1. Mario Batali’s Italian Essentials Pot is essential. Pick it up at The Front Porch in Suttons Bay – where the celebrity chef himself sometimes shops. $99.99. Mario Batali serving spoon, $8.99. 800-307-7210, frontporchsb.com. Also, Crystal Crate & Cargo (see No. 4).
2. Find a wooden spoon for every culinary task under the sun at Home Elements (at the Candle Factory), Traverse City. From three-feet-long on down, starting at $17.50. 231-946-2850.
3. The new farmhouse kitchen sparkles with sleek Hopewell Castilian steel cabinets by Neff. C.J Designs, Petoskey, 231-487-9333. Scott Lankford Design, Traverse City, 231-932-0470, neffkitchens.com.
4. Slice with sustainable style on this bamboo chopping block. Good to know, no pandas were hurt in the bamboo harvesting. Made by Tru Bamboo. Crystal Crate & Cargo, Beulah, $88. 800-787-7366, crystalcrate.com.
Classic Collection. Wooden Hammer, Elk Rapids. woodenhammer.com
Yorktowne Stockton, custom and semi-custom. Kitchen Choreography, Traverse City. kitchenchoreography.net.
Stainless. Great Lakes Stainless, Traverse City. greatlakesstainless.com.
Lyptus Wood, Michigan Maple Block. Northwood Kitchens, Traverse City. northwoodkitchens.com. Signature Kitchens, Petoskey. signaturekitchensonline.com.
Note: This article was first published in January 2007 and was updated for the web February 2008.