We have covered a lot of products by Oneida on this site. And we’ve always known there is a interesting backstory to one of the oldest and most famous flatware companies.
At the Guardian there is a great book review of Oneida: From Free Love Utopia to the Well-Set Table by Ellen Wayland-Smith. Here’s a snippet:
“Ellen Wayland-Smith is a descendant of members of the Oneida community, and in her book she details the travails of her ancestors. In the 1840s, Noyes and his followers set up the Oneida Reserve, buying land that had been confiscated from Native Americans, determined to be able to practise their communistic Christianity (in which claiming a single person as one’s own was seen as antithetical to the group’s wellbeing). By the 1940s, Oneida had become among the most prestigious brands of silverware and cutlery, and its owners were mortified that the public might find out about the company’s free love beginnings.”
Check out the book review at the Guardian or even better you can buy the book at the link below.
Oneida: From Free Love Utopia to the Well-Set Table
I despise metal cutlery in non-stick pots and pan. The sound of metal utensils on Teflon is worse than nails on a chalkboard to me. And that’s why I love the value of a quality wooden spoon in the kitchen.
The OXO Good Grips Wooden Spoon Set is made of solid beech wood and completely safe for your non-stick cookware. Especially when scraping the bottom or wacking the spoon on the edge of the pot to shake off remnants.
There are three sizes for the the three spoons: 12-1/2″L x 2-1/2″W, 10-1/2″L x 2″W and 8″L x 1-3/4″W.
They have a natural oil finish but I recommend only hand washing and use a cutting board oil or another nut oil that is less likely to go rancid to keep them treated well. This is a great price and every kitchen deserves a good set of spoons like this.
OXO Good Grips Wooden Spoon Set, 3-Piece
We took a look at Gourmet Settings Silver Tear 20-Piece Flatware Set a couple of years ago and have since discovered the 5 pc Stainless Steel Hostess Set is now available. People really do love the rustic look of the Silver Tear sets.
The Gourmet Settings Silver Tear 5 pc Stainless Steel Hostess Set includes a serving spoon, sugar spoon, slotted spoon, butter knife and a serving fork. Made of dishwasher safe stainless steel that comes with a 50 year warranty. This is a great deal and looks very nice with as a set on it’s own or matching the 20-piece cutlery set.
Gourmet Settings Silver Tear 5 pc Stainless Steel Hostess Set
Back in April of 2014 the fashion company Bottega Veneta offered a preview of its latest home collection. And featured in that collection was the Bottega Veneta Sterling Silver Flatware which is pictured above.
The Italian studio unveiled its tableware line, including its sterling silver cutlery featuring the brand’s geometric ‘intrecciato’ engraving and the new ‘brunito’ finish. And now when I look for anyone selling it, it’s gone. You can’t buy this. It’s wonderful and I love the ‘brunito’ finish (which means burnished) but it’s gone. Where did it go? Did they every release it? The Bottegaveneta.com website features not a single spoon, fork or knife.
I did find an amazing collection of cutlery available at Neiman Marcus, so I got that going for me. Still would like to see how much the Bottega Veneta Sterling Silver Flatware cost though.
Check out an amazing cutlery selection at Neiman Marcus