Thermador’s New Steam Range-Appliance and Blogging Event in Scottsdale, AZ

I recently got home from a fabulous sunny mini-vacation in Scottsdale, Arizona, where I was hosted by Thermador for a blogging event in their world-class showroom.

We were able to cook on all of their exquisite appliances, and then eat, and then cook, and then eat. Seriously, I don’t think I’ve eaten this much food since last Thanksgiving! :) The family “feel” was so incredible as we ate our meals family-style and got to know one another.

The hands-on experience working in the Thermador kitchens, with some of their chefs, and with other amazing bloggers, was incredible! I really appreciated their passion for healthy foods, and especially Chef Brad’s inspiring presentation on cooking with and eating whole grains.

I say mini-vacation because my husband was able to join me early for our 20th anniversary! Yay! We went from depressing Oregon rain to glorious Arizona sunshine. It was a true gift. And I must say, I do love it when my husband gets to come on blogging adventures with me! I love that all of my blogging friends get to meet him and he loves to meet them!

So, back to Thermador. We arrived at their beautiful showroom …

As someone who’s passionate about cooking and entertaining, I so appreciated hearing the 75-year history of Thermador with Zach Elkin (Director of the Thermador brand), walking through their “oh-so-cool” and very stream-lined show room, (I could live in a house like this!), and more importantly viewing their BRAND NEW Thermador Pro Grand®Steam Range.

As Zach says, “Our new professional range empowers home cooks to achieve their best and experience the absolute finest in cooking, whether it’s healthy steam cooking, baking in the large-capacity convection oven, precise simmering on the Star Burners, or just keeping the family meal warm.”

I was so impressed with the performance of this beauty.

The unveiling …

Entire group of bloggers: Maggy from Three Many Cooks, Dana from Dana Treat, Kathy from Healthy.Happy.Life, Jaden of Steamy Kitchen, Sarah of Tastespotting, Tabitha of Lady and the Blog, Linda of Better Homes and Gardens, Leslie of KB Culture, Susan of The Kitchen Designer, Robyn of Add a Pinch, Kate and Sarah of Our Best Bites, Tessa of Handle the Heat, Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod, Amanda of Kevin and Amanda, Anne of Fannetastic Food, Irvin of Eat the Love, and Brooke from Cheeky Kitchen

This new 48-inch Thermador Pro Grand Steam is the world’s first kitchen appliance to offer seven distinct cooking options — steaming, convection baking, burner cooking, simmering, grilling, griddle cooking and warming — with a combination Steam & Convection Oven, a large-capacity convection oven, a six-burner gas cooktop. WOW!


Cooking Innovation & Performance

–To maximize cooking possibilities, the Thermador Pro Grand Steam Range offers seven distinct cooking options with four integrated appliances: a full-function combination Steam & Convection Oven; a large-capacity Convection Oven; a six-burner Gas Cooktop and electric grill/griddle option with ProCoatâ„¢titanium surface; and a Warming Drawer.

–The fully integrated 1.4-cubic-foot Steam & Convection Oven cavity is large enough for a 14-pound turkey, serving 15 people. (A 14-pound turkey takes only 90 minutes to cook in Combination mode, resulting in a moist inside and a perfect crust outside.) The steam oven offers 30 easy cook food programs, and its simple water tank design allows for convenient, spill-proof refilling, and eliminates the need for plumbing modifications during installation. (We cooked and ate 2 whole ducks – delicious!)

–The Steam & Convection Oven enables cooking without using butter or fat, improves overall food quality and appearance, and preserves healthy vitamins and nutrients typically lost during traditional cooking methods.

–Patented six Star Burners with QuickCleanâ„¢base, which allow for more ports and flame distribution, greater heat coverage and a smaller cold spot than conventional round burners.

–Power Star Burner offering 22,000 (Natural Gas) BTU, while the remaining burners produce 18,000 BTU.

–Four Star Burners featuring ExtraLow®simmering technology that cycles the burners off and on to as low as 100 degrees (375 BTU).

–Large-capacity 5.1-cubic-footConvection Oven offers maximum cooking space and nine advanced conventional cooking modes.

