Chefs on Bravo's Top Chef and Top Chef Masters use it, Rachael Ray loves it, and Wolfgang Puck's Los Angeles Food and Wine event uses it exclusively. Its success stems from its simplicity—a knife and fork combined into one: the Knork. Knork founder Mike Miller stumbled onto this idea while on a date at a pizzeria. He was frustrated in his attempts to neatly eat his slice with a fork, and found a solution that serves as both a cutting and piercing device. Though at first glance it may look like a standard fork, the Knork's beveled edges and broadly curved outer tines can slice through fruit, pizza, vegetables, and fish without being so sharp as to endanger diners' fingers. The Knork line of elegant flatware extends to stainless steel spoons, knives, and serving utensils as well. The tableware comes in high-gloss, matte, or dual-toned finishes, and is ergonomically designed for maximal comfort.
Flirty Aprons protects outfits from cooking mishaps with more than 50 fashionable coverings that have earned the company mentions from TV shows and media outlets including Better Homes and Gardens and the Los Angeles Times. Women?s aprons come in unique styles?including original and Marilyn?all designed to hug curves and flatter the female figure. Original aprons embody the spirit of the 1950s with a rounded, ruffled cut that keeps cooks comfortable thanks to two layers of cotton and a thick, extra-long waist-tie. Single-layer Marilyn styles channel vintage starlets with tiered or A-line skirts and intricate design elements such as decorative pockets and machete sheathes. Little cooks as young as 3 may don aprons their own size that express a youthful style sense or match with their mothers. Men?s aprons, meanwhile, shield grill masters from errant sauce stains with durable fabric decked in whimsical slogans such as ?BBQ King? and ?I Like Big Buns.?
In 2007, Kevin Borders wanted to put together a collage for his girlfriend. Instead of just cutting and pasting their countless pictures into one giant jumble or sewing them into a colorful wedding dress, Kevin and his friend Joe Golden wrote their own software to create a unique design. Their digital images were eventually organized into a larger picture of the couple. After Borders's girlfriend?and future wife?approved of the gift, Collage.com was born.?
Today, the company has developed that software to allow website visitors to craft their own keepsakes with more than 300 shapes and over 50 custom photo products, which range from canvases and mugs to towels and fleece blankets. On Collage.com, customers upload photos from social-media websites or their computer before working with the easy-to-use design tools to arrange them exactly how they want. Afterward, masterpieces can be shared for free online or submitted to Collage.com to be printed and shipped.
With pieces that have been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, hung in the White House, and chosen by Oprah to bestow upon Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes to celebrate their joint invention of the cotton gin, Sticks and Stones has made one-of-a-kind art ubiquitous. The company's master photographers have compiled a gallery of black-and-white art photographs depicting natural and structural images that represent each letter of the alphabet, which customers can peruse to craft a framed heirloom up to 14 letters long. Once finished, a panel of judges approves the message masterpiece, which, regardless of semiotic weight, gets framed and shipped. Lauded by numerous other celebrity and media outlets, these letter-based and individually tailored decor concoctions make ideal housewarming, wedding, and new-baby gifts.
The knowledge keepers at UniversalClass feed intrepid and curious minds alike through their exhaustive catalog of online continuing education courses. Students think their way through a curriculum of arts, accounting, cooking, or career-training courses, earning CEUs (continuing education units) as they go. In lieu of brick-and-mortar classrooms, classes meet in a virtual space constructed out of high-tech building blocks such as streaming videos, website avatars, instructor-crafted content, and social networks. The classes’ persistent online presence also allows busy students to learn at their own pace and still receive continual feedback from instructors. Students can bounce from subject to subject, preparing for a new career in proofreading, psychology, or statistics, or bone up on more esoteric topics such as metaphysics in case they get invited to tea inside the Large Hadron Collider.
Enophile John Davis founded Wine Insiders 25 years ago, using his octopus-like industry connections to assemble a panel of wine experts who would seek out the best and most affordable wines. On average, his league of critics approves 5 out of every 100 bottles sampled, ensuring that only the most delicious wines get recommended to his customers. The team even offers a satisfaction guarantee: if customers aren't 100% delighted by the vinos they've selected, Wine Insiders will refund the full cost of the order, no questions asked?not even "So, you doing anything fun this weekend?" Despite its staff's legendary pickiness, Wine Insiders stocks a variety of red and white wines, including pinot noirs, pinot grigios, rieslings, and cabernet sauvignons, each joined by an informative description.