Miele Night!

Hey Appliance Fans,

Today’s blog post is brought to you by the word, `snazzy’.

It’s no secret that I love Miele Appliances (rhymes with tequila – I love using tequila as an example instead of Sheila).  Not only do they feature snazzy styling, each of their appliances overflow with tons of useful technology; their ranges are just one example.

I’m super excited to share with you two very special, and snazzy, Miele events:

Miele Night At Kieffer’s Appliances

We’re really proud of our Miele display.  It’s filled with ovens, ranges, dishwashers, hoods, cooktops, steam ovens, and a live coffee system (ask us for a cup the next time you’re in; we’ll bill ya later).

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Check out this sweet panoramic shot I took with my snazzy iPhone.

If you’re thinking about purchasing a Miele product, and have lots of questions, you must attend Miele night in our showroom on Wednesday May 27th from 6-8pm.  Our Super-snazzy Miele Rep, Howie, will be on hand to answer any questions that I can’t answer for you plus one lucky attendee will be entered to win a snazzy Miele Vacuum cleaner, model C 3 Kona.

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I want one!

Probably the best part about attending Miele Night, besides your chance to win a vacuum, is you get to meet a beardless Kieffer’s Guy.  Hurry though because I’m growing it back ASAP.

Riedel Veritas Wine Glass Tasting

Did you know that Miele’s North American Headquarters is in Princeton, NJ?.  It’s true, and they are always hosting some type of event.  Their next event is scheduled for Monday June 15th from 6-8pm.  And it will change your wine life forever:

Discover how the shape of the glass affects your enjoyment of the wine. Join us for an educational and entertaining wine glass tasting as a Riedel ambassador demonstrates the relationship between the shape of the glass and our perception and enjoyment of wines. Reception starts at 6:00 PM with comparative tasting beginning at 6:30 PM.

You have two ways to register:

Call 1-800-843-7231 ext 1002 or via email, princetoncenter@mieleusa.com.  Tell `em the Kieffer’s Guy sent you!

Bonus: Miele’s “No Better Complement” Promotion

I thought it would never happen!Miele has started a promotion that allows you to receive up to $,1000 towards your appliances. Keep in mind that this rebate is only running from May 1st to July 31st, so hurry in! Like any other promotion, some conditions apply and there are some rules to follow, but we can explain them all and walk you through it. Just give one of our salespeople a call.

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Get It While It’s Hot!

 

That’s all for now, until next time, America!

 

 

Customer Kitchens: Part III

Hey Appliance Fans,

Here we are again with one of my favorite ongoing segments.  Our customer’s kitchens!  So often we work with our clients for months as they bring their project into focus.  We’re emailing, calling, and re-quoting back and forth.  Then they accept delivery and we never hear from the again.  We never get to see the final project.  Attention Kieffer customers, shoot me an email with your kitchen pictures and I’ll post `em.  And now onto the show!

A Kitchen Near and Dear to My Heart

I’m happy to brag that these are MY customers and their kitchen.  So let’s dive in and take a look:

Just stunning!

Just stunning!

I could go on and on about the wonderful use of colors and that incredible granite, but we talk appliances here so check out that awesome 36-inch wide GE Profile French door refrigerator.  This unit, model GFE29HSDSS, is actually a full-depth unit, but the kitchen design recessed the refrigerator into the wall to appear counter-depth while still giving my customers tons of capacity (29-cubic feet, if you’re counting).  We’ll get a better look at the microwave and wall oven here:

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Here’s a combination you don’t see every day, a Sharp convection microwave with a trim kit installed above a 30-inch Electrolux Wave Touch oven.  Sharp’s microwave, model R930CS, doubles as a microwave and a small convection oven.  Will it roast the 25-pound turkey?  No, but it can bake potatoes or a tray of brownies with ease.  What does roast a 25-pound turkey is the Electrolux oven.  Model EW30EW55GS has the sleek and easy to use Wave Touch Controls and includes a Perfect Turley button.  It’s a self-cleaning oven with convection, easy glide racks, fancy blue interior, and multiple lights inside so you can see what you’re cooking.

