Butcher Block Co. Custom-Sized Cutting Boards in 15 Wood Types

Butcher Block Co. Custom-Sized Cutting Boards in 15 Wood Types

Butcher Block Co., a leading online seller of wood countertops for residential and commercial kitchens and offices, as well as retail food outlets and industrial job shops, aggressively promotes kitchen countertops, furniture and accessories made by such leading American manufacturers as John Boos & Co. and Catskill Craftsmen. This week the company expanded its product line to include custom-sized cutting boards in fifteen wood species.

Since 2007 the online store has marketed standard and custom-sized wood countertops and a broad line of butcher block cutting boards and chopping blocks made by John Boos, headquartered in Effingham, Illinois. Boos started making blocks for blacksmiths in the 1880s and to this day is recognized as the industry leader. Since Boos countertops only come in four types of North American hardwood – maple, walnut, cherry and red oak – earlier this year BBC began marketing private-label countertops in custom sizes, in the process increasing to fifteen the total number of wood species available. The eleven additions were ash, beech, birch, Brazilian cherry, hickory, knotty alder, knotty pine, mahogany, poplar, Spanish cedar and white oak.

According to Kathleen Grodsky, the company’s Marketing and Operations VP, “The greater variety of wood species and grain styles broadened appeal and drove overall countertop sales higher.” So Grodsky and her team decided to execute a similar strategy for custom-sized cutting boards. She went on to explain the process saying,

“It involves five easy steps. The shopper simply specifies one of the fifteen wood types, a grain style, edging, finish and dimensions, and the associated price is instantly revealed. She can either order the custom-sized cutting boards right then and there, or save her quote and cart for retrieval later.

Grain-style options include edge or end-grain butcher block or plank-style. Eight different edging options are available: square, eased, beveled, coved, radius with or without a step and small and large Roman ogee. Finish options are natural oil or conversion varnish.”

About Butcher Block Co. – BBC operates exclusively online at https://butcherblockco.com, offering butcher block kitchen counters islands, carts, tables and work stations; kitchen knives and knife blocks; and cutting boards made of wood exclusively, since scientific studies have confirmed the superiority of wood over plastic cutting boards.
Contact:
Kathleen Grodsky
[email protected]
website: https://butcherblockco.com

Announcing 12 New John Boos Products With More Modern Style

Announcing 12 New John Boos Products With More Modern Style

New John Boos Products – 129 Years After Its Founding, Iconic Maker of Boos Blocks Still Relevant
Even though the company was founded more than a century ago, the John Boos name remains one of the best-recognized brands in the home and commercial kitchen furniture and equipment space. Ted Gravenhorst, Boos’ VP of Sales and Marketing, explained the company’s focus on new product development: “One way to keep a brand top of mind with consumers is by continuously refreshing your product line – adding on-trend features to best-selling items and introducing all-new products that tap into emerging tastes and trends.” A full slate of new John Boos products were previewed with customers during the 2016 International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago. Designs were refined based on feedback they received, and one dozen new products were just announced for immediate availability. The new slate includes:

  • 5 distinctly different butcher block tables, in maple, cherry and walnut, and in edge-grain, end-grain and blended grain construction styles
  • 4 carving boards that incorporate full-perimeter juice grooves plus handle grips holes or wing extensions
  • 3 cutting board designs, including maple and cherry boards with walnut end rails; Mezzaluna herb boards; and chopping blocks elevated on stylized, wooden pedestal-and-ball legs

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According to Gravenhorst of Boos & Co., “The reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. Boos dealers seem pleased with the breadth of this year’s new product line-up, as well as the magnitude of the tweaks.” His sentiment was echoed by Kathleen Grodsky, Marketing VP at Butcher Block Co. (website: https://butcherblockco.com), the leading online seller of Boos Blocks:

“These new John Boos products incorporate bigger shifts in design than seen in past years. These sorts of changes position Boos to appeal to consumers who seek the heritage of traditional butcher blocks but prefer a more contemporary style for modern or urban settings.”

About John Boos: Boos & Co., headquartered in Effingham, IL, manufactures wood and steel products designed principally for residential and commercial kitchens.
Butcher Block Co.: BBC is a leading online seller of butcher block countertops; kitchen islands, tables and carts; plus cutting boards, knives and knife blocks.
For more information please visit: http://johnboos.com and https://butcherblockco.com.

