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Nov. 24th, 2003

05:33 pm - Stainless steel dinnerware?

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At some point, I plan to buy some dinnerware, and in keeping with the philosophy of Durable Living, I plan to "buy it once, keep it forever". Therefore, ideally, I'd like to find some stainless steel dinnerware. However, it has proven surprisingly hard to find on the web. Most of the stuff I found seems intended for camping , rather than fine dining. Padia.com offers what I'm looking for, but they seem to be selling primarily to importers, not to customers directly. Anyone know of a good source for stainless steel dinnerware?

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From:kirinqueen
Date:November 24th, 2003 03:37 pm (UTC)
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Oneida makes stainless steel silverware</a..
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From:crasch
Date:November 24th, 2003 08:02 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! Stainless steel flatware (spoons, knives, forks and such) is fairly easy to find. What I'm looking for is plates, bowls, and cups.
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From:kirinqueen
Date:November 25th, 2003 11:37 am (UTC)
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Hehe, right, it might help if I actually looked at the stuff you linked on your post. Errr. *sheepish*
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From:papertygre
Date:November 24th, 2003 03:40 pm (UTC)
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If you don't mind straying outside the realm of pure utilitarianism, there are options. A couple of years ago, I bought some gracefully designed flatware from Dansk (they don't appear to have an online catalog; I bought it from a retail store) that was expensive, but that I expect to last, and to provide ongoing aesthetic enjoyment so long as it does.

Williams-Sonoma also appears to sell stainless flatware, and they have an online catalog.
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From:crasch
Date:November 24th, 2003 08:04 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the links! I can find stainless flatware (spoons, knives, etc.) What I'm having trouble with is plates, cups, bowls etc. If I could find a catalog that provides dinnerware for prisons, hospitals, etc. they might carry them.
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 26th, 2004 08:22 am (UTC)
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Try some local Indian store where they are selling Indian groceries. Also check out a few stores before you buy as the quality and price will be different in every store.
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From:visgoth
Date:November 24th, 2003 04:12 pm (UTC)
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I would contact Padia and ask them where you can find their products in your area.
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From:crasch
Date:November 24th, 2003 08:04 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! I emailed Padia, but I haven't heard back from them yet.
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From:polychromatic22
Date:November 24th, 2003 04:34 pm (UTC)
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Actually, I would skip the web, and try local area catering supply stores. Look for any place servicing professional servers. Quite often they have metal dinner ware, including plates, bowls, and so forth.
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From:crasch
Date:November 24th, 2003 08:05 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the suggestion--I'll try that.
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From:new_iconoclast
Date:November 24th, 2003 04:52 pm (UTC)
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Silverware is easy - most of it is stainless and it lasts forever. I assume you're thinking of plates, cups, platters, saucers, etc.

Huh. Most of what I've seen is camping stuff, too; have you thought about durable plastic or stoneware? I sincerely doubt there's such a thing as stainless steel plates for fine dining.
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From:crasch
Date:November 24th, 2003 08:07 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! Yep, I'm looking for stainless dinnerware (plates, cups, etc.). I don't like plastic. Stoneware is an option--I'm not sure how breakable it is though. I know stainless dinnerware exists (the company I linked to, Padia, makes it), but I haven't found someone who sells it at the retail level yet.
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From:crasch
Date:November 25th, 2003 10:56 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the suggestion. Yes, stoneware might be a good route to go.
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From:frauhedgehog
Date:November 26th, 2003 11:23 am (UTC)
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Corelle is lightweight, virtually indestructible, microwavable, and inexpensive. Places like Kmart and Target used to carry it.
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From:crasch
Date:November 26th, 2003 11:59 am (UTC)
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Thanks! I'll check out Corelle.
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From:new_iconoclast
Date:November 25th, 2003 06:44 am (UTC)
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There's a brand of stuff out there called "Corelle", I think maybe by Corningware, that seems to be nearly indestructible. My MIL has been using hers for 30 years and I'm not sure she's ever broken anything.
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From:crasch
Date:December 1st, 2003 01:01 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! Corelle seems to be well-liked. I'll check it out.
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From:nflight
Date:November 24th, 2003 08:34 pm (UTC)
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Have you looked at Emeril Lagasse's Stainless Line of products?
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From:crasch
Date:December 1st, 2003 01:00 pm (UTC)
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No--thanks for the tip. I'll check his stuff out.
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From:spotboy
Date:November 24th, 2003 09:49 pm (UTC)
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Here in Boston in Chinatown they have restaurant supply stores which sell metal everything, meant to be abused constantly in huge kitchens. I don't know what metals are available, but most of the stuff is pretty cheap. Is there a Chinatown wherever you be?
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From:crasch
Date:December 1st, 2003 01:00 pm (UTC)
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No Chinatown that I'm aware of, but restaurant supply houses do exist. Thanks for the suggestion!
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From:dark_gardener
Date:November 24th, 2003 11:54 pm (UTC)
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As long as you don't drop them on something hard, I've found Corelle plates, cups, and bowls to be quite durable. And even if you drop them, they often don't break. And they're thin, so you can have 20 plates in the space it would take to store 10 stoneware plates. They're also extremely cheap. I may break a couple in the next 10 years, but they're so cheap it is no big deal. Just a thought to consider. I recommend spending your money on good cookware instead.
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From:crasch
Date:December 1st, 2003 12:59 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the suggestion! I'll check out Corelle dinnerware.
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From:troyworks
Date:December 1st, 2003 01:58 am (UTC)

buy once...

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The problem with buy once is it's not always cost effective. E.g. I could spend $100 on stainless steel set, or I could spend $10 for dishes that last 30 years.

Anything that shiny will be scratched dinged and dented so I doubt it would work that well over the more brushed look.

Also Stainless steel isn't good for hot dishes, while not a great heat sink, it's still radiates more heat than ceramics.
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From:crasch
Date:December 1st, 2003 12:58 pm (UTC)
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You may be right, that the benefit/cost ratio for ceramics may be higher. The dinged/dented issue is a good point.
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 3rd, 2004 12:10 am (UTC)

Stainless dinnerware

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I have found stainless and copper dinnerware at Orion Trading and Design on the web.

I hope this helps.
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From:crasch
Date:June 3rd, 2004 12:42 am (UTC)

Re: Stainless dinnerware

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Thanks!
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