Alert, Alert, Induction Cooktop Ahead

Alert, Alert, Induction Cooktop Ahead

I love when customers opt for an induction cooktop instead of an electric model because they perform far better and boil water much faster yet the strong glass top is just as easy to clean.  Kitchenaid’s 36-inch induction cooktop, model KICU569XBL, gives them plenty of room to cook.

In my opinion, chimney style hoods pair so well with cooktops, and since my customers have impeccable taste, they chose a hood from XO Ventilation.  Model XOS36S gives my clients the style they’re looking for and the proper power needed to exhaust smoke and grease.  Perfect choice, guys!

To the right of the sink is the dishwasher, and they hit a home run with a Miele.  Not only are Miele dishwashers super quiet, but they are also coated with a protective layer that resists pesky fingerprints.

Will all of the different brands of appliances incorporated into the design, this kitchen is a perfect example of illustrating that you don’t have to select the same brand of appliances for everything to look good.  Here’s another shot for your viewing pleasure:

Still waiting for my dinner invite, guys!

Still waiting for my dinner invite, guys!

 

Not a Kitchen But Still Blog Worthy

Heellllooo big screen TV!

Heellllooo big screen TV!

When your kitchen is already renovated, what more can you do with appliances?  Use them to complete an entertaining center of course!  That’s exactly what our clients did with their basement; turning it from a dark, dingy room to an entertaining powerhouse.

In case you’re wondering where the party is

In case you’re wondering where the party is

There is so much going on in this bar area I don’t know where to begin.  When in doubt, start with beer.  See the double tap on the counter?  That’s connected to a Summit 24-inch kegerator, model SBC490BIFRTWIN, and it holds two sixtels of your choice.  But it doesn’t stop there.

To the right of the beer tap is a Bosch 500 series dishwasher with a flush handle.  Model SHP65TL5UC features a third rack for cutlery, is ridiculously quiet, and even has stem ware holders for wine glasses.  Speaking about wine, there’s plenty in this basement.  Below the counter on the right sits two U-Line units.  The first is a 1000 series wine unit, model 1175WCS13.  This is a single temperature zone unit ideal for storing reds or whites.  My guess is they store reds in this unit because next to it is another U-Line piece, model 1175BEVS15.  Categorized as a beverage center, this unit has two racks for wine and a couple of shelves for beer, mixers, or whatever else they want to put inside.  Since this unit gets cold enough for beer, I bet they use the wine racks inside for white.

I know what you’re thinking, “they don’t have any ice for their guests.”  How wrong you are.  Below the counter and to the right of the sink is a Scotsman 15-inch ice maker.  Model DCE33PA1SSD produces up to 30 pounds of ice per day and stores 26 pounds at a time.  Considered a clear ice maker, it constantly makes fresh ice which means it needs to melt the old ice.  That’s no problem with this unit because it has a built-in pump which moves the melted ice (otherwise known as water) into the drain that’s connected to the sink.

If you’re not enthused about this bar area, then I’m pretty sure you don’t have a pulse and you should go see a doctor.  Here’s another shot for of the bar area:

Yes, please!

Yes, please!

 

I Saved the Best for Last

I’m not going to lie.  This next kitchen is pretty impressive.  Maybe impressive doesn’t quite cover what you’re about to see.  This is a family who loves to cook and it shows with their kitchen:

I’ll give you a moment to take this all in.

I’ll give you a moment to take this all in.

First of all, this design screams panel ready appliances.  Nearly everything is hidden behind the custom cabinet fronts.  Like the two Miele built-in refrigerators behind the center island.  But take a closer look.  See that arched hole in the center of the back wall?  That, appliance fans, is a WoodStone pizza oven.  These things are enormous and generate a ton of heat.  It cooks pizzas in about five minutes.  How do I know this?  Because we have one in our showroom and we make pizzas all the time.  But it’s not just for pizza.  Anything that goes into an oven can go into WoodStone’s pizza oven.  Now onto the range:

We have a BlueStar sighting!