Contact:
Kathleen Grodsky
[email protected]
website: https://butcherblockco.com
phone: (877) 845-5597

Butcher Block Co. To Promote John Boos Brand in March Giveaway Sweepstakes

Butcher Block Co. To Promote John Boos Brand in March Giveaway Sweepstakes

John Boos’ Products Also Highlighted in March 2016 Issue of Good Housekeeping

The Hearst Corporation’s women’s magazine, Good Housekeeping, was founded in 1885 – just two years before Conrad Boos and his son John created their first eponymous butcher block. The paths of these two venerable American brands intersect this month, as Good Housekeeping’s March 2016 issue showcases two Boos butcher block cutting boards. In their “Organize Everything – Quick Clutter Solutions” cover story, Good Housekeeping pictures Boos’ Maple Countertop Kneading Board and their 2-1/4” thick Maple Cutting Board with Finger Grips, naming them as necessities for well-organized, modern kitchens.

Also paying homage to the iconic Boos brand during the month of March is Butcher Block Co. (https://ButcherBlockCo.com), the leading online distributor of John Boos products. BBC’s “John Boos Butcher Block Giveaway”, which runs through March 31st, is open to U.S. residents who are at least 18 years’ old. Throughout the month BBC will accept sweepstakes entries on the company’s Facebook page (https:/Facebook.com/ButcherBlockCo).

The Giveaway Grand Prize is a Boos C Classic Maple Country Work Table with a retail value of $1,000. It’s topped with a 1-3/4” thick Rock Maple butcher block and can be configured in various sizes and colors and equipped with a drawer, as many as two shelves and up to three sliding wicker storage baskets.

According to Kathleen Grodsky, Butcher Block Co.’s VP of Marketing, “the winner of the giveaway will have the chance to configure a table of his or her choice. Considering high recognition of the Boos name and appeal of their products, plus the high prize value, consumer interest in the promotion is expected to be quite high.”

Grodsky went on to explain that, “The Boos Table Giveaway will also be showcased on the leading giveaway promotion website, Giveaway Promote® (http://www.giveawaypromote.com/), in order to expand awareness of the sweepstakes and to drive contestant-count even higher.”

About Butcher Block Co.: BBC is a leading online seller of kitchen countertops, furniture and accessories made by John Boos & Co. and other major manufacturers.

For more information please visit: http://johnboos.com and https://butcherblockco.com.

Contact:
Kathleen Grodsky
[email protected]
website: https://butcherblockco.com
phone: (877) 845-5597

German Study Confirms Superiority of Boos Wood Cutting Boards over Plastic

German Study Confirms Superiority of Boos Wood Cutting Boards over Plastic

German University Compared Hygienic Qualities and Found Wooden Boards to Be More Sanitary.

For years, plastic was favored over wood as a surface on which to prepare food, based on the fallacious presumption that germs could easily penetrate wood, which is porous and susceptible to knife scarring, and could be difficult to eliminate. But that presumption was turned on its head in 1993 when University of Wisconsin food microbiologists Dean Cliver and Nese Ak released findings of their study: “that wooden cutting boards kill bacteria that survive well on plastic boards.” (source: http://faculty.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/faculty/docliver/Research/cuttingboard.htm)

Cliver and Ak contaminated wood (7 different species) and plastic (4 different types) boards with Salmonella, Listeria and E coli bacteria – all known to produce food poisoning. Overnight the boards were exposed to cold or room-temperatures and normal or high humidity. According to Cliver, results consistently favored wood over plastic by a wide margin.

A separate, more recent study conducted by Dr. Ulrike Kleiner at the Laboratory of Hygiene Research at the Anhalt University in Bernburg, Germany compared NSF-certified John Boos hardwood maple cutting boards with professional-grade, plastic cutting boards made in Germany. Kleiner reached a similar conclusion:

“With proper care and cleaning, high-quality hardwood maple cutting boards that are certified do not pose a greater health risk and are equal to or better than plastic ones.”

(source: http://www.johnboos.com/mailchimppdf/WOODvsPLASTIC-GERMANSTUDY2015-V1.pdf)

Kleiner used test boards for cutting either chicken breast or lettuce, then manually cleaned (using dish soap, a scouring pad and warm, running water) and dried (using paper towels) the boards. He measured residual food waste and residual germ presence after each daily cleaning for 4 weeks. At the end of the test, Kleiner observed little difference between the John Boos wood and German plastic boards used for cutting lettuce; whereas he recorded a marked difference between the boards on which chicken was cut. The oiled, wood Boos board was far superior. Still, he noted that food waste and germs built up over time, even on the oiled wooden boards, reinforcing the need for regular, thorough cleaning and drying.

