Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Utensil Rest wants a place at every elegant table


Emily Post was the recognized expert on etiquette and manners through the 1940s and 50s and she would have gotten along well with my grandmother.

Grandma came from old English stock, with ancestors who arrived on the Mayflower and fought in the Revolutionary War. She was a bit of a stickler for manners, and she believed there was a proper way of doing things like setting the table for a dinner party.

Grandma knew exactly where every knife, fork and spoon should be placed before and during a meal. That's information that her grandchildren, including this one, never managed to file away in an easily-accessible part of their brains.

And that's why I was intrigued to come across Utensil Rest. It's a simple but elegant invention
that creates a convenient resting place for eating utensils in a well-appointed table setting.

The Utensil Rest was also designed to counter the messiness and disorder that naturally comes with meal time. I can remember grandma wincing slightly when an especially sloppy uncle would take his butter-laden knife or gravy-drenched fork and place it on her embroidered linen tablecloth.   

And then there's the germs. Researchers at the University of Georgia found that kitchen utensils can assist in spreading bacteria to different types of produce.

Here's what the creators of Utensil Rest say on their website:

Despite some of the best efforts, germs still find their way to the dinner table. Using Utensil Rest is one of the most effective ways to prevent contamination from the table to your spoon, fork, or knife.

The Utensil Rest provides a place above the table surface to park eating utensils.

The Utensil Rest is produced in a variety of colors and materials, including marble, granite and hardwood. Each one has a spot for knife, fork and spoon and some include a space for sushi sticks.

To see the full collection, visit the Utensil Rest website. You can also check out Utensil Rest on Facebook, where you can see a slideshow video, and on Instagram.


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