American Native

For some reason, I don't own an apron but I'm a tad obsessed with them. They seem fun and stylish and I want one, I'm just not sure what I'd use it for? Perhaps that idea will come after purchase...I'd like to start with one of these please, made by American Native in Fayetteville, Arkansas. 

Each American Native apron is made with durable Cone Mills 12 oz selvedge denim that will help protect against your next art project or afternoon wood shop session. The aprons all have a wide leather pocket with copper rivets, available in either natural, butterscotch or brown. 

American Native was founded by two brothers, Bobby and Clayton Chamberlain who take great pride in crafting quality goods right here in the USA. See their entire shop, which includes leather bags, belts and wallets, here. 

 

Images: American Native      Content: Sweet Peach 


Culinary Peach Picks: Annette Joseph

When I began this blog three years ago, I didn't realize how much work it would be- how besides writing and curating, I'd at times also be a food and prop stylist. I needed (and still need) a professional like Annette Joseph by my side. For over 20 years, Annette has perfected the art of styling, whether it's tabletop, home decor, cooking or entertaining. Each summer, she leaves the South to hone her culinary skills in a picturesque Italian villa...sigh. Italy is my true love and I was reminded of this every day this past summer as I perused her deliciously good Instagram pics. I'm thrilled that Annette decided to share her top culinary picks for the holiday season with Sweet Peach. Each and every one is perfetto! (especially the last one...) 

Blue Bottle Coffee, $19. This is the real deal- probably one of the best brews this side of the ocean. This Roman Espresso does not disappoint. 

John Derian Mug, $135. I'll take one of these exquisite mugs to enjoy my morning ritual. Please and thank you. 

Brass & Walnut Pour Over Coffee Stand, $189. It's obvious that i'm a coffee snob. Truth- this brass coffee pour stand is divine! 

Nespresso Machine, $99. This item has a regular appearance on my gift giving list. Everyone that loves coffee should have one. I personally own four machines. 

Tagine Style Glass Cloche, $50. I bought one of these cloches in Napa a few years ago. It's a great addition to any cheese platter. 

Flavored Olive Oil Set, $86. From Oliviers and Company, these are the best flavored olive oils. When I summer in Italy, I drive over the border to France just to buy them at the shop in Menton- plus the shop keeper is gorgeous, so that doesn't hurt. Lemon is my personal favorite but try a few flavors. It's a perfect gift. 

Nutribullet, $160. I am totally obsessed with The Nutribullet. I use mine every day. It's great for Juice January, which is something I do every year. 

Rosmarino Ligurian Pesto, $12. The Italian region I live in during the summer has the most heavenly pesto...

Paella Pan, $22. I am smitten with Paella, plus everyone needs a Paella pan. 

Teak Measuring Spoons, $30. Beauty and utility all in one from one of my favorite shops in Savannah. 

Copper Measuring Cups, $28. I love copper touches right now. I am thinking seriously about exposed copper pipes all over our villa in Italy when we renovate. Until those are installed, these copper measuring cups will do.

Artisan Sea Salt, $22. I love the new trend in flavored salt. Obviously, the Espresso is one of my favorites. 

Clipping Scissors, $16. One can always use a good set of clipping scissors, or two or three...

Ticking Cafe Apron, $53. I collect aprons and this one works for both men and women. 

Italy Food and Prop Styling Workshop, $2275. Join me for a once in a lifetime creative, photographic retreat on the Italian Riviera in June of 2015. 

 Top Illustration: Rob Wilson of Silas Tom  

 

Richard Blais' Culinary Picks for the Holiday...

Last year I had the privilege of working with Richard Blais as his producer for Life After Top Chef. Myself and two camera crews followed him around for a couple months as he opened up The Spence in Atlanta. I've done many tv shows in my day, but this one was definitely in my top three. I just had the best time working with Richard and hanging out with his adorable family. I recently asked Richard to share his top 5 culinary gift picks with Sweet Peach and he graciously sent 18 instead, adding the message 'pick and choose.' I think I'll just share them all. Enjoy...

1) Cheese from Star Provisions  2) The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating by Fergus Henderson  3) Maximum Flavor by Aki Kamozawa   4) Blis Maple Syrup   5) Vitamix  6) Vintage spoons (I've yet to see Richard without a spoon in his back pocket. He finds many of his favorites at Paris on Ponce in Atlanta)  7)  Sous Vide Supreme  8) Ras el hanout spice via Terra Spice Co.  9) JB Prince surgical tweezers  10) Njuda and Lardo from Boccalone 11) Cook Your Ass Off, Season 1  12) Apron from Hedley & Bennett  13) Tavern Vinegar  14) A Work in Progress by Rene Redzepi 15) Lucky Peach Magazine  16) Seafood Watch App (free!)  17) Minus 8 Vinegar  18) Fruit from Frog Hollow Farm 

Time to Shop...

Courtney Hamill of Honeycomb Studio quit her day job to become an artist full time. This turned out to be a really good idea as the rest of us can now own one of her gorgeous ceramic pieces that are currently flying off the shelves, gaining fanfare nationwide. Luckily, she found some time during this busy season to share her favorite gift picks for the holidays. Thank you Court...

1. FELIX GLENN MEDIUM SERVING SPOON, $115. Courtney, I've been totally bewitched by the gorgeous handcarved utensils coming out of this new Birmingham, Alabama based company. Although they're perfectly functional, I'd probably be happy to hang this spoon on a wall and just admire its classic design and beautiful grain. 

2. ICE MILK APRONS ROLLING OF CINNAMON APRON, $85. I think this (and almost all of the other aprons offered by this Atlanta, GA based company) are the prettiest things I've ever seen. The perfect blend of practical and nostalgic, these aprons almost make me forget what a horrible baker I am.  

3. LAUREN McGOWIN ABSTRACT PAINTINGS, $550. If we're talking aspirational Christmas gifts, I'm totally smitten with the abstract paintings of this emerging painter in Fairhope, Alabama. In person, her paintings have a very distinctive voice and wonderful textures. Much of her work also incorporates metallic details, so you know I'm hooked. 

4. NATIVE BEAR 2014 COSMOS WALL CALENDAR, $35. When it comes to calendars, I'm still an old fashioned gal who loves an annual calendar for reference. I'm pretty sure I could look at Leela from Native Bear's distinctive style and color palatte on the wall all year long. 

 5. LOYAL STRICKLIN AVIATOR MUG, $29. Do you need a masor jar cup with a leather cuff from Alabama based, Loyal Stricklin? Probably not. Should you have one? Absolutely. 

6. LEDBURY CLASSIC BUTTON DOWNS, starting at $115. My gift interests skew feminine, but of course I have lots of men in my life that need gifts too. You can't go wrong with any of the button downs offered by Richmond, Virginia-based, Ledbury, who offer shirts with a classically tailored fit and unmistakable Southern style. 

7. FORM FUNCTION FORM BUTTON STUD EASY READER, $82. I love that this watch, made in a Florida studio, would be an equally amazing gift for the guys or gals on your list. Classic design with high quality materials can never go wrong. 

8. JACK RUDY SMALL BATCH GRENADINE, $16.  We all know about Jack Rudy's Tonic, but did you know they have a grenadine too? With all the classic cocktail lovers in my life, this is sure to be a hit.