I have the great luck to be comped to attend this cookware show in Chicago this weekend, the 119th year of America’s best showcase of cookware.
This show fills McCormick Place Convention Center, and every corner is eye candy of amazing scale. It would take more than a full day just to cover the consumer cookware, and about 3 to also hit tablewares, organization, appliances and commercial/industrial wares. For cookware geeks, this show is Heaven on Earth.
Today I met the 6th-generation owner of Emile Henry, and tomorrow I have an appointment with Stanley Cheng, the owner of Meyer, one of the largest pan makers in the world.
Admission for mere attendees is free. And the REAL reps, not the retailers are knowledgeable and friendly. These are the people who KNOW how thick the layers are, and are happy to let you handle a $4K sushi knife. I will return next year even if I must pay for the trip myself.
After the show, I’ll try to post on some quality vendors who may be less known in USA, e.g., Woll.
3 days of fun yet to come.