About Butcher Block Co. – BBC is an online seller of butcher block cutting boards, countertops, tables, carts and islands. The company is a leading distributor residential and commercial kitchen products made by John Boos & Co.

For more information please visit: http://johnboos.com and https://butcherblockco.com.

Contact:
Kathleen Grodsky
[email protected]
website: https://butcherblockco.com
phone: (877) 845-5597

John Boos To Build 100,000 Sq. Ft. Butcher Block Products Wood Plant in 2016

John Boos To Build 100,000 Sq. Ft. Butcher Block Products Wood Plant in 2016

Boos & Co. Renews Its Century-Old Commitment to Central-Illinois

No other business in the small town of Effingham, Illinois (population: 12,500) has been in operation longer than John Boos & Co. Founded in 1887, the company manufactures kitchen furniture and equipment for residential and commercial use. They’re most famous for their eponymous butcher blocks, as well as countertops, islands, tables, carts and cutting boards made of butcher block.

But soon, all these Boos wood products will be manufactured in a new facility. On December 15, the Effingham City Council will meet to consider selling to Boos a 15-acre parcel appraised at $300,000. It’s owned by the city and located near Boos’ corporate offices and modern metal plant situated at 3601 South Banker Street in Effingham. Production of stainless steel work tables, cabinets, sinks and shelving began there in 2011.

According to Vic Jansen, Director of Manufacturing for Boos & Co., “The wood plant is located at 315 South First St., and the outlet store is located at 507 East Fayette Avenue. But after the move it would all be together, except being separated by Thies Avenue. First we’d like to get the land secured.” Boos expects to break ground on a 100,000 square-foot facility by spring; sooner if weather permits.

Mark Shook, President of Boos’ online dealer Butcher Block Co. (website: https://butcherblockco.com), explained that, “It’s a smart move for Boos to opt for a greenfield project. That way they can invest in state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment that expands their capabilities, enhances flexibility and lowers costs. Plus, by shortening the physical distance between departments they can improve internal communications. This should boost innovation and shorten the time it takes to develop and bring new products to market.”

John Boos butcher blocks and cutting boards are used daily by such celebrity chiefs as Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse. They’re featured regularly on food and cooking-oriented channels, including The Food Network. Professional chefs also employ them at such famous restaurants as The Border Grill in Santa Monica and New Orleans’ Bayone Restaurant. The company’s factory outlet and showroom in Effingham is open to the public daily.

Since 2006, Butcher Block Co. has been selling products designed for home and commercial kitchens. The company offers for sale butcher block cutting boards, carts, islands and tables, but is best known as a destination site for premium custom wood countertops.

For more information please visit: http://johnboos.com and https://butcherblockco.com.

Contact:

Kathleen Grodsky

[email protected]

website: https://butcherblockco.com

phone: (877) 845-5597

Butcher Block Co. Adds Italy’s Artelegno Products

Butcher Block Co. Adds Italy’s Artelegno Products

The E-commerce Company’s Kitchen Product Offerings Now Include Stylish Artisan Knife Blocks

Butcher Block Co. announced today that it has entered into an agreement to distribute on its website (https://butcherblockco.com) knife blocks and other kitchen accessories designed and manufactured by Artelengo of Italy. Butcher Block Co. currently sells butcher block countertops, islands, tables and carts, as well as cutting boards.

Mark Shook, Butcher Block Co.’s president, stated the move is in keeping with the company’s overall business strategy. “Our mission is to offer visitors to our online store not only the finest butcher block furniture and accessories, but also other types of distinctive kitchen products, as long as they’re beautiful and functional,” he explained. Earlier this year the company added to its “virtual shelves” handcrafted Cotton and Dust-brand cutting boards, as well as the innovative Scrapesation wooden grill scraper. “Our latest discovery is one we’re even more excited about,” Shook continued, “since it moves us into an all-new product category: knife blocks, both the magnetic variety as well as conventional blocks with slots for knives, scissors and knife sharpeners.”

According to Company Vice President, Kathleen Grodsky, “Artelegno was founded in 1960 but began distributing its products in the U.S. only recently. Their gorgeous knife blocks and unique cutting boards made of beech wood are clearly a cut above the standard domestic fare. We’re eager to help Americans discover such elegant and stylish products for their kitchens.”

