On the Level: November News
Last month, my Production Manager, Aaron Oaks, and I attended the Remodeling Show in Baltimore. At the three-day event, we learned about the latest products, tools, and services for the residential construction industry. He and I both came back supercharged with ideas and motivation for introducing new products, improving training, and optimizing systems here at Distinctive Remodeling.
The Grill 'N' Chili Challenge on October 30, sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Raleigh - Wake County at the HBA, was a blast. We cooked up some White Chicken Chili and Rubbed Hot Wings, promoted our cabinets to area builders, and featured our very own shop manager and resident magician, Donald Granitzki. While we didn’t win first place with the official judges, we feel like we won the popular vote on the White Chicken Chili. We also reconnected with some builders that have invited us to look at some cabinet projects for them. So, it was great fun, good food and drink, and possibly some more work for the cabinet shop. Mission accomplished!
As we head into the holiday season, I hope our extended Distinctive Remodeling family has much to be thankful for. Personally, I am thankful for a loving and supportive family, relatively good health, a wonderful staff of hard working, intelligent and talented people, and last, but certainly not least, a plethora of wonderful customers allowing us to do the outstanding work we do.
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Every Chef Needs a Secret Weapon: The Dacor Warming Drawer
Distinctive Remodeling customers and friends know that, outside of the office, Owner Eddie Casanave loves to put on a chef’s coat and cook for a crowd. With the holidays just around the corner, we sat down with Eddie to ask him about his Thanksgiving plans, his menu, and his favorite kitchen appliance.
When you’re planning your Thanksgiving menu, Eddie, do you always use the same recipes or do you mix it up each year?
We have some traditions that we maintain for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. So, for the most part we stick with the turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and sweet potato casserole. But, after those we will change up desserts or add another side item. For Christmas, we do prime rib, Yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes, cranberry salad, yeast rolls, and again, change up the desserts for some variety. Read More
What does your pantry look like? Is it a roomy walk-in affair? Is it a closet filled with wire rack shelves? Is your “pantry” actually spread across the kitchen in various cupboards and cabinets? Whatever you’re dealing with, we have solutions to make your pantry work even better. That means:
From deep slide-out drawers that are generous enough to store crockpots and ice-cream makers to built-in racks to display all your vinegars, oils, herbs, and spices, today’s pantries offer so many options for maximizing space, organizing staples, and de-cluttering the kitchen. We may not think of pantry designs coming and going out of style, but they do. Read More