AmericasMart’s Gourmet & Housewares and Living & Entertaining: Gifts, Tabletop & Accessories collections have been expanded at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market in January 2014.
“Tabletop and Housewares items are definitely in demand and on trend for a broad range of retailers,” says Kristi Forbes, vp/gourmet, housewares, tabletop and gift. “AmericasMart’s continued leadership in this segment has allowed us to increase the depth and breadth of our lines and to further support the culinary community.”
Driving the growth in AmericasMart’s Gourmet & Housewares collection is an expanded showroom for Sherry Matthews Marketing LLC and new showrooms for Chef’n Corporation, Gourmac, Magefesa USA, Typhoon Homewares LLC and Lancaster Commercial Products LLC.
The Living & Entertaining: Gifts, Tabletop & Accessories collection is highlighted by new showroom growth alongside expansions, relocations and updates of longtime AmericasMart exhibitors. Joining the collection for the January Market are Spartina 449 and Julia Knight, Inc.
Welcome Home, LLC and Rosse & Associates, Inc. are expanding their spaces. Jason Products Ltd. and Keller-Charles of Philadelphia are relocating to Floor 8. Other exhibitor updates include a completely redesigned showroom for Jay Strongwater/MacKenzie-Childs and new owners for Lazy Susan USA Inc.
In addition, AmericasMart has confirmed its commitment to the culinary community with a new special event “Culinary Futures: Helping Tomorrow’s Professional Grow” to raise funds for Les Dames d’Escoffier International – Atlanta Chapter, a philanthropic society dedicated to fostering women in the culinary and hospitality professions. The event, hosted in partnership with Cook’s Warehouse, Harold Import Co. and Dugan Bliss, features a cocktail hour and silent auction and is open to all buyers and exhibitors. It takes place on Thursday, January 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Fashion Theater on Building 3, Floor 15.
Highlights of market programming, according to AmericasMart, include:
“A Taste of Bacchanalia” presented by Chef Anne Quatrano, executive owner of Bacchanalia, sponsored by Le Creuset, held Thursday, January 9 at 2 p.m. in Building 2, Floor 8, Demonstration Kitchen.
“Picture Perfect Parties,” presented by Annette Joseph, celebrity entertaining expert and author, held Thursday, January 9 at 3 p.m., Building 2, Floor 9, Seminar Room.
“Marcus Samuelsson’s New American Table” presented by Marcus Samuelsson of Food Network’s “Chopped All Stars: Judges Remix, held Friday, January 10 at 1 p.m. Building 2, Floor 8, Demonstration Kitchen.
“Wine Tasting with Georg Riedel,” held Friday, January 10 at 3 p.m., Building 3, Floor 15, Fashion Theatre.
“Picture Perfect Starters: Straight from the Garden” presented by Annette Joseph, celebrity entertaining expert and author, held Saturday, January 11 at 1 p.m. Building 2, Floor 8, Demonstration Kitchen.