We have a BlueStar sighting!

What you’re looking at is BlueStar’s new Platinum Series range, model BSP6010B.  It’s 60-inches wide and features ten burners.  The beauty of BlueStar’s Platinum ranges is their ability to insert a griddle or grill over two of the burners.  This is different from many other brands that feature built-in griddles or grills.  Incidentally, BlueStar ranges can be customized in over 190 different colors.  The one pictured is Jet Black.

Check out the coffee area!

Check out the coffee area!

Pictured above the sink and to the far left is a Miele coffee system.  This baby freshly grinds beans for every cup of coffee.  But it does way more than coffee, it makes killer espresso as well as foams milk for cappuccinos and macchiatos.  The appliance on the right is Miele’s built-in microwave.  Both units feature Miele’s Cleantouch stainless steel which is extremely fingerprint resistant.

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In this image, we see a nice little trick being played on us.  Miele’s combi-steam oven is revealed behind the cabinet.  This steam oven is for more than just vegetables.  Breads, turkeys, and casseroles are ideal for steam ovens.

Check out that hood!

Check out that hood!

Hoods like this aren’t just hanging around a warehouse waiting to be purchased. No sir. This is a custom hood designed by, well I don’t know because we didn’t supply it for the customer. They had already purchased it before we arrived with the rest of the appliances.
That wraps up this edition of our customer’s kitchens. If you’d like your Kieffer kitchen featured on the blog, shoot me an email. I promise I won’t bite.

Until next time, America!

-The Kieffer’s Guy

The Kieffer’s Guy Visits Sub-Zero and Wolf!

Hey Appliance Fans,

Did you ever see the movie Jurassic Park?  During my visit to Wisconsin, home of Sub-Zero and Wolf, I kept being reminded of Jurassic Park.  More specifically the line that Richard Attenborough’s character kept repeating throughout the movie, “we spared no expense”.  That line kept running through my mind over and over as I visited the factory floor, the test kitchens, and the Westye F. Bakke Center (the training facility where schleps like me get invited to learn all about Sub-Zero and Wolf’s products).

It’s true.  They spare no expense when it comes to the quality of their products and their attention to detail.  Lucky for me, I was able to get an insider’s look that the public never sees and now I’m here to reveal all of their secrets!

Ok, not really.  I was able to snap a few pictures of their factory floor before being politely told that I can’t share them.  While I can’t show you that they test each and every Sub-Zero that rolls off of the production floor (unlike other brands that test a sample before shipping), you’ll have to trust me.  All of the top secret photos will remain on my iPhone for my own personal viewing—sorry, appliance fans.  But I can share with you some other goodies, like:

The Westye F. Bakke Center

The entrance to the Westye F. Bakke Center.

The entrance to the Westye F. Bakke Center.

Named for the founder of Sub-Zero (pronounced WEST-ie BACH-ee), the Westye F. Bakke Center is their education hub.  Filled with demo kitchens, a huge theater for presentations, and an eating area complete with a bar–my Irish side is happy.  Everywhere you look is some type of Sub-Zero or Wolf appliance.  Refrigerator drawers are filled with water and other beverages while their coffee systems stand ready to make coffees, cappuccinos, and espressos.  I personally put a dent in their coffee budget.

One of the demo kitchens at the Westye F. Bakke Center

One of the demo kitchens at the Westye F. Bakke Center

Remember when I said they spared no expense?  Check out the theater inside the center.  The stage literally lowers so they can load various Sub-Zero/Wolf appliances on it then the stage elevates back up for the next training session.  Like a freakin’ aircraft carrier.

This is full media center with a state of the art projection screen and sound system.

This is full media center with a state of the art projection screen and sound system.

Sub-Zero History

Still family owned, Sub-Zero is run by Jim Bakke (Westye’s grandson).  Would you believe that Jim and I go way back?  If you do, I have some land to sell you in Florida.  Anyway, before we entered the Sub-Zero factory, we had a chance to take a look back in time to see some of the history of Sub-Zero.  I love the headline on the display that reads, “The Mercedes of Refrigerators”.

