You know the feeling of culinary inspiration to get your dinner game on point after watching an episode (or entire season) of Top Chef? Yes, you know — the one that prompted you to put on your chef’s hat that you haven’t worn in years and try a new recipe that Gordon Ramsey would LOVE! That feeling. Even if your meal ended up being surprisingly delicious based on your history in the kitchen, we would guess that it did not look anything like what you saw on TV.
Enter: Sterling Restaurant Supply. But be warned, you may need supervision from a friend when you enter the store because it will feel like you’re in a real life Pinterest board labeled “#kitchengoals”.
The SRS showroom floor was giving us all of the #fallfeels.
Before we go into our time at Sterling Restaurant Supply, let’s set the record straight with a few important points. Sterling Restaurant Supply is a company of Fortessa Tableware Solutions and has a storefront that is open to the public right here in One Loudoun. The space next door is a Fortessa Tableware Solutions showroom just for commercial customers to shop by appointment only. Now, let’s move into our experience at SRS and why we wish we could say, “Four of everything please!”
(Check out the photo for a peek into the Fortessa Tableware Solutions Commercial Showroom!)
We think the most effective way of giving you the important stuff without giving everything away is to tell you 3 reasons why Sterling Restaurant Supply is the coolest tableware store we have ever been to.
Reason #1: There is something for everyone
As we learned from our time speaking with Fortessa Tableware Solutions CEO Scott Hamberger and the SRS team, the store rarely sees a customer walk in and walk out without purchasing at least one item. Because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love food? Whether it is an entertainer who finally found the perfect wine glasses to impress their weekend guests or someone who has been looking for a wedding gift to give to a sushi connoisseur, you will find something here, and you will love it.
Nothing stole our hearts faster than these tiny leaf-shaped plates. Is it just us or is this table setting bringing some serious Thanksgiving vibes to your Next Level Home?
This chic dinner party setting doesn’t need any other reason to exist besides the fact that it makes us feel fancy and sophisticated.
Reason #2: There are unique pieces that you can’t find anywhere else.
Want a variety of taco stands to choose from for Taco Tuesday just like Uncle Julio’s? They have it. If you want to serve your coffee creamer out of a cow (because who wouldn’t?), they have that too. If you’re really interested to see how one-of-a-kind some of these pieces are, slink around the corner of the FTS showroom and if you look inside the large glass windows, you might just see someone sitting at a pottery wheel. Note: this person can also see you, so don’t do anything weird.
Cloud Terre Studio is a pottery design studio, also a Fortessa Tableware Solutions company, where Scott introduced us to founder Amber Kendrick who creates exquisitely designed tableware collections for global clients like The Ritz-Carlton. But lucky for you, anyone can purchase some amazing pieces from Cloud Terre in the SRS store here at One Loudoun!
Reason #3: You can buy the same tools as gourmet chefs, but use them in your everyday life.
As fate would have it, Copperwood Tavern’s Executive Chef, James Duke, arrived at SRS before an appointment in the showroom next door, and we asked him to accompany us to the “Chefs Essentials” section for proof that he uses the exact tools sold in the store. It went something like this:
“What products in this section do you use?”, we asked, hoping that we would uncover a new truth like the end of every Game of Thrones episode.
Chef first pointed to a hand grater and said, “We can never have enough of these because we always lose them,” leading us to wonder how a kitchen constantly loses hand graters (the jury is still out on this one).
Okay, he got us there, but moving on. “It’s funny, I told my sous chef to pick up one of these today, but I could have just bought it here,” he said about another item.
Then came the big one when he said, “We have about 50 of these. Really… everything here!” MYTH. BUSTED.
The same chefs who make us salivate over a mere Instagram photo of their gourmet dishes (we’re talking to you Copperwood), come here to hand pick each tableware piece to provide unforgettable dining experiences. Where the front of the house meets the back of the house, you will find the same exact tools that culinary experts use around the world!
SRS “Back of the House” section
I can tell you that after our visit, the next time we enter SRS, I will be running, not walking, to purchase a few items that I can’t stop thinking about (Cough, cough, a tilted wine carafe and matte-pink plates). Fortessa Tableware Solutions also has a really cool story attached it, but we won’t discuss right now since it would take a full hour, which is why Scott told us that they had to turn it into a video for new hires to watch. But as we know from hearing many a story, if it takes an hour to tell, it has got to be a good one!
So head on over to Sterling Restaurant Supply and get to know this wonderful company who have moved their way into the One Loudoun family! And finally, we raise you a royal blue Cloud Terre plate to your first-apartment thrift shop dining set! Bon appetit One Loudouners!