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26 Aug

5 Hot Tips for Dining Alfresco

Five Hot Tips for Alfresco Dining
The perfect alfresco dining experience would likely include a perfect outdoor kitchen where the transition from cooktop to tabletop is only a matter of inches. We here at Creative Living and our sister company, Artisan Outdoor Kitchens, can literally design and build a thoroughly modern outdoor kitchen in any configuration, color, style or setting. We’ve listed five hot tips to spark your imagination and encourage you take your next meal outdoors, where everything tastes better.
#1 – Build a Perfect Outdoor Kitchen
AOK Kitchen Blog
AOK Kitchen 2
If you don’t happen to have the perfect outdoor kitchen, fret not, as alfresco dining is available to everyone, everywhere. Below are a few more tips for creating a meal to remember with a handful of modest materials and a minimum amount of effort.
 #2 – Set Up a Dining Surface
HOUE Circle Table
An outdoor dining surface is important and can be as prominent as this bamboo and granite table by Houe or as simple as a wooden crate set with some vintage tableware.
 
#3 – Scatter Linens to Soften the Setting
Linen napkins in assorted colors, cuttings from the landscape and twine set a rustic and inviting table.   
Harpers Bazaar Linens
Harpers Bazaar
#4 – Use Unbreakable Dishware
Chunky, sturdy dishware is best for outdoor dining, and a large serving tray is helpful when transporting food and drinks from the kitchen to the dining area.
Dishes
Styling: Sarah Ellison   Photography: Jessie Prince
Melamine dishes
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sea glass tray      melamine plates
  Faux Sea Glass Serving Tray by Terrain    Melamine Dinnerware by Aidio
#5 – Include Light and Blankets
Hanging lights, votive candles or solar powered lanterns all add to the ambience at your outdoor dining table. Blankets on each chair or readily available will prolong the pleasure of your outdoor dining when the air gets nippy.
  blankets and lights  tekura lights
Good Housekeeping        Solar Lanterns

07 Aug

OUTDOOR COOKING

Whether you’re grilling, smoking, roasting, mixing, or just chatting while whipping up a snack on the patio, you can be sure that outdoor cooking has evolved. No longer are heavy, stone-clad, masonry structures your only stylistic options. Just as interior kitchens and dining areas have progressed from Old World, traditional styling to more sleek and contemporary spaces, the outdoor cooking environment has also expanded. Now you can select from an assortment of steel cabinetry, composite countertops and chic appliances that will stand up to the toughest weather conditions, and blend with your streamlined interior and architecture.

A cooking device is at the heart of your outdoor kitchen, and patio ovens are one of the ‘hottest’. This appliance is far more versatile than is original moniker of Pizza Oven. Fueled by wood, the Patio Oven by Hearthstone heats up to 750 degrees within 20 minutes and easily handles all manners of baking, braising and searing. A layer of ceramic fire insulation and multiple layers of fire bricks form the oven itself and a removable door helps regulate temperature. Either freestanding or perched atop a non-combustible countertop, this beauty is available in a mix of stainless steel and copper powder coating.  

Patio Pizza Oven

Another fun option new to the outdoor scene is social grilling, and this table by iBBQ – short for Interactive Barbecue – doesn’t disappoint. No longer is the chef relegated to one area while guests whoop it up in another. With a seating capacity of up to 8 people, the table includes a marine grade stainless steel body and frame, Tiger-wood surface and independently controlled burners so each guest can grill and dine together, at the same time.

Just like indoor kitchens, outdoor kitchens can be minimal or expansive, depending on space and dollars available. Regardless of size, most outdoor cooking requires at least some staging or preparation area. Artisan Outdoor Kitchens will make sure that your kitchen is customized, well-designed, durable and stunning to look at.