The New Standard of Excellence is Monark Premium Appliances

On a recent Thursday evening in June when many local school-age students matriculated from preschool or high school, Standards of Excellence debuted its newest showroom location in the heart of Silicon Valley, in Santa Clara, and with it, a new brand identity: Monark Premium Appliances Co. The launch of the new location was symbolic of the changes taking place within the company, as it introduced it’s new identity as Monark.

The launch of the new showroom coincided with the debut of the new name and logo, all of which was celebrated at a very well-attended party in their new location on Santana Row in Santa Clara. As one who was required to attend one of these graduation ceremonies, I received the full report the next day.

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Steamy Savory Summertime BBQ Ribs

In the San Francisco Bay Area, and especially here at the Sub-Zero | Wolf Culinary Events Center, summertime means backyard BBQs with family and friends. When prepared perfectly, baby back ribs are loved by adults and children and epitomize happy meals outdoors. Saucy, sweet and tangy in flavor and fall-off-the-bone tender in texture, our chefs at Riggs Distributing have developed a rib recipe, with multiple sauce variations utilizing the Wolf Convection Steam Oven. When it is time for your BBQ, considering a new technique: par-cooking the ribs in the convection steam oven before finishing on the Wolf outdoor grill for dramatic, delicious results.

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Introducing KDC Regional Winner Arthur Krikor Halajian

When the regional winners representing Northern California and Hawaii for the 2013-14 Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest were announced in the spring of 2015, all of us at Riggs Distributing Inc. were thrilled as our region had not one but two regional winners. Over 1,400 designs were submitted globally with each entry featuring one major Sub-Zero and one major Wolf appliance, the competition was fierce among the best of the best. We are thrilled to share the inspiring designs from our regional winners.

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Introducing KDC Regional Winner Monique Agnew

When the regional winners representing Northern California and Hawaii were announced for the 2013-14  Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest this June, all of us at Riggs Distributing Inc. were thrilled as our region had not one but two regional winners. Over 1,400 designs were submitted globally with each entry featuring one major Sub-Zero and one major Wolf appliance, the competition was fierce among the best of the best. We are thrilled to share the inspiring designs from our regional winners.

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5 Inspiring Designs from the 2013-14 Regional KDC Winners You Won’t Want to Miss!

At the Sub-Zero | Wolf Culinary Events Center, we are still celebrating the talent of our Bay Area Regions 2013-2015 Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest Entrants. Although our awards celebration at Riggs Distributing Inc. has ended, these inspiring winners may help spark an idea for your own kitchen design! Here are five incredible designers you don’t want to miss!

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Kitchen Design Contest Awards Inspire New Designs

The 80+ Designers and Architects who arrived at the Sub-Zero | Wolf Culinary Events Center on June 3rd, 2015 came to celebrate the Best of the Best in the Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest, but left excited and able to enter the next one. Amidst sparkling wine and gourmet bites, networking and sharing, the Riggs Distributing team also had an opportunity to show their gratitude to the talented Bay Area Design community.

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Benefits of Entering 

Regional Winners of the Kitchen Design Contest receive prizes and are flown to Scottsdale, AZ in September to be part of the Best of the Best Winners’ Summit and Gala and will have a chance to win more than $270,00 in publicity and promotional value and more than $137,000 in cash prizes in addition to global recognition for their designs. Continue reading

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Four Reasons to Celebrate Spring Flavors with Riggs’ New Supper Club Menu

The Culinary Events Team at the Sub-Zero | Wolf Culinary Events Center in Burlingame is celebrating spring with new dishes and flavors all of which highlight the precision and finesse of Wolf ranges, cooktops and ovens, and the superior preservation of Sub-Zero refrigeration. With new flavors, new products, and even more, there is never a better time to attend Supper Club.

What is Supper Club? Supper Club is an informative dinner demonstration designed to provide a sensory education on the features and benefits of the full line of Sub-Zero and Wolf products for those in the market to purchase who are currently working with a dealer sales person.  Need a little more information to decide? We have four main reasons that will show you the endless possibilities of owning a Sub-Zero and Wolf kitchen.

The Experience

Enter the Sub-Zero | Wolf Culinary Events Center and you are greeted a warm smile and the aromas of the evenings feast. Sip a glass of wine or another beverage while you tour the Showroom complete with the latest products and treat yourself to an appetizer fresh out of the Wolf M Series or Convection Steam Oven. 

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“Reclaiming the Kitchen” Spotlights a Course of Action Worth Our Time

Wolf Appliance recently debuted a new campaign, “Reclaim the Kitchen,” designed to inspire all of us–anyone who cooks or consumes food (which of course is everyone)–to better understand our choices around food, from selection to preparation and consumption.

The Problem

The most pertinent question is,  “Why does it matter?” It matters to all of us, because cooking and eating together is why the kitchen is the heart the home.

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Innovative Design in Wolf’s M Series Ovens: A Designer Point of View

Over lunch one day recently, I enjoyed listening to Petros Papageorge share with a group of us his appreciation for the detailed features of Wolf’s new M series ovens. As he was eloquently describing the design flexibility offered by Wolf’s latest and greatest, I thought to myself, I need to share this point of view with others! Lucky for me, Petros graciously agreed to allow me to capture his thinking as a designer.

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PPetros & Nicole Papageorgeetros Papageorge is a principle designer of Atherton Appliance, a family-owned, luxury appliance and custom cabinet retailer serving the San Francisco Bay Area since 1956. As a lead resource concerning all aspects of kitchen design, from appliance selection to cabinetry, Petros is a passionate about what drives his business on a daily basis: savvy, distinctive design paired with exceptional functionality that makes a positive impact in the lives of his clients.

I asked Petros a few questions regarding the design flexibility Wolf’s new M series ovens offer to the designer and design-savvy consumer. And here is what he had to say . . .

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Crafting the Perfect Cup of Joe in Wolf’s Coffee System

“Coffee is a language in itself.” -Jackie Chan

At the San Francisco Bay Area Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom  we have a rivalry going. A rivalry over coffee. Our preferred beans are so important, that we are lucky to have two Wolf Coffee Systems ready to make our morning cups. Not only can the Wolf Coffee System make a perfect shot of java using your favorite beans with only the push of a button, it will also look perfect in any style of kitchen.

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Available in Contemporary, Transitional, and Professional styles, making a perfect espresso has never been easier. With the winter months in full swing and many delicious beverage options available, you can make yourself a java expert with a tour of the Wolf Coffee System.

Ever wonder what all the different choices mean on a coffeehouse menu? Now with the touch of a button, and our helpful definitions below, you can become a java expert with your own Wolf Coffee System.

The Stylish Classic: Espresso

Most coffee drinks that you see coffeehouse, with or without Italian names, fall into two general categories: drinks made using espresso and coffee that has been prepared by steeping hot water with ground coffee beans.

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