Hey Mr. Jim Bakke, how do I score one of those sweet Sub-Zero Freezer Company retro shirts?

Hey Mr. Jim Bakke, how do I score one of those sweet Sub-Zero Freezer Company retro shirts?

While they no longer make freestanding refrigerators, they had some of their old models on display.  My best guess is that these are from the 1950’s or possibly 60’s.  I was amazed at how big they were on the outside, but how little room there was on the inside.  They’ve come a long way with the technology!

Eat Your Heart Out, Donna Reed.

Eat Your Heart Out, Donna Reed.

Did you know that Sub-Zero was the first refrigerator company to design a unit that accepts a cabinet front?  It’s true, but these old units below don’t come close to the panel ready units they produce now.  Notice the small stainless steel frame around the refrigerator on the left?  While this look is still achievable, their current units accept a wood front without the frame around the unit.  This leads to a much more integrated look within the kitchen.

Sub-Zero was setting kitchen trends from day one.

Sub-Zero was setting kitchen trends from day one.

Let’s get cooking!

Of course Sub-Zero and Wolf make some snazzy looking products, but it’s not just their looks.  It’s all about the cooking.  The heavy cross that I had to bear was almost too much—tasting all of the different foods that in-house Chefs Justin and Joel prepared for me.  Each dish highlighted the flexibility of Wolf’s cooking products like:

This was the first dish that made me realize that my diet is screwed for the week.

This was the first dish that made me realize that my diet is screwed for the week.

This is a shrimp taco.  There are many like them, but this one is (was) mine.  The tortilla was steamed using Wolf’s in-counter steamer (model IS15S) while the shrimp was expertly seasoned and then sautéed using a Wolf multi-function gas cooktop (model IM15S).  The topping included a lime slaw with a drizzle of crème fraiche.  I promptly devoured said dish.  Side note: while I’d probably kill for a Wolf range in my kitchen, my preference is an assortment of their module cooktops like the steamer, induction unit, deep fryer, and two burner gas cooktop.  I could do some serious culinary damage with a setup like that.

This is chef Joel winning over my heart as he prepares the shrimp tacos.

This is Chef Joel winning over my heart as he prepares the shrimp tacos.

Chef Joel continued to woo me when he prepared some fresh sushi.  Nevermind that Wisconsin is mostly landlocked.  This sushi was awesome.

Did someone say Sriracha?

Did someone say Sriracha?

Just when I thought Chef Joel would receive my everlasting love, Chef Justin decided to enter the picture.  It was almost like having Scarlett Johansson ask me out and then Sofia Vergara comes storming in and muscles poor Scarlett out of the way.  Decisions, decisions, right?  As much as I loved Chef Joel’s entrees, I simply couldn’t ignore Chef Justin’s masterpiece.  It was so good that I forgot to take a picture of the finished product.  Let’s take a look at the preparation:

This was the best dish during my trip.

This was the best dish during my trip.

What we see here is Chef Justin preparing a gluten free pasta (I swear I couldn’t tell the difference) with a roasted garlic and arugula pesto drenched in a white wine and cream sauce with copious amounts of fresh parmesan cheese.  The entire dish was prepared on a 60-inch wolf range that features a French top burner.  Seriously, call Sub-Zero right now and demand the recipe for this because it was to die for.

Just like my other appliance travels, I was treated with unbelievable hospitality from everyone at Sub-Zero and Wolf.  True to form, I embarrassed myself so much that I was asked to never come back, but thankfully I was able to enjoy all Sub-Zero and Wolf had to offer.  Will Jim Bakke have me back?  I really don’t know.  Jim, when are we doing this again, old friend?

Feel free to stop into the showroom and test my, dare I say, herculean knowledge of Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances.

Until next time, America!

21 Richest Chefs in the World

If their passion is making delicious food, making money is probably a side effect they don’t mind. I’m talking about the 21 richest chefs in the world. Thanks to our friends at SHS Online, we have a nifty info-graphic that outlines these chefs’ net worth.