–Spacious 1.4-cubic-foot warming drawer holds up to 10 dinner plates.

(Kate from Our Best Bites)

Design

–Highest-grade stainless steel construction and handcrafted in the United States with signature bull-nose design.

–Professional®Series handles and trimkits offer design consistency with any Thermador kitchen.

–New hydraulic SoftCloseâ„¢hinges prevent the slamming of oven doors, and SoftClose glide doors for the warming drawer.

–Full Access® telescopic racks with integrated easy-grip handle.

–Electronic oven display interfaces to cook timer, meat probe and preheat status.

–Commercial-style stainless steel knobs.

–Commercial-style temperature gauges and illuminated electronic displays.

So how does this relate to my audience and to many who are reluctant entertainers?

Thermador actually helps take the reluctance out of entertaining!

It helps you take the question marks out of your “performance” in the kitchen (you know, worries like … will it turn out? what if I overcook the food?), because of its 7 reliable features all in one.

The settings will not steer you wrong. Did you know that you can leave a plate of chocolate chips on LOW on the burner all day long? They will not burn! You can actually trust this appliance, which gives you more confidence in the kitchen.

And you can actually boil your eggs quickly in the steam oven! Brilliant!

Lastly, this appliance brings tremendous elegance to the kitchen. They are absolutely stunning!

I’ve heard from many readers over the years that they have this spectacular kitchen, but they hardly entertain! Thus, they come to RE for encouragement and the “you-can-do-it” spirit in my message!

Maybe you’re one with a beautiful kitchen, or you’re thinking of a kitchen remodel, or possibly even just replacing one appliance at a time. I highly encourage you to at least review and read up on the Thermador products.

More of our Thermador experience …

The food we cooked and enjoyed together.

Great friends … some old, and some new.

(This group shot photo credit to Amanda.)

Maggie from Three Many Cooks and I made a scrumptious salad. I’ll be sharing the recipe here at RE soon!

Love these ladies, Kathy from Healthy.Happy.Life and Dana from Dana Treat. Dana (on the right) and I are part of a NEW Where Women Cook “Celebrate” book coming out this August 2011. This was our first time to meet!

Helping Robyn, from Add a Pinch make spring rolls.

Jayden, from Steamy Kitchen, is so classy and loved by all.

But what was really cool is that the Thermador staff wanted to learn from us! Yes, from us little bloggers, as we discussed the culinary trends taking place around the states and the world.

The whole trip was fascinating to me, so here’s a BIG thanks to Thermador for inviting me to come.

If you could replace one appliance in your kitchen, what would it be?

Thermador compensated my travel, room, and meals enjoyed during my stay in Scottsdale, but they did not pay me to write this post. It’s purely my opinion and a great honor to write about such an elegant, stately, and state-of-the-art appliance.

   

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23 Responses to “Thermador’s New Steam Range-Appliance and Blogging Event in Scottsdale, AZ”

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    Barefeet In The Kitchen — June 4, 2011 @ 11:03 am

    I would replace my stove in a heartbeat!! I had a Viking gas range several years ago and I adored it. I have an ancient electric stove (think, coil burners) now, but it gets the job done. Someday we might upgrade again, but for now, I am content. I am blessed to be able to cook and entertain with whatever is at hand. It is all about perspective!

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    Lovella — June 4, 2011 @ 11:34 am

    Sandy, this looks like the most amazing fun. I just loved seeing the pictures of all the beautiful women cooking together and learning from each other. I drooled over that amazing stove. If .. if I was building a larger bungalow I’d definately be considering this.

    I also loved that you were able to enjoy the time away with your husband. It just is icing on the cake isn’t it?

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    Tanya @ Sunday Baker — June 4, 2011 @ 11:45 am

    Looks like an awesome appliance and a great time! You are just too cute too! :)

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    Maria — June 4, 2011 @ 11:53 am

    Great recap and photos! We had so much fun hanging out with you and your hubby! Can’t wait until next time! xoxo

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    Amanda — June 4, 2011 @ 11:58 am

    Such a fun recap, Sandy! Loved seeing all your photos. It was such a pleasure hanging out with you this week and meeting your darling hubby! Miss you already, talk soon!

