It was an outdoor picnic at work and we served potato salad, barbequed steak and chicken. A lovely sunshiny day where we all sat on the grass with cold drinks in hand and styrofoam plates full of good food. As I went to sit amongst my co-workers I noticed I had to pick my seat on the ground carefully as there were little burial mounds of broken dead plastic cutlery.
In case I haven’t already said it enough, I hate plastic cutlery. I’ve certainly already reviewed various types of portable carry cutlery (I think I just invented a new industry term). We’ve looked a sporks for yogurt at the office and camping utensils as well. But where these two different sets would come in the handiest is at the company picnic or even better…the dreaded food court (where all bad plastic cutlery lives).
Now I will admit to have been given a few strange looks when using my own cutlery at the food court but when they see them in action the look becomes admiration. A quick wash in the bathroom sink after use (and then brush your teeth young man!) and all good. We’ll review the wood versus metal chopstick situation at a later date.
Travel Set with Spoon, Fork, and Chopsticks (left)
Zelco Mangia 3 Piece Set (right)
Looks at these handles. Just look at them. It’s not often cutlery goes for an unusual texture (other than horn) on the handles. I have to say that this is some stylistic risk taking by Oneida’s Italian designer. And it would be on your part as well to fit your table layout. But in my opinion it doesn’t go too far out there to be off-putting or too wacky. This 45 piece set is a service for 8 and the standard 18/0 stainless dishwasher safe steel.
Oneida Tuscany 45-Piece Flatware Set, Service for 8
I had blogged about this item in the past but the link went stale so it was lost. This type of cutlery item seems to get the most attention when I write about it. There are many people that are or have family members affected by strokes, Parkinson’s or even Alzheimer’s as well as other conditions that affect motor function. The Good Grips product has at least 6 ounces of weight in the large easy to grasp handle that provides stability required. The ambidextrous fork and spoon can be bent left or right depending on the user, this makes direction to the mouth easier. The bowl size and depth of the spoons reduces spilling and the knife is used in a rocking fashion making it require less strength. I’ve handled some of the fancy “auto stabilizing” utensils and the result is expensive and ineffective. These are priced right and dishwasher safe of course.
Good Grips Weighted Utensils Set of 4
Oneida is a major player in this game and there is no questioning it. Their history goes back to the 1880s with a interesting connection to the movement known as Perfectionism. The Mooncrest flatware set is actually a 18/0 stainless (contains no nickel) and dishwasher safe. It has a nice extended set that includes a serving spoon, pierced serving spoon, meat fork, butter knife, and sugar spoon. What is a pierced serving spoon you ask? Why it is a holey spoon of course.
Oneida Mooncrest 45-Piece Flatware Set, Service for 8