According to company promotional materials, Artelegno’s mission is “to improve the quality of everyday life.” They seek to create truly innovative products based on proprietary, original designs. The company intends to continue “in the path of Italian tradition, always striving to blend beauty, functionality and durability.”

Summing things up, BBC’s Shook said, “We view this as a win-win partnership. We get the chance to offer our discriminating customers Artelegno’s top-shelf products and in turn, they gain visibility on one of the premier U.S. online stores specializing in first-rate kitchen products and catering to self-described food and cooking fanatics. You can expect other announcements of a similar nature in the near future.”

About Butcher Block Co: “The Experts in All Things Butcher Block” pride themselves on being the number-one resource for helpful information on kitchen furniture and accessories, and one of the premier sources for butcher block countertops, kitchen islands, carts, tables and cutting boards. They set the standard for outstanding customer service and employ sharp, dedicated, hard-working people who share a passion for all things kitchen, and especially for all things butcher block. For more information please visit: https://butcherblockco.com

View the Artelegno line of products at https://butcherblockco.com/artelegno

Contact:

Kathleen Grodsky
[email protected]
website: https://butcherblockco.com
phone: (877) 845-5597

Walnut Butcher Block – Bring the Trend Home

Walnut Butcher Block – Bring the Trend Home

Over the last several months, we have seen a substantial increase in orders of Walnut butcher block products. The popularity of Walnut butcher block has been growing steadily for years, but the recent sales indicate this trend has really taken off! So, what’s got people so excited about Walnut? To put it simply: it’s gorgeous! Walnut butcher block has the ability to look both modern and rustic, making it a versatile material that can be used in just about any room of your home.

Whether you lean toward traditional country, sleek minimalism, or ornate details, Walnut butcher block can fit in beautifully with your style.

Let’s start small with countertop cutting boards. A Walnut butcher block cutting board is not only functional, it adds a pop of color and style to your kitchen. Because of their good looks, Walnut cutting boards and chopping blocks also double nicely as serving boards. Can’t you just picture an array of fabulous cheeses laid out on one of these beauties?

Walnut Butcher Block

If you are looking for more prep space than a cutting board will provide, consider adding a stunning Walnut butcher block island or cart to your kitchen. This is a great way to bring in some warmth and usable space if you’re not quite ready to remodel the whole kitchen. A Walnut butcher block island, table, or cart will add a fine furniture look to your home.

Walnut Butcher Block

If you are ready to remodel the whole kitchen, or if you just want to update an existing island or countertop, we have Walnut butcher block countertops available in a wide variety of sizes, and can customize to your specific size or shape if needed. Available in End, Edge, and Blended Grains, you are sure to find a look that fits your personal style. With its rich beauty, Walnut butcher block also stuns in other rooms of your home, from the office to the laundry room.

Walnut Butcher Block

If you would like to squeeze a little Walnut into your life, check out our selection of beautiful products, or give us a call and let us know what you’re looking for. We are thrilled to offer such a gorgeous collection of Walnut butcher block pieces for your home. This is one trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, so jump on board with us!

Outfit Your Restaurant or Commercial Kitchen with Butcher Block Co.

Outfit Your Restaurant or Commercial Kitchen with Butcher Block Co.

Do you run a restaurant or commercial kitchen? Let Butcher Block Co. help outfit your space with the beautiful and high quality products of John Boos & Co. Butcher Block Co. has grown into the leading online distributor of John Boos products, and while we love our residential clients, we are also experts at catering to commercial operations like restaurants and bakeries. You may be surprised at the variety of products offered to keep your commercial kitchen or restaurant running smoothly!

One of the most important areas in your commercial kitchen is your prep space. Depending on the product you’re putting out, you may need several smaller prep tables, a long and narrow work table, a huge and hefty baker’s table, or a combination of all of the above. We’ve got you covered with Boos Maple-top work tables ranging from 24” X 36” up to 60” X 168”, available in a variety of standard sizes or customized to your specific needs. You can upgrade your standard steel base by adding casters, shelves, drawers, and bin stops. Poly-top tables are perfect for particularly messy jobs, as the lighter weight, removable tops are easy to clean and sanitize. You will most likely need some stainless steel prep tables in your arsenal as well. Stainless steel adds low-maintenance function that is perfect for plating or packing. Just like the Maple-top tables, these can be customized with shelves, drawers, even cabinets, to accommodate your needs. And don’t forget your cutting boards and chopping blocks! With a variety of NSF certified boards to choose from, there is a chopping block for every job in your kitchen.