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    melissa @ the inspired room — June 4, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    Wow, Sandy, what an amazing trip!! My mom used to have a Thermador and I would LOVE to have one someday. My appliances are so horrible! You are right, having a great appliance really can give you more confidence for entertaining and make it such a pleasurable experience.

    Looks like you had a fabulous time and Paul must LOVE joining you on your trips!! What a great anniversary!

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    Faith Barista | Bonnie Gray — June 4, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

    Hi Sandy! I’ve seen you around my hangouts at (in)courage, Tammy Maltby, and Crosswalk — so I just wanted to drop by and say hello! :) I love cooking & have always been blessed by reluctant hospitality that brought me the warmth of spiritual family, growing up in a single parent family. I’m so happy God uses women like you to encourage us all to open our hearts and homes. Thermador sure threw a great gathering of food, fun and hospitality!

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — June 4, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

    LOVE all of you. So sad to have missed. What *wouldn’t* I replace??? Our house came with KitchenAid appliances and though they are stainless steel and pretty… I can’t say that I have ever liked them or that they have ever worked well. Would love a whole new batch. Dreaming…

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    Barbara Collins — June 4, 2011 @ 2:16 pm

    Ok I want to know how do you get invited to these incredible blogging, “hey come cook with us” events. Such fun. Looks amazing and would love to put one in a new house if we ever sell ours….
    I too will keep dreaming.
    love to you,
    Barbara†
    @madreminutes

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    marlis — June 4, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

    What a lovely range. I will have to keep it in mind when we upgrade the kitchen.. Looks like a fun time and I certainly always had fun when my husband was able to join me on a trip.. Happy weekend! blessings, marlis

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    Debbie — June 4, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

    It looks like you had a great time! I even recognize many of the faces in your photos from their blogs. What a wonderful opportunity to visit Thermador and get a hands on tour. I work in Scottsdale not too far from there. Next time ….

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

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    Kim — June 4, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

    What a wonderful experience…. HMMMM what would I replace???? Probably nothing at this point as everything suits my needs. I wouldn’t pass up that steam oven tho. hahaha.

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    Kristen — June 4, 2011 @ 5:25 pm

    My range!

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    Laura Scott — June 4, 2011 @ 8:48 pm

    I want a new range so badly, as mine gave up the ghost. However, I have replace the refrigerator this summer. It is slowly not working any longer and the summer heat has arrived!

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    Robyn | Add a Pinch — June 4, 2011 @ 8:58 pm

    Loved seeing you and being able to meet your husband! Great recap, can’t wait to see you again soon.

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    Susan — June 4, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

    You are so lucky!!! What a FABULOUS stove – incredible!!! I must say though, even though the stove is gorgeous —- nothing beats that lovely smile or yours – always fun to see you in the photos too! I do need a new dishwasher – really bad……it will come!

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    chef Brad — June 5, 2011 @ 8:05 pm

    It was great having you in our showroom and seeing our great products. Thermador is amazing and I am so glad I was able to teach the small grain class. It was great fun. Greatest success to you and keep up the great work.

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    Brooke — June 5, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

    Such a fabu recap, Sandy! Love how you mentioned that Thermado takes the “reluctance” out of entertaining. It’s so TRUE!

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    Donna O. — June 6, 2011 @ 6:11 am

    There’s no doubt I’d replace my range if I could! I scrimped & saved & had a separate savings account for a year to buy my Viking range back in 2001. It has been a big fat LEMON!!! We’ve had 3 repairs on it & there are still so many things wrong with it – bad hinges, broken burner ignition & other minor irritations. I’d never considered Thermador, but reading your experience I’m definitely interested! I use my range constantly!

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    Dana — June 6, 2011 @ 7:58 am

    Sandy, it was so great to meet you. I feel like we are kindred spirits! You have an amazing nurturing warmth about you that really comes through in your blog. Thanks for all the great chats and I look forward to next time! (By the way, great job on the recap!)

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