Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

FEB 2019

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hole, as it were. The restaurant's logo, commissioned by the restaurant and designed by artist Jeremy Fish of San Francisco, is a headshot of a rather dapper but unsmiling rabbit in a sport coat and tie. Instead of being at the center of the plate, or at 6 or 12 o'clock on the rim, the logo seems to "slide" from the black-lined rim to the edge of the plate's well. Like some other storied rabbits, Jackrabbit's spokes-hare seems to straddle the worlds of reality and fantastic adventure. Cosentino said he made the unexpected choice simply because "it looked cool." This is the second Cosentino restaurant for which Homer Laughlin has provided dinnerware, the first being his much-heralded San Francisco establishment, Cockscomb. Chef Cosentino likes the Homer Laughlin brand, particularly the Carolyn design. He appreciates that Homer Laughlin dinnerware is made in the U.S.A. and comes with a lifetime no-chip guarantee. Cosentino's eye for cool detail extends even to the bar. Half inside the hotel lobby and half inside the restaurant, it provides an early indication that diners are in for a slightly off-kilter experience, one that breaks from the norm and has all the makings of a memorable meal. From its adventurous menu to its unforgettable custom dinnerware, it all adds up to a sophisticated environment with a dreamy dash of whimsy, Alice-in-Wonderland style. Which is fitting, since both experiences begin with rabbits. For more information on custom dinnerware: 800-452-4462, See us at NAFEM, booth #3729 The custom dinnerware started with Homer Laughlin's classic Carolyn collection, and then it slipped into the rabbit-hole... Little Details Add to Dining Experience O n a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest, I discovered a dining establishment that breaks the mold of "hotel restaurant" by keeping an eye on the small and large details that create a truly memorable dining experience. Jackrabbit in Portland, Ore., is located in the downtown Duniway hotel and has become something of an in-demand nightspot among locals—breaking out of the guests-only vibe of many hotel restaurants. Of course, this isn't just any restaurant or any hotel. Jackrabbit is celebrity chef Chris Cosentino's second restaurant, and the Duniway is a hip boutique hotel concept. Cosentino has built his reputation on creative attention to detail. A building block of his cuisine is using as many parts of the animal as possible, including some that other chefs throw away. And another building block of his quirky and cool dining brand is customized everything, from the chandeliers made of old bicycle frames to the extraordinary food to the very dinnerware it's served on. Cosentino went to the celebrated Homer Laughlin China Company, the only remaining major American dinnerware manufacturer, to create the custom dinnerware he wanted. It started with Homer Laughlin's classic and well-loved scallop-edged Carolyn collection, and then it slipped into the rabbit- By Scott Gibbs, General Sales Manager for Homer Laughlin FEBRUARY 2019 • SPONSORED CONTENT • 19

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