REstaurant Commercial Kitchen

Once you have all that delicious food made, it’s time to clean up! Having the right equipment for cleanup is essential for efficiency. John Boos stainless steel sinks are available with one to four bowls depending on your needs. Drainboards are available on neither, either, or both ends. Whether you run a bakery, a restaurant, or a commercial production kitchen, we have the John Boos NSF certified sink to meet your needs.

Restaurant Commercial Kitchen

If you’re running a restaurant, it is essential that your dining area is comfortable and inviting. With Boos butcher block dining tables, you get the versatility to create a classic, modern, or rustic space that fits perfectly with the aesthetic of your food. With our residential clients, we have seen butcher block implemented in high-end modern homes, cozy mountain escapes, in-home taverns, and as the centerpiece of every variation of the standard family home. It is no different in a restaurant dining room – butcher block is a gorgeous and functional addition that is appreciated by all. Boos dining tables are available in a variety of wood types with the option of staining to your specifications. Our Boos dining tops come in a variety of shapes, as well, allowing you to utilize your dining space to its fullest potential. Contact us for custom sizing or shapes. Traditional black metal bases are also available.

Restaurant Commercial Kitchen

 

If you have any questions about any of our commercial grade John Boos products, feel free to give us a call at 1-877-845-5597 or send an email to [email protected] We’re here to help you set up your commercial space with the best available products.

The Butcher Block Experts Are on the Lookout for Breakout Artisans in the Southwestern U.S.

Butcher Block Co. Looks to Expand Its Supplier Lineup

Online retailer Butcher Block Co., a leading direct-to-consumer distributor of butcher block countertops, kitchen islands, kitchen carts and cutting boards, announced today that it added two new artisanal woodcrafters to its vendor portfolio during this year’s second quarter, and it continues to search for makers of differentiated, handcrafted kitchen furniture and accessories who are based in the southwestern U.S.

Company president, Mark Shook, proclaimed that the E-commerce company “now distributes on the Butcher Block Co. website (https://butcherblockco.com) the full line of distinctive Cotton and Dust cutting boards and butcher blocks handcrafted by Matthew Harper in his West Texas design studio; as well as the innovative Scrapesation wooden grill scraper, designed and handmade by Sean Ung, based in Central Arizona.”

According to Company Vice President, Kathleen Grodsky, “Cotton and Dust artisan cutting boards and blocks are distinguished by Harper’s unusual designs, combinations of woods, and extensive use of tropical tigerwood that’s native to South America. Adding to their distinctiveness, Harper delivers his boards fully-wrapped and ready to gift, and will custom-engrave any boards, making it an even more sentimental and memorable gift.”

Grodsky described Sean Ung’s Scrapesation grill scraper as “100% maple wood and designed to compete head-to-head with steel wire grill brushes, about which the Center for Disease Control has previously issued warnings.” Specifically, in 2012, the CDC warned consumers who grill they should “be aware of the risk for ingestion of wire bristles from grill-cleaning brushes.”

“This is a great opportunity for talented artisans to get their creations in front of tens of thousands of online shoppers each month,” Shook continued. “Visitors to ButcherBlockCo.com tend to be cooking enthusiasts and at-home entertainers who appreciate fine woodworking,” he concluded.

According to Grodsky, who oversees Operations and Marketing for Butcher Block Co., “I invite Southwest-based craftsmen of distinctive kitchenware to contact me for private and confidential discussions.”

About Butcher Block Co: The Butcher Block Experts at Butcher Block Co. are the number one resource for helpful information on kitchen furniture and accessories, and one of the premier sources of butcher block countertops, kitchen islands, kitchen carts and cutting boards. They continue to offer market leading service standards, and are fortunate and thankful to have sharp, dedicated employees who share a passion for all things butcher block and a commitment to superior customer service. For more information please visit: https://butcherblockco.com

Contact:
Kathleen Grodsky
website: https://butcherblockco.com
phone: (877)845-5597

Repairing Butcher Block

Repairing Butcher Block

As a natural product, butcher block may occasionally remind you of its wild roots by showing off a small crack, wind shake, or split. Your knowledge of repairing butcher block doesn’t need to be vast in order to take care of the most common issues.

In fact, repairing butcher block is pretty simple as long as you have the right information available. Lucky for you, we’ve got just what you need!

infographic. Splits and Cracks No Worries.

 

Not so bad, right? Repairing butcher block is often a much better alternative to replacing it, saving you time and money. And remember, we’re the experts in all things butcher block, so if you’ve got a problem, we’re here to help!