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Food & Drink 8 Food Experts Pick the Best Gifts for Your Wedding Registry

23:06  12 may  2021
23:06  12 may  2021 Source:   epicurious.com

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Ideally you'll only build a wedding registry once, so there's a lot of pressure to get it right. The whole project is a bit of a balancing act, offsetting stuff you feel you have to add to the list with things you know you'll actually use, expensive appliances with more budget-friendly items, and once-a-year tools (looking at you, roasting pan) with everyday staples. It's a challenge! And the moment you have the experience under your belt, you'll (hopefully) never draw on those learnings ever again.

Until the Epicurious team comes to you for tips. In a effort to create the ideal wedding registry of kitchen and kitchen-adjacent items, we asked eight married food people with impeccable taste—cookbook authors, chefs, writers, wine professionals, and editors—to share the best items from their own registry lists, plus the things they wish they'd included now that they have some distance from it. From a set of drinking glasses that refuses to break to a fully-loaded picnic backpack (complete with mini cheese board!), these are the no-regrets additions your registry needs.

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Tara O'Brady, food writer and author of Seven Spoons

Since most soon-to-be-marrieds have usually already set up their homes, my advice on building a wedding registry is to think a few steps above basic, and choose items that will be around for years—so that you will always think of those who gave the gifts. That could mean upping the everyday with a Moccamaster or stunning flatware set. You're then literally starting each day with your friends in mind. Or, go with a big, single-function appliance that is inherently celebratory; I'm talking about the legendary All-Clad Belgian waffle maker or the Breville compressor-style ice cream maker.

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Finally, think about THE piece, something that is useful and beautiful and has more than a little presence: a large-scale Jurgen Lehl copper pan or a sculptural candle holder from Nunatek. Friends gifted us investment pieces like these when my husband and I married, and every time I use them I smile with a sense of ceremony and gratitude.

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Chris Morocco, Test Kitchen Director of Epicurious and Bon Appetit

We went to City Hall with the intention of having a bigger wedding later on, but that never really happened. In fact, I still owe my wife an engagement ring...long story. If we'd had a registry, I would have loved to add some nice place settings from Royal Copenhagen or the Heath Ceramics coupe line. We have slowly been building up our ceramics collection, but all that stuff adds up, and I would love to no longer go into panic mode when more than four friends come for dinner, since we don't actually have more than four of anything.

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Also: some nice linen sheets. It takes a long time to get to the place where you feel ok justifying spending a lot on sheets.

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Stevie Stacionis, co-owner of Bay Grape Wine Shop

A real highlight was the picnic backpack we received that included a corkscrew, stemware, and wine chiller pocket along with the plates, a mini tablecloth, and a charcuterie board situation.

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I'd also definitely put Jancis Robinson wine stems on our list today—and the àplat casserole totes, they're absolutely fabulous and I want one.

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And finally, I think a wine club membership would be really great for newlyweds to boost up their wine collection and learn about new wines together. CLEARLY I think a Bay Grape Wine Club membership should be on everyone's registry ;) ;) Just saying.

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Ali Rosen, cookbook author and host of Potluck with Ali

I use a LOT of items that I registered for, even now over 8 years later (sheesh). The things that truly stand the test of time are my KitchenAid mixer and my Le Creuset Dutch oven. They are sort of a cliché but for a reason—they are a splurge you may not buy for yourself but that you will use constantly.

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As for items I have since purchased for myself that I wish existed or I had known existed when I was making a wedding registry: I have a book coming out in a few months about freezer meals, so I am particularly focused lately on the best items for meal prep, since I think married life can often mean you need more meals and planning. I am very into the Zwilling Fresh & Save because it is the easiest vacuum sealer and the glass containers are great for going from freezer to oven or microwave, which eliminates extra dishes. I also think digital thermometers are essential. I have the Yummly smart thermometer and it is incredible. You hook it up to your smartphone and it tells you when your food is cooked—it is a complete game changer for cooking proteins.

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Another contender: placemats and napkins that are easily washed or wiped but that are, again, more expensive than you might purchase for yourself. It is the easiest way to change up your table without investing in new furniture, lighting, or dishware. I love these placemats, because they remind me of the sweetgrass I grew up with in Charleston. Or I like the Basil Bangs ones because they are treated to be able to wipe off. Dot and Army also has lots of fun napkins.

Sonia Chopra, Executive Editor of Epicurious and Bon Appetit

A few of our friends gifted us six-month subscriptions, one for coffee and one for pasta, and I loved them because they were upgrades on things we actually used but encouraged us to switch up our routine. We sent them photos every month of the dishes (and morning coffees) we made, so it was also a fun way to stay in touch.

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We found that there was a sweet spot in that space of "things we actually need" and "things our loved ones want to buy us for our wedding"—turns out people don't want to give you trash cans, vacuums, or lamps nearly as much as they want to upgrade your glassware or baking pans. For some reason, this extremely functional set of ten storage canisters from OXO was squarely in the middle of our registry's Venn diagram: someone bought them for us off our registry early, and I loved them so much that I added them back and got another set within the week.

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Our registry was for a May wedding, but we had to postpone and ended up eloping later in the summer. I had originally registered for a nice cake server set just because it felt like a pretty thing to have—something I would never buy myself and that would probably almost always keep tucked away in a drawer, but might be nice to have every once in a while for special occasions. But then because we eloped in the pandemic, we actually ended up using the set we were gifted as the cake cutter for our wedding cake, which feels kind of special!

Christian Reynoso, chef and SF Chronicle recipe columnist

When my boo John and I got married we just asked for moolah for a certain future large purchase (a house) because we thought we had the nest already nested. But I guess, in hindsight, actual tangible gifts to open and use immediately like a really beautiful pepper mill or some new knives from Bernal Cutlery would've been amazing too. And if I'm going to daydream more...my whole registry would've been at The Conran Shop or include something like a vintage Moroccan rug. I'm glad I have John who would've kept me checked in reality.

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Maggie Hoffman, Senior Editor of Epicurious

My basic wine glasses have lasted since my wedding—almost a dozen years. They're dishwasher-friendly and remarkably sturdy without feeling at all clunky. Recently, though, I've upgraded to handblown Glasvin glasses, and honestly, I'm obsessed with them. Perfectly slim rims, elegant stem, truly delightful to sip from—and dishwasher-recommended. I especially love the shape of the Expression model.

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Cathy Erway, food writer and author of Sheet Pan Chicken and The Food of Taiwan

For my wedding a couple years ago, we chose a really small number of things for the registry, because we had plenty of stuff. But one thing I did put on the registry was a set of simple glassware, because it's something that's used constantly and breaks constantly. Dinner parties and daily wear and tear had worn down our collection of regular drinking glasses to a few mismatched stragglers from previous sets. So we requested a set of six tumblers that are so beautiful, versatile and surprisingly durable that we've only broken one so far—a record! And using them every day is a great reminder of the wedding.

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