Heading the list is Alan Wong with a whopping net worth of 1.1 BILLION dollars. Yes, that’s billion with a “B”. You may have heard of this guy, as he’s the co-founder of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, won half-a-dozen prestigious culinary awards, and cooks for the President on occasion. To put things into perspective: Alan Wong’s net-worth is higher than rest of the 20 other Chefs on this list, COMBINED, by about 300 million dollars!

Photo of Chef Alan Wong

This guy could buy the LA Lakers if he wanted to!

The list goes on, including some Chefs that double as TV personalities. Gordon Ramsay, Rachel Ray, and Anthony Bourdain are among the list. Who knew yelling “BAM!” would make Emeril LaGasse 50 million dollars?

Emeril Lagasse, BAM

Did you know that Emeril contributed several recipes to the meals aboard the International Space Station? BAM!

Check out the infographic below, and let us know what you think!

21 Richest Chefs in the World

Did you see the Kieffer’s Guy in there? …..Neither did I.

BlueStar, An Iron Chef, and Kieffer’s Appliances

Hey Appliance Fans,

Recently on the blog I’ve been writing a lot about BlueStar.  Yes they are one of my favorite brands, but I’m really not trying to push one brand over another.  It’s never about what brand I like, it’s about what brand is the best for you and your needs.  Since BlueStar is practically manufactured in our backyard (Reading, PA), we’ve developed a really strong relationship with them so they give us some special opportunities.

The Opportunity

Jose Garces getting all Iron Chef on his BlueStar.

BlueStar likes to involve themselves with various charities.   I’m excited to announce that BlueStar will be donating a 30” orange range to benefit The Garces Family Foundation.  You know, the same Garces as in IRON CHEF JOSE GARCES.  This range will be displayed at Chef Garces’ JG Domestic Restaurant in Philly for a week and then…wait for it…

Wait for it…

Wait for it…

Wait for it…

Then BlueStar is shipping this range to us to be displayed for two weeks before it’s auctioned off at The Garces Family Foundation’s Gala Event October 10th at The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.  That’s right America, we’ll be displaying an Iron Chef’s range.  So that makes Kieffer’s Appliances and me cooler than you could have ever imagined, right?  That’s a rhetorical question folks, please don’t answer it.

We’re celebrating this event by having not one, but TWO BlueStar Days.  Saturday September 29th and Saturday October 6th.  Stop in and learn all about BlueStar products like their French door wall ovens, French door ranges, their open burner design, and powerful infrared broilers.  If you’re lucky, I might even tell a few jokes or showcase my latest Vaudeville skit.

If you decide to purchase any BlueStar range; wall oven(s); or range hood on either BlueStar Day, you qualify for a FREE color upgrade.  That’s some big savings.  If you don’t want to color your BlueStar, you can choose to get a FREE burner configuration change (BlueStar will switch around their open burners to your specification).  Ordering a rangetop instead of a range?  No problem.  BlueStar will give you a free color upgrade on the knobs.

Here it is! In our showroom for two weeks!

So what are you waiting for?  Stop in and order your BlueStar on September 29th or October 6th and get your FREE color.  If you do, I have a little something extra to hand out to the first ten customers who order.  That’s all for now, America!

-The Kieffer’s Guy

As always, don’t forget to visit the Kieffer’s website for all of your appliance needs in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC!

Made In America

Hey Appliance Fans,

I’m thinking Rio is going to be way more fun than London.

Go America, right?!?   The 2012 Olympics are all wrapped up and America opened up a can of butt kicking on the rest of the world: 104 total medals including 46 Golds.  If Michael Phelps (aka Aquaman) wasn’t competing, we’d only have 42 Golds.  A big THANK YOU to Mikey.  Even though he says he’s retiring, I get the feeling that he’ll be back in 2016.  Speaking of 2016, The Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Let’s do some thinking here.  London in 2012 or Rio in 2016?  Which do YOU think will end up being the bigger party?  I mean, what’s the equivalent of Carnival in England?  The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee?  Puhleese!   I’ll take Rio any day of the week.  Plus I’m a huge fan of Samba and Bossa Nova.  What music did England bring to the table besides bands that sound like American rock bands (I’m looking at you every rock band in the history of England besides The Beatles)?

