EDITOR'S NOTE: When cooking for friends and clients, I'm often asked where I shop for my kitchen equipment and specialty foodstuffs...wonder no more:

Equipment & Tools

Specialty Food Stores

  • Bedford Cheese Shop [NYC] - From the stinky to the sublime, this Brooklyn-based shop has it all
  • Clean Catch Fish Market [Charlotte, NC] - Offering only the freshest, sustainable fish, shellfish and seafood from Tues-Sun, special orders welcome
  • Dean and DeLuca in SoHo [NYC] - Where it all began - this original location still overflows with food, wine, cheese and kitchenware
  • Eataly [NYC] - The 50,000+ sq. ft. Bastianich/Batali gastrotemple to all things Italian.  Part grocery, fishmonger, deli, restaurant, cheese shop, tourist trap and rooftop brewery, it's got it all (if you can handle the crowds)
  • Kalustyan's [NYC] - Spices, Oils, Grains and Specialty Ingredients from around the world.  Can't find it elsewhere?  Try here...
  • The Lobster Place [NYC] - Huge selection of fresh fish, shellfish and, yes, lobster
  • The Meadow [NYC] -  Over 100 varieties of finishing salts, over 300 varieties of chocolate and over 100 varieties of artisan cocktail bitters make this a chef's (or gift-giver's) paradise for unique, food-focused finds
  • Penzeys Spices [Mail Order] - Unbelievably high quality spices by mail order
  • Pasta & Provisions [Charlotte, NC] - Family owned Italian grocery with an endless supply of specialty ingredients, fresh mozzarella, and fresh pasta, cut to order
  • Savory Spice Shop [Charlotte, NC] - Whole and freshly ground dried herbs and spices, extracts and blends in a storefront that allows you to taste your way through every product in the store
  • Union Square Greenmarket [NYC] - Artisan breads, cheeses, meat, produce and art (M,W,F, SA Year-round)
  • What's Your Beef Butcher [Charlotte, NC] - Locally-raised all natural, free range proteins including beef, poultry, lamb, bison, wild game and house-made sausages
  • Zingerman's Delicatessen [Ann Arbor, MI] - One of the best delicatessens in the country with cheese, bread, vinegar and other specialty foods, also by mail order

Beer, Wine and Spirits