Dacor's Voice Activation Oven App

I’ve written about Dacor’s Discovery iQ line before and received great response. Now instead of a new appliance, Dacor is showcasing a new remote App update designed to add voice activation either in person when the cook’s hands are otherwise occupied or via phone for the on-the-go chef.

The iQ Controller and iQ Remote app, which works with both Android and iOS, allows you have the oven preheated and ready for use as soon as you get home via a simple voice command from your car over Bluetooth.

 “The modern home chef values the convenience that connected kitchen appliances provide, which is why we strive to offer smart features like Voice Activation and ongoing software upgrades that will actually improve the overall cooking experience.” –  Chuck Huebner, Dacor CEO

Dacor’s 48-inch Discovery iQ range will retail for $12,000, with a 36-inch model priced at $9,000. No pricing information was available for the Discovery iQ wall ovens.


A featured call the Discovery iQ™ Recipe Box allows users to easily store recipes found online directly to the smart range and ovens. The Dacor cooking guide is intuitive and eliminates the guess-work a chef might have trying a new food or recipe.

About Dacor:

American made, family-owned Dacor has been designing and manufacturing luxury kitchen appliances for three generations.  Dacor provides a full line of innovative products designed to appeal to a broad segment of the luxury kitchen appliance market.  Dacor is proud of their products and innovations, but places the most emphasis on their company value, which is the foundation of Mike Joseph’s leadership – To honor God in all that we do by respecting others, by doing good work, by helping others, by forgiving others, by giving thanks, by celebrating our lives.

Pizza Perfection

After years of popular demand, Kalamazoo created a built-in version of its famous pizza oven for people who want an oven installed into a wall or masonry structure and not sitting on a countertop.

Like the traditional wood-fired pizza ovens, the built-in Artisan Fire Pizza Oven is stone-lined. Pizzas cook directly on a hollow-core baking deck. Its honeycombed interior is designed to rapidly change temperature. A ceiling stone radiates heat down to quickly brown toppings.

The Artisan Fire Pizza Oven uses propane or natural gas and heats up in about 20 minutes. It is capable of the high heat needed for making delicious pizza, reaching temperatures of 800 degrees Fahrenheit via two independent burners.

Of course, the outdoor oven can be used to make other dishes such as roasting meats, fish and vegetables. Simply use cast iron fajita pans right on the baking deck. Kalamazoo’s Asparagus Wraps with Crispy Prosciutto and Herbed Cheese seems to be a very popular recipe for pizza oven owners.

Priced at $8,295, the oven will surely be the center point of your Outdoor Entertaining. The Oven can be specified for either natural gas or liquid propane, and is made by hand in Kalamazoo, Michigan, of stainless steel.

Kalamazoo has a terrific newsletter filled with great recipes that I personally enjoy.  Try this incredible recipe with pancetta and baby arugula.



Dapper Design

Menswear trends have inspired Walker Zanger’s Sterling Row collection, which incorporate marble and wood-look porcelain tiles in gray, black and white tones.

The Sterling Row collection is inspired by the elegant feel of fine fabrics, the richness of burnished leather and the luxuriously appointed shops of the finest tailors in London, Manhattan and Paris.

“Using modern water-jet technology, we were able to create delicate and distinctive patterns in wood-finish ceramic, precisely fitted with marble. It’s a novel take on a classic theme that has applications in varying scales for floors and walls, and for residential and commercial venues alike.” –  Jared Becker, Vice President of Design and Marketing

Sterling Row Patterns are available in two color ways, Linen and Charcoal, created from three colors of  Statale porcelain tile and Thasos White, Bianco Bello  and Imperial Black Marble.

Sterling Row’s ten distinctive patterns offer designers a wealth of  decorative options for floors or walls, alongside the  technical advantage of impervious porcelain, which can be used in any residential, and most commercial applications.

The Sterling Row Tile Collection will pair well with burnished leather, charcoal accents as well gold toned and brass fixtures.

Last month the Sterling Row Collection won Gold in the Best of Bath category at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS).

Sterling Row is priced from $55-$145 per square foot.

Wilsonart Quartz Collection

Wilsonart recently introduced 50 (You read correctly, 50!) patterns in their new quartz collection at KBIS in Vegas.

The Wilsonart Quartz patterns celebrate discovery with designs inspired by locations and cultures from as far away as the Gobi desert to the Midwest skies of the USA and native peoples of the Americas, Australia and Southeast Asia.

“Bringing our own quartz line to the market furthers our ability to provide customers with a full spectrum of decorative surface options for any project they may embark upon,” – Alison DeMartino, Wilsonart Director of Marketing Communications

The Quartz Collection is divided into four categories based on aggregate and pattern structure. The groups are Fine and Small Scale, Medium Scale, Large Scale and Veining and Movement. By late Spring 2015 all the patterns should be available.

Fine & Small Scale Structures:

This collection contains subtle concrete tones with touches of sparkle, soapstone with a dappled appearance, and  imbues a modern and sleek sophistication.

Serene (Q1001)Niwa (Q1002), Gobi (Q1003), Amalfi Coast (Q1004), Key West (Q1008) ,Alamosa (Q1011), Lorraine (Q1012), Chillkat (Q1013)

Medium Scale Structures:

The Medium scale designs are transitional in their offerings of  color variation. This collection offers choices that will not overwhelm your space.

Lyra (Q2001), Majestic (Q2002), Aurora (Q2003), Sans Souci (Q2004), Viaggio (Q2006)

Large Scale Structures:

Large scale structures create bold interpretations in design. From terrazzo looks to subtle movement this collection offers increased style for distinctive spaces.

Skye Cliff (Q3001), Osteria (Q3002), Kabi (Q3004), Vittorio (Q3005), Rio Upano (Q3008), Galileo (Q3011), Nakasendo (Q3012)

Veining and Movement:

This collection offers visual impact It is inspired by classic white marbles, Turkish red marbles, and exotic tortoise shell.

Badaling (Q4001), Colza (Q4002), Araku (Q4003), Mehndi (Q4004), Adena (Q4005), Xcaret (Q4006), Duomo (Q4007), Haida (Q4008), Kolams (Q4009), Arashi (Q4011), Sangda Falls (Q4012), Isselburg (Q4013), Murren (Q4014), Las Medulas (Q4016), Arno (Q4017), Gaudi (Q4019), Anatolia (Q4021), Jules (Q4022), Santiago (Q4023), Via Augusta (Q4024)

The new product line represents the best in global design and state-of-the-art manufacturing, and will be delivered through Wilsonart’s exclusive distribution network. Wilsonart Quartz joins the family of engineered surface options led by Wilsonart® Laminate and Solid Surface products, as well as other engineered surfaces for a range of commercial and residential applications. Wilsonart Quartz meets all industry standards including UL GREENGUARD Gold for Indoor Air Quality and NSF International Seal for Safe Surfaces for Food Preparation.

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