All of this Olympic hoopla and nationalism got me thinking about appliances.  More specifically American made appliances.  Many of the luxury appliances are all made in America.  Guys like Sub-Zero and Wolf, Viking, Thermador, BlueStar, American Range, Capital, and Dacor are all made in America (and there are others too).  Even some companies we would consider foreign brands manufacture some of their products here, like Bosch and Electrolux.

I’ve mentioned in the past about a trend I’m seeing when working with customers: they want to purchase American products from local businesses.  With that in mind, I thought I’d touch on the Whirlpool Corporation’s MASSIVE migration back to the U.S.  This is a win-win for everyone and something we should all be excited about.

For those not in-the-know, Whirlpool Corporation is massive and includes brands like Kitchenaid, Maytag, Amana, and of course, Whirlpool.  They are America’s largest appliance manufacturer and one of the top manufacturers in the world.  While I’m writing this article, and over the next few years, Whirlpool is bringing their manufacturing back to America.  A little more than eighty percent (82 percent for all of you nerds) of their manufacturing is in the U.S.  Amana, Iowa; Clyde, Ohio; Findlay, Ohio; Greenville, Ohio; Marion, Ohio; Ottawa, Ohio; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Cleveland, Tennessee; Benton Harbor, Michigan; and Chicago, Illinois all have Whirlpool facilities.  In fact, Whirlpool is planning to invest around 1,000,000,000.00 dollars in U.S. manufacturing and jobs over the next 4 years.  Side note: doesn’t writing out one billion look a lot better than spelling one billion?  I thought so…

As a salesperson, it’s really nice to know that when I’m selling Whirlpool brands, I’m not only helping my customer, but I’m also helping America.  That last statement, appliances fans, is the cheesiest thing you’ll ever read from me.  That being said, there’s still truth in my statement.   Some big things are planned for Whirlpool coming up in September and I’ll make sure to keep you updated.  Until next time, America!

-The Kieffer’s Guy

As always, don’t forget to visit the Kieffer’s website for all of your appliance needs in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC!

Hey You, yeah YOU.

Hey Appliance Fans,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day.  On behalf of everyone here at Kieffer’s Appliances, I would like to thank all of our service men and women who, on a daily basis, risk their lives so that we are all able to enjoy our freedom.  I also want to thank all of the families of our service men and women.  Their families make countless sacrifices and spend many days and months away from their loved ones who are overseas defending our freedoms.  Thank you!

Since it’s a shortened week because of the holiday, I wanted to remind you about our cooking blog, www.kiefferscooks.com.  Written by our in-house chef, Brenda Kieffer, the blog has restaurant reviews, recipes, and chronicles Brenda’s experience at the Culinary Institute of America in New York.  She’s a great writer and I often find myself laughing out loud in the office as I’m proofing her posts ( I know, I know, I have a fantastic job).

We have a whole lot more planned in the coming months including more restaurant reviews and more recipes.  Plus we’ll be adding some cooking videos.  So swing on by to www.kiefferscooks.com today.  You’ll be glad you did.

On Another Note:

Since it’s kind of a slow week, I have two videos for you to enjoy.  The first is an internet television channel devoted to one of my favorite things in the world (don’t worry, it’s PG).  Click here to be seduced!

Have you ever seen the movie “Office Space” ?  If not, it’s really funny and I suggest you go rent it.  If you have seen it, then you know about the scene where the guys get together and destroy the fax machine/copier that’s been giving them so many problems.  Well, here at Kieffer’s we had a printer that gave us SEVERE problems.  Once we replaced the shoddy printer with updated models, we decided to have a little printer smashing of our own.  I did the commentary.  Check it out!