen/living area. It was installed and finished on site with Oli-Natura oil by the hosts.
All eastern maple island tops.
Miku Toronto brings the famous Vancouver-based Aburi flavour to the East Coast. Located on 10 Bay Street near Queens Quay, the 7000 square foot restaurant boasts two private dining rooms, a raw bar and large outdoor dining patio. Including the guest favourite Aburi Oshi Sushi as well as innovative menu items influenced by local ingredients and flavours, the restaurant also boasts an extensive wine, sake, and cocktail list for excellent pairings.
Laminated Guitar by Matt Dolmage
Sold to a customer in Australia the eccentric piece is a solid sapele body with a laminate top of (from centre out) bubinga, cherry, figured sapele, ziricote, purpleheart, western maple, padauk, wenge, flame maple, and mahogany. The pickup rings and cavity cover are sapele, and the neck is (centre-out) bloodwood, eastern maple, walnut, cherry, and more bloodwood, with a purpleheart fretboard and maple interval dots.
From left, Alexander LaPratt, Laurent Kalkotour and Leslie Affre of Beasts & Bottles. Credit: Danny Ghitis for The New York Times – Displayed on West Wind Hardwood’s Custom Charcuterie Board
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Beasts & Bottles (Brooklyn, NY USA) – Visit Website
Equal parts wine bar and rotisserie restaurant, this Brooklyn Heights rookie comes from the team behind Atrium Dumbo, the Provence, France–bred duo of Leslie Affre and Laurent Kalkotour along with Alexander LaPratt. The latter is the borough’s sole master sommelier and 2011’s Best Sommelier in America, as chosen by the American Sommelier Association. He taps into these credentials with a wine list that spotlights smaller French producers and environmentally responsible wines. For the other half of the spot’s focus, Kalkotour fires up three breeds of rotisserie chicken: Crystal Valley cluckers from Indiana, served provençale style with rosemary, thyme and preserved lemons; Sasso chickens from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, slow-roasted and sauced with black truffle jus; and a Goffle Road Poultry Farm bird from New Jersey, finished with chili-infused hoisin, roasted peanuts and cilantro. The starring rotisserie can be seen in the open kitchen from the 55-seat dining room, which also features stained-glass paneling, whitewashed brick walls and a centerpiece wine station constructed from an 1876 tiger-maple butcher block.
Next year is someone’s 60th birthday; the following year is someone else’s 60th. There has long been talk of a trip to the never-visited “Big Apple”. With Alexander (sommelier) LaPratt’s wine choices said to favour champagnes, I think a little trip might be apropos.