Five cool kitchen gadgets for the Hostess who has everything

Chef\'n Palm Vegetable Brush

New more efficient food preparation tools pop up constantly. If you are invited by someone that like to cook and you do not know what to bring as a hostess gift, why not take a look at the best of the crop in specialized kitchen tools. My hostess gift ideas are all under 30 dollars.

I select Sur La Table online store because they got a nice selection. You can also stop at a local shop that specialized in fine cooking. I like to support my local independent retailers because these small shop owners are often passionate and they bring us more innovative and well designed products.

Vegetable brushes are often awkward to hold. This one called Chef’n Palm Vegetable Brush let you slip your middle finger so that the head rests in your palm. At $4.95 USD each, you can stock up a few Chef’n Palm Vegetable brushes and get helpers at the food preparation station.

Invented by a surgeon, Van Vacter Avocado Knife is neat. You can do it all with this avocado multiple blades knife. The serrated stainless steel blade cuts through tough peel, the sharp spikes quickly remove pit, the rounded tip quickly slices and dices while the flat side of blade removes the peel. The Van Vacter Avocado Knife is sold for $19.95 USD.

Van Vacter Avocado Knife Avocado Slicer by Progressive :: stainless steel

The Avocado Slicer by Progressive is another great tool. It is a must to nicely plate your avocado for a salad. If you make your own guacamole, the avocado speeds up the process because it slices and removes the peel in one movement. This product is widely available in stores for $14.95 USD.

colorful die cast aluminum citrus squeezers

I took the Avocado Slicer picture from, an online store that I recommend because I always got a great service from them. Customers of wrote lots of product reviews to help you make your choice. Sur La Table carries the same Avocado Slicer but their picture was not as nice.

These colorful die cast aluminum squeezers let you neatly press out pure juice and leave behind seeds and pulp out of citrus halves. I do not know about this particular brand but I know that this technique is appreciated by many cooks. There is one for lime, one for lemon and one for orange. These citrus squeezers start at $12.95 USD. Because you need three, I will give these to someone with a large kitchen.

If you are looking for a high-end hostess gift, take a look at David Rocco’s Dolce Vitae Olive wood collection. The Lemon Reamer got my vote of appreciation. There are many wood lemon reamers out there, many that are a lot cheaper but the Dolce Vitae Lemon Reamer has an authentic look and feel that makes it a first-class hostess gift.

Olive wood lemon reamer by David Rocco\'s Dolce Vitae

The David Rocco’s Dolce Vitae Olive wood Lemon Reamer retail price is $29 CAD. This collection is only available in Canada for the moment. The products are imported from Italy. I located two shops in Montreal and Toronto where you can find the DRDV olive wood collection:

Cuisine Gourmet – 2 locations in Montreal:
– 2005 rue Drummond 514.845.0372
– Centre Rockland 514.344.6190
Junors at Bayview Village Shopping Center , Toronto 416.223.0910

Buy online: Chef’n Palm Vegetable Brushes at Sur La Table
Buy online: Van Vacter Avocado Knife at Sur La Table
Buy online: Citrus Juicers at Sur La Table
Buy online: Avocado Slicer by Progressive at
Get info on: David Rocco’s Dolce Vitae Olive wood Lemon Reamer on David Rocco’s Web site

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  • amber
    June 22, 2007 at 00:38

    I am completely addicited to avocados, and therefore I’m thrilled about the avocado slicer! I’m sold.

  • danielle
    June 22, 2007 at 12:49

    I love that Avocado Slicer! I haven’t seen anything like this before. Very handy!

  • At Home with kim vallee
    June 29, 2007 at 10:14

    Kim gives two thumbs up to David Rocco

  • at home with kim vallee
    November 15, 2007 at 11:56

    My feel good moment

  • Sabina
    November 15, 2007 at 12:29

    love the avocado slicer! I just served avocados atop gazpacho at a gathering last evening and could have used this tool. great find!