Our Partners

De Gustibus Cooking School by Miele would like to thank our partners for their continued support.

Miele

Miele is a German manufacturer of high quality domestic appliances and machines for commercial applications. The company was founded more than 108 years ago in 1899 by Carl Miele and Reinhard Zinkann and has always been a family-owned, family-run company.

Miele aims to manufacture the highest-quality domestic appliances and commercial equipment in the world and to be seen by markets worldwide as providing an absolutely top-class household product. In the words of our founding fathers, Carl Miele and Reinhard Zinkann, "Success is only possible in the long term if one is totally and utterly convinced of the quality of one's products." Therefore, continuous innovation is the foundation of our business success.

The customer, for whom we provide first-class products and services, is at the center of attention. Thanks to this company philosophy which focuses on the dynamic development of quality and technology, the Miele brand is now identified with unsurpassed product quality.

Libbey

Since 1818, Libbey has been celebrated for its artistry and innovation in glassmaking. From our roots in Toledo, Ohio, to our place as a worldwide tabletop leader, we continue to live our legacy through ingenuity, teamwork and grit. Today, our associates throughout North America, Europe and Asia deliver beautiful, durable glassware and tabletop products to the makers of drinks, the makers of meals and the makers of memories. Whether you’re enjoying our products in a bar or restaurant or in your own home, we make every moment one to celebrate.

Balter

Founded in 1934, Balter Sales Company is a New York City-based distributor of Tabletop and Foodservice Supplies and Equipment. Located on the historic Bowery, Balter Sales Company has been the go-to specialist for New York’s celebrated chefs, restaurateurs, and hospitality professionals for over 90 years. A third-generation family business that continues to maintain a full tabletop showroom on the Bowery, displaying innovative products, it has become the place to see the latest products for the food-service industry.

Vias Imports Ltd.

Vias Imports Ltd., established in 1983, is the leading importer of Italian fine wines in the US market. Throughout the company's history, Vias has discovered and brought to the US high quality, unknown-but-distinctive Italian wines that have become staples on wine lists and retail shelves throughout the US, including Produttori del Barbaresco and Damilano. Vias's Italian portfolio is one of the richest and most complete in the industry, representing the finest wineries from all over Italy. Vias is the leader in discovering and importing fine Italian wines and unknown producers to the US as well as educating America's wine trade about these great wines with innovative educational programs.

Vias Imports is renowned for its long-standing partnerships with wineries of differing sizes throughout Italy and is proud to craft strong relationships. In addition to Italy, our portfolio includes wines from Argentina, Austria, France, Lebanon, Spain, and the United States. 

Kobrand Fine Wine and Spirits

Kobrand imports and markets a distinguished portfolio of hand-selected brands representing virtually every major wine region of the world and its most iconic specialty spirits. Family owned since its founding in 1944, Kobrand attributes its success to a single guiding principle that describes the people, products and relationships behind it: quality. The portfolio is a collection of gems of New World and Old, including American wineries such as Cakebread Cellars, Sequoia Grove and St. Francis as well as the wines of European masters such as Champagne Taittinger and Maison Louis Jadot and the Portes of Taylor Fladgate, Fonseca and Croft. The legendary Sassicaia from Italy's Tenuta San Guido and the wines of Craggy Range in New Zealand are relatively new additions that will stand the test of time. The spirits portfolio includes the original Alize liqueurs as well as fine Cognacs, Armagnacs and other premium spirits.

Lenz Winery

In 1977, Peter & Patricia Lenz, having closed their well-known restaurant, A Moveable Feast, were in search of a new adventure. Inspired by the efforts and successes of their friends, Alex & Louisa Hargrave, they purchased a property on the North Fork and planted gewurztraminer, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and a small amount of pinot noir. The old barn, originally part of the Krupski farm, was converted into a tasting room and The Lenz Winery was formally established in 1978.

Peter & Patricia Lenz chose not to produce wine from their vineyard until 1983. Instead, they followed the French and German tradition of cutting oft the fruit just as it was forming in order to ensure the development of a deeper root structure. Patricia Lenz explained, 'The patience it took to wait years to taste the fruits of our labors was not easy, but wait we did. And it was worth it."

