Some of the Village team was recently invited to train at the Viking Middleby Residential Showcase Gallery in Chicago, IL. We had an amazing day! If you are serious home chef and enjoy the process of cooking and baking then you need a Viking. Viking ranges are built to be used to the extreme. For an intimate dinner at home, or prepping to feed a massive family for a gathering, Viking has you covered. And we have great news Quad Cities area because Village Home Stores is home to the largest selection of showroom displays of Viking product in the region. Come see and touch these products in person and meet our expert team. We can help you decide which models are the perfect investment for your home.
Chef Jaime Laurita was in the Viking Gallery to show us product in action. Chef Jaime was a dream because not only was he knowledgeable and passionate about the Viking product… he fed us incredible food all dang day! He was able to demonstrate techniques and features with the products as he worked in the kitchen. His past adventures include touring the world many times over with such acts as Sting, Aerosmith, Madonna, and many more. So you can imagine he had some great stories to share as we gathered around. Be sure to follow him here on Instagram to see more of his food, mood, and music adventures.
We saw so many exiting products during our day in the Viking Gallery and we wanted to be sure to highlight a few of them here in a blog recap. The first was a product that was honestly sitting right in front of us for about an hour or so before we realized what it even was. To a guest at this island, this appeared to be a crock on a trivet. In reality it was a movable induction system in action. A Viking undercounter induction system has been installed beneath the quartz countertops of this island. What I believed to be a trivet was instead the induction burner. That burner can be placed anywhere on induction plate and most importantly it can be removed altogether when not in use.
What a dream for large or multi-island kitchen designs! Learn more about this undercounter induction system here on our website. Another fun product that was “undercover” of the counter is the U-Line in-counter wine chiller. For countertop surfaces at or near entertaining spaces we love this new option! It turns off and on with just a tap and even puts on a lightshow for you and your guests as it works.
We had an incredible lunch but the cheesecake we had for dessert was what stole the show! Would you believe that Chef Jaime made this lemon blueberry cheesecake for us on a random Tuesday in November? I felt like we had just entered a pastry shop in Paris. That cheesecake crust? Amaretti cookies folks! Those sugar-dusted dehydrated lemons on top were even made that day.
Dehydrating fruit like this is a step that would normally take 7-9 hours. It takes just minutes in the wall oven that Chef Jaime was using. How? It is a TurboChef Viking wall oven. TurboChef uses fast, forced hot air to get you incredible results in a fraction of the time you would normally need. Since it is turkey season let me give you and example: it can cook a 15 lb. bird with crisp skin in just 40 minutes. The ovens are available as the top oven of a double oven model or a single TurboChef wall oven.
Many customers assume because Viking is a commercial style cooking product, the ranges are intimidating to use. Please let us assure you they are not! Viking cooking appliances are honestly more straight-forward than many of the newer “connected” and touchscreen models from our other lines. Cooktops, grills, griddles, broilers, ovens, and more. Viking ranges are built to be an absolute workhorse for your household. We learned a lot about the Viking Range burner options and even saw Chef demonstrate how the same sealed brass burner that can give you super high BTUs can then be set to the gentlest simmer setting imaginable. He melted chocolate chips on it using a paper plate as the pan!
But if high heat is what you need Viking has it! If you have stopped by our showroom to see our Viking displays then you must have seen the favorite french door wall oven we have. This oven is not just our favorite, it’s a favorite of Good Housekeeping as well! They awarded it the “Best Baking Convection Oven in the Industry”! The fan in the back of this convection oven is massive. That fan alternates directions when in use for the best results. The broiler in this unit is an infrared glass broiler (shown below). It shines light through the glass to intensify the heat. And with no coil to splatter on, that means less flareups as well.
The most unexpected Viking appliance we saw in the Gallery was a soil/hydroponic Undercounter Microgreen and Herb cabinet. This unit is has two 10″x20″ growing trays and a fully contained ecosystem ideal for growing herbs and micro greens at home. Digital touch screen controls are pre-programmed for most growing needs. This system is so effective the Viking Gallery is barely able to keep up harvesting the basil and microgreens they are growing.
Imagine the benefits of a system like this allowing you to have fresh ingredients year round in the frigid Midwest! Fluorescent growing lights replicate the sun’s rays for you to get the best results and grow organic greens with superior flavor and the best nutrition. We also spent some time training with the entire Viking refrigeration line. From freestanding to flush built-in models and everywhere in between.
“What do we mean this thing is built to last? It’s built like an outdoor pop machine.”-Middleby Team
Well we can’t think of a better way to sell you on the parts and construction of these refrigerators than that! But rest assured that Viking refrigeration is built solid and built to preserve your food. Food preservation with the goal of an elongated shelf life for your fresh food purchases. Less food waste is always a good thing. How does it keep on task? The Plasmacluster system in the refrigerators ionize bacteria and mold spores in the air to remove odors and enhance food preservation.
The interior shelving of Viking refrigerators now also include Spillproof Plus shelves with Nano technology etching. What does that mean? The edges of your shelves are crafted to create an invisible barrier that contains spills. Liquids actually pool towards the center of the 3/8″ thick shelf and not over the edge making a mess of the whole interior. We were able to see and train on so many incredible Viking products from all of the available series.
Middleby Residential is a luxury portfolio of products and Village Home Stores has access to this entire portfolio. While training with Viking we were able to see products from other lines like La Cornue, AGA, Marvel, U-Line, and Lynx. In the La Cornue showcase we saw a pretty special piece that grabbed our attention. A La Cornue range that is truly one-of-a-kind.
This range was hand painted by Parisian street artist Cyril Kongo. What a statement it would make in any kitchen! This series of ranges were painted in celebration of La Cornue’s 110th anniversary. There were 6 ranges painted in this La Cornue x Kongo series. Learn more about the artist and this project here in an article published by Forbes.com.
Have questions about one of the products we mentioned in this post? Want a quote for your own Viking kitchen? Need some help using a feature on your existing Viking products? Need service for your existing Viking appliance? No matter your question, we are here to help! Just reach out to the expert appliance team at Village Home Stores. We are you Quad Cities region Viking experts. Call us at 309 944 1344, stop and see our extensive Viking showroom at 105 S State Geneseo, IL or contact us here online and we will be in touch to answer your questions.