KDC Regional Winner Arthur Krikor Halajian, Speaks With Us About Kitchen Design

When the regional winners 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. Including one major Sub-Zero and one major Wolf appliance in their designs, over 1600 designs were submitted globally. We are thrilled to share the inspiring designs from our Regional Winners.

One of our winners, Arthur Krikor Halajian, CKD, founder of Kitchens & More in San Rafael earned his degree in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. To pay for his education, he worked as a journeyman carpenter for construction firms Swinerton-Walberg and Ireland-Robinson Hadley and, after graduation, worked for Fluor Corporation, a global engineering firm, in Japan and Saudi Arabia. Halajian spent a year traveling the world before returning to California to work with in his family’s kitchen-and-bath remodeling firm and for another local builder. In 1988, he launched a successful residential construction firm with a business partner until 1992, when he formed Kitchens & More, a design-build company specializing in kitchens and baths with his wife and business partner, Rosemarie Halajian, a LEED AP.

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We asked Arthur Kirkor as few questions about his design style and thoughts on the future of kitchen design.

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KDC Regional Winner Monique Agnew, Speaks With Us About Kitchen Design

When the regional winners 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. Including one major Sub-Zero and one major Wolf appliance in their designs, over 1600 designs were submitted globally. We are thrilled to share the inspiring designs from our Regional Winners.

One of these two winners, Monique Agnew, is a San Francisco based architect and is part of her own firm, Monique Agnew Architecture. Having worked with numerous residential and commercial projects on both coasts, and Aspen Colorado, she has previously worked for Ike Kligerman Barkley, Michael Graves, and Robert A.M. Stern. Monique became interested in architecture while working on archaeological sites in the Middle East and Africa during her time at the University of Maryland School of Architecture for her Bachelor’s degree in architecture. She continued her studies at Princeton University, receiving her master’s degree and accepting the Alpha Rho Chi award upon graduation. Monique grew up in the building industry through her mother’s work as a general contractor.

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In our conversation with Monique, we asked about her insights into kitchen design:

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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.

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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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Canapes, Old Recipes, and the CSO vs. Dual Fuel

The holiday season often brings a desire for connecting with special loved ones and recalling traditions during celebrations and in the kitchen. It is a time for special family recipes that need to be perfect when serving to parents, who likely created the recipes, and to teaching the young about important family rituals. It gave us an opportunity to show that the new Wolf Ovens are perfect these recipes as well, and even better, as before.

Standing Up to the Test

Recently our Riggs community member, Vivian T., and her husband, made an appointment with us at the Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom to test how the Wolf Convection Steam Oven would succeed in creating her family-favorite, and time-tested, canapés. In the past, she had always used a traditional oven broiler to complete these appetizers so we decided to use the Wolf Dual Fuel Range to create a taste, or in this case oven, test. 

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RDI’s In-House Iron Chef Program Takes Flight

“For someone that doesn’t cook, I feel like a rock star right now.” – Marcel Lombardo from Taylor Lombardo Architects

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By the time we were well into our second Iron Chef Teambuilding event, we knew something special was happening. We were creating rock stars, or in this case, culinary enthusiasts made extra special thanks to Sub-Zero and Wolf.

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The Culinary Events Center at Riggs can inspire awe with its two fully functional showroom kitchens equipped with the very best Sub-Zero and Wolf products along with displays of every product showing how it will fit perfectly into your own kitchen. But we wanted to show our designers and guests just how incredible this resource can be. How can we show our “rock star” architects, designers, and craftsmen exactly what our products can do?

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For that, we created the Iron Chef Program…
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