DALLAS–Dallas Market Center will offer an array of exhibitors, special events, cooking and product demonstrations as well as educational opportunities during the upcoming Total Housewares & Gourmet Market, which first launched at the January show. The market has more than 1,500 manufacturers of housewares and gourmet products throughout the Dallas Market Center campus, including temporary booths, permanent showrooms and the open-daily Gourmet Market, which will unveil its expansion totaling 22,000 square feet at this market.
In addition, Table & Housewares Finds relocates next to the expanded Gourmet Market and has increased its space by more than 30 percent since January. In its new location on WTC 1, Table & Housewares Finds showcases functional gifts, dining, cooking and entertaining wares. Key exhibitors include Guzzini, Kobenstyle, Majestic Gifts, MyDrap, Noritake and Yamazaki. Exhibitor expansions include Lenox, which has doubled the size of its space.
Highlights of housewares resources throughout permanent showrooms include All-Clad Metalcrafters, Bodum, Boston Warehouse, Calphalon, Chicago Metallic Bakeware, Island Bamboo, Jura Capresso, Trudeau, USA Pan and Wilton Armetale. Companies relocating within the expanded Gourmet Market include nationally known companies Carmie’s Kitchen, Lammes Candies, Limited Editions Pelican Bay Ltd. and Wild Hare Designs. In addition, Main St. Shoppe, Mercantile International/ChefPro, Leland & Associates and S.A.L.T. Sisters are expanding their exhibit spaces. New exhibitors include: Artistic Creations, which offers functional hand-painted items including Festa wine products; Chef Works Cutlery, with its line of professional and chef’s knives made in Germany; Jon Margeaux, featuring a line of pewter-accented, dishwasher-safe glassware as well as other pieces; Le Popcorn & Candy; and Winchester Woodworks, offering bowls, lids, platters and urns crafted from a variety of natural woods.
Among the educational opportunities at market include two presentations given by Bob Coviello, president of HTI Buying Group. “Philosophy, Art, Science of Buying” will be presented on Thursday, June 20 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in Trade Mart (TM) 2-2355, during which Coviello will share his insights to improve and upgrade buying skills to enhance a store’s per-square-foot performance and increase the bottom line. On Friday, June 21 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in TM 2-2355, Coviello will present “Building Your Business by the Numbers,” an interactive seminar during which Coviello will present how to design the start-up of a business and will discuss key components of a store’s profit and loss performance statement as well as how to be successful at forecasting sales. Both seminars are open to all retailers.
The Culinary Stage in the WTC Hall of Nations will feature live cooking and product demonstrations by high-profile restaurant chefs on Thursday, June 20 through Saturday, June 22. The schedule is as follows:
Thursday, June 20
Noon – Chef Daneyle McPherson, The Grape
2 p.m. – Chef Anthony Van Camp, SER
Friday, June 21
Noon – Mike Smith, The Common Table
2 p.m. – Chef Kent Rathbun, Abacus
Saturday, June 22
2 p.m. – Chef Daniel Pittman, Luck
In addition, the 4th annual Dallas Gourmet Gold Awards will be held on Friday, June 21 at 5:30 p.m. at The Culinary Stage. The Dallas Gourmet Gold Awards celebrates exceptional manufacturers in the gourmet products industry that exhibit in Dallas. The categories include: Best Sweet, Best Fruit Confit, Best Snack, Best Beverage, Best Soup or Chili, Best Condiment, Best Kitchen Gadget, Best Kitchen Textile, Best Tabletop, Best Cookware or Bakeware and Best Small Appliance.
Housewares Hotspot features product demonstrations from top housewares manufacturers on Thursday, June 20 through Saturday, June 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. on TM 2nd floor.
For a full list of special events and educational opportunities, visit the Dallas Market Center website.