The Lenzes immersed themselves in the developing wine region, working with the Hargraves to establish the Long Island Wine Council. "They held the standard of both quality and innovation high."

In 1988, the Lenzes passed the reins to Peter & Deborah Carroll who already had a successful vineyard in nearby Cutchogue. The Carrolls initially leased The Lenz Winery, purchasing it outright in 1994.

S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water

S.Pellegrino's sources have been monitored through geological and hydrological studies that analyze each phase of the water's journey. The water flows from the snow and rain of the high Dolomite Mountains (1200-1300 meter ASL) and takes around 30 years to arrive at the foothills of the mountains (350 meters ASL), where it is sourced.

S.Pellegrino goes through a 30-year journey inside the earth that mineralizes the water through contact with underground rocks. In the process, it becomes naturally enriched with mineral salts, calcium and magnesium. And with our special addition of carbon dioxide, S.Pellegrino water acquires its bubblies and signature "perlage." The added CO2 provides the acidity and slightly bitter note. All of this gives S.Pellegrino its unmistakable taste, making it famous throughout the world.

Acqua Panna
Natural Spring Water

Acqua Panna has come a long way in terms of quality of its production facilities. Today the plant is one of the most technologically advanced bottling plant in Europe producing water that has a natural ph balance of 8.0.

The first Acqua Panna was manually bottled in the 1860s from a plant built in one of The Medici's farm buildings. Sold in demijohns or fiaschi, straw-covered glass flasks now used for Chianti wine, the water was delivered by horse and cart to Florence. In 1927, after War World I, the water was bottled in glass on an industrial scale.

Acqua Panna production facility stretches over a surface area of about 20,000 m2, perfectly blending into the natural environment.

At the very heart of Tuscany, a land of timeless and uncontaminated beauty, Acqua Panna flows pure, limpid and fresh from natural spring unveiling all its uniqueness and its fine taste. Since the Renaissance, to be inspired and experience the Tuscan way of life means to perpetuate an ideal of simplicity, elegance and balance in arts and culture, but also at the table .

Lavazza

Since 1895, Lavazza has been crafting some of the world's most desired coffees. It started in Turin, Italy with our Founder, Luigi Lavazza, who invented the concept of coffee blending or the art of combining beans from different regions. Since that time, four generations of the Lavazza family have continued our founder's commitment to quality and have devoted their lives to the pursuit of coffee perfection. We invite you to try one of Lavazza's distinctive coffees, and you'll know why Lavazza is Italy's favorite coffee.

Baldor

Baldor Specialty Foods is one of the largest importers and distributors of fresh produce and specialty foods in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Beginning as Balducci's fruit stand in Greenwich Village in 1946, Baldor maintains its original promise; curate and deliver the best and freshest foods in the world. Baldor seeks to provide great specialty foods and logistics that give their customers an edge.

Meredith

Meredith, a publicly held media and marketing services company, was founded upon serving its customers and committed to building value. They are the pulse of pop culture, entertainment, food, fashion and lifestyle, news, business and finance, and sports. From that they have built businesses that serve well-defined audiences, deliver the messages of advertisers, and extend their brand franchises and expertise to related markets. Their products and services distinguish themselves on the basis of quality, customer service, and value that can be trusted.

Sam Tell

Sam Tell is THE source of kitchen design, equipment, front and back of house supplies. We were born right downtown on the Bowery over 60 years ago. NYC is our home but we have since expanded our coverage all over the United States. We are international as well. Where your needs may be, you can take us with you.

Sogno Toscano

In one of the most competitive markets for Italian food importers in the world - New York City - Pietro BrembiIla and Brian Persico started Sogno Toscano in 2007 by private-labeling truly Italian extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar for local restaurants and their regulars. With top-quality product, beautiful labels and great srvice, their reputation grew across the city and attracted the attention of prestigious chefs and more restaurants. After early success in a saturated market, they invested in their brand meaning 'Tuscan Dream" in order to ofter their clientele access to food products that were being exclusively consumed in Italy, as well as to represent the very best that Italy had to ofter to the American market.

Our slogan is" We Are a New Generation of an Old Tradition, which means that as Italian food products and cuisine evolve, we evolve as well , while still honoring their beautiful history.