11 Great Cooking Supply Stores in Metro Phoenix
Crate & Barrel
Like Sur La Table and Williams-Sonoma, Crate & Barrel (a furniture and home decor store with a serious kitchen component) has plenty of pricy, gourmet eye-candy. But the great thing about this cheery, gorgeously merchandised store is that it does a clever job of capturing the attention of young cooks. You know, people who might actually be decorating (not trashing) their apartments and entertaining beyond chips and dip for the very first time. Yes, the place is stocked with gadgets, cookware, cutlery and appliances galore (although certainly less than, say, Kitchen Connection), but what C&B does better than anyone else is create a mood, offering pretty vignettes of contemporary dinnerware, glass-ware and bar-ware to spark the customer's imagination. It's here you'll find Japanese serving pieces with chopsticks, not to mention a folding portable grill on which to cook your chicken teriyaki (out on the tiny balcony of your apartment, C&B is surely assuming). As is true at the other two high-end corporate stores, not everything is expensive, and plenty of items do go on sale. Some, on the other hand, are just plain cheaper. It's all about comparison shopping.
The motto at this high-end gourmet shop (with 15 locations in Canada but none in Sonoma) is "servng serious cooks since 1956." Like its counterpart Sur La Table, WS offers anything and everything the ambitious cook could ever want, featuring an extensive cutlery section, electrics by brands such as Breville and Cuisinart, Le Creuset, All-Clad and Calphalon cookware (to name a few), bake-ware, dinnerware, yadda yadda. If there's one thing WS offers more of than the other two fancy corporates, it's probably gourmet food, including fancy sauces, oils and vinegars and baking mixes (the latter from Thomas Keller no less). And if there's one thing seriously lacking at the Scottsdale Fashion Square store? Friendly customer service from the manager. No need to carry this snooty Sonoma thing too far.
10749 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